Jan. 26, 2007
New Rochelle, N.Y. - Their seven-game conference winning streak snapped following the 70-68 loss to Manhattan Wednesday, the Greyhounds look to rebound Saturday with a visit to winless Iona. Loyola beat the Gaels 75-66 earlier this month at Reitz Arena.
Junior guard Gerald Brown had his three-point attempt fall away as the final horn sounded in the two-point loss to Manhattan and with it went the seven-game conference winning streak and sole possession of first place. Loyola is still in a three-way tie for first entering play Friday night with Manhattan and Marist. A win over the Gaels keeps the Greyhounds in first.
Brown was held under double figures for the first time in a Greyhounds uniform with nine points. He did grab four rebounds and hand out five assists. Junior forward Omari Isreal posted his first double-double with career-highs in points (14) and rebounds (11). Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan led the team in scoring with 15 and senior forward Josko Alujevic responded to his return to the starting lineup for injured junior forward Michael Tuck with 13 points and five rebounds. Tuck suffered a leg injury on Tuesday at practice and did not dress for the Manhattan game.
Loyola used a 15-0 second-half run to turn a three-point deficit into a 12-point lead to defeat the Gaels earlier this month. Brown tied for game-high honors with 20 points while Sullivan and Tuck each added 13 with Tick equaling his career-high with 13 rebounds for his fourth career double-double.
Following the visit to New Rochelle, the Greyhounds return home to host Siena on Monday. Loyola was a 94-87 overtime winner at the Times Union Center earlier this month.