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The Baltimore Sun

The preferred saying might be to take it one game at a time, but there was no doubt that Loyola had a bit of payback on its mind yesterday when it faced Iona at Reitz Arena.

Behind a dominant second half, the Greyhounds defeated the Gaels, 63-51, to gain a measure of revenge for their 24-point loss at Iona last month.

"That was definitely part of the emotional factor today," said forward-center Michael Tuck, whose Greyhounds trailed by three points at halftime. "We just kind of came together as a team before the game and said to remember how it felt the last time we played them."

After a quiet first half that included picking up his second foul at the 13-minute mark, Tuck came out strong in the second half.

With his team down 25-22, the senior grabbed an early rebound that led to a scoring opportunity for Brett Harvey, who was fouled and made one of two free throws. After a missed layup by Iona and a subsequent three-pointer by Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding), the Greyhounds took command. Gerald Brown's three with 16:37 left gave Loyola a 29-28 lead.

A 17-3 run put the game away, and Tuck, who had eight rebounds and seven points in the second half, finished with his seventh career double double (10 points, 10 rebounds).

Matching Tuck's energy was Brown, who shook off a rough shooting afternoon to lead the team with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection shot just 5-for-15 from the field but also came up big in the second half. He scored 11 of his 16 points after halftime.

"We just wanted to come out there and play with a lot of emotion and toughness," Brown said.

The win was huge for the Greyhounds (6-8, 2-2 MAAC), who lost to Fairfield on Friday night after leading that game for most of the second half. Coach Jimmy Patsos said he noticed a difference in his team's effort yesterday, particularly on the boards, as the Greyhounds out-rebounded Iona (5-11, 1-3) by 18.

"I was really proud of the way we bounced back from a tough loss," Patsos said.

patrick.gutierrez@baltsun.com

IONA-Springer 1-7 0-0 2, Gray 2-6 0-0 4, Dwight 2-5 1-3 5, Camper 0-4 0-2 0, Prodanovic 2-9 5-6 10, Kelly 3-5 0-0 6, Tarver 1-5 1-1 3, Griffin 2-6 3-4 9, Clarke 4-5 1-4 9, Hassett 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 18-54 11-20 51. LOYOLA-Isreal 3-4 0-0 6, Tuck 4-5 2-3 10, Brown 5-15 5-7 16, Harvey 2-8 4-5 8, Sullivan 3-7 1-1 9, Reid 0-2 0-0 0, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Ficke 1-2 0-0 2, Miles 0-0 0-0 0, Rudolph 1-1 10-12 12. Totals 19-44 22-28 63. Half: Iona, 25-22. 3-point goals: I 4-15 (Griffin 2-3, Hassett 1-2, Prodanovic 1-4, Dwight 0-1, Gray 0-2, Camper 0-3); L 3-15 (Sullivan 2-6, Brown 1-4, Tuck 0-1, Harvey 0-4). Fouled out: Harvey, Tarver. Rebounds: I 26 (Dwight, Gray, Springer 4); L 44 (Brown 11). Assists: I 9 (Prodanovic 3); L 9 (Tuck 3). Total fouls: I 25, L 16. A: 1,033.

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