G. Brown’s 32 points lead Loyola, Md. to victory over American
BALTIMORE (AP)—Gerald Brown scored a game-high 32 points with five steals and Michael Tuck added 13 points, and Loyola rallied from a 17-point first half deficit and held on for a 71-67 win over American on Tuesday night.
Loyola (2-1) started slow, falling behind 8-0 before a pair of Brown’s free throws cut the lead to 8-2.
American (1-2) would extend its lead to 29-12 with 8:11 left in the first half after guard Derrick Mercer completed a three-point play. However, the Greyhounds would go on an 21-11 run to cut the lead to just 40-33 going into halftime.
Brown scored 17 of his points in the first half. For the game he shot 8 of 16 from the floor and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line. The Greyhounds started the second half hot, scoring 13 of the first 19 points of the half to take a 47-46 lead with 11:33 remaining when forward Omari Isreal completed a three-point play.
Loyola extended the lead to 51-46 before a driving lay-up by American forward Travis Lay at the 9:17 mark cut the lead to three. Loyola would extend the lead to nine before a jumper by Mercer cut the lead to 59-52 with 5:32 remaining.
Mercer finished with a team-high 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting.
Following four missed free-throws by the Greyhounds, the Eagles cut the lead to just one point, 62-61, after a three-pointer by Garrison Carr with 55 seconds left. But Loyola would make nine of its next 10 attempts from the line—six by Brown—to salt the game away.