Jan. 24, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Terrence Todd scored a career-high 35 points, including 24 in the second half, as Fairfield University (6-11, 4-5) snapped a two-game losing streak with an 80-72 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over the Greyhounds (11-6, 5-4) at Reitz Arena on Tuesday evening.
Todd, who scored 30 points earlier this season against Iona, made 11 of 19 shots from the floor and converted 13 of his 14 free throw attempts. He had made his first nine attempts before missing with 35 seconds left.
The Stags jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead in the first 3:15 of the game as senior DeWitt Maxwell scored five of Fairfield's opening points. The Greyhounds rallied with seven straight points to cut the deficit to 9-8 with 14:36 remaining before Fairfield countered by scoring eight of the next 11 points. Loyola took a 22-19 lead with 7:08 left in the period as senior guard Andre Collins capped an 11-3 run with a three-pointer. The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the half before Todd scored on a lay-up with 1:02 remaining to give Fairfield a one-point lead at the intermission.
The second half began in similar fashion before Fairfield broke a 34-34 tie with a 6-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by junior Michael Van Schaick, for a 40-34 advantage. Loyola rallied with a 9-1 run of its own to regain the advantage at 43-41 on another Collins three-point basket. After Fairfield regained a 45-43 lead, Loyola freshman Marquis Sullivan scored a three-pointer to give Loyola the one-point cushion.
With 8:45 left, Van Schaick hit two free throws to give Fairfield a 49-48 lead it did not relinquish. The Stags built as much as a 13-point lead with 2:44 remaining. Todd scored 10 points in the final three minutes to give Fairfield the victory.
Todd was one of three Fairfield players in double figures with his game-high 35 points, while Van Schaick added 18 points. Freshman guard Herbie Allen chipped in 15 points off the bench.
Collins, who entered the game as the nation's second-leading scorer, tallied a team-high 26 points for Loyola, hitting 8 of 24 shots from the floor and all six free throw attempts. Making his second straight start, Sullivan added 13 points by making five of nine field goal attempts.
The Greyhounds begin a two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Saint Peter's for a 3:00 p.m. matchup against the Peacocks. Meanwhile, Fairfield returns home for the first time in over a month when the Stags host Manhattan on Friday night.