Loyola at a glance

November 24, 1995

TC Coach: Brian Ellerbe (9-18), second season.

Affiliation: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

1994-95 record: 9-18 overall, 5-9 in the MAAC

Radio: WCAO (600 AM)

Arena: Reitz Arena (3,000)

Tickets: $6 reserved, $4 general admission. Call 617-5014.

Starters lost: Three.

Outlook: The Greyhounds took a major tumble last year, going from a MAAC championship and berth in the NCAA tournament to 9-18. And now they must cope with the loss of four-year starter B.J. Pendleton, the eighth-leading scorer in school history who averaged 14.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. He's one of three starters who departed, along with David Credle (9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Virgil Wallace (4.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg). There are six new players, helping to give Loyola a different look. Will it be an improved one? Only if these kids grow up in a hurry. The backcourt is in good hands with sophomore point guard John McDonald, a member of the MAAC All-Rookie team who averaged 10.9 points and 3.2 assists. He also led Loyola in steals and minutes played, and committed fewer than three turnovers per game. Joining him is senior Teron Owens, who scored in double figures in eight of Loyola's last 10 games. Senior Matt Walker and junior Milt Williams will see lots of action as well, and sophomore transfer Mike Powell looks like a terrific addition. Still, this area is the greatest concern to Ellerbe. The frontcourt includes junior Julian Tate (5.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg), but this is the area where youth comes into play. The roster includes three freshman forwards and two freshman centers, and they all have vast potential. Ellerbe expects the team to start slowly, then improve as each game passes.

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