Feb. 2, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team returns to the hardwood and to Reitz Arena this Thursday night for a 7 p.m. game with Fairfield University. The Greyhounds, who have played four of their last five games on the road, look for the home court edge against the Stags, who are 3-7 on the road this season. Listen
Loyola has won three games at home this year and with eight regular season games remaining, needs to win a couple more to grab a better seed in this year's MAAC Tournament. The Greyhounds are coming off tough loss at Niagara in which they led with eight minutes remaining in regulation while Fairfield is coming off a 69-61 loss at Manhattan.
The Stags and `Hounds, who have not played this season, will be meeting for the 35th time in program history. Fairfield, who leads the series 24-10, has won the last six games with Loyola and brings a 7-3 conference record into Thursday's game.
The Greyhounds, who are 2-8 in the MAAC, have three players averaging double figures and five players scoring over nine points per game. Junior Charlie Bell leads the team with his 10.7 points per game while freshman Freddie Stanback is posting a team-high 5.1 rebounds per game with his 10.6 point-per-game average.
Fairfield counters with senior Deng Gai, who leads the nation in blocked shots with 108 this season. Kyle Hines of UNC Greensboro is second on that list with 79 blocked shots. Gai is also averaging 14.6 points per game, just behind team-leader Terrence Todd, who is scoring at a 15.1 ppg clip.
Thursday's game, which is slated for a 7:05 p.m. tip, is the first of two consecutive home games for the Greyhounds and can be heard live on AM 1570 WNST and Online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.