Jan. 7, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - A slow start had Loyola in an early hole, but the Greyhounds battled back and had Rider on the ropes at halftime. The Broncs, however, pulled away in the second-half and left Reitz Arena with a 71-59 win over Loyola on Wednesday night.
Down 15-5, sophomore Bobby Bossman and junior Bernard Allen connected on back-to-back three-pointers and sophomore Sean Corrigan scored in the paint to bring the 'Hounds back within a bucket at 15-13. Junior Irakli Nijaradze finally gave Loyola the lead with about three minutes remaining in the first half, scoring on an up-and-under move.
Nijaradze blocked Rider's next shot and Bossman scored a transition bucket just inside the three-point line to give Loyola its biggest lead of the night (27-24) before Jerry Johnson registered back-to-back steals - the second leading to a transition three-pointer for Laurence Young - and Rider finished out the half with a 31-29 advantage.
"I think we played a good first half," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We got off to a slow start in the second half and just expended too much energy to get back into the game."
Rider scored the first seven points of the second half to open up a nine-point lead. Freshmen Jamaal Dixon and Michael Tuck scored on successive possessions and midway through the second period, Loyola cut the lead to 45-41.
The 'Hounds, however, could not recover from injuries and illness and Rider proceeded to go on a 10-0 run and held of for the 12-point win.
Charlie Bell led Loyola in scoring with 12 points while Corrigan scored 10 in 12 minutes off the bench. Allen, who battled a stomach virus all night, ended the game with a season-high 10 rebounds and added eight points. Freshman Shane James scored nine and Tuck finished with five offensive rebounds.
The Greyhounds dressed nine players for the third straight game with senior Lindbergh Chatman and sophomore Linton Hinds out of the lineup. Loyola will not have time to get healthy either, as the 'Hounds play their fourth game in seven days this Friday night at Marist.
Loyola, 0-12 on the season, falls to 0-3 in the MAAC. Friday night's game at Marist will be televised live on MSG with an 8:05 p.m. tip.