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Towson Rallies To Edge Men's Basketball In Home Opener

Charlie Bell scored 20 points against Towson on Saturday night.
Charlie Bell scored 20 points against Towson on Saturday night.

Nov. 29, 2003

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Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Charlie Bell scored 20 points and freshman Shane James added a career-high 16 points but Towson's late surge pushed the Tigers past Loyola 66-62 at Reitz Arena on Saturday night.

The Greyhounds were in control from the opening minute when sophomore Bobby Bossman scored the game's first three points on a three-pointer from the left arc. Loyola built its lead steadily, leading 10-2, then 16-9, and then reaching its biggest lead of the first half (21-12) on James' bucket at 7:25.

"We played a very good first half," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "This team is much better offensively than it was a year ago. We need to get our defense going now and good things will happen."

Bell finished the first half with 11 points and five rebounds and Loyola led 30-22 at the break. A three-pointer for Bell to open the second half gave the Greyhounds an 11-point advantage. Towson chipped away at that lead and finally tied the score 40-40 at the 12-minute mark.

"Towson used their long hands and made plays," says Hicks. "We had our opportunities to win this game, but we didn't take advantage - especially from the free throw line."

Loyola ended the game shooting 14-of-26 from the charity stripe. Junior Bernard Allen pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds while Bell, Bossman and James combined for seven three-point baskets. Junior Irakli Nijaradze scored six while sophomore Linton Hinds added five points and two assists.

For the second game in a row, the Greyhounds have more assists than turnovers, but Towson's Trevan Jackson scored a career-high 15 points to lead his team to victory. The Tigers shoot 64 percent from the field in the second half, scoring 44 points to give them a 2-1 record on the season.

 

 

"Loyola has improved a lot since last season," says Towson Head Coach Michael Hunt. "They've played well in all three of their games this year, but haven't put two good halves together. They're a young team and you'll have that. They are better though."

Leading the way is Bell, fresh off a career-high 22 points versus Coppin State, he almost reaches that total with his 20 points against Towson. He leads the Greyhounds with an 18 point-per-game average.

"Moving over to shooting guard this season has definitely helped me play my game," says Bell. "Each game I get more comfortable and each game our team gets a little better. I just want to help this team win games and I think that can happen soon."

The Greyhounds are 0-3 and travel to Iona for their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game this Tuesday. They face the Gaels at 7:30 p.m. Iona is 1-2 this season after falling to George Mason earlier on Saturday afternoon.

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