Feb. 5, 2006
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Freshman Devon Austin and sophomore Jeff Xavier each scored 19 points as Manhattan College (14-7, 10-3) defeated the Greyhounds for the fourth straight meeting with an 86-68 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory at Draddy Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
The loss was the Greyhounds' fifth straight while Manhattan won for the third time in its last four games.
The Jaspers sprinted to a 18-0 lead in the game's first four minutes by hitting their first seven shots from the floor. Junior Mike Konovelchick hit two of Manhattan's nine first half three-pointers to lead the charge.
After Xavier converted a conventional three-point play with 16:31 left, senior guard Andre Collins stopped the Manhattan spurt with a three-pointer 14 seconds later. The Jaspers extended their advantage to 20-6 before Collins and freshman Marquis Sullivan led Loyola on a 6-0 run with 13:12 remaining.
The Jaspers held Loyola scoreless for nearly six minutes later in the period, upping their lead to 44-21 with 5:43 left in the stanza. Sophomore Brad Farrell ended the 13-0 run with a lay-up with 4:11 left.
Manhattan shot 59.6 per cent from the floor in the first half and led by 49-29 as Wingate ended the opening period with a three-pointer from midcourt as time expired. Xavier scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half to lead Manhattan.
Sophomore Arturo Dubois extended the advantage to 51-29 in the opening minute of the second half before the Greyhounds went on a 7-3 spurt, cutting the deficit to 54-36 as junior Shane James scored five of the seven points.
Loyola narrowed the Manhattan lead to 12 with just under 12 minutes left, but the Jaspers continued their strong shooting effort and never allowed Loyola to get any closer, handing the Greyhounds their seventh loss in the last eight games.
Austin and Xavier were two of four Manhattan players to reach double figures as the Jaspers dressed just eight players. Dubois tallied 18 points with seven rebounds while Wingate added 15 points and five assists.
Collins scored a game-high 20 points for Loyola, marking the 14th straight game he has reached 20 or more points. James added 12 points while junior Hassan Fofana scored six points with a game-high eight rebounds.
The Jaspers shot 56.6 per cent from the field and never trailed in the game.
Loyola returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Iona College at Reitz Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. It will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. The Gaels won by a similar 86-68 count at the Hynes Athletics Center on January 19.