Feb. 11, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 30 points and added eight assists as the Greyhounds (12-11, 6-9) snapped a six-game losing streak with an 89-69 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Saint Peter's College (12-12, 8-7) in front of a nationally televised audience at Reitz Arena on Saturday afternoon.
"Andre took over today's game," Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "He said he wanted to do whatever it takes to win."
After a close few minutes, the Greyhounds broke open a one-point lead with a 9-0 run for an 18-8 advantage with 13:05 remaining in the first half. After sophomore Raul Orta ended the spurt with a lay-up with 12:19 remaining, Loyola extended its lead by scoring six of the next eight points for a 24-12 lead. The Greyhounds held as much as a 20-point lead at 38-18 with 3:30 remaining in the period. Saint Peter's ended the first half by scoring the final 10 points and trailed by 38-28 at the intermission. Collins scored 16 points to lead the Greyhounds in the first half, while senior guard Keydren Clark had 11 points for Saint Peter's.
The Peacocks started the second half with a 7-2 run, cutting the deficit to 40-35 on a jumper by sophomore Todd Sowell with 17:27 remaining in the period. Saint Peter's cut the deficit to 47-43 before the Greyhounds went on an 11-5 spurt to take a 58-47 advantage with 10:30 left. Collins scored four points and had two assists in the run for Loyola.
Leading by 61-52, the Greyhounds scored the game's next 10 points for a 71-52 advantage they did not relinquish. Collins scored six points in the final five minutes to send the Greyhounds to their first victory over Saint Peter's in four years, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Peacocks.
Collins recorded his seventh 30-point performance of the season to go with eight assists, marking the 16th straight game he has scored 20 or more points. "It's a good thing to play on ESPN2," Collins said. "It provided an extra spark and we needed it."
Sophomore Brad Farrell scored 12 points and added seven rebounds while senior Linton Hinds came off the bench with 10 points by hitting four of six shots from the floor. Clark led Saint Peter's with 24 points, making 7 of 21 shots from the field and all seven free throws. Sowell added 12 points while sophomore Kaimondre Owes added 11 points with three assists.
The Greyhounds will travel to Siena College on Tuesday to face the Saints at 7:30 p.m. while Saint Peter's travels to Fairfield for a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Stags.