Feb. 11, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - When Iona visits Reitz Arena this Saturday afternoon, the Greyhounds will try to do something they haven't done since the 1998-99 season - win three straight games. Loyola, fresh off wins over Manhattan and Siena, brings a two-game win streak into Saturday's game, which is also being televised on Comcast and MSG Networks. Listen
With five games remaining the regular season, the `Hounds looked primed to make a run for better seeding in the MAAC Tournament. Currently 5-17 overall and 4-9 in the MAAC, Loyola holds the ninth-place spot in the conference standings, but is 3-2 against its remaining schedule.
Iona comes in with a three-game win streak of its own and has moved into a tie for fourth place in the league with a 7-6 MAAC record. The Gaels, who are led in scoring by Steve Burtt (17.5 ppg), are 11-12 on the year and defeated Loyola, 80-71 on January 24 in New Rochelle, N.Y.
In their fist meeting, Burtt scored a career-high 28 points as Iona pulled away for an 80-71 victory. Shane James led Loyola with 15 points that game while Sean Corrigan, who scored a career-high 27 points at Siena on Thursday night, pulled down a career-best seven rebounds.
The Greyhounds, with only two home games remaining, are 4-7 at Reitz Arena this season and 3-4 at home against MAAC foes. Saturday's game will be the first televised game at Reitz Arena since the 2001-02 Battle of Baltimore.
Doug Sherman and Rob Kennedy will be broadcasting the game for television while Mark Citarella and Greg Parassio will call the action on WNST AM 1570 and www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.