Sharpshooting Loyola tops Vermont with 3-pointers

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The roots run deep between Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos and Vermont coach Mike Lonergan, as they were teammates at Catholic University and worked under Maryland coach Gary Williams.

The similarities between the two coaches extend to the court, where both have the same fiery style and like to play up-tempo to force their opponents into turning over the ball.

Patsos got the best of his former roommate as the Greyhounds shot 52.2 percent from three-point range en route to a physical 83-79 victory over the Catamounts last night before an announced 1,327 at Reitz Arena.

"The winner buys dinner," Patsos said. "Mike is a great coach. They have a great team. In college, it's about winning. We're beating programs, and you don't beat programs by 10 or 15 points."

Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding) set an early tone for Loyola by coming off the bench and scoring 19 of his career-high 27 points in the first half. Sullivan also made seven three-pointers, two shy of the school record set by Andre Collins.

"Tonight, I was just letting it fly," Sullivan said. "I was feeling good, but I had no idea [about the record]."

Omari Isreal had 17 points for the Greyhounds, while Michael Tuck added 15 and Brett Harvey had 13.

The Greyhounds (3-1) held the lead for the entire game with the exception of two possessions midway through the second half.

Nonetheless, a jumper by Vermont guard Mike Trimboli cut the Greyhounds' lead to 80-79 with 11 seconds left in the game. Gerald Brown made one of two free-throw attempts with 8.9 seconds left to give Loyola a two-point cushion. Vermont (0-3) then tried for the win on a three-point attempt by Colin McIntosh, but his shot bounced off the inside of the rim with 2.1 seconds left.

Three-point shooting carried Loyola in the first as half - the team made seven of 14 shots from behind the arc and carried a 41-39 lead into halftime. The Greyhounds were 12-for-23 from three-point range in the game but were out-rebounded, 28-24.

"It was good college game, but it was disappointing our defense did not guard the three-point line as well as they should," Lonergan said. "I thought the game was lost in the first half."

Loyola also forced 20 turnovers even though Brown was hampered by a knee injury. Brown, who ranked third in nation in scoring last season, still played 25 minutes but did not score his first point until 2:39 left. Marqus Blakely led Vermont with 30 points and five blocks. The Catamounts were also 16 of 16 from the free-throw line.

VERMONT-Blakely 12-21 6-6 30, McIntosh 5-7 0-0 13, Shields 1-3 2-2 4, Trimboli 4-8 6-6 14, Cieplicki 3-5 0-0 8, Accaoui 1-1 0-0 2, Powlovich 0-1 0-0 0, McCrory 3-6 2-2 8. Totals 29-52 16-16 79. LOYOLA-Isreal 8-9 1-1 17, Tuck 6-12 1-1 15, Brown 0-6 3-4 3, Harvey 3-6 4-4 13, Rudolph 1-7 0-1 2, Reid 0-1 0-0 0, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Sullivan 9-11 2-2 27, Fofana 0-0 0-0 0, Miles 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 30-59 11-13 83. Half-Loyola, 41-39. 3-point goals-V 5-8 (McIntosh 3-5, Cieplicki 2-2, Blakely 0-1); L 12-23 (Sullivan 7-8, Harvey 3-3, Tuck 2-4, Brown 0-2, Rudolph 0-3, Miles 0-3). Fouled out-Blakely, McCrory. Rebounds-V 28 (Trimboli 6); L 24 (Tuck 6). Assists-V 17 (Trimboli 9); L 15 (Rudolph 7). Total fouls-V 15, L 16. A-1,327.

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