Jan. 4, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team returns home this Wednesday and hosts Virginia Military Institute at 7 p.m. After almost a month on the road, the Greyhounds settle in for a four-game homestand, beginning with their final non-conference game of the season. Listen
The Greyhounds come off a heartbreaking three-point loss at Central Connecticut on Sunday and look to end a four-game skid with VMI in town. The Keydets are 5-4 this season and are led by freshman forward Reggie Williams, who is averaging 15 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Junior Charlie Bell currently leads Loyola's offensive attack with his 13.2 ppg average, but both freshman Freddie Stanback (12.2 ppg) and junior Linton Hinds (10 ppg) are posting double-figure averages. The Greyhounds are scoring nearly 68 points per game and should run with a very guard-oriented VMI.
The only prior meeting between these two programs came on January 19, 1974, when Loyola won 71-69 at VMI. This season, the Keydets earned a big upset win over in-state rival Virginia Tech. The Greyhounds opened the year with a loss to the Hokies, but picked up a big conference win over Niagara on December 5.
Wednesday's game will be VMI's third straight road contest and one of two home games this week for the Greyhounds. Loyola resumes MAAC play on Saturday versus Rider.