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Men's Basketball Turns Focus To St. Peter's
Jan. 30, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - With one streak snapped, the Loyola men's basketball team is looking to start another streak with a win at St. Peter's this Saturday. It won't be easy with the Peacocks sporting a 7-2 conference record, but the battle-tested Greyhounds have welcomed all challenges this injury-plagued season. The Greyhounds and Peacocks tip at 3 p.m. at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City.
Sophomore Charlie Bell has scored 25 points in each of Loyola's last two games and enters the weekend averaging 15.3 points per game this season. He scored a team-high 14 points against St. Peter's in their meeting back on December 8, but the Peacocks prevailed 80-66.
St. Peter's has won the last three games versus Loyola, but the Greyhounds won the previous three meetings in the series. The Peacocks hold a 32-24 all-time edge on the 'Hounds, but are coming off an 84-72 loss at Fairfield on Thursday.
Loyola, 1-9 in the MAAC, is three conference wins from a fifth-place tie in the league. St. Peter's is 11-7 overall and its 7-2 MAAC record is good enough for sole possession of second place. The Greyhounds face first-place Manhattan at home next Wednesday.
Junior Bernard Allen leads the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg) while freshman Shane James leads the squad in assists with 51. The Greyhounds have played with seven, eight and nine guys in uniform their last three games and hope to get even healthier down the stretch. Loyola has eight games remaining on its regular season schedule.