Dec. 10, 2003
Newark, Del. - Four Greyhounds reached double figures to help Loyola rally from a 14-point second-half deficit at Delaware. The 'Hounds, however, came up a few shots short of the upset bid and fell 76-71 to the Blue Hens on Wednesday night.
Delaware opened the game on fire from the field and built a 33-14 lead on the Greyhounds. Loyola responded with an 11-0 run, sparked by senior Lindbergh Chatman's five points, and the score was 33-25 with about a minute left in the period. After a bucket from each side, the teams went into the lockeroom with Delaware leading 35-27.
The Blue Hens extended the margin to 14 when they led 64-50 midway through the second half. A pair of three-point field goals from Chatman and junior Bernard Allen and another basket from Allen had Loyola down six with seven minutes to play.
Freshman Shane James, who scored 15 points on the night, pulled up for a three-pointer in the far corner to bring the 'Hounds within three points. Minutes later, James drove the lane and scored on an up-and-under move to cap a 13-0 Loyola run, making the score 64-63 with 6:01 remaining in regulation.
With about 35 seconds left in the game, sophomore Charlie Bell knocked down a three-pointer to make the score 74-71. Forced to foul, the Greyhounds put Delaware on the line and Mike Slattery's 16th and 17th points of the night were also the game's final points.
"We played hard tonight," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We dug ourselves too big of a hole and missed some opportunities to take the lead late in the game."
Bell finished with a team-high 17 points, Chatman matched his career-high with 12 points and Allen scored 10 with nine rebounds.
"You hate to lose, but we're getting better each game," says Bell. "I think today's game proves that we can play with anyone on our schedule. This team doesn't give up."
Loyola now focuses on Mount St. Mary's, Saturday night's opponent. The Greyhounds travel to The Mount for a 7 p.m. game.