Nov. 7, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Guard Brett Harvey led a balanced Loyola attack with 16 points and seven rebounds, and the Greyhounds closed out the contest on a 15-3 run to take a 93-62 victory over Catholic in exhibition play on Friday night.
Four players reached double-digits for Loyola, who successfully opened up a newly refurbished Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds shot over 55-percent from the field, including 11-of-23 from behind the three-point arc. Marquis Sullivan and Jamal Barney added 13 points apiece for Loyola, and J'hared Hall added 10.Seven minutes into the first, Loyola pushed to a 19-5 advantage behind a 13-0 run. Guard Harvey drained two three-pointers and added a jumper to key the flurry.
With Loyola up 21-12 at the nine-minute mark, Barney scored his team's next seven points to extend the lead, 28-13.
Loyola carried a 16-point advantage into intermission, 45-29.
The Greyhounds extended their lead to 19 at the 16:38 mark in the second on two Marquis Sullivan free-throws, 53-34.
The Cardinals drew within 13 on a Sean Stolzenthaler trey with nine minutes remaining in the contest, 65-52.
But a trey-ball by Harvey and a breakaway slam-dunk by freshman Anthony Winbush with 5 ½ minutes left pushed the Loyola lead to 76-55.
Hall added two treys and Sullivan contributed another as the `Hounds slammed the door with the final 15-3 spurt.
Loyola point guard Brian Rudolph dished out a game-high eight of his team's 20 assists. Jason Banzhaf of Catholic led all scorers with 24 while Evin Yarbrough and Sean Stolzenthaler added 10 apiece.Loyola got key contributions from its bench, with its subs outscoring their counterparts, 46-8.The Greyhounds also patrolled the paint all night, doubling up Catholic on the boards, 46-23. And Loyola made the boards matter, with 17 second-chance points.
The Greyhounds open up their regular season next Friday, Nov. 14, against Mount St. Mary's at 7 o'clock. The contest commences a weekend of festivities surrounding the 100th anniversary of the inaugural season of Loyola basketball in 1908-1909. A gala event is planned for alumni of Loyola basketball and the weekend wraps up with a 1 o'clock game against Tennessee State on November 16.