Nov. 11, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola collected 12 steals while forcing 21 turnovers Sunday afternoon as it routed the Pennsylvania Quakers 89-68 in the home opener at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds never trailed, and the speed of Loyola's full-court press bothered the Quakers throughout, leading to easy baskets which allowed the Greyhounds to capitalize on 32 points off turnovers.
"We came out ready to play today," Greyhounds fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos commented following the game. "Penn is an excellent team; they just didn't make their threes. We both played Friday night and with the quick turnaround we wanted to pressure them and make them play 94 feet."
Loyola jumped out to a quick start and built a 7-0 advantage by holding Penn scoreless for the first four minutes of the contest. Senior forward Michael Tuck led the attack early on, scoring 10 of the team's first 16 points. Loyola held an 18-9 lead before a six-minute scoreless drought allowed the Quakers to climb back into the game. The Greyhounds recovered, and in the final minutes of the first half outscored Penn 25-14. Senior guard Gerald Brown was responsible for 15 of those points, as he shot 5-6 down the stretch and finished the half with 19 points. Brown capped off the run by hitting a deep buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the period to give the `Hounds a 43-26 halftime advantage.
The Greyhounds extended their lead during the second half in a foul-ridden and slow-paced 20 minutes. It became a free-throw shooting contest as both teams were in the double bonus early on. The Greyhounds shot 16-19 (84.2 percent) from the charity stripe while Penn shot just 19-29 (65.5 percent). The `Hounds biggest lead came with 5:02 remaining in the contest as the home team enjoyed a 31-point cushion.
Brown led all scorers with 27 points while shooting 8-18 from the field and 10-11 from the free-throw line. His effort also included eight rebounds and a career-high six steals. Tuck was the second leading scorer, finishing with 18 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Marquis Sullivan added 13 points and connected on three of his four attempts from downtown. Sophomore guard Brett Harvey helped orchestrate the offense as he dished out a career-best nine assists while only committing one turnover.
"I was impressed with the way Brett Harvey and Brian Rudolph ran the offense and passed the all and got everyone involved early," Patsos remarked. "I was also very pleased with the way Marquis Sullivan and Joe Miles handled coming off the bench. They handled it real well and really contributed."
The contest was the first of four-games the Greyhounds will play as part of the inaugural Philly Hoop Group Classic. A week from Tuesday Loyola visits Seton Hall and then finishes with a pair of games in the fabled Palestra over Thanksgiving Weekend.
The Greyhounds return to action on Tuesday night when they host the American Eagles in a non-conference game that will be televised regionally on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Tip-off is slated for 7 o'clock.