Dec. 8, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola held a one-point halftime lead, but St. Peter's used red-hot shooting to get on top and stay on top of the Greyhounds in men's basketball action on Monday night. A loud and boisterous Reitz Arena crowd saw the 'Hounds lead by as much as seven before falling 80-66.
Junior Bernard Allen started his first game of the season and connected on two quick three-point field goals to give Loyola an 11-8 lead. The Greyhounds upped that to seven when freshman Michael Tuck scored on a fast break to make the score 18-11 at the 11-minute mark.
"We had a good crowd tonight," says Allen. "Playing in front of fans that are yelling and screaming get you excited and ready to play."
The Greyhounds held their seven-point advantage with sophomore Bobby Bossman's lay-up at 9:30, making the score 20-13. Neither team would score in the game's next four minutes and then a 9-0 St. Peter's run put the Peacocks up by two.
"St. Peter's is a good team," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "They have some excellent guards that don't make mistakes and they can score a lot of points real quick."
Loyola came back, outscoring St. Peter's 7-4 to end the half with a 27-26 lead. The Peacocks, however, scored 11 of the first 14 points in the second half to open up a 37-30 advantage.
"They set the tone at the beginning of the second half and we never recovered," says Hicks. "We played hard until the end, but we still need to work on a few things."
The Peacocks shot 64 percent from the field in the second half, including 7-of-11 from three-point range. Freshman Shane Nichols led all scorers with 23 points, Terrance Watkins added 20 for St. Peter's, which improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MAAC.
"We're still looking for that first win," says Bell. "I believe that once we get that, we can get on a roll. This is a young team and we have to stick together and keep our heads up. Things will come around."
The Greyhound are now 0-6 and 0-2 in the MAAC. They head to Delaware this Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Blue Hens.