Nov. 20, 2007
Newark, N.J. - Seton Hall's pressure defense forced 19 Greyhounds turnovers and the Pirates' backcourt of Jamar Nutter and Eugene Harvey combined for 39 points to lead the home team to its third straight victory with a 94-80 victory in a Philly Hoop Group Classic contest Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. The loss ended Loyola's winning streak at three games.
"Their pressure was very good and pressure like that will wear you down," fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos commented. "You can't turn the ball over 19 times and expect to win. We will need to cut down that number to compete against a team like that."
The teams traded leads and had five ties in the first half, the last coming at 26-26 with 8:03 remaining. From there, Seton Hall finished the half on a 25-10 run to lead 51-36 at the intermission. Nutter and Harvey split 24 points as the Pirates forced 13 turnovers to offset 57.5 percent (15-26) shooting by Loyola, which was led by 15 points from senior guard Gerald Brown.
After a Nutter three-pointer and two free throws from Harvey, Seton Hall had built a 56-36 advantage 68 seconds into the second half. Loyola mounted a comeback with a 22-9 run over the next eight minutes to climb within seven at 65-58 on a layup from junior guard Joe Miles. Junior guard Marquis Sullivan keyed the stretch with eight points and senior forward Michael Tuck added six.
The Pirates responded with a 17-2 run to push the lead back to 82-60 on a three-pointer from Jeremy Hazell with six minutes remaining. Loyola finished the game on a 15-8 streak to create the final margin.
"[Seton Hall head coach] Bobby [Gonzalez] said after the game that our team will compete in the MAAC and I appreciate that because he won a bunch of titles when he was here [at Manhattan]," Patsos said. "They are trying to compete in the BIG EAST while we are trying to compete in the MAAC. I want to improve on our turnovers and keep shooting the ball the way we are."
Brown led five Greyhounds in double figures with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Forwards Tuck and Omari Isreal scored 14 and 12, respectively. Sullivan and Miles came off the bench to get 13 and 10.
Loyola is back in action this weekend with the final two games of the Philly Hoop Group Classic at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The opponent Friday is Howard in a noon start with a contest on Saturday against either Drexel or Robert Morris.