Jan. 17, 2005
Albany, N.Y. - Freshman Brad Farrell scored 18 points and rallied Loyola from a nine-point halftime deficit, but Rider's three-point shooting lifted the Broncs to an 89-69 win at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. on Monday afternoon.
A first half of runs began when the Broncs scored six unanswered points to take an early 17-12 lead. Loyola responded with seven points from junior Charlie Bell and three from freshman Brad Farrell, and with their 10-0 run, the Greyhounds held a 22-17 advantage.
Rider scored the next seven points, four of which came from the free-throw line, and led 24-22 with 6:30 remaining in the first half. The Greyhounds went back on top with a 6-0 run of their own, but a 17-4 Bronc run to close out the period propelled Rider to a 43-34 halftime lead.
Farrell got the `Hounds rolling to start the second half, scoring a quick three and an acrobatic lay-up in transition to cut the deficit to five points. Farrell's three-pointer at the 15-minute mark cut the lead to 49-47, firing up the Loyola bench.
Rider went to Robert Taylor, who scored eight straight Bronc points, to help Rider go ahead 64-49 with nine minutes to play. Sophomore Shane James answered by attacking the basket and scored 10 second-half points after a scoreless first period.
The Broncs, however, shot 59 percent from the field in the second half and answered every Loyola run to improve to 9-6 overall and 5-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds, now 3-12 on the year, fall to 2-4 in the conference.
Loyola stays on the road with a pair of MAAC games this weekend. The Greyhounds head to Marist on Saturday and Iona on Monday night. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.