Feb. 3, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team returns to Reitz Arena, the site of last Thursday's post-game court-rushing frenzy, for a major Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference test this Wednesday. The Greyhounds face first-place Manhattan at 7:35 p.m. in a game that can be head live on both AM1570 WNST and right here by clicking Live Audio
Only 11 days after Manhattan dealt Loyola its worst defeat of the season, the Greyhounds look to even the score with a healthy Shane James and senior Lindbergh Chatman back in the lineup. On January 23 at Manhattan, James saw limited time with a stomach virus, missing his only start of the year. Chatman, who returned from a knee injury in Loyola's win over Marist, held the Red Foxes' Brandon Ellerbee to zero points on 0-for-10 shooting.
The Greyhounds bring a 1-10 conference record, opposite of Manhattan's 10-1 record in MAAC games. The Jaspers lone loss came at Iona only two days after the Loyola's 96-63 loss at Draddy Gym. The Jaspers have won their two games since and sport a 15-4 overall record.
Charlie Bell leads the Loyola offensive attack with his 15.1 points per game. He also leads the team in steals (24) and three-point field goals (42) and has scored 25 points in two of Loyola's last three games. He scored a team-high 17 points at Manhattan on January 23 while Luis Flores, the MAAC preseason Player of the Year, scored 15 points in the Jasper victory.
In their first meeting, Loyola played with six healthy players and had trouble with the Manhattan pressure. Freshman Jamaal Dixon was forced to handle the ball with James sick and finished the night with 14 points. Dixon has since played a bigger role in Loyola's offense, averaging 11 points in his last five games after scoring 2.1 points per game in his first 13 appearances.
Wednesday's game will be Loyola's last home contest for 21 days. The Greyhounds take to the road for four away games starting Sunday at Rider.