Jan. 31, 2006
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Junior guard Jared Jordan recorded his second straight double-double effort with 13 points and 11 assists as Marist College (13-6, 7-4) won its eighth straight game, an 86-78 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over the Greyhounds (11-8, 5-6) at the McCann Center on Monday evening.
The win allowed the Red Foxes to avenge a three-point loss at Loyola on January 8 while sending the Greyhounds to their fifth loss in the last six games.
The Red Foxes jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead in the first 2:27 of the game as James Smith opened the game with back-to-back baskets, which was followed by a three-pointer by Jordan. After the Greyhounds cut the deficit down to 12-8 on a lay-up by senior guard Andre Collins, Marist scored seven of the next 10 points to take a 19-11 advantage.
Later in the period, Marist added a 14-0 run to break open a 33-15 advantage with 5:42 remaining as Will Whittington scored seven of the points during the spurt. The Greyhounds countered with a 10-2 run of their own to cut the deficit to 35-25 with 3:16 remaining in the period. Marist closed the half by scoring five straight points to take a 42-31 lead into the locker room.
Marist extended its lead to 48-32 in the first two minutes of the second half before the Greyhounds began to chip at the deficit with five straight points, including three free throws by Collins. Sophomore Ryan Stilphen ended the quick spurt with a pair of free throws, extending the lead back to 50-37 with 16:49 left.
With 7:15 left in the second half, the Greyhounds closed to within three at 65-62 when Collins hit a three-pointer, but Whittington countered at the other end with a three-pointer of his own to give the Red Foxes a 68-62 advantage, sparking an 8-1 spurt. Loyola cut the deficit down to six in the final minutes, but the Red Foxes converted six free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
Jordan was one of three Red Foxes to score in double figures as Whittington recorded a team-high 22 points to go with 14 points from Carl Hood. Whittington hit 6 of 11 shots from the floor, including five of nine from three-point range.
Collins recorded his sixth 30-point performance of the season in the loss for Loyola, connecting on 11 of 27 attempts from the floor. He missed his first two free throws in the first half, snapping his streak of 25 straight conversions at the charity stripe. Junior guard Shane James came off the bench to score 12 points while sophomore Greg Manning added nine points, making three of four field goal attempts.
The Greyhounds return home on Thursday night to host Siena College in the first meeting of the season between the two teams with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Reitz Arena. Meanwhile, Marist will look for its ninth straight win when the Red Foxes host Saint Peter's on Thursday night.