Nov. 14, 2006
Catonsville, Md. - Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan (Westminster, Md./Archbishop Spalding HS) did it from the field and junior guard Gerald Brown (Baltimore, Md./Frederick Douglass HS) did it from the line to lead the Loyola Greyhounds to a gritty 69-56 road win over the Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers Tuesday night at Retriever Activities Center. The win was the second in a row for Loyola and gave it a 2-1 record while the Retrievers dropped their second straight to open the season.
"I thought we played good zone defense tonight and that was a key for us," Greyhounds third-year coach Jimmy Patsos commented after the game. "We just hung in there. I told our guys that when you are on the road you gotta want the ball, it's us against the world, and we played like that tonight."
After UMBC jumped out to an 8-2 lead four minutes into the game, the Greyhounds went on an 18-2 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes to build a 20-10 lead with 10:11 remaining in the half. Sullivan did most of the damage, scoring 10 of the 18 points and he finished with half with 13. The Retrievers chipped away to make it a 28-25 Loyola lead at the intermission.
The closest UMBC could get in the second half was two points twice, the final time at 40-38 following a jumper from Justin Fry with 12:13 remaining. But junior guard Greg Manning (Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochie HS) came off the bench to make a three-pointer in his only shot of the game to give Loyola a five-point advantage with 11:56 left. A pair of Brown free throws capped off a 13-5 spurt to give the Greyhounds a 10-point spread at 53-43 with 5:54 remaining and the lead never got to less than six the rest of the way with the 13-point final margin being the largest of the game. Loyola made 13 consecutive free throws to counter made field goals by the Retrievers in the game's final five minutes.
One day after his 19th birthday, Sullivan established his career high with 21 points, making seven of 15 from the field and four of seven from three-point range. Brown shook off a sub-par shooting night for him by hitting 14 of 19 free throws to give him a game-high 23. Returning to action after missing the last game with an ankle injury, Michael Tuck (Toronto, Ont./Markham District HS) came off the bench to score 10 points and grab a team-high seven rebounds.
"I appreciate Tuck's effort tonight," Patsos said in praising the return of his junior forward. "He was our unsung hero guy. He didn't play in the last game, he didn't practice all week; Marquis can shoot and Gerald can score, but we are a much better team when we have Michael Tuck in the lineup doing the dirty work."
Freshman guard Brett Harvey continued his baptism by fire, making his third start and playing 26 minutes without a turnover. All six of his career-high six points came in a one-minute span to help the Greyhounds turn a 43-40 lead into a 49-42 advantage with 9:51 left to play.
Mike Housman led the Retrievers with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds while Tom Young came off the bench to add 11.
The Greyhounds will next be in action Monday night when they head south to play the American Eagles in Washington, D.C. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and all the action can be heard live on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.