Feb. 17, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 31 points, including 12 in the final 3:30, to lead the Greyhounds (13-12) to a 77-71 come-from-behind victory over High Point University (13-11) at Reitz Arena on Friday evening.
"We wouldn't have won this game without our student fans," Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "They were outstanding and proved why they are the best in the MAAC."
Down by 69-61 with 3:30 left, Collins and the Greyhounds went on a 16-2 run to erase the deficit and earn their second straight home win. Collins scored five straight points in a 12-second span to narrow the Panther lead to 69-66. After a lay-up by junior forward Hassan Fofana, sophomore Michael Tuck gave the Greyhounds a 70-69 advantage with one minute remaining.
Collins extended the lead to 73-69 after he converted a lay-up while being fouled and made the ensuing free throw. The Panthers cut the deficit to 73-71 on a pair of free throws by senior guard Akeem Scott, but Collins made four free throws in the final 12 seconds to secure the victory.
Led by freshman Justin Dunn, High Point jumped out to a 42-34 halftime lead. The Panthers made 55.6 per cent of their field goal attempts in the opening period while connecting on 7 of 11 three-point shots. Dunn scored 15 points by making six of eight shots from the floor, including all three of his three-point attempts. Collins scored 13 points for Loyola, including a three-pointer from near midcourt to end the first half.
The Greyhounds used a 9-2 run in the opening three minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to 44-43, but the Panthers held onto their lead until sophomore Brad Farrell gave Loyola its first lead of the game at 50-49 when he converted a lay-up and was fouled to tie the game. He made the ensuing free throw for the one-point advantage.
The Panthers regained the lead with an 8-0 run, which included a pair of three-point baskets, for a 57-50 advantage with 10:21 remaining. High Point held off the Greyhounds for the next seven minutes before Loyola mounted its game-winning comeback.
Collins recorded his eighth 30-point effort in the victory to lead three Greyhounds in double figures. Fofana tallied his second "double-double" of the season with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds while Farrell added 11 points and four rebounds.
Dunn led the Panthers in the loss by scoring 21 points, converting 8 of 13 shots from the floor. Sophomore Arizona Reid added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers, who have lost four straight road games.
The Greyhounds return to action next Friday when they travel to Rider University for a conference match-up against the Broncs at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, High Point will host UNC Asheville on Monday night beginning at 9:00 p.m.