Nov. 12, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - With first-year Loyola Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos making his Reitz Arena debut on Friday night in exhibition action against Johns Hopkins, everyone suspected there would be alot of excitement in the building.
The Greyhounds and Patsos added to that excitement as they sent the home crowd away happy with a 74-70 win, despite a number of second half surges from the Blue Jays.
A made free throw by Charlie Bell gave Loyola a 66-56 lead - its biggest of the second half - with 3:09 to play.
But, a made jumper by Dan Nawrocki, a three and a jumper by T.J. Valerio, and a Valerio steal and two foul shots got the visitors back within three at 68-65.
Bell proceeded to make three consecutive free throws to extend the 'Hounds lead to 71-65 with 38 seconds on the clock and the game seemingly in hand for Loyola.
Valerio wouldn't let his squad die that easy however, as Hopkins, who is a Division III team, was looking for its first win against a Division I team since beating Navy two years ago.
Valerio knocked down a three-pointer in traffic with 10 seconds to go to pull the Blue Jays within two at 72-70.
Bell answered Valerio as he was fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass and knocked down the two subsequent free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory at 74-70.
In the first half, the Greyhounds built a 39-26 lead, their largest of the game, and went in to the halftime locker room up 40-33.
Joining Bell in double digits for the Greyhounds was Bernard Allen, who had 12 points to go with nine boards. Freshman Freddie Stanback tallied nine points and five boards while Brad Farrell and Jim Chivers each chipped in with eight points apiece.
Hopkins was led by Eric Toback's 15 points and nine rebounds and Valerio's 14. Jeff Thompson posted nine points and Nawrocki and Zack Armen recorded eight apiece.
Loyola opens its regular season next Friday night, November 19th, when it travels to Blacksburg, Va. to take on Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.