Jan. 8, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Andre Collins hit the game-winning three-point field goal with 23 seconds left as the Greyhound men's basketball team (9-3, 3-1 MAAC) won its second straight game, a 78-75 victory over Marist College (5-6, 0-4) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game played at Reitz Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Down by 75-74, Collins took a pass from junior guard Shane James and hit his ninth three-point field goal of the game to give the Greyhounds a 77-75 edge. After junior Will Whittington missed an opportunity to give Marist the lead, sophomore forward Michael Tuck made one of two free throws to seal the victory for Loyola.
"Andre is such a team player," Loyola Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "He set up the play by setting the screen for Hassan [Fofana], showing his team-first attitude. This is big for the school. For our alumni to come back and see that is huge."
The Greyhounds jumped out to an 11-6 lead before the Red Foxes scored seven of the next points to tie the game at 13-13 on a layup by sophomore Ryan Stilphen. Marist took a 22-17 advantage with 10:26 remaining by going on a 9-4 spurt, which included five points from sophomore Ben Farmer.
The Greyhounds rallied to take a 31-30 lead on a three-pointer by Collins with 3:47 left before the Red Foxes ended the first half with an 8-2 run led by junior James Smith to take a 38-33 advantage at the intermission.
Loyola scored nine of the first 11 points to start the second half, including six from Collins. The Red Foxes rallied to tie the game at 49-49 with 14:42 remaining before Collins regained the lead at 52-49 with another three-point field goal. After Marist took a 60-57 lead with 8:26 left, the Greyhounds rallied with eight of the next 10 points for a 65-62 cushion. Marist tied the game at 67-67 with 5:27 before regaining the lead with 3:27 left on a three-point basket by junior Jared Jordan, setting up a Loyola comeback and Collins' heroics.
The second-leading scorer in the nation, Collins set a Loyola single-game record with nine three-pointers, eclipsing the previous mark of seven he tied against Providence on Tuesday night. He also had a career-high seven steals and three assists in the win. Fofana tallied 16 points while Tuck chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.
Jordan scored a team-high 23 points in the loss for Marist, while contributing a game-high seven assists. Farmer recorded a career-high 15 points by making 9 of 14 shots from the floor, including five of eight from beyond the arc.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Loyola against the Red Foxes, who still lead the series by a 24-13 margin. It also marked the shortest span that Loyola has needed to win nine games since the 1941-42 season, when the Greyhounds started the season with a 9-1 mark.
Loyola returns to action on Thursday night when the Greyhounds face Canisius College, while Marist travels to Liberty on Tuesday night.