St. Peter's deals with cold spell, Loyola, 80-66

'Hounds drop 19th in row despite a stellar defense

College Basketball

December 09, 2003|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

For a half last night, the Loyola men's basketball team looked poised to end an 18-game losing streak, playing sparkling defense on St. Peter's and keeping Peacocks sophomore star Keydren Clark off balance.

But the Greyhounds couldn't take advantage of St. Peter's prolonged first-half cold snap, and when the Peacocks got hot, Loyola couldn't contain them, dropping an 80-66 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference decision at Reitz Arena.

The Peacocks (3-1) went more than 11 minutes without a field goal, hitting just four of their first 24 shots and missing 15 straight in that stretch. They more than made up for their first-half drought with sizzling second-half shooting, hitting 18 of 28, including 7-for-11 from three-point range.

"We got a little bit conservative on offense, and St. Pete's did a very good job with their pressure ... ," said Loyola coach Scott Hicks. "St. Pete's is a very good team and ... their guards don't make a lot of mistakes."

The anticipated scoring battle between Clark, the nation's leading scoring freshman last year, and Loyola sophomore guard Charlie Bell, the Greyhounds' top scorer, never materialized. Bell was hampered all night, scoring a team-high 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Clark had 17 but made only 4-for-13 from the field.

However, Clark's backcourt mates, freshman Shane Nichols and junior Terrance Watkins, picked up the slack by combining for 43 points. The pair connected for back-to-back threes to punctuate the decisive run to start the second half.

"Our defense I thought was great in the first half. We did a good job on Clark and made him work," said Hicks. "In the second half, it took our offense a while to get kick-started and where St. Peter's is really tough is in their transition game."

The Greyhounds (0-6) have not won since midway through last season.

"We have a very young team, but it only takes that one win to get on a streak," said Bell. "The biggest thing is we have to stick together and keep our heads up and keep playing hard."

ST. PETER'S-Curry, 1-1 1-3 3, Devonish 3-7, 0-0 7, Bozovic 2-4 0-0 4, Clark 4-13, 7-7 17, Nichols 8-17 1-2 23, Watkins 6-13 8-11 20, Hinnant 1-4 1-2 4, Hooker 0-0 0-0 0, Ali 0-0 0-0 0, Reeves 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-60 18-25 80.

LOYOLA-Allen 2-8 0-0 6, Bossman 4-8 0-0 10, Corrigan 4-10 0-0 11, Bell 4-11 4-6 14, James 3-8 2-2 9, Dixon 1-1 1-2 3, Hinds 1-2 0-0 2, Nijaradze 1-1 0-0 2, Chatman 1-2 0-0 2, Chivers 0-1 0-0 0, Tuck 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 23-55 9-12 66.

Halftime-Loyola 27, St. Peter's 26. 3-point goals-St. Peter's 10-23 (6-13, Devonish 1-2, Hinnant 1-2, Clark 2-6), Loyola 11-25 (Corrigan 3-5, James 1-2, Chatman 1-1, Allen 2-4, Bossman 2-6, Bell 2-6, Chivers 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-St. Peter's 38 (Clark 8), Loyola 34 (Allen 10). Assists-St. Peter's (Clark 11), Loyola 13 (James 4). Total fouls-St. Peter's 17, Loyola 16. A-N/A.

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