Jan. 6, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Andre Collins scored 28 points, including 24 in the second half, to lead the Greyhounds (8-3, 2-1) to their third win in the last four games with an 82-70 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Niagara University (3-8, 0-3) at Reitz Arena on Friday evening.
"I'm proud of the way our guys handled the game," Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We've been on the road for four straight games and we didn't have the same energy, but Andre [and the team] made the adjustments at halftime and it's a credit to him and the team."
The Greyhounds, who never trailed in the game, jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead in the first four minutes of the game before the Purple Eagles cut the deficit to 13-12 with 11:24 left on a jumper by junior forward Clif Brown. Loyola extended its cushion to as much as nine at 30-21 before Niagara finished the half by scoring 10 of the final 15 points of the period.
Ahead by 35-31 at the intermission, Collins scored Loyola's first 15 points of the second period to spark a 15-2 run in the opening 3:30 of the period, giving the Greyhounds a 50-33 edge. Sophomore guard Charron Fisher cut the deficit to 52-37 by scoring four of the next six points, but Collins countered with five of the next eight points for a 57-41 advantage.
Niagara cut the deficit down to 65-60 with a 29-8 spurt led by Fisher and junior guard Barry Durosier, who combined for 11 of the 29 points during the rally. Sophomore Michael Tuck countered with back-to-back baskets to end the spurt and give the Greyhounds a 69-60 lead they did not relinquish.
The nation's second-leading scorer, Collins made 9 of 21 shots from the floor and was perfect in six free throw attempts to lead the team in scoring for the 11th straight game. He was one of three players to score in double figures for Loyola in the win. Tuck recorded a double-double with a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Fofana chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Fisher led the Purple Eagles with 22 points and 11 rebounds while junior forward Lorenzo Miles added 11 points and six assists.
The loss was Niagara's eighth in the last nine games.
Loyola, which has won eight games for the first time since the 1998-99 season, ends its brief two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against Marist College beginning at 1:00 p.m.