Loyola, MD Wins Third Straight, Defeats Marist 83-73

Joe SpetriniContributor IJanuary 18, 2009

This afternoon, Loyola, MD hosted Marist College and won their third consecutive game.  Loyola is now 8-12 and is 3-5 in the MAAC.  Marist dropped to 7-13 and they too are 3-5 in the conference. 

With yet another change in the starting lineup, five Loyola players scored in double figures, as the team shot the ball 65 times from the field, making 27 for 41.5 percent.    They made 21 of 23  (91 percent) from the foul line.  Loyola has had a different starting lineup for each of the past four games.  According to box scores on the Loyola web site, coach Jimmy Patsos has used eight different starters in the four most recent games. 

Sophomore guard Jamal Barney once again led Loyola.  He scored 22 points and had six rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  Junior guard Marquis Sullivan, starting for only his fourth time this season, made 5-10 three pointers and scored 17 points. 

Marist threw the ball up 54 times, making 25.  They were led by Ryan Schneider and Lawrence Williams, each with 15 points.  The two teams shot the ball a combined 119 times, meaning one team or the other threw one up about every 20 seconds of the game.  Who needs a shot clock?

Loyola coach, Jimmy Patsos, again played musical chairs with his starting five.  Patsos has started 11 different players in the first 20 games of this year.  That is 11 different starters, not eleven different men in the rotation.  There is no such thing as job security on a Jimmy Patsos team.

Sure, coaches sometimes experiment with different combinations of players to see where the chemistry might lie, or to give a younger player a chance to fit in more. 

Coaches also sometimes make adjustments depending upon the nature of the team they are playing.  However, starting eleven different men with this much of the season remaining makes me wonder what Patsos is doing?