Greyhounds rally

Late 13-point run produces upset

Loyola 83 Marist 71

January 18, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER

The Loyola Greyhounds saw a double-digit lead disappear late in the first half, but when coach Jimmy Patsos talked to them at halftime, he let them know they had achieved the perfect position.

"I told them we had Marist right where we wanted them," said Patsos, whose team went on a 13-point run midway through the closing 20 minutes and upset the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tri-leaders, 83-71. "It takes a lot of energy to come back in a game like that, and I knew we had the fresher legs."

It was senior guard Gerald Brown who led the early attack with 14 first-half points and ended with a game-high 24.

And it was junior Marquis Sullivan coming off the bench for 13 points, sophomore Brett Harvey (13 points, five assists), freshman Brian Rudolph (12 points, five assists, seven rebounds), and senior Michael Tuck (11 points, five rebounds) who excited the announced Reitz Arena crowd of 1,459 in the second half and assured the upset.

"I thought Loyola played a terrific game," Marist coach Matt Brady said. "They were just flying the first 10 minutes, but we regained our composure, but they clearly outplayed us in the second half."

The Greyhounds had five players in double figures for the first time in a year and saw their home record rise to 6-1. But, overall, the Greyhounds (8-10, 4-3) are trying to escape from a hole they dug in losing five of their past seven games.

Patsos, however, said at least three of his team's previous losses - at Dayton, Illinois and Kansas - helped his team last night.

"We'd faced adversity in those games," he said. "Which is why we were able to play soundly in this game."

Marist was led by Jay Gavin's 20 points and is now 11-7 and 6-2 in the MAAC. The loss also ended the Red Foxes' five-game winning streak.

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

MARIST-Farmer 2-9 0-0 5, Stilphen 6-12 0-1 13, Benjamin 5-6 1-1 11, McCroskey 0-0 0-0 0, Devezin 3-8 1-2 8, Gavin 6-15 5-7 20, Goodwin 3-7 1-2 9, McNamara 1-1 0-0 2, Bauer 0-0 0-0 0, Schneider 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 27-59 8-13 71. LOYOLA-Isreal 2-6 2-4 6, Tuck 5-8 0-2 11, Brown 7-15 7-10 24, Harvey 4-6 4-5 13, Rudolph 4-7 3-4 12, Reid 0-2 0-0 0, Sullivan 5-13 0-0 13, Manning 0-1 0-0 0, Ficke 0-0 0-0 0, Fofana 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 28-60 18-27 83. Half: Marist, 36-35. 3-point goals: M 9-26 (Gavin 3-11, Goodwin 2-2, Schneider 1-1, Devezin 1-3, Stilphen 1-3, Farmer 1-6); L 9-22 (Sullivan 3-6, Brown 3-7, Tuck 1-2, Rudolph 1-3, Harvey 1-3, Manning 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: M 27 (Stilphen 7); L 42 (Rudolph 7). Assists: M 16 (Devezin 6); L 16 (Harvey, Rudolph 5). Total fouls: M 22, L 20. Technicals: Marist Bench, Loyola Bench. A-1,459. -

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