April 7, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind. - Loyola junior guard Brett Harvey (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North HS) has finished first in NCAA Division I in individual free throw percentage for the 2008-2009 season it was announced today following the completion of the NCAA Division I Men's Championship Game Monday night. Harvey concluded the year at 91.0 percent after being successful on 142 of 156 attempts from the foul line.
This is the second time under fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos that a Greyhounds player has led Division I in an individual statistical category. Andre Collins '06 led the nation in three-point field goals made per game for the 2005-2006 season.
Harvey's 91.0 percent is the second-best single-season effort in the 99-year history of men's basketball at Loyola. He finished the year averaging 12.4 points with 70 assists while playing in all 32 games. Three times during the season he made 10 or more free throws in a game, including a 13-for-13 effort in a home game with Niagara to equal the second-best outing in school history and a 10-for-10 performance in the win at Marist. Amazingly, he made his way to the free-throw line in 30 of 32 games during the season and his 142 made free throws are the 11th highest total in school history.
Only three individuals finished the season above 90 percent and Harvey finished four-tenths of a percentage point ahead of North Texas' Josh White (90.6 percent). Kentucky's Jodie Meeks (90.2 percent) rounded out the trio of performers better than 90 percent.
As a team, Loyola established a school record by making 77.6 percent of its attempts from the line for the season. That number placed fifth among the 330 NCAA Division I teams, two percentage points behind national leader Southern Utah (79.6).