Jan. 3, 2006
Providence, R.I. - Senior Andre Collins matched a career-high with 39 points and matched a school record with seven three-pointers at Providence on Tuesday night. The Friars, however, had five players score double figures and pulled away late for a 94-81 win at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Collins had the Greyhounds up from the start, knocking down his first four shots, three of which were three-pointers, to give Loyola a 17-15 edge. Scoring 13 of the team's 23 points, Collins and the `Hounds were up by four when junior Hassan Fofana scored on an inside move to put Loyola up 25-17 halfway through the first period.
The Friars responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 25-25, but the Greyhounds fought right back. Freshman Marquis Sullivan first hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc, and followed with a lay-up in transition to quickly give Loyola a five-point lead. Sullivan then nailed a three-pointer with three minutes remaining in the first half and the Greyhounds led by 10 points, 40-30.
Providence closed out the first half scoring seven of the final 10 points and only trailed by three at intermission. Full-court pressure to start the second half led to six quick points for the Friars and Loyola's first-half lead turned into a three-point deficit.
The Greyhounds were able to get the lead back with a Linton Hinds' free throw and led by three when Michael Tuck converted a steal into a bucket with 14 minutes to play in regulation. Providence scored the next eight and led 61-56 with 10 minutes to go.
Loyola would chip away, but would play from behind the rest of the way out. The Friars, behind 23 points from Randall Hanke, and a double-double from Geoff McDermott (21 points, 14 rebounds), pulled away late and improved to 7-3 overall.
Tuck finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for the `Hounds; Fofana added 10 points in the loss. Loyola is now 7-3 on the season and returns to MAAC competition this Friday when it hosts Niagara at 7 p.m.