Nov. 26, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's basketball team will get a shot at the only team it did not face at last weekend's Battle of Baltimore when it opens up the home season with Towson on Saturday night. The Greyhounds and Tigers face each other in an early season non-conference game with more than just local bragging rights on the line.
Both teams are much improved from last season and will look to show that on the court. Loyola and Towson finished with identical 2002-03 records - both overall and in conference. The two squads look to get off on the right foot and after the Battle of Baltimore, Loyola is 0-2 and Towson is 1-1.
The Greyhounds come off a record-breaking three-point field goal performance against Coppin State. Loyola nailed 12 three-pointers, setting a Battle of Baltimore record. The 'Hounds led Coppin State for most of the first half, but the Eagles came out of the lockeroom on fire, setting a tournament record for field goal percentage. Coppin State shot 71 percent in the second half and 63 percent for the game to get the win.
Sophomore Charlie Bell leads the 'Hounds in scoring with a 17 point-per game average. Bell scored a career-high 22 points against Coppin State, knocking down 5-of-9 three-pointers. Junior Bernard Allen has come off the bench and reached double figures in both Loyola games.
The Greyhounds will be home for the first time this regular season, but have played an exhibition at Reitz this year. Loyola won that game 77-67, defeating G.T. Express with five players scoring in double figures. So far this season, three Loyola players have reached double figures in each game.
Saturday's contest is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip and can be head live on both AM 1570 WNST and online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.