Jan. 21, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - After wrapping up a three-game home swing with a heart-breaking defeat to Canisius, the Loyola men's basketball team takes to the road this weekend for what is arguably its toughest road trip of the season. The Greyhounds travel to conference-leader Manhattan this Friday night before heading to MAAC-foe Fairfield on Sunday.
Loyola came within seconds of its first win on Sunday, when it led Canisius by a point with 11.3 ticks on the clock. After a conventional three-point play by Golden Griffins' point guard Dewitt Doss, sophomore Charlie Bell had the final shot, drawing contact, but not enough to constitute a whistle. The Greyhounds, now 0-16 overall, hope their fortunes improve against a couple of MAAC powers this weekend.
Manhattan is currently the only unbeaten team in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The 11-3 Jaspers are 6-0 in the MAAC and have the conference preseason Player of the Year, Luis Flores running the point.
Freshman Shane James, Loyola's starting point guard all season, is having a very strong year for the Greyhounds. Scoring 17 points in each of his last two games, James is averaging 10.2 points per game, leads the team with 43 assists and is pulling down 3.4 rebounds per contest.
Bell leads the team in scoring (13.9 ppg), but has been hampered by an injury of late. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, injuries have been the story this season. Loyola dressed eight players on Sunday and lost freshman Michael Tuck to an injury before halftime. The four-day break before Manhattan, Loyola's longest break since the start of the new year, should give the 'Hounds much needed rest.
On Sunday the Greyhounds play Fairfield in a men's-women's double-header. The Stags face Loyola in a twinbill starting with the men at 1:30 p.m. Fairfield is currently 9-7 overall and 2-3 in the MAAC. The Stags play Manhattan tonight and will have three-days rest when they face Loyola on Sunday.