Dec. 22, 2006
High Point, N.C. - Battling the entire game, Loyola scored just three points for the remainder of the game after taking a 54-53 lead with 4:35 remaining and suffered a 63-57 non-conference loss Friday to High Point University at the Millis Athletic Center. The Panthers increased their record to 8-5 while the Greyhounds fell to 5-4.
"It was a great college basketball game," Loyola third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos commented after the game. "We had our chance to win, but we just didn't make plays when we needed them. They're a very good team and I don't want to take anything away from them."
With the score tied at 10, the Greyhounds scored six straight, getting a three-pointer from senior forward Josko Alujevic and three other points from junior forward Omari Isreal to take a 16-10 lead with 12:47 left until intermission. The Panthers answered with a 16-2 run to grab their largest lead of the half at 30-22 with 1:01 left. The half finished with High Point owning a six-point lead at 30-24.
Three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, the Panthers had built a 37-29 lead. Loyola scored seven straight to cut a 40-32 High Point lead to one at 40-39 with 12 minutes remaining with junior guard Gerald Brown scoring the final five.
Tying the game at 44, the Greyhounds took their only lead of the second half with 4:35 left, only to score one free throw over the next four-and-a-half minutes and High Point converted seven straight free throws to close out the game and collect the victory.
"It was a really good game," Patsos said. "We had three chances where we didn't convert. We got hurt by a shot-clock violation and when we didn't get the ball in-bounds. We're learning. It's tough to win on the road and we had our chances to get one tonight."
Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan led the Greyhounds in scoring, collecting 17 points with five three-pointers. Brown added 12 and tied his career-best with eight rebounds. In his first game of eligibility, Isreal scored 11 with six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Mike Jefferson led all scorers with 27 points for High Point and was the only Panther in double figures.
Following a short break for Christmas, Loyola is next in action Wednesday at Northwestern University. Game time is 8 o'clock EST.