Dec. 29, 2003
Freshman Shane James scored 15 points to lead Loyola, but the Greyhounds only shot 36 percent from the field and fell to visiting Princeton on Monday night. The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field and caused 17 Loyola turnovers en route to a 74-54 win at Reitz Arena.
James led Loyola by making 5-of-7 shots, including 3-of-4 three-point field goals. After Princeton jumped out to 7-0 lead, James put the Greyhounds on the scoreboard with his first three of the night. The Tigers pushed their lead to 22-5 with a 13-0 run, but a three-pointer by Charlie Bell and a bucket by James had the Greyhounds right back into the game.
"We had two weeks to prepare for Princeton," says Bell. "I think we were ready but our shots just didn't fall. Sometimes you have nights like this."
Princeton closed out the half making 17-of-33 field goals, scoring 22 points in the paint. The Tigers held a 45-27 advantage at the break with Ed Persia leading all scorers with 13 points. Judson Wallace, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, had eight points and five boards for the Tigers at the half.
"We played better tonight," says Princeton Head Coach John Thompson. "Our focus was on defense and I think we did a good job."
Loyola finished the night shooting 27 percent from three-point range. James was the only Greyhound to reach double figures, while Bernard Allen and Sean Corrigan each posted seven points. Allen led the 'Hounds with six rebounds.
"It's tough to beat a team when you're not making shots," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We have to regroup and get ready for Navy."
Loyola, 0-9 this season, plays at Navy this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.