Nov. 24, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team will try to get its first win of the season at Big East power and No. 15 Pittsburgh this Saturday night. The Greyhounds, coming off a heartbreaking three-point loss to Navy, face the Panthers at Petersen Events Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. Live Audio
The Greyhounds are off to a 0-2 start after a season-opening road loss to Virginia Tech and Sunday's highly contested 89-86 loss to Navy. Junior Charlie Bell, after scoring only two points in the opener at Tech, found his rhythm on Sunday and matched a career-high with 26 points. It's freshman Freddie Stanback, however, who leads Loyola in scoring this season with a 17.5 point-per-game average.
Pittsburgh enters the year with three starters returning from last season's 31-5 team. The Panthers captured their third consecutive regular season Big East title last year and advanced to their third straight NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" appearance.
Loyola has averaged 72 points in its first two games, running an up-tempo offense that is shooting 47 percent from the field. Along with Stanback and Bell, freshman Brad Farrell is also averaging double figures at an 11 point-per-game clip.
Saturday's game is Pittsburgh's third consecutive home contest to start the year. The Greyhounds, who play three of their first five games away from home, return to Reitz Arena on Monday, Nov. 29.