Dec. 3, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's basketball team returns home this Sunday to face conference foe Niagara in a 5 p.m. contest. The Greyhounds, who have two three-point losses at Reitz Arena this season, look to get over the hump in their third attempt. Listen
Head Coach Jimmy Patsos has instilled an up-tempo offense that is scoring 73 points at home and is coming off an 83-point performance at Saint Peter's. Three Greyhounds, including two freshmen, are scoring double figures this season with both junior Charlie Bell and freshman Freddie Stanback leading the way (12.8 ppg).
Freshman Brad Farrell, who is averaging 11.2 points per game, is coming off a career-high 18 points at Saint Peter's. The Greyhounds fell behind early, threatened late, but fell 99-83 and come into Sunday's game with a 0-1 record in the conference.
Niagara, picked second in the MAAC preseason coaches' poll, is 4-1 after a season-opening loss at Providence. The Purple Eagles are 1-0 in the conference, defeating Canisius 87-82 in Buffalo on Wednesday night. Juan Mendez leads both Niagara and the conference in scoring with 27.2 points per game this season.
Sunday's game is one of two December home game for the Greyhounds. Loyola hosts Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. David Gately, Loyola's third all-time leading scorer with 1,706 career points, will have his number retired at the Mount St. Mary's game. An alumni basketball game will also take place on December 11. Basketball alums should contact assistant coach Terrell Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.