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Men's Basketball Falls to Virginia Tech, 81-58 in Season Opener
The 2004-05 men's basketball season officially opened on Friday night at Virginia Tech. Unfortunately for Loyola, it needed a little time to warm up. The Hokies built an early 14-point lead and held on to win 81-58.
Virginia Tech raced out to a 15-1 lead only four minutes into the game. The Hokies kept the pressure on, but the `Hounds kept scratching and would dig into the double-digit lead with freshman Freddie Stanback's three-pointer with about two minutes left in the first half.
Stanback's three cut the deficit to 31-22 and a press-beating bucket by Rashaud Nixon brought Loyola within seven points at 31-24. The Greyhounds had the last shot of the half, but senior Jim Chivers' three-point attempted rattled in and out and the halftime score was 34-26.
Just like the first half, the second half began with a Virginia Tech run. The Hokies scored the first seven points of the period to build a 15-point lead. Loyola, with 42 percent shooting from the field and nine percent shooting from three-point range, could not make up the margin.
Virginia Tech was led by Carlos Dixon, who had a game-high 21 points. True freshman Deron Washington scored 20 in the Hokie victory.
Loyola, 0-1 this season, quickly returns to the hardwood and hosts Navy this Sunday at 6 p.m.