With Jordan, Greyhounds hope to be on winning road

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Freshman's 23 points help youthful Loyola end road losing streak

Colleges

November 29, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A basketball player named Jordan finally ended Loyola College's 28-game road losing streak Monday night with a marvelous all-around performance against Fairleigh Dickinson, breathing new life into the school's long-dormant men's program.

But the major concern for Loyola is whether 6-foot-2, 200-pound freshman shooting guard Lucious Jordan just went on a one-game rampage for 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals, or is he for real?

Jordan was 8-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-4 from three-point range and raised his scoring average to 16.3 points per game.

So, what can he do for an encore Saturday night at Rutgers?

"Hopefully, more of the same," Jordan said yesterday.

"I want to make freshman of the year in the MAAC [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] and the All-Rookie team," Jordan said. "No, I don't plan on even challenging Michael as the best player in the area. He's going to be all right."

The key to Loyola's success will be rebounding, said the resident of Albany, N.Y.

"Everybody has to rebound on this team," Jordan said. "We're young and need to work hard in all phases of the game every night."

Jordan knows he can shoot or drive, hit the open man and rebound.

Weaknesses?

"Defense is the area I need the most work," he said.

Best run in 80 years ends

Senior Towson goalkeeper Chris Hurley could hold his head high in a steady rain last Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C., even though the best run in the school's 80-year soccer history had just ended with a 3-0 loss to host North Carolina.

The seventh-seeded Tar Heels bounced the 16-5-1 Tigers from their first NCAA Division I soccer tournament with the second-round victory, but Hurley was sensational with three acrobatic stops among his season-high 10 saves.

Hurley and Towson defeated James Madison, 4-1, in a first-round game Friday night while North Carolina had a bye and was well rested for the Tigers. Towson's 16 wins established a school record.

The loss ended the careers of Hurley, Alfonso DeMares, Todd Lauber, Tim Gober and Steve Hoeck.

Proud UMBC

They're doing a little chest pounding at UMBC, because the men's swimming team is off to a 3-0 start and defeated Navy, 130-113, for first time in the team's 15-year history.

Josh Farley led UMBC with victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

Freshman Lindsay Prather (Joppatowne) already has established two school records for UMBC's 2-2 women. Coach Chad Cradock believes Prather has a chance to become the school's first NCAA women's entrant in more than 10 years.

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