Nov. 22, 2003
Towson, Md. - Sophomore Charlie Bell scored a career-high 22 points with five three-point baskets, but the Greyhounds ran into a red-hot Coppin State squad that shot 70.8 percent from the field in the second half of Saturday night's Battle of Baltimore consolation game. Loyola falls 82-65 despite setting a tournament record with 12 three-point field goals.
Loyola was able to put two good halves together, but almost 24 hours apart. The Greyhounds started off hitting from outside the arc when Bobby Bossman's three-pointer gave the 'Hounds an 8-4 early advantage. Bell knocked in back-to-back three-pointers and Loyola led 16-10.
"Charlie [Bell] played a great game for us," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "He shot extremely good in the first half while Bobby [Bossman] finally got into a rhythm and found good spacing on the court."
Bossman's putback around the 10-minute mark of the first half gave Loyola its largest lead of the night at 21-14. The Greyhounds held on to the lead until the 1:35 mark when Jimmy Boykin hit two of his game-high 27 points to give Coppin State a lead it would keep the rest of the way out.
"We played well in the first half," says Hicks. "But Coppin's quickness got to us. They also shot 70 percent in the second half and 63 percent for the game. It's tough to compete with numbers like that."
The Greyhounds shot 46 percent from the field in the first half, including 8-of-16 from three-point range. Junior Bernard Allen came off the bench to score 14 points while Bossman ended the game with 13 points. Freshman Michael Tuck had seven rebounds in his second start while Loyola forced 14 Coppin turnovers.
Bell matched his previous career-high 15 points in the first half and ended the game with five rebounds and three steals to go along with his 22 points.
Loyola, 0-2 to start the season, will be in action again when it hosts Towson at Reitz Arena on Saturday, Nov. 29. That game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip and can be heard live on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.