Dec. 13, 2003
Emmitsburg, Md. - Loyola led for the first 55:50, holding off every Mount St. Mary's run and even building a double-digit lead. The Greyhounds, however, could not hold on in the game's final four minutes and fell just short of their first win of the season, dropping a 75-71 decision to The Mount in Emmitsburg on Saturday night.
Junior Bernard Allen started things off by making his first two field goal attempts of the night and Loyola went out front by a 5-2 score. Allen's three-point field goal was the first of four straight Greyhound triples, extending Loyola's lead to 14-8. Junior Jim Chivers hit a turnaround jumper to push the lead to eight points on Loyola's next trip down court and the Greyhounds were rolling.
The 'Hounds would take their biggest lead of the first half when Allen scored on a jumper from the top of the key, making the score 32-20. Mount St. Mary's made a push to close the half and the teams went to intermission with Loyola holding a 39-36 advantage.
"They got back into the game by scoring transition buckets," says Allen. "They ended both halves scoring like that."
Loyola scored the first four points of the second half and extended its lead to 50-41 with Sean Corrigan's jumper about five minutes into the period. Mount St. Mary's would slowly chip away and took its first lead of the game at 4:10 when Kiel Butler knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the arc.
The Mountaineers would lead the rest of the way out with Landy Thompson scoring 13 of Mount St. Mary's final 17 points. He finished the game with 18 points, the same as Charlie Bell, who led Loyola in scoring.
Four Greyhounds reached double figures with Corrigan scoring 14 points, Allen added 12 while freshman Shane James finished with 10 points and six assists.
"This was a well-played game," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We're getting closer, but we need that first taste of victory to get this team going."
The Greyhounds, 0-8 on the year, take a holiday break before returning to action on Monday, Dec. 29. They host Princeton at Reitz Arena on 7:30 p.m.