Late First-Half Surge Carries Gaels Past Greyhounds

Dec. 2, 2003

Box Score

New Rochelle, N.Y. - Loyola connected on 12 three-point field goals and had three players reach double figures, but a 17-0 Iona run late in the first half proved to be to much for the Greyhounds to overcome on Tuesday night. The Gaels win at home, downing Loyola 77-60 at the Mulcahy Center.

Charlie Bell continued his hot shooting from beyond the three-point arc with four "trifectas" in the first half. With Iona up 6-0 early, Bell cut the lead in half with his first three-pointer of the night. Sophomore center Sean Corrigan knocked down a three-point field goal only minutes later to bring Loyola within two points at 10-8, and then junior captain Jim Chivers tied up the score at 10-10 with a follow-up bucket.

The Greyhounds took the lead when sophomore Linton Hinds made a beautiful move to beat two Iona defenders off the dribble. Hinds' lay-up gave the 'Hounds a 12-10 edge at 11:48. Bell would score Loyola's next three field goals, all three-pointers, the last one giving the Greyhounds a 22-19 lead.

Hinds' free-throw gave Loyola a 26-25 edge, but the Gaels then went on a 17-0 run to open up a 42-26 lead. A three-pointer by sophomore Bobby Bossman and a foul shot from Bell had the Greyhounds trailing 42-30 at halftime.

Loyola's first four baskets of the second half were all three-point field goals. The Greyhounds and Gaels played even basketball for most of the second half. Iona pulled away late to finish with 17-point victory.

Bell finished the game as Loyola's top scorer with 18 points, Bossman added 13 and Corrigan went for a career-high 12 points. The Greyhounds' 12 three-pointers is one shy of the school record.

Iona improves to 2-2 with 20 points from Steve Smith. The Gaels finish with an impressive night at the free-throw line, going 15-for-15 in the first half and 25-for-28 for the game. Loyola drops its fourth contest of the season and travels to Duquesne this Saturday.