Dec. 1, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team plays its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game of the season this Thursday night at Saint Peter's College. The Greyhounds, coming off a heartbreaking three-point loss to Delaware, start with a clean conference slate at the Yantelli Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
Head Coach Jimmy Patsos is off to a 0-4 start, but two of those games were against ACC and Big East opponents and the other two came down to the game's final shot. Junior Charlie Bell is leading the team with his 14 point-per-game average and 22 rebounds while freshman Freddie Stanback is scoring at a 13 point-per-game clip and has 19 boards on the year.
Thursday's game will feature two teams that like to put points on the scoreboard. The Greyhounds are averaging 73 points in their two home games this season while Saint Peter's scored 81 in their home opener. The Peacocks, with last season's NCAA scoring champion Keydren Clark, are 1-2 and are also coming off a tough loss.
Last season, Bell led Loyola with 14 and 12 points respectively in its two games against Saint Peter's. Down low, senior Bernard Allen has been able to out-muscle the Peacocks and is averaging better than 10 boards per game against Saint Peter's. Allen posted a career-high 13 rebounds against the Peacocks his sophomore season.
Clark will once again be the focus for Saint Peter's, averaging 26 points per game this season. In the Peacock's two losses, Clark averaged 28 points while scoring 22 in their win over Lafayette.
Thursday's game will be Coach Patsos first taste of MAAC basketball as head coach. While at Maryland, Patsos' Terrapins compiled a 7-0 record against the conference.