Dec. 9, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola held Manhattan to just seven first-half field goals and sophomore guard Brett Harvey recorded a double-double with career-highs in rebounds and assists as the Greyhounds used a 22-2 start en route to recording a 77-54 MAAC home victory Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The win evens Loyola's records to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference and keeps it undefeated at home with four straight wins to open the season.
"We came ready to play this afternoon and it was tremendous that those students who showed up came and clapped and supported us," fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the game. "We played really hard and if we play like that, we'll win a lot of games; if we played like we played Friday, we won't."
The Greyhounds dominated in every offensive category and never trailed in the game. In addition to an eye-popping 44-18 advantage in scoring from the paint, Loyola outrebounded the Jaspers 44-30 and shot 62 percent in the second half. Manhattan (5-4, 1-1 MAAC) shot just 29.6 percent (16-54) for the game.
"I thought we had a size advantage and we tried to take advantage of that," Patsos said of the statistical differential. "I was impressed that our team came back [from Friday's defeat] and played as hard as we did. Brett Harvey did an unbelievable job coming back from a hard game. He ran our team and he has done everything we have asked of him."
Loyola jumped off to a quick start, scoring the game's first 15 points and opened a 22-2 advantage at the 11:23 mark. The attack was sparked by the Greyhound's swarming defense as the Loyola grabbed six first-half steals and held Manhattan to just 25 percent shooting from the field.
The lead swelled to 30-5 with 8:28 left when senior forward Michael Tuck fed classmate Omari Isreal for a lay-up to close out an 8-2 run. Freshman guard Brian Rudolph fed senior center Hassan Fofana for an alley-oop dunk on Loyola's last possession of the half and the Greyhounds took a 42-23 lead into the intermission.
Loyola opened up the start of the second half with eight straight points as senior guard Gerald Brown and junior guard Marquis Sullivan each tallied three and Isreal added a bucket from Harvey to finish the stretch for a 50-23 lead with 17:44 remaining. When Rudolph connected on his first career three-pointer, the Greyhounds led 57-29 with 12:15 left.
"Our whole offense is getting the ball to Gerald on the block and freeing up our outside shooters," said Harvey, who had nine rebounds and six assists at the half on the way to career-bests 10 rebounds and 11 assists. "We need to build on this and keep running our offense."
Brown led all scorers with 22 points and added five rebounds. Sullivan recorded 15 points and Isreal chipped in with 13, making six of eight from the floor. Tuck collected 10 rebounds to go along with eight points and Rudolph scored nine off the bench with four assists.
Loyola will be off from action until December 22 as the college experiences final exams. Dayton will be the site of the next contest as the Flyers host the Greyhounds at 7 o'clock.