Men's Basketball Starts Important Stretch of Home Games

Jan. 1, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The advent of the New Year will be a welcome site as will the friendly confines of Reitz Arena as the Greyhounds have not played a home game in 25 days, but make up for that with four at home over the next five outings starting tonight against the Red Foxes.

Since playing at home on December 8, Loyola has participated in four games on the road. After winning at Manhattan, the Greyhounds dropped a six-point decision at High Point before Christmas and lost at a pair of Big 10 schools in Northwestern and No. 25 Michigan State last week.

A scoreless stretch of 5:38 in the second half turned a seven-point lead into a five-point deficit in the loss at Northwestern. Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan led all scorers with 17 points and junior guard Gerald Brown added 15 for Loyola. Freshman guard Brett Harvey scored nine points and collected a career-best six assists.

The Greyhounds overcame 32.1 percent shooting in the first half to trail the Spartans by just two at the intermission before dropping a 13-point decision. Again, Brown (25) and Sullivan (11) were the only Greyhounds in double-figures. Senior forward Josko Alujevic made three first-half three-pointers to finish with nine points and junior forward Omari Isreal scored eight and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.

The preseason selection by the coaches to win the MAAC, Marist has won seven of eight and is a perfect 2-0 in conference play. Game time is 7 o'clock. The week concludes when defending champion Iona comes to town on Saturday for a noon start.