15-second scream awakens Loyola Greyhounds get scolding, then pound Marist, 80-61

January 10, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Loyola coach Dino Gaudio walked into the locker room at halftime last night, screamed at his players for 15 seconds and suddenly disappeared.

"It was really kind of scary," sophomore point guard Jason Rowe said. "That is the quickest he's ever yelled at us at halftime and then he walked right out the door. He was more or less trying to get us going."

Gaudio got results in a big way as Loyola came out and probably played its best half of the season to rout Marist, 80-61, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at Reitz Arena.

Gaudio, in his first season as Greyhounds coach, was livid over glaring breakdowns on defense late in the first half that allowed Marist (4-6, 1-1) to close within 40-36 of the front-running Greyhounds (5-8, 3-2).

"I walked in and said this is what we have to do on offense, this is what we have to do on defense and then I told them I have nothing else to say," Gaudio said. "I don't normally walk out on them, but I did tonight and my assistants talked to them. I was pretty upset with our defense."

Rowe and senior shooting guard Mike Powell said the scene inside the locker room after Gaudio departed was "pretty loud."

Powell, who entered the game as the nation's second-leading scorer (26.3), said he and his teammates talked heatedly about what was going wrong on defense.

"There have been some arguments about defense in the past this year on the team, but I think we're getting a lot of things straightened out," said Powell who scored a rather quiet 22 to lead the Loyola offense. "I know my main goal now is to play tough defense and get a lot of rebounds. A lot of teams have been boxing me off the boards and I have to stop letting them to that."

Powell, 6 feet 3, had a game-high eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

When asked what it was like to enter games night after night as the second-leading scorer in the country, Powell said, "I really don't think about it. I try to stay within the offense and get everybody involved. We need some inside scoring and we're starting to get that a little more."

Rowe scored 14 and had three assists and two steals.

Marist's Bo Larragan, a junior transfer from Providence, scored a career-high 22. He was 5-for-5 on three-pointers in the first half.

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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