Jan. 14, 2006
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Despite a game-high 36 points from senior guard Andre Collins, the Greyhound men's basketball team (10-4, 4-2) had its three-game win streak snapped with a tough 75-72 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defeat to Niagara University (5-9, 2-4) at the Gallagher Center on Saturday night.
Collins, who has recorded five 30-point outings this year, made 13 of 29 shots from the floor and also converted all four of his free throw attempts. He also had a team-high seven rebounds and two assists.
In a wild first half that featured seven ties and 10 lead changes, Collins led the Greyhounds to a two-point lead at 18-16 with 11:38 left by scoring 16 of Loyola's first 18 points. The Purple Eagles scored five straight points to take a 21-18 advantage on a free throw by James Mathis.
After Loyola regained the lead with four straight points, the Purple Eagles took back the lead on a three-pointer by Lorenzo Miles with 6:10 remaining in the period. Niagara scored six of the final 11 points of the half for a three-point cushion at the intermission.
After Miles hit a three-pointer to give Niagara a 35-30 advantage early in the second half, the Greyhounds responded by scoring the next six points for a 36-35 cushion with 17:15 remaining. However, the Purple Eagles battled back and took a two-point lead on a dunk by Clif Brown.
Niagara held on to the advantage for the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 11 with 2:09 remaining before the Greyhounds mounted a serious comeback. Loyola cut the deficit to 73-70 with 10 seconds remaining on a Collins three-point basket, but sophomore Charron Fisher sealed the win with two free throws with six seconds left. Collins hit a jumper in the lane with less than a second left, but the Purple Eagles held on to the win.
Junior guard Shane James added 11 points in the loss for Loyola, while contributing five rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Fisher scored a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Purple Eagles, while Miles scored 20 points, including 15 in the second half.
The Greyhounds wrap up their three-game road trip on Thursday night when they travel to Iona College to face the Gaels beginning at 7:30 p.m. Loyola returns home for the first time in nearly three weeks on January 22 against Rider University.