Nov. 21, 2003
Towson, Md. - Three Greyhounds reached double figures and outrebounded UMBC in the second half; however, a 21-point first half deficit proved to be too much to overcome as Loyola dropped its season opener, 72-50, to the Retrievers on Friday night. The Greyhounds return to Towson, site of the 2003 Battle of Baltimore for the tournament's consolation game tomorrow night.
"We dug ourselves too big a hole in the first half," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We played better in the second half, but we lost to a good UMBC team. Anytime you shoot 50 percent for a game like they did, your chances are pretty good."
The Retrievers made 27-of-54 field goals as Andrew Feeley led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Feeley did most of his damage in the first half, helping UMBC got off to a quick start. Junior Bernard Allen came off the bench to lead Loyola with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Allen scored six of Loyola's first 12 points and led the 'Hounds with eight points at halftime.
"We turned the ball over too much in the first half," says Allen. "We came out with a fire in the second half and we played much better."
The Greyhounds cut into the UMBC lead, and with freshman Michael Tuck's jumper at the 10-minute mark, the score was 53-41. Loyola could not, however, cut the lead into single digits.
The Retrievers pulled down 11 first-half rebounds and forced 12 Loyola turnovers that turned out to be the difference in the game. UMBC wins its seventh consecutive Battle of Baltimore contest and advances to the championship game tomorrow night.
Loyola will play either Coppin State or host Towson at 5:30 p.m.