Nov. 27, 2004
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Pittsburgh jumped out to an early seven-point lead and held on to defeat the Greyhounds 93-57 at Petersen Events Center on Saturday night. The Greyhounds fall to 0-3 while the defending Big East champs improve to 3-0 on the year.
The Panthers opened up a 7-0 lead before sophomore Shane James hit a fade-away jumper to cut the lead to five. Pittsburgh, forcing 11 first-half turnovers, steadily distanced themselves, but junior Charlie Bell kept Loyola within striking distance.
Bell, who scored nine of Loyola's first 11 points, had the Greyhounds down by eight points seven minutes into the contest. The Panthers raced out to a 27-point first-half lead, but the Greyhounds regrouped and held Pittsburgh to only two field goals over the last four minutes of the period.
Freshman Rashaud Nixon cut into the 47-21 halftime lead, scoring the first five points of the second period. The Panthers moved ahead and led by 32 before James sparked a 7-0 run with jumper halfway through the period. Freshman Freddie Stanback capped the run with a three-pointer and the `Hounds trailed 71-47.
Loyola fought down the stretch but couldn't get any closer. Bell, James and Stanback each scored 12 points and James led the team with six rebounds and five assists. Pittsburgh had five players score in double figures and were led by Chevon Troutman, who scored 17 points.
The Greyhound return to Reitz Arena this Monday night and play the Blue Hens of Delaware. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.