Feb. 15, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team puts its three-game win streak on the line when it travels to Manhattan for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) showdown with the Jaspers.. The Greyhounds, who are also looking to win their second straight road game, face Manhattan for the second time in 10 days when the teams meet at Draddy Gymnasium this Wednesday night. Listen
In their first meeting on February 6, Loyola senior Bernard Allen posted his first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as the Greyhounds raced past Manhattan 77-70. Junior Linton Hinds also matched career-highs with 18 points and seven rebounds, helping Loyola out-rebound the defending MAAC champs, 49-25.
Since their first meetings, neither team has lost with both programs earning a pair of conference wins. Loyola, now 5-9 in the MAAC, is 6-17 overall and one game back of Canisus for the eighth spot in the MAAC. Manhattan, the preseason conference favorite, is 12-11 on the year and 7-8 in league play.
Both teams can improve their conference standing and tournament seeding with four games remaining in the regular season. The Greyhounds will look to Shane James, who is averaging 15.3 points per game during Loyola's current three-game run. Last week, James dished out 11 assists with only two turnovers while running the point in wins over Siena and Iona.
Manhattan turns to Peter Mulligan, who leads the team with a scoring average of 20.2 points per game. Mulligan, who is also averaging 5.3 rebounds per game, gets plenty of help from freshman C.J. Anderson and his 16 points and team-best 8.3 rebounds per game.
The last time Loyola swept its season series with Manhattan was also the last time the Greyhounds enjoyed a four-game win streak. In 1997-98, the `Hounds won four in a row with victories over Canisius, Fairfield, Iona and Manhattan.
Wednesday's game is the first of Loyola's final four regular season contests. The Greyhounds are 3-1 against their remaining opponents but only have one home game (Feb. 14 vs. Siena) left on the year. Loyola and Manhattan tip at 7:05 p.m.