Dec. 1, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland senior guard Brett Harvey scored five of his 15 points during a 7-0 Greyhounds run seven minutes into the second half, helping the Greyhounds turn a one-point lead into eight, and Loyola defeated visiting Morgan State, 78-66, Tuesday night in non-conference action at Reitz Arena.
Up one at 50-49 with 13:16 left in the game, Harvey connected on a 15-footer assisted by junior guard Brian Rudolph and, a possession later, senior forward Jawaan Wright connected on a pair of free throws to give Loyola a 54-49 lead with 12 minutes remaining. On the in-bounds play, Wright stole the ball at midcourt and found an open Harvey for a three-pointer and a 57-49 Loyola lead, forcing Bears head coach Todd Bozeman to call time out.
Morgan State (4-3) pulled with five three times during the remainder of the game, the last at 65-60 on a pair of Reggie Holmes foul shots with just over six minutes left. Each time Loyola increased its lead and the 12-point final margin was the largest of the game.
"It was a great game between two good programs, two really good local teams that were going to play hard," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the win. "That's a really good basketball team that we just played."
Junior guard Jamal Barney provided the scoring punch for the Greyhounds (4-2), helping Loyola to a 28-1 advantage in bench points with a season-high 22 points. Starters Harvey (15) and sophomore forward Anthony Winbush (13) were the only other Greyhounds in double figures. Four players tied for the team lead in rebounding as Barney, Winbush, sophomore forward Shane Walker and freshman forward Julius Brooks all corralled five boards.
Holmes led all scorers with 31, including a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line. Kevin Thompson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds and DeWayne Jackson chipped in with 11 points.
Loyola heads into conference play for the first time this season, making its annual trek to Buffalo to play Canisius on Friday and Niagara on Sunday.