Feb. 2, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Antoine Jordan scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds as Siena College (10-10, 5-7) snapped a three-game losing streak with an 89-83 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over the Greyhounds (11-9, 5-7) at Reitz Arena on Thursday evening.
Jordan, who entered the game as the conference leader in three-point field goal percentage, hit 13 of 22 shots from the floor and three of five from long range. He was one of five Siena players to score in double figures in the victory.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-9 lead in the first five minutes of the game as senior guard Andre Collins scored five of Loyola's early points. The Saints scored five straight points to take a 14-13 lead before Loyola regained the advantage on a Collins jumper. Jordan sparked an 8-1 rally for the Saints by scoring four points, giving Siena a 24-15 lead with 10:02 remaining in the period.
The Saints were able to extend the lead to as much as 16 with 1:04 left on a pair of free throws by sophomore Tay Fisher and led by 41-27 at the intermission. Jordan led all players with 15 points as the Saints held Loyola to its lowest first-half output of the season.
Siena began the second half by scoring six of the first eight points of the period, extending the advantage to 47-31 with 17:34 remaining. The Saints continued to have the double-digit lead and led by 79-65 with 4:12 remaining on a pair of Fisher free throws before Loyola scored 10 points in a 37-second span to cut the deficit to 79-75 with 2:11 remaining. After Collins hit a three-pointer, sophomore Brad Farrell scored on a lay-up, which was followed by a Freddie Stanback three-point basket. After Loyola called a timeout, Collins stole the inbounds pass and converted the lay-up to cut the deficit to four points.
Collins stole another inbounds pass and had an opportunity to score, but he turned the ball over and freshman Kenny Hasbrouck scored on the ensuing possession to extend the lead back to six and end the Greyhounds' rally. Siena converted eight foul shots in the final 75 seconds to secure its 10th victory in the last 11 meetings with the Greyhounds.
Jordan's 32 points were a season high for a Siena player, while sophomore guard Kojo Mensah recorded his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Collins led the Greyhounds with 26 points, making 11 of 26 shots from the floor. He also had six rebounds and five steals. Stanback scored a season-high 16 points and made six of nine field goal attempts. Farrell tallied a season-high 13 points in 26 minutes off the bench.
The Greyhounds, who have dropped four straight for the first time this season, return to action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Manhattan College to face the Jaspers at 12:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Siena will face Saint Peter's on Saturday night beginning at 8:00 p.m.