Feb. 6, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team begins a four-game road trip at Rider on Sunday afternoon. With six games remaining on the regular season slate, the Greyhounds look to move up a spot or two in the MAAC standings before the conference championship tournament. Sunday's game is against a Rider team the 'Hounds have defeated two of their last four tries. Loyola and Rider tip at 4 p.m. and can be seen live on both the MSG and Empire Sports Networks.
About a month ago at Reitz Arena, the Broncs dealt Loyola a 71-59 defeat. The Greyhounds trailed 31-29 at halftime, but ran out of gas and finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field. Charlie Bell led the 'Hounds that night with 12 points, three points shy of his team-best 15.1 ppg average.
Rider has been playing solid basketball of late and enters this weekend with a 12-8 overall record and a 6-3 MAAC mark. The Greyhounds, 1-11 in the MAAC play, are currently one win way from a tie for ninth and two wins away from a tie for eighth.
Sunday's game will be Loyola's second MAAC televised game this year. The first came at Marist, where the Greyhounds took a 32-23 lead into halftime. The Red Foxes won that game, and second-half woes have continued to haunt Loyola like injuries and illness.
Last season at Rider, Loyola held a 22-15 halftime lead before falling 50-44. Bobby Bossman had nine points while Bernard Allen pulled down a team-high six rebounds. A down game for Allen, the Loyola junior is averaging 9.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in his last three games versus Rider.