Dec. 4, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - After its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season, the Loyola men's basketball team returns to non-conference play when it travels to Pittsburgh for a match-up with Duquesne. The Greyhounds and Dukes meet for the first time in program history this Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Loyola enters the weekend at 0-4 after another tough loss at Iona. The Greyhounds led for much of the first half, but a 17-0 run gave the Gaels a 17-point victory on Tuesday night. Loyola has actually held leads in much of its last three games, but has not finished on top and looks to get its first win of the season at Duquesne.
The Dukes are 1-2 with losses to Siena and Pittsburgh. Duquesne has played all three of its games at home while Loyola has been away from Reitz for three of its first four games. Duquesne's 59-45 loss to No. 22 Pittsburgh on Wednesday is the only ranked opponent either team has faced this season.
Sophomore guard Charlie Bell leads the 'Hounds in scoring this season with an 18-point per game average. Bell has 13 three-point field goals, all in Loyola's last three games. Sophomores Bobby Bossman and Sean Corrigan both reached double figures at Iona. Bossman scored 13 points while Corrigan posted a career-high 12 points and six rebounds.
The Greyhound are 2-3 versus non-conference opponents after playing a MAAC game in the Scott Hicks era. Duquesne is 0-1 this season versus the MAAC and its last win against a team from the conference came in 1999 when it defeated Canisius.