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Greyhounds Run Past Express In Men's Basketball Exhibition

Nov. 13, 2003

BALTIMORE, MD - Sophomore Bobby Bossman ignited a 14-0 Loyola run midway through the second period to help the Greyhounds pull away and cruise to a 77-67 win over G.T. Express on Thursday night at Reitz Arena. Five Greyhounds scored in double figures to help Loyola win its preseason men's basketball exhibition.

"We had offensive balance tonight," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "Five players in double figures is quite a team accomplishment."

Sophomore Charlie Bell led the 'Hounds with 14 points on the night. Bossman posted 12 points while junior Bernard Allen, who had nine rebounds, knocked down 3-of-4 three pointers and scored 11 points in the win.

The game was very tight in the first half with seven lead changes and seven ties. A boisterous Reitz Arena crowd caught a glimpse of Loyola's athleticism with three first-half blocks, one apiece from Allen, junior Jim Chivers and freshman Shane James.

A steal from Bossman that turned into a Sean Corrigan jumper and a three-pointer by Allen had the halftime score knotted at 36-36.

The second half was also very closely played, but a three-pointer from Bossman to tie the game at 56-56 got Loyola's offensive rolling. Freshman Michael Tuck gave the Greyhounds a 59-56 lead when he was fouled on a mid-range, turn-around jump shot. A three-pointer from Chvers, a lay-in from freshman Jamaal Dixon and three-point basket from Corrigan gave the 'Hounds an 11-point lead they would not relinquish.

"We're still a young team, but we're learning how to win," says Hicks. "We had a good basketball atmosphere tonight and our players feed off of that. There is a lot of excitement in the program right now."

Loyola's freshmen played well in their Reitz Arena debut. James scored 11 points, Tuck scored 10 with five rebounds while the return of Sean Corrigan, who sat out with medical redshirt last season, did not disappoint. The 6-11 Greyhound center registered a team-high 11 rebounds and posted eight points in 21 minutes of action.

G.T. Express is a touring team comprised of former college All-Stars who have exhausted their four years of eligibility. They have played several Division I schools this season, falling in single digits to Richmond and Rhode Island while defeating VMI in the preseason.

Loyola, unofficially 1-0 on the year, opens the regular season at the Battle of Baltimore on Friday, Nov. 21. The Greyhounds face UMBC at Towson University. That game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip and will be televised live on WMAR-TV2.




Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICSGTE vs LOY11/13/03 7:35 p.m. at Baltimore, MD--------------------------------------------------------------------------------VISITORS: GTE TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN04 Nicely, Shane....... f 5-9 2-3 3-6 0 9 9 3 15 2 2 0 3 3008 Zapior, Dan......... f 0-4 0-3 0-2 1 1 2 5 0 1 0 0 2 1815 Brown, Chris........ c 4-10 1-1 1-1 3 3 6 0 10 0 1 0 0 1905 Woolery, Fitzroy.... g 1-4 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 1011 Collum, Robby....... g 6-13 2-6 3-6 0 2 2 2 17 4 4 0 2 4006 Taylor, Matthew..... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 009 Strickland, Will.... 4-6 0-0 2-3 1 4 5 1 10 2 2 0 0 2410 Hampton, Rodney..... 2-3 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 2 6 2 1 0 1 2312 Brown, Greg......... 1-3 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 1713 Massiah, Vidal...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 014 Belasco, Scott...... 2-7 0-1 0-3 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 19 TEAM................ 2 2 4 Totals.............. 25-60 7-20 10-23 9 27 36 14 67 14 10 0 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-30 43.3% 2nd Half: 12-30 40.0% Game: 41.7% DEADB3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-11 27.3% 2nd Half: 4-9 44.4% Game: 35.0% REBSF Throw % 1st Half: 7-14 50.0% 2nd Half: 3-9 33.3% Game: 43.5% 6

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------HOME TEAM: LOY TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN22 Bossman, Bobby...... f 3-6 2-5 4-5 1 3 4 2 12 2 0 0 1 2355 Tuck, Michael....... f 3-4 1-1 1-1 2 3 5 2 10 0 1 1 0 1825 Corrigan, Sean...... c 4-12 1-5 1-2 0 11 11 1 8 0 2 0 0 2111 Bell, Charlie....... g 7-16 0-4 0-0 3 0 3 3 14 2 2 0 2 2823 James, Shane........ g 3-7 2-4 3-3 1 2 3 2 11 1 1 1 0 3001 Dixon, Jamaal....... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 715 Allen, Bernard...... 3-8 3-4 2-2 1 8 9 3 11 2 1 1 2 2620 Burr, Kenny......... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 732 Hinds, Linton....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 333 Nijaradze, Irakli... 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 1244 Chatman, Lindbergh.. 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 352 Chivers, Jim........ 3-5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 7 2 3 1 0 22 TEAM................ 1 1 Totals.............. 28-63 10-26 11-13 10 31 41 18 77 12 13 4 6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-34 41.2% 2nd Half: 14-29 48.3% Game: 44.4% DEADB3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-13 38.5% 2nd Half: 5-13 38.5% Game: 38.5% REBSF Throw % 1st Half: 3-5 60.0% 2nd Half: 8-8 100 % Game: 84.6% 0

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Officials:Technical fouls: GTE-None. LOY-None.Attendance:Score by Periods 1st 2nd TotalGTE........................... 36 31 - 67LOY........................... 36 41 - 77