Nov. 12, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's baketball team, led by first year Head Coach Jimmy Patsos, unofficially begins its 2004-2005 season tonight as the Greyhounds are set to welcome Johns Hopkins to Reitz Arena for an exhibition game at 7:00 p.m.
Patsos, who is making his Reitz Arena debut after 13 years as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, takes his Division I Greyhounds to battle against Division III Johns Hopkins and long time Blue Jay mentor Bill Nelson.
Loyola's rookie head coach begins his quest to turn around a team that went 1-27 last year and finished in last place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while Nelson, who is the winningest head coach in Blue Jay history, is entering his 19th season at Hopkins and returns to a team that went 17-10 in 2003-2004.
The Greyhounds have nine returning players, including last year'sleading scorer Charlie Bell, one of the MAAC's top rebounders in Bernard Allen and 2004 MAAC All-Rookie team member Shane James. James, a native of Toronto, Ontario, also starred for the Canadian Junior National Team at this past summer's Tournament of the Americas.
Loyola welcomes six new faces to the program this year in freshmen George Bouindas, Freddie Stanback, Brad Farrell, Rashaud Nixon, Greg Manning, Jr., and a junior transfer from the University of Maryland, Andre Collins. Collins is not eligible to play this year due to the NCAA's transfer rules.
Tonight's matchup is the first between these Charles Street neighbors since the two met during the 1980-81 regular season with Loyola winning 67-63. Hopkins holds a commanding lead in the all-time series, however, at 84-17.
Complete results and a recap of tonight's contest will be available at www.loyolagreyhounds.com and on the Loyola Sports Line at 410-617-5015.