Nov. 16, 2008
Junior guard Brett Harvey poured in a career-high 34 points, the final two coming on a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to give Loyola a three-point lead, to lead the Greyhounds to a 73-70 non-conference victory over Tennessee State Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
Harvey scored 12 of Loyola's final 13 points to carry the Greyhounds (1-1) to the win. He tallied nine field goals - six from three-point range - and made 10 of his 12 free-throw attempts. The first six of the 12 points to close out the game were three-pointers and the final six came at the charity stripe.
After sophomore guard Brian Rudolph made just one of his two free-throw attempts with 28 ticks left to give Loyola a 71-70 lead, Tennessee State's Parker Smith lost the ball out of bounds on the baseline with four seconds remaining. Loyola inbounded the ball to Harvey, who was fouled and connected on both free throws for the final margin. A shot by the Tigers' Emmanuel Gaiter from 25 feet clanged off the backboard and the front of the rim as time expired.
"Brett Harvey continues to be the heart and soul of this team," Greyhounds fifth-year coach Jimmy Patsos said following the game about his junior guard. "It's been great watching him play. Brett is mentally the toughest guy I have ever coached."
With score tied at 63, Harvey connected on his sixth three-pointer of the game to give Loyola a three-point lead with 3:38 left to play. The Tigers (0-2) scored on their possession to pull within one and Harvey swished four free throws on Loyola's next two times with the ball to lead 70-67 with 83 seconds remaining. Tennessee State would tie it one last time at 70 on a Smith three-pointer with 62 ticks on the clock, setting up the final four possessions.
The Tigers jumped out to a 10-4 lead early as Darius Cox scored six of the points. Down 18-12, the Greyhounds scored 15 of the game's next 17 points over a four-minute stretch to build a 27-20 advantage, grabbing the lead at 20-18 on a three-pointer from sophomore forward Isaac Reid. Those two advantages were respectively the largest for each team in the contest as there were eight ties and 11 lead changes in the game.
Harvey's 34 points are the most for a Greyhounds player since Andre Collins scored 36 at Niagara in January 2006. The six three-pointers are a career-high and equaled the sixth-best individual total in school history and his nine field goals made and 10 free throws made are personal bests.
Junior forward Jawaan Wright was the only other Loyola player in double figures, scoring a career-high 11 points after making all five of his tries from the field and his only attempt from the free-throw line. Reid grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds, tying the 40th best single-game performance in modern Greyhounds history.
Cox's 20 points led four Tennessee State players in double digits. Gerald Robinson tallied 15, Smith added 12 and Stephen Evans scored 12 before fouling out.
The game opened a stretch of three games over three straight days as Loyola left immediately following the contest for a flight to Boston where it will meet the host Boston College Eagles Monday night in the opening game of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. The game tips at 7 o'clock and can be seen live on ESPNU.