Dec. 21, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore guard Jamal Barney led four Greyhounds in double figures by matching his career-high of 23 and sophomore forward Isaac Reid posted his first career double-double with 17 points and a personal-best 14 rebounds to lead Loyola to a 95-89 non-conference win Sunday afternoon at UC Davis.
After Joe Harden's conventional three-pointer gave the Aggies a 72-71 lead with 6:42 remaining, the Greyhounds (4-7) outscored UC Davis 13-5 over the next 3:30 to match their largest lead of the game at 82-74 as Reid completed a three-point play with 3:10 left. The Aggies (4-8) got within three points twice in the final 22 seconds, but senior guard Marquis Sullivan made three of four free throws on separate trips to the foul line to keep the Greyhounds ahead by two possessions. Reid closed the scoring with a pair of free throws with one second left, giving Loyola its largest point total since a 95-73 win over Rider on February 14, 2007. It was the most points the Greyhounds have scored on the road since a 95-80 win at Canisius on January 12, 2006.
When Mark Payne scored a layup with 4:52 left in the first half, UC Davis led 35-34. Loyola scored 10 of the next 12 points as four different Greyhounds tallied, the run ending on a pair of free throws by freshman forward Anthony Winbush for a 44-37 lead with 94 seconds remaining before the intermission. Loyola led 44-39 at the half as Barney led all scorers with 15 points. UC Davis offset 28.1 percent (9-32) shooting by making 18 of its 20 attempts from the foul line.
Sullivan scored his 20 points in 22 minutes and junior guard Brett Harvey added seven assists to his 12 points to round out the quartet of Loyola's double-digit scorers. Harden also recorded a double-double for the Aggies, scoring 20 points with 12 rebounds. Dominic Calegari added 18 points and Payne chipped in with 16 and eight boards.
The win was just the second in the history of the program pon the West Coast and the first on an opponent's home floor. The only other Loyola win in the Pacific time zone came with a 73-55 victory over Holy Cross in the comsolation game of the 1995 Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland.
Loyola is in action again in eight days when it opens a two-game stretch in North Carolina against ACC foes North Carolina State (December 29) and Duke (December 31). The game against the Blue Devils will be live on ESPN2 starting at four o'clock.