November 13, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD -- Loyola University Maryland senior guard Brett Harvey went 5-of-7 from 3-point range and finished with 23 points as the Greyhounds defeated visiting Vermont, 79-66, Friday night in front of a sellout Reitz Arena crowd in the season opener for both teams.
"We can't win that game tonight without our students," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the game. "The Vermont coaches couldn't believe how hard it was to play here compared to two years ago. It was a great 10-man effort and we got tremendous support from our student body."
Vermont pulled within three at 48-44 with 16:54 to play, but a pair of Tony Lewis free throws and Harvey three-pointer on a fast break put Loyola (1-0) up by eight, 52-44. The Greyhounds finished a 17-6 run for a 64-50 lead with 11:25 to play on two Jamal Barney free throws. The Catamounts would only get their deficit below 10 on a pair of Joey Accaoui foul shots with 10:10 remaining to make the score 64-56.
But Loyola answered quickly on a Shane Walker three-pointer and then Jawaan Wright took over. The senior forward scored Loyola's next seven points, including a tip-in with 5:15 to play for a 74-60 lead. When freshman guard Robert Olson connected for his only basket of the game on an offensive rebound follow-up, the Greyhounds had their biggest lead at 76-60 with 4:51 left.
"Brett Harvey is a such a competitive guy and he played really well, but if I had to single out one guy it would be Jawaan Wright," Patsos said. "Eleven points and seven rebounds is as good as he can play and that tip-in won us the game."
After Harvey's scoring, sophomore forward Anthony Winbush was next in line with 16 points, including six-for-eight from the floor. Wright's 11 points were the only other Greyhound in double figures and his seven boards were second to the game-high eight collected by Walker. Nine of the 10 Greyhounds who played scored as the Loyola bench outscored the Catamounts 28-8.
For Vermont, Marqus Blakely led all scorers with 26 points and added seven rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Maurice Joseph chipped in with 16 points.
The Greyhounds return to action against No. 9 West Virginia on Sunday afternoon in Morgantown at 4 o'clock.