Sullivan, Loyola beat Mount from afar

Loyola 83 Mount St. Mary's 66

December 03, 2006|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

Loyola barely had enough bodies to run full-court in practice Friday, but the Greyhounds used balance and the deep ball to subdue Mount St. Mary's, 83-66, at Reitz Arena yesterday.

Coach Jimmy Patsos saw his team exceed its customary output of three-pointers in the first half, with seven. After sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan scored from outside the arc in the third minute, the Greyhounds never trailed and led by as many as 19.

Sullivan scored 17 of his career-high 22 in the first half, when the Archbishop Spalding product had three three-pointers. The Mountaineers didn't get their second until the 39th minute.

"A guy like Marquis," Mount coach Milan Brown said, "we can't lose track of him."

Junior forward Michael Tuck crammed 14 of his 16 points into the last 13 minutes. Gerald Brown (Douglass) didn't lead Loyola in scoring for the first time this season, but the junior guard made up for an off shooting game (3-for-12) with his emotion and floor game.

In the first 75 seconds of the second half, Brown scored off the dribble, got a steal and a free throw that gave the Greyhounds a double-digit lead, then drew an offensive foul. Brown was credited with two assists, but constantly set up his teammates.

"It's rare to win when your leading scorer doesn't get off the block, but some of Gerald's passes were back-breakers," Patsos said. "We're sharing the ball, and that starts with Gerald. When your best player passes the ball, you're going to be OK."

Brown (knee), Sullivan (hand) and point guard Brett Harvey (foot) all missed Friday's practice.

Senior forward Josko Alujevic's 13 points gave the Greyhounds (4-2) four players in double figures.

Harvey had more options than his freshman counterpart at the point. Jeremy Goode, a 5-foot-9 left-hander from Charlotte, N.C., had a game-high five assists, but the Mountaineers (1-6) had one field goal in the first five minutes of the second half. They lost their fifth straight since the dismissal of sophomore guard Joey Butler, who faces drug charges.

Loyola hasn't won by more than 17 in the state's oldest rivalry since 1978. For the second straight year, the intensity between the programs boiled over. After Alujevic fouled Guyvans Richard with 1:28 remaining, players pushed and postured for 15 seconds. The officials needed a replay monitor and nearly five minutes to levy a double technical foul, on Sullivan and the Mountaineers' Mychal Kearse.

Loyola's 83-point total was its highest in 12 games, since an 89-69 rout of St. Peter's in February. Loyola opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against the Peacocks on Friday at Reitz Arena.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

MOUNT ST. MARY'S - Atupem 5-6 1-2 11, Mitchell 5-10 0-0 10, Goode 2-7 3-4 8, Vann 4-11 3-4 12, Kearse 2-6 3-4 7, Durr 2-5 0-0 4, Beidler 3-8 3-3 9, Richard 0-0 3-4 3, Holland 1-3 0-0 2, Coco 0-0 0-0 0, Loughry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 16-21 66. LOYOLA - Alujevic 4-7 3-3 13, Fofana 2-3 3-5 7, Brown 3-12 4-6 12, Harvey 1-1 6-6 9, Sullivan 7-14 4-4 22, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Gaetani 0-0 0-0 0, Ficke 0-0 0-0 0, James 1-2 2-2 4, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Tuck 6-9 4-5 16. Totals 24-49 26-31 83. Half-Loyola 37-28. 3-point goals-Mount St. Mary's 2-9 (Goode 1-3, Vann 1-4, Beidler 0-1, Holland 0-1), Loyola 9-18 (Sullivan 4-8, Alujevic 2-3, Brown 2-4, Harvey 1-1, Tuck 0-2). Fouled out-Beidler, Kearse. Rebounds-Mount St. Mary's 26 (Goode, Kearse 5), Loyola 35 (Tuck 7). Assists-Mount St. Mary's 11 (Goode 5), Loyola 14 (Harvey, James 4). Total fouls-Mount St. Mary's 26, Loyola 21. A-2,672.

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