Jan. 12, 2006
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Greyhounds won their third straight game with a 95-80 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Canisius College at the Koessler Athletic Center on Thursday evening.
"Canisius is a very good team," Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We had to work very hard to get this win. I am very proud of how our guys handled this tough defense."
The Greyhounds jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead in the game's first four minutes as Canisius missed seven of its first eight field goal attempts. Sophomore Freddie Stanback scored six points during the run on a pair of three-pointers. Canisius scored six points to cut the Greyhound advantage to 13-10 before Collins hit a three-pointer, upping the lead back to 16-10.
Loyola extended the lead to as much as 12 in the first half with 6:24 remaining in the period before the Golden Griffs went on another 6-0 spurt for a 27-21 margin with 4:48 remaining. Loyola outscored the Golden Griffins by 10-8 over the final five minutes to go into the locker room with a 37-29 advantage.
The Greyhounds continued to hold onto their advantage in the early part of the second half before Canisius took its first lead of the game at 61-60 with 9:43 when Kevin Downey hit a three-pointer. Downey forced a turnover on Loyola's next possession and the Golden Griffins converted the miscue into a three-point lead.
Loyola scored the next five points to regain the lead at 65-63 before the Golden Griffs scored four straight points to take back a 67-65 advantage. After the teams traded baskets, Tuck scored off a Collins to give the Greyhounds a 70-69 advantage they did not relinquish. Loyola scored 25 points in the game's final five minutes to take the 15-point win.
Collins, who entered the game as the second-leading scorer in the nation, made 8 of 20 shots from the floor, including 4 of 12 from beyond the arc. He made six of seven free throw attempts, but had his streak of 24 straight free throw conversions snapped with a miss late in the opening period.
Junior guard Shane James had 17 points to go with eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Tuck tallied 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Stanback chipped in 14 points and four rebounds.
Making his 100th consecutive start, Downey paced the Golden Griffs with 22 points while Darnell Wilson added 20 points and six rebounds.
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday night when they continue their three-game road trip with a game at Niagara University beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Golden Griffs host Iona in their second straight home game on Saturday night with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.