Jan. 31, 2004
Jersey City, N.J. - For about 20 minutes on Saturday afternoon, Loyola held a lead on St. Peter's at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City. As the Greyhounds have learned all too well this season, they needed 20 more minutes. The Peacocks caught fire in the second half and pulled away for a 76-61 victory over the 'Hounds.
"Our win on Thursday night was so emotional and it took a lot out of us," says Loyola co-captain Jim Chivers. "We gave it all we had, but could not hold on in the second half. It's pretty frustrating, but we have to regroup."
Loyola's first four field goals came from three-point range as the Greyhounds took an early 12-9 lead. Freshman Shane James pushed the lead to 21-14 with seven straight points and midway through the first half, Keydren Clark, the MAAC's leading scorer was held to one shot.
The Peacocks made several runs at Loyola's early lead and the 'Hounds held them off until 1:24 when Clark connected on a deep three-point shot to give St. Peter's a 30-28 lead. Each team would score once more before the half and the Peacocks led 32-30 at the break.
The 'Hounds scored first in the second half and took a 33-32 lead on Chiver's up-and-under move. St. Peter's answered with a barrage of three-pointers, including six from Clark to take a 16-point lead with 11:30 left in regulation. Loyola continued to fight, but had no answer for Clark, who scored 31 points with nine three-point field goals.
"Once he gets rolling, he's tough to stop," says Bell in reference to Clark. "We was on fire in the second half and we had no answer."
St. Peter's finished with 15 three-pointers as a team while Loyola connected on 7-of-15 from downtown. Bell scored a team-high 12 points while Chivers and Lindbergh Chatman each added nine points. Junior Bernard Allen pulled down 11 rebounds to along with his six points, three assists and two steals.
The Greyhounds, 1-19 overall, return to Reitz Arena and host Manhattan on Wednesday night. Game time is slated for 7:35 p.m.