Nov. 16, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's 2005-06 men's basketball season officially tips off this Saturday at Towson. The Greyhounds and Tigers, two programs looking for turn-around seasons, renew their Charles Street rivalry with a 7:30 p.m. start from the Towson Center. Live Audio
Both Loyola and Towson have second year coaches that have revitalized their respective programs. Greyhound Coach Jimmy Patsos won six games in his first year at Evergreen, and in the process, experienced Loyola's first three-game win streak in five years. Towson, coached by Pat Kennedy, finished 5-24 last season, and despite its current 13-game losing streak, is optimistic about 2005-06.
The two teams did not play last season, but have played each other 67 times with Loyola holding a commanding 42-25 series edge. The Tigers, however, have won the last two meetings, including a 66-62 win at Reitz Arena in 2003.
This season, Loyola has added plenty of depth to Coach Patsos' bench with four freshmen, the return of redshirt sophomore Michael Tuck and the eligibility of Maryland transfers Andre Collins and Hassan Fofana. Collins, who served his year-in-residence last season, averaged 22 points in Loyola's two exhibition games, while Fofana will have to wait until Loyola's Dec. 23 meeting with Virginia to suit up.
The Greyhounds return last season's top scorer in Charlie Bell (10.3 ppg), top rebounder in Freddie Stanback (144 reb) and top assist man in Shane James (81 assists). In their 2003 meeting with Towson, Bell led the `Hounds with 20 points while James chipped in with 16.
Saturday's game will be Loyola's first season opener with Towson since1999. That year, the Greyhounds prevailed 74-67, and over the past 10 years, have a 6-4 record on opening night.
Click on the Live Audio link for the play-by-play with Rich Gainer. The game can also be heard on WBAL AM 1090.