Feb. 25, 2006
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 17 points and added four assists as the Greyhounds (14-12, 7-10) won their second straight game with an exciting 69-66 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Rider University (8-18, 4-13) at Alumni Gym on Friday night.
Despite having his streak of consecutive games with at least 20 points snapped at 18 straight, Collins broke the Loyola single-season points record with his 17-point effort. Through 26 games this season, the senior guard has scored 682 points to eclipse the previous record of 676 held by Jim Lacy during the 1941-1942 season.
In a physical first half which featured three ties and three lead changes, the Greyhounds rallied late in the period to take a 30-29 advantage with 1:01 remaining on a three-pointer by freshman Marquis Sullivan. Collins and Sullivan combined for 20 points in the opening half to give Loyola a 32-29 lead at the intermission.
Early in the second half, the Greyhounds went on an 11-2 run sparked by Collins, who scored five points, for a 47-37 advantage. Down by 53-42, the Broncs rallied with a 13-3 run to cut the deficit to 56-55 with 3:59 remaining in the second half. However, the Greyhounds converted 11 of 15 free throws in the final 2:50 to preserve their second straight victory against the Broncs.
Collins made 5 of 17 shots from the floor, including 5 of 12 three-point attempts, to lead the Greyhounds. Sullivan scored 15 points, including 11 in the first half, while senior Josko Alujevic scored 13 points by making five of eight field goal attempts and three of four free throws.
Edwin Muniz led the Broncs with 17 points while Rodney Pierce added 16 points.
With the win, the Greyhounds are in a three-way tie for seventh place in the MAAC along with Niagara and Fairfield entering Sunday's game against Canisius. Meanwhile, Rider was assured of the 10th seed as a result of the Broncs' loss along with the Golden Griffins' overtime victory over Saint Peter's on Friday night.
Loyola will host Canisius on Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale for both teams. Prior to the 1:00 p.m. tip-off, the Greyhounds will honor its four seniors.