March Madness: Jim Lacy, Loyola's top scorer, rooting for Greyhounds in NCAA

Commemorating 100 years of the men's basketball team at what is now Loyola University Maryland, Loyola Magazine listed the top 10 greatest moments in the program's history.

Should the underdog Greyhounds upset Ohio State on Thursday in Pittsburgh (9:50 p.m.) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the win would undoubtedly send the current club's achievement straight to the top of the list.

And no one would be happier than the legendary Jim Lacy to have his marquee team moment — an improbable 54-53 victory in 1947 over then-No. 1 Seton Hall in which he scored 20 points — moved down a notch in Loyola lore.

For one thing, Lacy, now 85 and saddled with a bad hip that forces him to walk with a pronounced limp, owns a bunch of other individual achievements that are second to none and look to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

The first man in NCAA history to eclipse the 2,000-point mark is still the program's all-time leading scorer (2,199 points) and is also tops in career field goals (796), despite hanging up his high-tops more than 60 years ago.

Remember, when the Loyola High grad was making his mischief against enemy defenses in the 1940s, the offensive-oriented three-point shot and shot clock were decades from becoming standard parts of the sport.

And even though he could be a one-man wrecking crew, he was also a team player.

With Lacy leading the way, the Greyhounds won three consecutive Mason Dixon Conference championships from 1947-1949.

According to Lacy, though, this year's squad's skill-set, is off the charts.

"In my opinion, this is probably the most athletic group of basketball players Loyola has ever had," he said.

Even so, it's still a classic David vs. Goliath matchup in which the Greyhounds and coach Jim Patsos are bidding to become one of only a handful of 15th seeds to knock off a No. 2 in the history of what has become known as March Madness.

And Lacy is clearly in the Greyhounds' corner.

"Like all Loyola alumni, I'm absolutely thrilled at the success of this year's team," he said. "Jim Patsos and the players deserve all the credit, and we certainly wish them nothing but success against Ohio State."

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