Loyola comes from behind in 2nd half, tops Morgan, 78-66

Barney scores 22 off bench for Greyhounds

December 02, 2009|By Rich Scherr | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Days after stunning perennial power Arkansas and putting a scare into nationally ranked Louisville, Morgan State on Tuesday made a rare area pit stop on its early-season traveling show.

Facing host Loyola, however, the Bears on this night found the local spotlight every bit as competitive as the national stage.

The defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions fell behind midway through the second half and never recovered, with junior Jamal Barney (Southwestern) coming off the bench to score 22 and lead the Greyhounds to their biggest win of the young season, 78-66, before 1,475 at Reitz Arena.

"That's a good basketball team we played. We just caught them on the right night," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said, referring to Morgan's brutal early-season road schedule, which included an overtime game Saturday followed by a long bus ride from Appalachian State. "They were a little tired. I think the scheduling helped us and hurt them."

Loyola is 4-2 for the first time since 2006 and has defeated Morgan five straight times dating to 1979. The teams were playing each other for the first time since 2002.

Morgan (4-3), which is playing seven of its first eight games on the road, including Saturday's game at crosstown rival Coppin State, started slowly, dominating the glass but largely unable to capitalize at the offensive end.

Led by the long-range shooting of guard Reggie Holmes, who scored 19 of his game-high 31 in the half, the Bears held a slim margin for much of the early going. With little flow to the game, however, they began to struggle in their half-court game, making just seven of 32 shots in the first 16:25.

The Greyhounds, meanwhile, struggled mightily at the foul line but began to capitalize from the field, taking a 35-34 lead at the break when guard Brett Harvey made a 22-footer at the buzzer.

The Greyhounds finished just 20 of 39 from the line.

Loyola, which had trailed by as many as six, took control with a 13-2 run midway through the second half, ratcheting up the pressure in its half-court defense and taking advantage with key 3-pointers by Harvey and 6-10 Shane Walker.

Harvey finished with 15 points and forward Anthony Winbush 13 for Loyola, which shot 63 percent in the second half.

"I like to think that we have a tough team, but they out-toughed us," Bears coach Todd Bozeman said. "We had mental breakdowns. We got shots [but] missed layups, missed put-backs. You're not going to win ballgames doing that."

The Bears cut the lead to six on Holmes' fast-break layup with 1:54 left, but could get no closer with Harvey hitting a short jumper and completing the three-point play with 43.4 seconds remaining.

Forward Kevin Thompson added 16 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

MORGAN STATE-Jackson 3-9 2-2 11, Thompson 7-13 2-2 16, Stokes 1-6 0-0 2, Holmes 8-18 12-12 31, Thomas 1-2 3-4 5, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, D.Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Davis 0-3 0-0 0, T.Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Ali 0-3 1-2 1, Long 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-61 20-22 66.LOYOLA-Winbush 6-11 1-5 13, Walker 2-5 3-6 8, Brooks 2-5 1-4 5, Harvey 5-9 3-3 15, Olson 1-3 2-2 5, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 0-0 4-9 4, Barney 9-17 4-6 22, Rudolph 2-3 2-4 6. Totals 27-53 20-39 78.Half-Loyola, 35-34. 3-point goals-Morgan St. 6-19 (Jackson 3-7, Holmes 3-8, T.Smith 0-1, D.Smith 0-1, Davis 0-2), Loyola 4-8 (Harvey 2-3, Olson 1-1, Walker 1-3, Barney 0-1). Fouled out-Jackson, Stokes. Rebounds-Morgan St. 41 (Thompson 14), Loyola 37 (Barney, Brooks, Walker, Winbush 5). Assists-Morgan St. 9 (D.Smith, Thomas, Thompson 2), Loyola 11 (Harvey 4). Total fouls-Morgan St. 29, Loyola 19. A-1,475.

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