Jan. 27, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Halfway through the conference schedule, the Greyhounds have had their share of nail-biting, heart-breaking losses. On Thursday night, Loyola begins the second half of its MAAC season with a team it led by nine-points halfway through their first meeting this year. Loyola and Marist tip at 7:35 p.m. on January 29 at Reitz Arena. Listen to all the action Live Online.
In their first meeting, Bobby Bossman scored 11 first-half points to give Loyola a 32-23 halftime advantage. The Greyhounds scored 16 second-half points and Marist shot 52 percent from the field to give the Red Foxes a 64-48 win.
Since then, Bossman suffered a season-ending ankle injury and the Greyhounds have come even closer to earning their first win of the year. At 0-18, Loyola dropped a two-point decision to Canisius at home after leading with 11 seconds remaining in regulation. On Sunday, the Greyhounds led Fairfield at halftime, but the Stags shot an unconscious 67 percent from three-point range in the second half and dropped the 'Hounds to 0-9 in MAAC play.
Sophomore Charlie Bell, Loyola's leading scorer this season, registered a career-high 25 points at Fairfield on Sunday. Bell knocked down five three-pointers and averaged 21 points over the weekend, while Shane James, who did not start on Friday night because of illness, returned to the lineup with five rebounds, five assists and four points.
Marist enters Thursday's game with a 5-12 overall record. The Red Foxes are currently in eight place in the MAAC with a 3-5 conference mark after falling to St. Peter's at home last Saturday. Led by Brandon Ellerbee, who averages 11.4 points per game, Marist will play each of its next four games away from home.