Nov. 9, 2007
BALTIMORE (AP) - Towson's Junior Hairston scored 26 points and grabbed 21 rebounds and Rocky Coleman added 15 points to lead the Tigers to an 83-69 win over the Greyhounds in men's basketball action on Friday at the Towson Center.
"This is the most disappointed I have been in my four years here," fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the loss. "Junior Hairston wanted it more than we did. Take nothing away from them, Towson played a great game and deserved to win."
Leading by two at halftime, the Tigers (1-0) opened the second half with a 9-0 run for a 38-29 advantage before Loyola junior guard Marquis Sullivan connected with a 3-pointer and a free throw with 16:41 left in the game.
Greyhounds senior guard Gerald Brown paced Loyola (0-1) with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Sullivan added 16 points and four rebounds in the loss. Brown picked up a rebound and delivered a pass to junior guard Joe Miles for a reverse layup, giving the Greyhounds a 47-46 advantage their first lead of the game with 13:17 to play. But Jonathan Pease put Towson back ahead with a 3-pointer from the left wing, and the Tigers went on a 16-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Coleman found Hairston under the basket for an open layup to put Tigers ahead, 77-69, with 1:15 left, and Hairston made three free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Miles finished with 11 points for Loyola, and sophomore guard Brett Harvey was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc for nine points. Rodney Spurill scored 12 points, and senior guard C.C. Williams had a game-high seven assists. Hairston had six points and 10 rebounds - seven offensive - at halftime for Towson. Brown led all scorers at halftime with 10 points.
"We didn't play real well and had some early jitters, but one game does not make a season," Patsos summarized. "We have two games over the next four days to show what this team can really do."
The Greyhounds return to action with their home opener on Sunday when they host Pennsylvania. Game time is noon.