Dec. 2, 2004
Jersey City, N.J. - Freshman Brad Farrell scored 12 second-half points and posted a career-high 18 points, but it wasn't enough to match Saint Peter's offensive production on Thursday night in Jersey City. The Peacocks won 99-83, dropping Loyola to 0-1 in the MAAC this season.
The Greyhounds began the game a little cold from the field and halfway through the first period, trailed 30-15. Loyola rallied and cut the deficit to eight points with freshman Freddie Stanback's three-pointer at the seven-minute mark.
After Farrell's putback to keep the margin at eight points, freshman George Bouindas followed with a tip of his own and the Greyhounds trailed 41-35 with three minutes left in the period. Saint Peter's, shooting 52 percent from the field, took a 52-42 lead into the lockeroom at the half.
The halftime break didn't cool off the shooters and in the first minute of play three long-range three-pointers, two for the Peacocks and one for Stanback, had both teams off and running. Farrell's spin move and lay-in had Loyola down by nine at 58-49, but a 14-4 Saint Peter's run gave the Peacocks a comfortable 19-point margin to work with.
Like the first half, Jimmy Patsos' Greyhounds kept fighting. Loyola brought the pressure and forced five straight Peacock turnovers to cut the lead to 84-71 with six minutes left in regulation. Freshman Rashaud Nixon scored the next five points for Loyola, pulling the Greyhounds within 10 at 85-75 with his free throw at 5:33.
The `Hounds would not get any closer with Saint Peter's connecting on 54 percent of its shots and 12-of-28 three-point field goals. Five `Hounds reached double figures with Stanback and Nixon each scoring 12 while freshman George Bouindas and senior Bernard Allen each added 10. Terrance Watkins led all scorers with 31 points.
Loyola returns home this Sunday to face MAAC foe Niagara at 5 p.m.