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Fives makes impact at Loyola

James Fives played a major role in Loyola Maryland posting a College Basketball Invitational victory before having its season come to an end Monday night.

Fives moved into the starting lineup during his recently completed sophomore season with the Baltimore-based NCAA Division I school.

The 6-foot-6 guard played for JB Hoops and Scranton Prep High School before spending time at The Hill School, playing on the Prep school level prior to enrolling in college.

Loyola went 8-10 in the Patriot League and 16-17 overall.

Fives started all 18 Patriot League games and all but three games overall while appearing in every game for the Greyhounds.

Loyola opened the CBI, an event similar to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), with a 73-58 victory at George Mason.

Fives played the most minutes on the team in the tournament win with 38. He scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 2 assists. He was 4-for-8 from the floor, including 2-for-5 on 3-pointers, and 4-for-4 at the line.

Coastal Carolina eliminated Loyola, 72-63, in the CBI quarterfinals.

For the season, Fives averaged 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds, increases from 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds as a freshman. He shot 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 73.6 percent from the foul line.

During his time with JB Hoops, Fives had 40 points in a championship game victory at the Hoop Group Buzzer Beat Classic. He was a first-team division all-star at Scranton Prep.

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