Jan. 23, 2004
Riverdale, N.Y. - Down to seven healthy bodies, the Greyhounds traveled to conference-leader Manhattan on Friday night. They were welcomed by a red-hot Jaspers' team that built an early lead and never looked back, defeating Loyola in front of 1,413 fans in attendance at Draddy Gym.
"We were defeated by a very good team," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We're under a lot of adversity with injuries and illness and though all that, we still never gave up."
Sophomore Charlie Bell knocked down Loyola's first shot attempt of the night and the Greyhounds held a very early 2-0 lead. Manhattan, however, stormed back with 19 unanswered points in the next 2:40 to open up a 17-point lead of its own. Freshman Jamaal Dixon scored Loyola's next four points and Bell nailed a three from the corner to bring the 'Hounds within 13 points, but that would not be enough to overcome a potent Jasper offense.
Manhattan finished the first half shooting 55 percent from three-point range and 53 percent from the field. Six Jaspers went into the lockeroom with at least five points and after 20 minutes of play, Manhattan led 60-23.
Junior Bernard Allen hit a pair of three-point field goals early in the second half and Loyola cut into the lead at 64-31. Bell, who scored five points in the first half, found his shot in the second period and finished the game with a team-high 17 points. Dixon ended with 14 points while sophomore Sean Corrigan added 11 in the loss.
Peter Mulligan led Manhattan with 28 points while Luis Flores finished with 15. The Jaspers shot 52 percent from the field for the game and improve to 13-3 overall and 8-0 in the MAAC.
"This team never gives up," says Bell. "We play hard every night and take it one game at a time. Now it's time to focus on Fairfield."
Loyola heads to Bridgeport for a Sunday afternoon game with the Stags. The Greyhounds, 0-17 overall, play Fairfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard at 1:30 p.m.