10 Greatest Moments in Loyola Basketball

By Gary Lambrecht

This year, Loyola celebrates the 100th anniversary of its men’s basketball program. The pages that follow provide a nostalgic look back at a century of Greyhound glory, from the team’s first golden era under legendary Coach Lefty Reitz to its NCAA tournament appearance to today’s stars and come-from-behind victories.



Loyola player evades two Arizona Wildcats

Countless Loyola fans have the image etched in their minds. Senior guard Tracy Bergan, sitting atop the rim, waving a piece of the net, roaring in celebration in Albany’s Knickerbocker Arena. That night, with rookie head coach Skip Prosser guiding them, the Greyhounds, 2-25 the season before, completed a stunning march through the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament as a No. 5 seed.

The team beat Manhattan 80-75 to win the MAAC crown and automatically advance to the Division I tournament for the first time in team history.

During the first round of the tournament, Loyola defeated St.Peter’s 87-80 in overtime, fueled by senior forward Michael Reese’s 25 points. Next, the team wrapped an 88-70 blow-out of No. 1 seed Canisius, with Reese and Bergan leading the way.

But the Greyhounds saved the most inspired play for the final. Trailing by 16 points late in the first half, Loyola went on an 18-0 run to take the lead early in the second. Then, with Bergan controlling the floor and making critical free throws, Loyola overcame a 65-60 deficit in the final six minutes.

“I remember at half-time thinking something weird is going on here,”said Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. “When the game was over, I was in a state of shock. It was surreal.”

The team’s March Madness dreams came to a quick end with an 81-55 drubbing by Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but that magical weekend in upstate New York lives on as the high point in Hounds’ basketball history.

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  • Posted by Bob pierce | June 19, 2013

    Mike kaiser 1970 I had the best time of my life…. Maybe too good…. Remember you and the other guys very well…great to see after all these years the basketball heights you achieved
    …. Bob pierce…..

  • Posted by Frank Angelastro | February 26, 2014

    I remember The 1971 in 1973 games. I was at Loyola from 1969 to 1973. One of those games was forecast for me telephone box was speakerphone in the dormitory. I don’t remember who did it but I remember it clearly. I believe Bob Connor to the inbound pass and scored a basket to win the game.

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