Nov. 21, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Charlie Bell matched a career high with 26 points but it wasn't enough to give Loyola a victory in its home opener on Sunday night. Navy scored eight of the game's final 12 points and won 89-86 in front of 1,645 at Reitz Arena.
"This was a tough loss," says senior Bernard Allen. "Every time I lace my shoes up, I play to win and we just didn't get the job done tonight."
Four Greyhounds reached double figures as Loyola shot 50.8 percent from the field. Complimenting Bell's 26 points were three freshmen in double figures including Freddie Stanback, who scored 19 points. Brad Farrell added 13 points while Rashaud Nixon scored 11 in his first collegiate start.
A very tight game from the start saw both teams shooting well from the field. Navy pulled away midway through the first half and led 34-26 after Matt Fannin's lay-up with eight minutes left in the period.
Bell responded with a pair of three-pointers - the first he earned the old fashion way, driving to the hoop and drawing a foul while making a tough shot. His second three cut the deficit to 36-32 and a jumper by Shane James cut that lead in half.
Bell's three-pointer with just under five minutes left in the first half gave Loyola a 40-39 lead. The Greyhounds, with a three-pointer from Sean Corrigan at the halftime buzzer, took a 52-49 lead into the halftime lockeroom.
Loyola would lead for a majority of the second half and extended their cushion to 10 points at 74-64 with a pair of Stanback free throws. The Midshipmen, with a 14-3 run, took a 78-77 lead with five minutes to go. After Nixon's jumper gave Loyola an 82-81 advantage, Navy's Corey Johnson raced down court to give the Midshipmen a lead they would not relinquish.
Johnson led Navy with 21 points as David Hooper added 18 in the win. Loyola shot better from the field and had more defensive rebounds, but 20 turnovers proved too much to overcome as the Greyhounds fall to 0-2 on the year. Navy is now 1-1 after downing Loyola for the second straight season.
The Greyhounds return to action this Saturday when they travel to Big East power Pittsburgh. That game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip.