Jan. 6, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - With the non-conference schedule behind them, the Loyola men's basketball team is focused on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the final 16 MAAC games on the regular season schedule. The conference journey begins this Wednesday night when Loyola takes to the hardwood for the third time in five days and hosts Rider at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds have had Rider's number of late, winning two of their last three meetings. Loyola has won the last two contests versus Rider at Reitz Arena and is averaging 73 points per game against the Broncs at home under Head Coach Scott Hicks.
Rider comes in at 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC. The Greyhounds are winless in 11 tries, but have dropped five games by five or less points and have had opportunities to send each of their last two games into overtime with three-point attempts late in the game.
Sophomore Charlie Bell is coming off a 22-point night against Central Connecticut and leads the 'Hounds with 15.7 point per game average this season. Freshman Shane James, the only player to start all 11 Loyola games, is second on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg) while junior Bernard Allen is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game.
The Greyhounds are also shooting well from behind the three-point line, connecting on 37 more threes than opponents this season. Three-point accuracy, however, has not translated into a high field goal percentage and opponents have had the better of Loyola with higher field-goal percentages in all 11 games.
Wednesday's game is the third in a seven-day stretch in which Loyola plays four games. The Greyhounds and Broncs tip at 7:35 and can be heard live right here at www.loyolagreyhounds.com.