Jan. 20, 2006
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Senior guard Steve Burtt scored a game-high 32 points, including a perfect 17 of 17 performance from the free throw line, as Iona College (13-3, 7-1) won its fifth straight game, an 86-68 victory over the Greyhounds (10-5, 4-3) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at Hynes Athletics Center on Thursday evening.
The win allowed the Gaels to beat Loyola for the 11th straight time at home. The Greyhounds have not earned a victory at the Hynes Center since February 14, 1994 in an 88-64 decision. It was also the 18th win in the last 19 games overall in the series, which the Gaels lead by 33-7.
Burtt recorded his third consecutive 30-point game in leading the Gaels to the victory. He scored 17 of his points in the second half as the Gaels rallied from a 37-30 deficit at the intermission.
The Greyhounds broke an 11-11 tie in the first half by scoring 13 of the next 15 points for an 11-point advantage with 10:46 remaining in the period. Iona battled back to cut the deficit to 32-30 with 4:02 left, but Loyola scored the half's final five points to head to the locker room with the seven-point lead. Senior guard Andre Collins scored 15 points to lead the Greyhounds in the opening 20 minutes.
The Gaels began to mount their comeback early in the second half and cut the Loyola lead back to two with just over 16 minutes left when Burtt connected on two free throws, which came after a technical foul on the Loyola bench. Iona tied the game at 47-47 less than three minutes on a three-pointer by Kenny Jackson before taking the lead for good on a layup by Gary Springer.
The Greyhounds kept the deficit within single digits until Iona put together a 14-2 run late in the second half to pull away for the victory. Burtt scored six of the 12 points during the rally, including four of four from the charity stripe.
Collins led the Greyhounds in the loss with a team-high 29 points while adding a game-high seven assists. Sophomore Michael Tuck added 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds while freshman Marquis Sullivan chipped in 11 points off the bench.
Burtt tied a pair of school records in the win with his performance from the foul line, while classmate Ricky Soliver added 17 points while Anthony Bruin had 10 points.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for the first time in two weeks on Sunday afternoon when Loyola hosts Rider University in the second game of a doubleheader. It will be the first game in a brief two-game homestand for the Greyhounds.