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Late First-Half Surge Carries Gaels Past Greyhounds

Bobby Bossman scored 13 points at Iona on Tuesday night.
Bobby Bossman scored 13 points at Iona on Tuesday night.

Dec. 2, 2003

Box Score

New Rochelle, N.Y. - Loyola connected on 12 three-point field goals and had three players reach double figures, but a 17-0 Iona run late in the first half proved to be to much for the Greyhounds to overcome on Tuesday night. The Gaels win at home, downing Loyola 77-60 at the Mulcahy Center.

Charlie Bell continued his hot shooting from beyond the three-point arc with four "trifectas" in the first half. With Iona up 6-0 early, Bell cut the lead in half with his first three-pointer of the night. Sophomore center Sean Corrigan knocked down a three-point field goal only minutes later to bring Loyola within two points at 10-8, and then junior captain Jim Chivers tied up the score at 10-10 with a follow-up bucket.

The Greyhounds took the lead when sophomore Linton Hinds made a beautiful move to beat two Iona defenders off the dribble. Hinds' lay-up gave the 'Hounds a 12-10 edge at 11:48. Bell would score Loyola's next three field goals, all three-pointers, the last one giving the Greyhounds a 22-19 lead.

Hinds' free-throw gave Loyola a 26-25 edge, but the Gaels then went on a 17-0 run to open up a 42-26 lead. A three-pointer by sophomore Bobby Bossman and a foul shot from Bell had the Greyhounds trailing 42-30 at halftime.

Loyola's first four baskets of the second half were all three-point field goals. The Greyhounds and Gaels played even basketball for most of the second half. Iona pulled away late to finish with 17-point victory.

Bell finished the game as Loyola's top scorer with 18 points, Bossman added 13 and Corrigan went for a career-high 12 points. The Greyhounds' 12 three-pointers is one shy of the school record.

Iona improves to 2-2 with 20 points from Steve Smith. The Gaels finish with an impressive night at the free-throw line, going 15-for-15 in the first half and 25-for-28 for the game. Loyola drops its fourth contest of the season and travels to Duquesne this Saturday.



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