Dec. 29, 2006
East Lansing, Mich. - Dropping a second consecutive game for the first time this season, the Greyhounds look to avoid falling below .500 for the first time this season since dropping the opener to Navy when they take the floor Saturday afternoon against No. 25 Michigan State in the Breslin Center.
Loyola's two-game swing through the Big 10 Conference started with a 66-60 loss at Northwestern on Wednesday. The Greyhounds held a nine-point second-half lead before a scoreless drought of 5:38 allowed the Wildcats to go on a 12-0 run and take a five-point lead to seize control of the game.
Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan led all scorers with 17 points, his second straight game with 17. Junior guard Gerald Brown was the only other Greyhound in double figures with 15. The Baltimore native has scored in double digits in all 10 games he has played this season.
Michigan State has won six straight and has not played in a week since collecting a 76-64 home win over Wisconsin-Green Bay on December 23.
The four-game road stretch concluded with the visit at Michigan State, Loyola welcomes in the New Year with a home game against MAAC preseason favorite Marist as conference play reconvenes on January 2. Game time is slated for 7 o'clock.