Men's Basketball Readies For Niagara And Canisius

Feb. 18, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - With games at Niagara and Cansius this Thursday and Saturday, the Loyola men's basketball team will wrap up a four-game road swing before returning to Reitz Arena for the final weekend of the regular season. Down to four games on the 2003-04 slate, the 'Hounds face Niagara this Thursday, February 19 at 7 p.m.

In their first meeting of the year, freshman Shane James scored a career-high 17 points in back-to-back games against the Purple Eagles and Golden Griffins. The 'Hounds lost both games, the second to Canisius on a last-second shot.

Charlie Bell, Loyola's leading scorer this season, struggled against Niagara and Canisius in mid-January of this year. Averaging 15 points per game, Bell scored a combined seven points against the upstate New York schools while nursing a foot injury.

Bell is back into the swing of things and is coming off a 25-point night at Siena last Thursday. The Greyhounds lost that game 77-67, after leading 34-31 at halftime. Jim Chivers matched a career-high with 11 points against the Saints, but a 16-0 Siena run was too much for Loyola to overcome.

The 'Hounds are 1-22 this season and 1-13 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Niagara is 9-5 in the MAAC (15-8 overall) and Canisius currently stands at 9-16, 4-10 MAAC.

The Greyhounds have won 11-of-32 games against Niagara and 11-of-36 games against Canisius all-time. Thursday's game at Niagara will be the Purple Eagles' first home game in two weeks while Saturday's game at Canisius is Loyola's last road game of the season.

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