Manhattan (8-15, 3-10 MAAC) ended a seven game losing streak with a 72-47 win over Marist on Friday night. If Barry Rohrssen wants to keep his job for the 2010-11 season, if his hope is not completely gone already, he has to get his Jaspers winning some games down the stretch.
Loyola (11-12, 4-9) ended a two game setback with a win at Rider on Friday. The Greyhounds have come close to winning in many of their recent games, despite losing seven of their last 10 with two of their wins coming over Marist. After being blown out by Siena, the Greyhounds lost in a close game at Fairfield. Following the loss to Fairfield, the Greyhounds could not cap a comeback over Iona, losing 59-50.
After beating Marist, Loyola lost two close road games against St. Peter's and Siena. The Greyhounds then beat Marist again, but a four point loss to Fairfield followed. The Greyhounds have come close many times, but have not been able to prevail down the stretch. A win over Manhattan would give them back-to-back wins for the first time since they beat Rider on Jan. 2.
Keys For the Loyola Greyhounds
Hold Darryl Crawford to a Slow Start. When Darryl Crawford gets off to a good start for the Jaspers, not only does Crawford tend to have a huge game, but the Jaspers tend to play better. Against Marist, Crawford scored the seven of the first 11 points for the Jaspers, and Manhattan ran away with a 25 point victory.
Feed the Post. Loyola does not have especially good big men, but they are much better than the big men on the Jaspers. In addition to the Jaspers not having much talent in the post, they do not have a lot of depth in the front court. Even if Loyola can't score in the post, they should be able to draw some fouls and force the Jaspers to go deep into their bench.
Don't Let George Beamon Drive. George Beamon is only a freshman for the Jaspers and has had limited playing time for Manhattan. There is no guarantee that Beamon will even play to much on Sunday, but if he does, he is a great driver and that is how he scores just about all of his points. All of Beamon's shots against Marist were off drives.
Beamon also found ways to get fouled off the drive and made all five of his free throws against Marist.
Keys for the Jaspers
Get Rico Pickett and Darryl Crawford Scoring. Crawford was already mentioned. His good games tend to result in good games for the Jaspers as a whole. Not only does Crawford need to get scoring, but so does Rico Pickett. Pickett is the MAAC's leading scorer at 17.4 points per game. Pickett is averaging more than 20 points per game in conference games. When he gets in a groove, it is hard to stop him.
Defend the Perimeter. Loyola has three of the MAAC's top eight three-point shooters in J'hared Hall (41.5 percent), Robert Olson (40.7 percent), and Brett Harvey (38.5 percent). Manhattan's guards have got to stick to their men on the perimeter and keep them from knocking down three-pointers.
Make Good Substitutions. One of the many horrible things about Barry Rohrssen's coaching is his substitutions and who he puts in the starting lineup. Antoine Pearson, who might be the quickest guard in the MAAC, rarely gets much playing time.
Also, Rico Pickett did not even start against Marist. Once Rohrssen remembered that he had the MAAC's leading scorer on his team and put him in, Manhattan started scoring. Rohrssen has got to do better with his substitutions to help his team.
Tip-Off: Sunday, February 7, 2 PM @ Draddy Gymnasium