Hot-Shooting Peacocks Stymie Greyhounds

Dec. 8, 2003

Box Score

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.

Sophomore Charlie Bell led Loyola with 14 points while sophomore Sean Corrigan scored 11. Bossman chipped in with 10 points while Allen led all rebounders with 10 boards.

"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.