Jan. 9, 2004
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - For the second time in three days, Loyola's men's basketball team worked hard to build an early lead, and for the second time in as many games, the Greyhounds could not hold on in the end. The Red Foxes of Marist rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit and defeated Loyola 64-48 on Friday night in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The Greyhounds came out with a very balanced attack with five different 'Hounds scoring each of Loyola's first five field goals. Charlie Bell, Bobby Bossman, Sean Corrigan, Irakli Nijaradze and Michael Tuck had the Greyhounds up 12-5 with 11:31 left in the first half.
Freshman Shane James, the sixth Greyhound to score, connected on a three-pointer from deep in the corner to give Loyola a 17-11 lead at the eight-minute mark. Marist cut the lead to one point before Bossman went on a nine-point tear, closing the first half with a four-point play and Loyola, with a 11-2 run to close the half, led 32-23.
Marist scored the first six points of the second half and opened the stanza with a 10-1 run to cut the lead back to one point. The Red Foxes took the lead at 13:15 with Kerry Parks's jumper in the lane. A Loyola turnover converted into a three-point play by Pierre Monagan gave Marist a 40-36 advantage and Greyhounds never recovered.
"We lost our momentum in the second half," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "Marist never panicked. They made shots and that was the difference in the game."
Bell led the 'Hounds with 12 points, Bossman finished with 11. Loyola is now 0-13 on the year and 0-4 in the MAAC. The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena this Tuesday, January 13 and host Siena at 7:30 p.m.
"We have the talent to win," says Bossman. "We just have to put two good halves together. It hasn't happened yet, but it will."