Images from the Loyola vs. Cornell match-up held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.
TONY LEWIS opened the season strong before being set back with a foot injury that slowed him considerably until late in the season ... after ending the previous season as the defensive stopper off the bench, he started the first four games of the year and scored 49 points before being beset with the foot injury ... his three years as a Greyhound have been plagued with injuries as he has missed all or parts of all three seasons ... plays much larger than his 6-2 frame, allowing him to guard any position on the floor from point guard down to power forward ... uses his quickness and intelligence to make up for height disadvantage against taller players ... when healthy, he is one of the best man-on-man defenders on the roster ... has an uncanny knack for the basketball and has one of the best pair of hands on the team ... catches almost any pass that comes his way from any angle ... tireless worker on both ends of the floor ... biggest key to his success is staying healthy and finding a role that fits his style of play and ability.
2008-2009 Opened the season as the starter on the wing and responded with a pair of double-figure games in his first four starts ... made five of his six field goal attempts in the season opener against Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 14) for 12 points ... four days later (Nov. 18), he torched Cornell for a career-high 23 points by scoring 10 field goals and grabbing a career-best eight rebounds ... shot 58.3 percent (21-36) in those first four games ... came back from a four-game stint where he did not dress to make three of his five tries from the field in scoring eight points in 18 minutes at UC Davis (Dec. 21) ... scored seven points in 12 minutes at Duke (Dec. 31), making three of his four field-goal attempts ... his minutes and scoring would drop considerably during January and up to mid-February ... after failing to score in seven games, he ended the season tallying in all seven, shooting 73.3 percent (11-15) over that span ... included in that stretch was a perfect three-for-three from the floor in the road win at Iona (Mar. 01) ... averaged 7.0 points in two meetings with the Gaels ... ended the year making 58.3 percent (42-72) from the floor and is a career 56.5 percent shooter (52-92).
2007-2008 Ended the season as the go-to defender off the bench ... earned a start in just his third college game as a reward for his hard work in practice, playing eight minutes with two rebounds in a home win over American (Nov. 13) ... came into his own during the two contests played in late November in The Palestra ... played 12 minutes in a pair of games off the bench ... did not miss a shot while scoring a career-high nine points in a win over Howard (Nov. 23) ... made all four of his tries from the floor and added a free throw while grabbing three rebounds ... followed that a day later against Drexel (Nov. 24) by handing out a career-best three assists and his first career steal ... his playing time would be limited in his next four outings ... suffered a recurring injury to the shoulder problem that kept him out the season prior while on the road trip to Illinois ... injury caused him to miss the next eight games ... gradually worked his way back into the rotation before starting a stretch of games to end the season when he fit into his defensive role ... scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while playing 10-plus minutes in five of the final eight contests ... logged a career-high 17 minutes in the home win over UC Davis (Feb. 23) while making three of his four shots from the field and corralling three rebounds ... averaged 3.5 rebounds in the two MAAC Championship games while playing 18 total minutes ... missed just one of his seven free-throw attempts on the season.
2006-2007 Missed the entire season following shoulder surgery in November 2006.
Before Loyola Earned all-state and all-conference honors in football, basketball, and track at Blue Ridge HS ... received four letters in both football and basketball and lettered twice in track ... captained the basketball team as a junior and senior and served as a captain of the track squad as a senior ... won the 100- and 200-meter events at the Virginia state meet ... averaged 18 points, nine assists, five rebounds and three steals during his senior campaign ... impressed the Loyola coaches with his ability to play big in the big games ... poured in 29 points against St. Benedict's HS and also scored 29 against Oak Hill HS ... received the Stimp Hawkins Award as the school's outstanding athlete as well as the St. George Award, the school's highest award for leadership, citizenship, academic achievement, extracurricular activities as well as honor and integrity.
Personal Tony Tynel Lewis is the son of Christina Lewis ... credits his mentor Xavier Richardson with helping him ... one of five children ... older brother Corey was graduated from Richmond ... younger siblings are Brittany, Steven and Taneka ... majoring in General Business at Loyola.