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Greyhounds Run Past Express In Men's Basketball Exhibition
Nov. 13, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - Sophomore Bobby Bossman ignited a 14-0 Loyola run midway through the second period to help the Greyhounds pull away and cruise to a 77-67 win over G.T. Express on Thursday night at Reitz Arena. Five Greyhounds scored in double figures to help Loyola win its preseason men's basketball exhibition.
"We had offensive balance tonight," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "Five players in double figures is quite a team accomplishment."
Sophomore Charlie Bell led the 'Hounds with 14 points on the night. Bossman posted 12 points while junior Bernard Allen, who had nine rebounds, knocked down 3-of-4 three pointers and scored 11 points in the win.
The game was very tight in the first half with seven lead changes and seven ties. A boisterous Reitz Arena crowd caught a glimpse of Loyola's athleticism with three first-half blocks, one apiece from Allen, junior Jim Chivers and freshman Shane James.
A steal from Bossman that turned into a Sean Corrigan jumper and a three-pointer by Allen had the halftime score knotted at 36-36.
The second half was also very closely played, but a three-pointer from Bossman to tie the game at 56-56 got Loyola's offensive rolling. Freshman Michael Tuck gave the Greyhounds a 59-56 lead when he was fouled on a mid-range, turn-around jump shot. A three-pointer from Chvers, a lay-in from freshman Jamaal Dixon and three-point basket from Corrigan gave the 'Hounds an 11-point lead they would not relinquish.
"We're still a young team, but we're learning how to win," says Hicks. "We had a good basketball atmosphere tonight and our players feed off of that. There is a lot of excitement in the program right now."
Loyola's freshmen played well in their Reitz Arena debut. James scored 11 points, Tuck scored 10 with five rebounds while the return of Sean Corrigan, who sat out with medical redshirt last season, did not disappoint. The 6-11 Greyhound center registered a team-high 11 rebounds and posted eight points in 21 minutes of action.
G.T. Express is a touring team comprised of former college All-Stars who have exhausted their four years of eligibility. They have played several Division I schools this season, falling in single digits to Richmond and Rhode Island while defeating VMI in the preseason.
Loyola, unofficially 1-0 on the year, opens the regular season at the Battle of Baltimore on Friday, Nov. 21. The Greyhounds face UMBC at Towson University. That game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip and will be televised live on WMAR-TV2.