Loyola falls to Siena as skid now reaches 27

Poor shooting costly for Greyhounds, 81-59

January 14, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The woes of the winless Loyola men's basketball team persisted last night.

Poor shooting pushed the Greyhounds behind by too much too early and they never recovered while losing their 27th consecutive game, 81-59, to Siena before 711 at Reitz Arena.

Moreover, the already short-handed team may be missing another player Friday when it attempts again to end the nation's longest Division I slide.

Swingman Bobby Bossman turned an ankle with 6:40 remaining, leaving Loyola (0-14, 0-5) with only eight able-bodied players entering its meeting with Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference power Niagara.

"We've just got to keep on fighting and not get our heads down," said guard Charlie Bell, whose 19 points paced the Greyhounds while Siena (4-10, 1-4) ended a 10-game skid. "Once we put our heads down, it's all over."

With its lineup generally several inches shorter at every position, Loyola went 1-for-19 from the field to start the game. The Saints rushed off to a 23-9 lead before Bell scored on a fast break. But Loyola's inaccuracy continued and Siena pulled in front by 18 points near the end of the first half.

But to their credit, the Greyhounds battled back with the final seven points of the first half and then a 12-4 run to start the second, pulling within 38-35.

However, they had no answer for Michael Haddix (20 points, nine rebounds) or the 48.3 percent shooting of the Saints, who have beaten Loyola eight straight times.

"Their size made it difficult to shoot over them," Loyola coach Scott Hicks said. "But we were in it, we just couldn't make a big run. We just need to have more consistency out of our offensive players. I think we have good shooters but losing effects your confidence and that's what shooting is about."

Injuries had already claimed three players, including the lone senior, Lindbergh Chatman, before Bossman was hurt.

"We've got to find a way to come out strong because we're always fighting back, then running out of gas," Bell said.

Loyola finished the game shooting 24 percent from the field.

SIENA - Andrews 4-12 2-2 12, Miller 2-2 1-2 5, Haddix 8-14 4-6 20, Jackson 2-5 0-0 4, Mitchell 3-6 7-8 13, Beers 1-3 0-0 3, Ryan 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan 4-9 1-2 11, Holle 4-6 0-2 9, Sniezyk 1-3 1-2 4. Totals 29-60 16-24 81. LOYOLA - Bossman 0-9 4-4 4, Tuck 2-5 3-3 7, Nijaradze 1-2 3-3 5, Bell 3-12 11-12 19, James 4-8 5-5 14, Dixon 0-4 2-2 2, Allen 0-4 0-0 0, Corrigan 2-7 0-0 6, Chivers 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 13-54 28-29 59. Half: Siena, 34-23. 3-Point goals-Siena 7-19 (Sniezyk 1-1, Jordan 2-4, Holle 1-2, Beers 1-3, Andrews 2-7, Mitchell 0-2). Loyola 5-20 (Corrigan 2-4, James 1-2, Bell 2-7, Bossman 0-3, Tuck 0-1, Allen 0-2, Chivers 0-1). Fouled out-Haddix, Nijaradze. Rebounds-Siena 47 (Jordan 11), Loyola (Bossman 5). Assists-Siena 14 (Andrews 4), Loyola 8 (Bossman 3). Total fouls-Siena 24, Loyola 22. A-711.

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