Men's Basketball Falls to Virginia Tech, 81-58 in Season Opener

The 2004-05 men's basketball season officially opened on Friday night at Virginia Tech. Unfortunately for Loyola, it needed a little time to warm up. The Hokies built an early 14-point lead and held on to win 81-58.

Virginia Tech raced out to a 15-1 lead only four minutes into the game. The Hokies kept the pressure on, but the `Hounds kept scratching and would dig into the double-digit lead with freshman Freddie Stanback's three-pointer with about two minutes left in the first half.

Stanback's three cut the deficit to 31-22 and a press-beating bucket by Rashaud Nixon brought Loyola within seven points at 31-24. The Greyhounds had the last shot of the half, but senior Jim Chivers' three-point attempted rattled in and out and the halftime score was 34-26.

Just like the first half, the second half began with a Virginia Tech run. The Hokies scored the first seven points of the period to build a 15-point lead. Loyola, with 42 percent shooting from the field and nine percent shooting from three-point range, could not make up the margin.

Stanback led the Greyhounds with 16 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Shane James, who was held scoreless in the first half, posted 10 points while freshman Brad Farrell scored nine.

Virginia Tech was led by Carlos Dixon, who had a game-high 21 points. True freshman Deron Washington scored 20 in the Hokie victory.

Loyola, 0-1 this season, quickly returns to the hardwood and hosts Navy this Sunday at 6 p.m.