Nov. 24, 2008
Davidson, N.C. - Sophomore guard Jamal Barney scored 13 straight second-half Greyhounds points to cancel out a 14-0 Dukes run that gave James Madison its only lead of the game and carry Loyola to a 64-54 victory Monday night in the Third Round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Belk Arena.
After Barney's drive put Loyola ahead 43-30 with 13:46 remaining, James Madison (2-2) scored 14 straight points to grab a 44-43 lead with 8:47 left, the last three coming on a three-pointer from Julius Wells. Barney quickly answered with his only three-pointer of the game to restore the Greyhounds (2-3) lead and the only tie of the game came at 46-all at the eight-minute time out.
Barney came out of the time out connecting on six straight free throws and then scored the next four points as well, the final two coming on an alley oop pass from sophomore guard Brian Rudolph for a 56-51 Loyola lead with 3:30 left.
James Madison crept within three at 57-54 with 2:04 remaining, but it would be the last points the Dukes would score. Barney drove the baseline and banked the ball in for a five-point lead with 92 ticks left. Rudolph made one of two from the line and junior guard Brett Harvey iced the game with four straight free throws inside the final 41 seconds.
"This was a great win for us against a school that has a rich athletic tradition," Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said of the win. "These CAA [Colonial Athletic Association] schools all wanted Jamal Barney when he was leaving Providence. We are lucky to have him. And Brett Harvey is just a competitor. There's only one guy I have coached who has better after a loss than Brett and that is [former Maryland Terrapin and current Portland Blazer] Steve Blake."
The Greyhounds turned the tables on the slow starts that had plagued them in their first five games, jumping out to a 22-11 lead in the first 10 minutes as senior guard Marquis Sullivan connected on three consecutive three-pointers during the run. Loyola led 28-14 with 2:30 left in the half and held a 30-19 advantage at the intermission, holding the Dukes to just six first-half field goals.
But James Madison put together a 10-0 run at the start of the second half to get within three and then used the 14 straight second-half points to take its only lead of the game, setting up Barney's heroics.
After being scoreless in his last game against Cornell, the sophomore guard tallied a career-high 23 points with seven rebounds and three assists. Harvey scored 18 points, including nine-of-10 from the free-throw line, and Sullivan finished with 11 off the bench. James Madison was led by Wells' 13 points and 10 from Kyle Swanston.
Loyola wraps up play in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tuesday night when it meets host Davidson at 8 o'clock.