Dec. 29, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team will close out the calendar year at Princeton this Friday at 2 p.m. The Greyhounds, who play for only the second time since December 11, look for their first road win of the year while Princeton plays at home for only the second time this season. Listen to all the action from Jadwin Gym right here with Live Audio .
Loyola is 1-7 overall after a tough 58-53 loss to UMBC on December 21. The loss was Loyola's third defeat by five or fewer points this season and was also a season-low scoring output for the run-and-gun `Hounds. Loyola is averaging 68.6 points per game has four players averaging double figures.
Conversely, Princeton has stayed true to its slow-it-down reputation and is averaging 51.7 points per game. The Tigers are 6-4, but are coming off their worst loss since 2000, falling 68-42 to host UTEP in the Sun Bowl Tournament Championship Game.
Freshman Freddie Stanback leads Loyola in scoring with 13 points per game and also has 35 rebounds, one less than freshman Rashaud Nixon, who leads the team with 36 boards this season. Junior Charlie Bell is scoring 12.6 ppg while both sophomore Shane James and freshman Brad Farrell are averaging 10.1 ppg.
Princeton's top man is Judson Wallace, who leads the team with 14.1 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game. He also has a team-high 10 blocked shots this season.
Both Loyola and Princeton have first-year head coaches leading their programs. Jimmy Patsos leads Loyola after spending the last 13 seasons on Gary Williams' bench at Maryland. Joe Scott, a Princeton alumnus, is the Tigers' head coach after taking Air Force to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Patsos is 7-0 as a coach against the Ivy League, but Loyola College is 1-7 against Ivy opponents. Princeton leads the all-time series with Loyola, 3-0. The Tigers defeated the Greyhounds at Reitz Arena (74-54) last December.
Friday's game is the second of three straight road games for the `Hounds. Loyola will continue northbound and play at Central Connecticut State on Sunday, January 3.