10 Greatest Moments in Loyola Basketball

By Gary Lambrecht
6.
A SWEET ROAD TRIP (1986)
Mike Morrison

In the fall of 1986, when Gately and Co. were seniors, the Greyhounds were aiming for what would become the team’s fourth consecutive winning season.

The Hounds started the year by outclassing Lynchburg, 96-53. Then, on Dec. 7, Loyola pulled off one of the bigger upsets in program history by going to Penn State and upending the Atlantic 10 Nittany Lions 74-70 in a huge win.

“I remember being on the floor and counting down, 8, 7, 6…thinking ‘Wow, I can’t believe we did this’,” Gately said.

The Greyhounds took the win by forcing 18 turnovers, which helped erase a 62-51 second-half deficit.

The team also leaned on an outstanding freshman named Mike Morrison, who scored a game-high 20 points and would eventually become the school’s fourth-highest scorer with 1,697 points and the first Loyola player to be drafted by the modern NBA. The Phoenix Suns selected Morrison in the second round of the 1989 draft.

7.
NOTHING LIKE THE FIRST TIME (1942)

In the 1940-41 season, the third year of the long and distinguished Lefty Reitz era, the Greyhounds won 19 games, took the regular-season title, but came up short in the Mason Dixon Conference tournament.

A year later, however, Loyola went 18-4 and broke through for the first of its 11 Mason Dixon titles under Reitz.

Over three days, with players such as Barney Goldberg, ’43—who went on to play briefly in the NBA with the Baltimore Bullets—Loyola made winning look easy. On March 5, the Hounds ran by Washington College with a big second half and pulled away to a 48-32 victory.

A day later, behind 23 points from Franny Bock, ’43, the Greyhounds blew out American, 61-34. Finally, against Western Maryland on March 7 at Evergreen Gym, where Governor Herbert R. O’Connor demonstrated impartiality by sitting on opposite sides of the gym for one half each, Loyola won, 42-33, then received the conference trophy from the governor.

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2 Comments

  • 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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