Dec. 11, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - The oldest college basketball rivalry in the state of Maryland is renewed this weekend when Loyola travels to Emmitsburg for a 7 p.m. showdown with Mount St. Mary's. The 158th meeting between the two programs takes place this Saturday at Knott Arena.
The Greyhounds are fresh off a 76-71 loss at Delaware. Loyola, playing its third game in five days, trailed the Blue Hens by one point with six minutes left in regulation. Missed free throws down the line hurt the 'Hounds, who outrebounded Delaware 35-31.
Mount St. Mary's enters at 0-6 with tough losses to Delaware, Notre Dame and Virginia. The Mount has won two of its last three games with Loyola, but the Greyhounds have outscored Mount St. Mary's by five points in those three contests combined.
Saturday's game is Loyola's first game against a Northeast Conference school this season. The Greyhounds went 1-2 against the NEC last year, dropping a 58-55 game to Mount St. Mary's at home. Junior Bernard Allen had a double-double that game with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Charlie Bell, who has led Loyola in scoring in five of its seven games, leads the team with a 15.9 point-per-game average. Freshman Shane James, who scored 15 at Delaware, is second on the team with a 9.9 point-per-game average.
The Greyhounds cap their early season road schedule at Emmitsburg and return home in late December to face Princeton. Saturday's game will be Loyola's sixth road game of the year.
Note: A student bus will depart from behind Newman Towers at 5 p.m. on Saturday