Jan. 21, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Midway through the 2004-05 season, the Loyola men's basketball team travels to Marist and Iona for a pair of big Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match-ups this weekend. The Greyhounds conclude their three-game road swing with a Saturday night game at Marist and a Monday night contest at Iona.
Loyola, currently 2-4 in the MAAC, will do its best to get back to .500 with games against the top and bottom of the conference standings (as of today). First, the Greyhounds face first-place Marist, which as has won its last five games and its last six conference matches after a loss to Rider in its first MAAC game of the season. Marist is 6-1 in the league and 9-7 overall and has already beaten Loyola this season.
In their first meeting, the Red Foxes caught Loyola on an off-shooting night and held the Greyhounds to their lowest scoring output of the year. Loyola, which scored only 49 points on 29.5 percent shooting, is averaging 18 more points per game (67) and is connecting of 42 percent of its shots this season. Marist was led by Ryan Stilphen's 12 points and 14 rebounds and earned a 63-49 win to improve to 7-7 overall.
On Monday night, the `Hounds head to Iona for this season's first meeting with the Gaels. Iona is currently 1-5 in the MAAC and 5-10 overall. The Gaels, who have won 14 straight games in the series, hold the longest current winning streak against Loyola. Niagara, however, which entered this season with a 13-game win streak against the Greyhounds, lost to the `Hounds in their first meeting this season.
Iona, which hosts Saint Peter's tonight, is led in scoring by Steve Burtt, who is posting 15.8 points per game. The Gaels, who are averaging 65.2 points per game, have played their last six games on the road and are 3-2 at home this season.
Loyola has four players averaging double figures this season with junior Charlie Bell leading the team with his 11.4 points per game. Freshmen Freddie Stanback and Brad Farrell are posting 10.7 and 10.3 points per game respectively while junior Linton Hinds is averaging an even 10 points per game. Farrell has led Loyola in scoring in four of its last five games and is averaging 14.4 points per game during that stretch.
The Greyhounds are also looking for their first road win of the season after taking 2-of-4 games in their last homestand. Both games this weekend begin at 7:30 p.m.