Dec. 10, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The longest college basketball rivalry in the state of Maryland is renewed this Saturday when Mount St. Mary's visits Reitz Arena for the 159th meeting between the Greyhounds and Mountaineers. Both teams are coming off big conference wins and look to stay on the winning side back in non-conference play. Live Audio
The Mount has won the last three meetings with Loyola, edging the Greyhounds by a total of 16 points in those three contests. Last year at The Mount, Loyola led for the first 55 minutes and 50 seconds but fell 75-71. Landy Thompson led the Mountaineers with 17 points while Charlie Bell led all scorers with 18 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
Bell is again leading the Greyhounds in scoring this season with his 14 ppg average. Freshmen Freddie Stanback (13 ppg) and Brad Farrell (11.7 ppg) are also scoring in double figures as is sophomore Shane James (10.2 ppg), who is coming off a career-high 27 points in Sunday's win over Niagara.
James made 9-of-9 field goal attempts and had a team-high eight rebounds to help Head Coach Jimmy Patsos earn his first career win. Farrell, who scored 14 in the win, posting 18 points only three nights earlier and was named MAAC Rookie of the Week.
The Mount, which comes into Saturday's game with a 2-3 overall record, leads the all-time series 92-66. Loyola, 1-5 this season, will retire David Gately's jersey prior to the game. Gately, Loyola's third all-time leading scorer, becomes the sixth person to have his jersey retired by the men's basketball program.
Saturday's men's basketball Alumni Game is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. David Gately's jersery will be retired at 1:50 p.m. and the Loyola-Mount St. Mary's game is slated for a 2:05 p.m. tip.