Jan. 3, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Despite shooting 32 percent from the field and 24 percent from three-point range, Loyola nearly defeated Navy on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds used a strong rebounding effort to rally against the Midshipmen, but could not overcome a 12-point halftime deficit and fell 58-54 at Navy's Alumni Hall.
Navy opened up a very tight game with a 16-0 run midway through the first half and after six lead changes in game's first five minutes, the Midshipmen led 24-12. The Greyhounds put together a 5-0 run with back-to-back buckets from freshman Jamaal Dixon and foul shot from Charlie Bell, and at the half, Navy led 33-21.
After a free-throw from Navy's Carlton Baldwin to open the second half, the Greyhounds cut the deficit to six with with a 7-0 run. Loyola, however, would stay cold from the field and make only two field goals in the next 7:42. The Midshipmen would not capitalize and with Bell's drive to the basket at 5:01 the score was 51-46.
"This team will not give up," says Bell. "We keep on fighting and playing hard. This was a game we felt we could win but we didn't execute when we needed to."
Allen, who had six rebounds on the day, cut the lead to three points with his putback at 2:30 and the score was 55-52. The Greyhounds trailed by that same three-point margin and had the ball with 21 seconds and the shot clock turned off. Sean Corrigan, who was 1-of-3 on the day from three-point range, had his three-point attempt deflected and Navy held of for the win.
"We shot 32 percent from the field and had a chance to win," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We missed too many point-blank layups. If half of those go in, we have a great chance to win."
The Greyhounds outrebounded Navy 43-34. Loyola pulled down 20 offensive rebounds, sophomore Bobby Bossman had five himself. Navy shot 48 percent from the field but struggled from the foul line to give Loyola a chance.
Bell led all scorers with 16 points, Dixon finished with a career-high eight points while Jim Chivers led the 'Hounds with eight rebounds.
Loyola, 0-10 overall, will be back in action on Monday night when they host Central Connecticut State. The Greyhounds and Blue Devils tip at 7:35.