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MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS FIRST GAME OF SEASON AT LOYOLA, 62-43
BALTIMORE (Dec. 10)-- Bobby Bossman scored a career-high 18 points, shooting 4-for-7 from three-point range, and Lucious Jordan and Bernard Allen each added 14 points as the Loyola men's basketball team broke a four-game losing streak with a 62-43 victory over UMBC in a game played at Reitz Arena Tuesday night.
The Greyhounds (2-4) won by their largest margin since a 25-point win over Saint Peter's (86-61) on Feb. 7, 1999, and avenged a 14-point defeat at the hands of the Retrievers (3-1) in the Battle of Baltimore championship game 15 days ago. UMBC shot just 29 percent (15-for-52) from the field for the game, including a 5-for-29 performance (17.2 percent) in the second half.
Loyola used hot early shooting to lead 13-4 after just five minutes and led by as many as 17 points in the first half, 34-17, after Bernard Allen capped a 10-0 Greyhound run with a layup with 3:47 to go in the half. The Retrievers then cut the Greyhound lead to just seven points, 40-33, on a Rob Gogerty layup with 12:59 left in the game, but Bossman hit a three-pointer off a loose-ball situation on Loyola's next possession and the Greyhounds led by double digits the rest of the way.
Bossman shot 6-for-9 from the field overall and added four rebounds and two steals in his first start of the season. Loyola head coach Scott Hicks shook up his starting lineup for tonight's game, giving a start not only to Bossman but to freshman Linton Hinds and to Allen.
Kareem Washington led UMBC with 12 points, but the Retrievers shot just 2-for-19 from three-point range for the game. Loyola also broke a four-game losing streak to UMBC dating back to the 2000 season.