Dec. 23, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - When Loyola's men's basketball team returns from a 16-day break on Monday, December 29, the Tigers of Princeton University visit Reitz Arena for maybe the Greyhounds biggest challenge thus far this season. Loyola and Princeton tip off at 7:35 p.m. and the game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 as well as Online at Loyola-Princeton Live Audio
Monday's game will be Loyola's first contest since falling 75-71 at Mount St. Mary's on December 13. The Greyhounds are 0-8 on the year but have played six of their first eight games away from Reitz Arena. Princeton brings a 4-4 overall record with three of their four losses decided by three or less points.
The Greyhounds look to continue Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference dominance over the Ivy League this season with a high-scoring, three-point attack. The MAAC is 8-0 against the Ivies and Loyola is second in the conference in three-point field goals.
Sophomore Charlie Bell leads the team in scoring and in three-pointers with a 16.1 point-per game average and 22 three-point field goals. Bell has led the 'Hounds in scoring all season after moving from point guard to shooting guard in the offseason. Freshman Shane James, who is second on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg), has taken over the point guard duties for Loyola. Bell and James are the only two Greyhounds to start all eight games for Head Coach Scott Hicks this year.
Princeton has started the same five in all eight of its games and is led in scoring and rebounding by junior Judson Wallace. The Tiger center is scoring 17.3 points per game and is pulling down 6.8 rebounds per game to give John Thompson's squad wins over Colgate, Holy Cross, UMBC and Fresno State this season.
The Tigers hold a 2-0 series lead with Loyola, but in their only match-up at Reitz Arena, Princeton escaped with a 47-46 win over the Greyhounds. Loyola has won four of its last nine non-conference games at home while Princeton has dropped its last two road games.