Dec. 10, 2006
Riverdale, N.Y. - For the third time in four games, four Greyhounds scored in double figures resulting in a 77-58 MAAC road win at Manhattan Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The win was the first win for Loyola against a MAAC opponent since a 71-67 victory over the Jaspers during the 1998-99 season and upped Loyola's record to 5-3 and evened things in the MAAC at 1-1. The Jaspers fell to 3-6, 1-1 in the conference.
"This was a great win for our program and our school," Loyola third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos commented after the game. "Loyola has a tremendous alumni base here in the New York area and it was great them to get to see us get a win here. I thought we were steady; we didn't do anything spectacular but we didn't have any bad stretches."
After Manhattan scored the game's first basket, the Greyhounds ran off eight straight, six of those from junior forward Michael Tuck, to take an 8-2 lead with 15:23 remaining in the first half. The teams swapped baskets through the remainder of the half with the Jaspers closing the deficit to one on several occasions and Loyola building a 32-23 advantage on a conventional three-point play from junior center Hassan Fofana with 1:17 left. Four Manhattan points to close the half made the score 32-27 with Loyola leading at the intermission.
The Greyhounds gradually increased its advantage in the second half, scoring seven straight to turn a 40-36 lead into a 47-36 bulge with 14:35 remaining in a pair of free throws from senior forward Josko Alujevic. The lead would slip below 10 just once during the remainder of the game at 61-54 with 6:10 left, but Loyola would outscore the Jaspers 16-4 to close out the game. Alujevic scored eight of those with two three-pointers.
"I thought Gerald Brown played a good floor game," Patsos said. "When we get balanced scoring, we can beat anyone. I was really happy for Marquis (Sullivan) and Brett (Harvey). To go on the road and get that win was important. Our backcourt is young and these road wins will help them get better and help us get better."
Brown led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season, tallying 16 while equaling his career-best with eight rebounds. Tuck was a perfect six-for-six from the field, including a three-pointer, and a pair of free throws for 15 points. Alujevic and Sullivan each added 14.
Darryl Crawford led all scorers with 18 points for Manhattan. Devon Austin contributed 11 and a team-high seven rebounds.
Loyola will now break for final exams, playing its next game on December 22 when it travels to High Point for a non-conference game scheduled for a 7 o'clock start.