Dec. 22, 2007
Dayton, Ohio - Senior guard Brian Roberts led five Flyers in double figures with 20 points to lead Dayton to a 91-74 non-conference victory over Loyola Saturday night at UD Arena. The win was the ninth straight for the Flyers and improved their record to 10-1 while the Greyhounds remained winless in five road games and fell to 5-6.
With the game tied at four, Dayton scored the next 10 points in the contest to build a 14-4 advantage on a three-pointer from Andres Sandoval with 14 minutes remaining. After Loyola pulled back within seven, the Flyers scored nine straight to take a 28-12 lead with 9:41 left on a Marcus Johnson layup.
Loyola answered with a 9-0 run of its own to close within 38-30 when senior guard Gerald Brown converted a pair of free throws with 3:35 remaining, giving him six of the nine points during the stretch. The intermission found Dayton ahead 47-35 as the Flyers forced 14 turnovers and shot 53.3 percent from the field. Brown led all scorers with 12 points.
Dayton opened the second half with a 14-6 advantage to build its largest lead of the game at 61-41 when Marcus Johnson converted a layup with 14:40 remaining. Twice Loyola cut the deficit in half, the first time on a jumper from senior forward Omari Isreal to make it 69-59 with 10 minutes left and the second on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Brett Harvey to make the score 76-66 with six minutes remaining.
After Robert's 20-point effort, Dayton received 16 points from Johnson and 12 off the bench from Charles Little. Starters Jimmy Binnie (11) and Sandoval (10) rounded out the quintet of double-figure scorers.
Junior guard Marquis Sullivan led Loyola's scorers with 15 and junior guard Joe Miles added 14 off the bench, making five of seven shots from the field while handing out five assists and adding three steals. Freshman forward Isaac Reid led the Greyhounds with a career-high seven rebounds in just 19 minutes.
"Isaac Reid really competed in an environment that he hasn't seen before," Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said of his freshman's effort in front of an announced crowd of 12,859. "The certainly is one of the largest crowds he has ever performed in front of and he really responded. Marquis Sullivan gave us a good lift with his shooting and Joe Miles played his best game since he has been here."
Dayton forced Loyola into 23 turnovers in the game and converted 32 points off those Greyhounds miscues. Loyola also committed 34 personal fouls, allowing the Flyers to shoot 46 free throws and Dayton held a 33-12 scoring advantage from the charity stripe.
The Greyhounds are off for Christmas and will next be in action Friday when they visit Illinois of the Big 10. Game time is 9'clock ET and the game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.