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.

The Greyhounds were never threatened after the early moments, steadily widening a 10-point halftime edge as Alujevic and Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding) scored almost at will. Sullivan did not miss in six three-point attempts and finished with a game-high 24 points.

Loyola shot 62 percent from the field and 56.5 percent from three-point range.

Loyola made nine of 13 three-point tries against some passive Rider defense and spurted to a 45-35 halftime advantage.

With specialist Sullivan and fellow guards Brett Harvey and Greg Manning connecting liberally from the outside, the Greyhounds led by as many as 18 points (41-23) before Rider closed the half with a 12-4 run.

It was a nip-and-tuck game for 10 minutes before Manning drove through the Rider zone and Sullivan, Harvey (twice) and Alujevic hit three-pointers to send the Greyhounds ahead, 31-16, before Rider could respond on two free throws by Harris Mansell.

Alujevic and Shane James were honored in pre-game ceremonies as the team's only two seniors, and both started. Alujevic made his presence felt immediately with Loyola's first two baskets.

Rider entered the game with two straight victories and the MAAC's second-leading scorer in 6-foot-10 forward Jason Thompson (20 ppg). Thompson, also the league's leading rebounder, led the Broncs with 12 points in the half.

Loyola, which had lost three of its previous four, defeated the Broncs, 78-73, in Lawrenceville, N.J., on Jan. 21.

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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