Feb. 12, 2004
Albany, N.Y. - Sophomore Charlie Bell matched a career-high with 25 points, but a 16-0 second-half run would be too much for Loyola to overcome at Siena on Thursday night. The Saints grabbed their first lead of the night after 22 minutes of play and held on to win 77-67 in front of 5,318 fans at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y.
The Greyhounds raced out to and early 10-0 lead with five points from Jim Chivers, three from Michael Tuck and a bucket from Shane James. Loyola brought the press and kept Siena off the scoreboard until 13:58 of the first half. The Saints battled back, but back-to-back three pointers from Charlie Bell and a three-pointer from Sean Corrigan increased the margin to 10 points at 19-9.
Again, Siena would cut the lead to four, but a 6-0 Loyola run at 3:40 gave the 'Hounds a 32-22 edge. The Greyhounds, which shot 44 percent from the field in the first half (11-of-25), led 34-31 at intermission.
The Saints took their first lead of the night (37-36) at 17:43 of the second half with a pair of free throws from Tommy Mitchell. After scoring the first bucket of the second half, Loyola went cold and Siena went on a 16-0 run to build a 47-36 lead. The Greyhounds answered with Bell and James scoring 10 of their next 12 points and with nine minutes to play, Loyola trailed 53-48.
Chatman closed the gap to 60-57 with his three-pointer at 6:32. That would be as close as the 'Hounds would come the rest of the way out. Bell finished with five three-point field goals and made all eight of his free throw attempts. He also led the team with eight rebounds. Chivers scored 11 points and James chipped in with nine points and four assists.
Loyola, 1-22 overall, now heads to Niagara. The Greyhounds play the Purple Eagles next Thursday, February 19.