Dec. 1, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's basketball team is set to face its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent of the season when it travels to Iona for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Gaels on Tuesday night. The Greyhounds look for a little respect in the MAAC as they try to knock off an Iona squad picked third the preseason coaches' poll.
Loyola looks for its first win of the year after an 0-3 start. The 'Hounds have held leads in their last two games and even recorded positive assist-to-turnover ratios, but haven't been able to turn the corner in the win-loss column. The Greyhounds take to road now, where they play four of their next five games.
Tuesday's match-up with Iona pits the MAAC's preseason No. 3 team with its No. 10 team. Loyola looks for some conference respect after not landing a single player on the preseason All-MAAC teams. Sophomore Charlie Bell leads the charge with his 18 point-per-game average. Bell has eight three-pointers in Loyola's last two games, posting 22 and 20 points in the process.
The Greyhounds have also been starting two freshmen. The Toronto, Ont. duo of Shane James and Michael Tuck has done well for Loyola in the early going. James posted a career-high 16 points against Towson while Tuck leads the team in blocked shots and is second in rebounding.
Iona is 1-2 this season, defeating Vermont but falling to Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason. The Gaels played Loyola three times last season and won all three games, the last coming in the first round of the MAAC tournament.