Dec. 20, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team returns from a 10-day break and travels around the beltway to face local rival UMBC tonight. The Greyhounds, who come in at 1-6, look for their first road win of the year as they begin their three-game road trip at RAC Arena.
The `Hounds should be fresh after taking a week off for final exams. Last time out, Loyola had its one-game win streak snapped by Mount St. Mary's after the Mountaineers made 8-of-16 three pointers and held on for a 69-55 win at Reitz Arena.
Junior Charlie Bell, who scored nine points in loss to Mount St. Mary's, leads the team in scoring with a 13.3 point-per-game average. Freshmen Freddie Stanback (12.6 ppg) and Brad Farrell (10.1) are also averaging double figures for the run-and-gun `Hounds, who are scoring 70.9 points per game this season.
Loyola is also sharing the wealth on offense with five different Greyhounds leading the team in scoring in their seven games played. Most recently, junior Sean Corrigan led the team with 11 points against the Mount, but it was sophomore Shane James, who scored a season high 27 points for Loyola to lead the team past Niagara on December 5.
Tuesday's game is the 39th meeting between Loyola and UMBC. The Greyhounds lead the series 21-17, but the Retrievers are on a one-game win streak after last season's 72-50 win at the Battle of Baltimore. UMBC is 3-5 this season and comes off a 26-point win over Division III foe Villa Julie College last Saturday night.
The Loyola-UMBC game is slated for a 7 p.m. time at RAC Arena.