Loyola scores rare win at UMBC

Loyola 69 UMBC 56

November 15, 2006|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Reporter

Loyola entered a critical stretch with Gerald Brown and Marquis Sullivan on the bench in foul trouble last night, but a patchwork lineup kept its cool and helped the Greyhounds win for the first time at UMBC in a decade, 69-56.

Brown and Sullivan had two-thirds of Loyola's points midway through the second half, when both were whistled for their fourth fouls. A crowd of 3,052 was poised for a Retrievers comeback, but it never came.

In the four minutes the Greyhounds (2-1) were without their first and second scoring options, a perimeter of freshman point guard Brett Harvey and reserves Greg Manning and Shane James went zone and extended a tenuous four-point lead to 49-42.

Brown and Sullivan returned at the eight-minute TV break and scored 16 of Loyola's last 18 points. The bulk came at the free-throw line, where Loyola went from 2-for-8 in the first half compared with 21-for-24 in the second.

Brown, a junior transfer from Providence playing his first game in Baltimore since his days at Douglass High, backed up his selection as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week with 23 points.

Sullivan, a sophomore guard out of Archbishop Spalding High, celebrated his 19th birthday with a career-high 21 points. Despite an injured shooting hand, he made four of seven three-pointers.

"It feels good," Sullivan said.

Sullivan had 10 points in a 14-0 run that gave Loyola a 20-10 lead midway through the first half. He put the Greyhounds ahead to stay with a transition basket, and capped that spurt with a pair of three-pointers.

The Greyhounds, who had lost three straight at the RAC Arena since winning here Nov. 23, 1996, are banged up beyond Sullivan.

Senior center Hassan Fofana never left the bench in the second half, an ice pack on his ailing left shoulder. Michael Tuck, a senior forward who is slowed by knee tendinitis, picked up the slack with 10 points and seven rebounds.

"Tuck was the unsung hero," coach Jimmy Patsos said. "He hasn't been able to do anything the last six days."

For the second straight game, UMBC (0-2) made just 32.8 percent of its field-goal attempts against a MAAC opponent. That figure worsens without rugged forward Mike Housman, who scored 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting despite turning an ankle. The Retrievers were beaten on the perimeter, where they missed all six of their three-point attempts in the second half.

"We're going to let guys know who's going to shoot, and who's not," coach Randy Monroe said. "We talked about roles last week, but some guys don't understand."

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

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