Missing Brown, Greyhounds roll to win over Rider

Loyola 95 Rider 73

February 15, 2007|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Reporter

The absence of Gerald Brown didn't keep Loyola College down last night.

With the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's leading scorer on the bench still recovering from dehydration and exhaustion, the Greyhounds found plenty of other sources of offense and romped past Rider, 95-73, on Senior Night at Reitz Arena.

The victory enabled Loyola (15-11, 11-5) to set a school record for conference wins and clinch a bye into the quarterfinal round of next month's conference tournament. The Greyhounds are tied for second place with Niagara, a half game behind Marist, with two league games left.

In his final home appearance, Josko Alujevic shattered his previous career scoring high of 21 points by two and Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding) did not miss in six three-point attempts and finished with a game-high 24 points as Loyola shot 62 percent from the field and 56.5 percent from long range.

"It was just one of those games," Sullivan said. "The first one felt good and I just continued to take quality shots. Fortunately, I was on. I didn't really think I had to score more because Gerald was missing. We have a lot of people who can score."

The combination of the final home game for Alujevic, a fifth-year senior, and Shane James and the personal interest in teammate Dan Ficke, whose mother, Joann, died in Colorado last night, served as inspiration for the Greyhounds, who took over the game midway through the first half and were never endangered.

"I wanted to go out in style," Alujevic said. "And we came out and played for some other people [the Ficke family]. Plus we were missing our best player and everybody had to step up."

Coach Jimmy Patsos will skip Saturday's BracketBusters game at Tennessee State to be with the Ficke family and will turn the coaching duties over to Terrell Stokes.

Loyola can still win the regular-season MAAC title by winning at Niagara and Canisius next week. Both were narrow losers to the Greyhounds in their first meetings.

Rider (14-12, 8-8), which had won two straight, got 18 points each from Jason Thompson, the league's second-leading scorer behind Brown, and Terrance Mouton.

Patsos said he was "happy we played better this time without Gerald. But we're hoping he can play Saturday."

kent.baker@baltsun.com

RIDER-J. Thompson 8-14 2-2 18, Johnson 1-5 0-0 3, Mouton 6-10 2-2 18, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Mansell 2-6 7-8 12, Warner 5-6 0-0 13, Green 0-2 0-2 0, R. Thompson 3-5 0-0 7, Hickman 0-0 0-0 0, Myers 0-2 0-0 0, Vosilla 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 25-55 13-16 73. LOYOLA-Hervey 7-13 0-0 19, Sullivan 8-12 2-2 24, James 1-2 0-0 2, Isreal 4-8 3-3 11, Alujevic 9-12 4-6 23, Manning 3-5 0-0 7, Gaetani 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Fofana 1-1 0-0 2, Tuck 3-5 1-2. Totals 36-58 10-13 95. Half-Loyola, 45-35. 3-point goals-Rider 10-19 (Mouton 4-6 Warner 3-4, R. Thompson 1-2, Johnson 1-4, Mansell 1-1, J. Thompson 0-2), Loyola 13-23 (Sullivan 6-6, Harvey 5-10, Alujevic 1-3, Manning 1-3, Tuck 0-1. Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Rider 23 (R. Thompson 6) Loyola 32 (Tuck, Isreal 7). Assists-Rider 11 (R. Thompson 3), Loyola 24 (Harvey, James 6). Total fouls-Rider 14, Loyola 17. A-1,754.

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