Feb. 9, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - With only six games remaining in the regular season, the Loyola men's basketball team has faced every MAAC foe but one - Siena. This Thursday night at Pepsi Arena, the Greyhounds take on the struggling Saints, hoping to keep Siena in the basement of the MAAC.
Loyola is fresh off a 77-70 victory over defending MAAC Champion Manhattan, snapping the Jaspers' 10-game win streak against the Greyhounds. Siena has won nine straight in their series with Loyola, but the Greyhounds have proved that little in the past matters this season, already erasing long-time series streaks like Niagara's 13 straight wins against Loyola and Manhattan's 10-game run.
On Sunday afternoon, senior Bernard Allen posted his first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Allen, who has seven career double-doubles, helped Loyola build a 12-point halftime lead on the Jaspers and junior Linton Hinds, who matched a career-high with 18 points, closed the door in the second half with clutch free-throw shooting.
The Greyhounds, who have four wins this season, are 3-9 in the MAAC while Siena comes in at 2-10 in the conference. The Saints have lost 10 of their last 11 games while Loyola has three of its four wins in the same stretch. Sophomore Shane James, along with freshmen Brad Farrell and Freddie Stanback are all averaging double figures in those four victories.
Stanback leads the team in scoring with his 10.5 points per game while also pulling down a team-best 5.3 rebounds per contest. James, with his 10.7 points per MAAC game, leads the team in conference scoring. Michael Haddix leads Siena in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) this season.
Thursday's game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip at Siena's Pepsi Arena. The Greyhounds have already played at Pepsi Arena this season, falling to Rider in a MAAC Television doubleheader on January 17. Thursday's game can be heard live on Sirius Satellite Radio.