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Rider Sinks Men's Basketball At Pepsi Arena

Josko Alujevic made his first start of the season at the Pepsi Arena on Monday afternoon.
Josko Alujevic made his first start of the season at the Pepsi Arena on Monday afternoon.

Jan. 17, 2005

Box Score

Albany, N.Y. - Freshman Brad Farrell scored 18 points and rallied Loyola from a nine-point halftime deficit, but Rider's three-point shooting lifted the Broncs to an 89-69 win at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. on Monday afternoon.

A first half of runs began when the Broncs scored six unanswered points to take an early 17-12 lead. Loyola responded with seven points from junior Charlie Bell and three from freshman Brad Farrell, and with their 10-0 run, the Greyhounds held a 22-17 advantage.

Rider scored the next seven points, four of which came from the free-throw line, and led 24-22 with 6:30 remaining in the first half. The Greyhounds went back on top with a 6-0 run of their own, but a 17-4 Bronc run to close out the period propelled Rider to a 43-34 halftime lead.

Farrell got the `Hounds rolling to start the second half, scoring a quick three and an acrobatic lay-up in transition to cut the deficit to five points. Farrell's three-pointer at the 15-minute mark cut the lead to 49-47, firing up the Loyola bench.

Rider went to Robert Taylor, who scored eight straight Bronc points, to help Rider go ahead 64-49 with nine minutes to play. Sophomore Shane James answered by attacking the basket and scored 10 second-half points after a scoreless first period.

The Broncs, however, shot 59 percent from the field in the second half and answered every Loyola run to improve to 9-6 overall and 5-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds, now 3-12 on the year, fall to 2-4 in the conference.

Loyola stays on the road with a pair of MAAC games this weekend. The Greyhounds head to Marist on Saturday and Iona on Monday night. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.



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