Feb. 4, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Luis Flores scored 32 points and Manhattan made 20-of-33 second half shots to pull away from Loyola at Reitz Arena on Wednesday night. Charlie Bell led three Loyola scorers in double-figures, but it wouldn't be nearly enough to overcome Loyola's 34 percent shooting. The Greyhounds trailed by 12 at the half and fell 91-54.
Bell, Loyola's leading scorer this season, scored 15 points while pulling down five rebounds. Freshman Jamaal Dixon, who scored Loyola's first four points of the night, finished with 14 points while Jim Chivers added 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Jaspers broke open a 5-4 game with a 9-0 run to extend to an early 10-point lead. A 7-2 run would push the score to 21-6 before a technical foul moved the deficit to 20 points at 6:08. Energized by the technical, Chivers scored on a tip-in, made a steal at half court, scored another bucket and converted the three-point play from the free throw line, bringing the 'Hounds back within 15 points.
"I think we played very hard tonight," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "Our guys gave it all they had."
Dixon nailed a three-pointer to make the score 36-22 with 1:30 left in the first half. Another bucket by Dixon and Sean Corrigan's free throws with 0.2 seconds left in the first stanza made the halftime score 38-26.
"We had our chances," adds Hicks. "We missed several easy buckets and gave away 12 points at the free throw line (4-of-16 on the night). It's hard to beat a team as good as Manhattan with those numbers."
The Jaspers opened the second half on an 8-0 run to build another 20-point lead. Back-to-back three-point baskets from Dixon and Shane James cut the lead to 16 points, but that was as close as the 'Hounds would get.
"Manhattan is a very good team," says Bell. "They go very deep and they can really apply the pressure."
Manhattan's 17-point victory was also its biggest lead of the night. Flores' 32 points matched a season-high while Peter Mulligan scored 18 points in 31 minutes. The Jaspers hold on to first place in the MAAC with a 16-4 overall mark and a 11-1 conference record.
Loyola, 1-11 in the MAAC, is on the road for its next four games. The Greyhounds travel to Rider this Sunday and face the Broncs at 4 p.m.