Dec. 2, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - In the latest chapter in the most-played series in the history of the state of Maryland, sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan scored a career-best 22 points to lead four Greyhounds in double figures and help Loyola to an 83-66 non-conference victory over Mount St. Mary's Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds won their second straight to advance their record to 4-2 while the Mountaineers fell to 1-6 in dropping their fifth straight.
"It was a great win for us in a great college basketball atmosphere," Greyhounds third-year coach Jimmy Patsos commented after the game. "Mount St. Mary's has a tremendous tradition and Milan Brown is an excellent coach so this was a good win for us. Our fans were unbelievable. It was good for TV, good for our students and good for our alumni. Our fans are the best in the MAAC and our students have been unbelievable. They are winning games for us right now."
Mount St. Mary's moved ahead 4-3 on a pair of Mychal Kearse free throws with 17:39 remaining in the half before the Greyhounds went on an 11-2 run sparked by two Sullivan three-point baskets to move to a 14-6 lead with 14:53 left before halftime. The advantage never got to more than 10 and the intermission came with Loyola holding a 37-28 lead with Sullivan scoring 15.
Loyola used a 9-4 spurt to start the second half to build a 46-32 advantage and the lead did not dip below double digits for the remainder of the game as the Greyhounds made 22-26 from the free-throw line down the stretch. Junior forward Michael Tuck was the points-provider after the intermission, scoring 14 of his season-high 16 in the second half, all of them coming in a seven-minute stretch.
"Michael Tuck is our energy guy," Patsos said. "He goes hard all the time. That's why we bring him off the bench. He gives us energy."
"Coach Patsos talked about us being tough and in the first half there a lot of the shots were long so I wasn't able to get many touches," Tuck stated. "In the second half, I decided to go get rebounds and I started to get some touches and gain some confidence."
In addition to the career-high for Sullivan and the season-best for Tuck, senior forward Josko Alujevic chipped in 13 points and leading scorer Gerald Brown added 12. Freshman guard Brett Harvey tallied nine with four assists in 22 minutes.
For Mount St. Mary's, Chris Vann scored 12, Sam Atupem tallied 11 and Markus Mitchell added 10.
Loyola returns to action Friday when it hosts Saint Peter's in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener at Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock.