Feb. 26, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 25 points and added four assists as the Greyhounds (15-12, 8-10) celebrated Senior Day with their third straight win, a 59-54 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Canisius College (8-19, 6-12) at Reitz Arena on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Greyhounds secure the sixth seed in next weekend's Citizens Bank Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships and will face Canisius in the first round. Tip-off from Pepsi Arena is scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
Collins, who became the first player in school history to reach 700 points in a single season, scored 14 of his 25 points in the second half as the Greyhounds overcame a 28-20 halftime deficit to earn the victory. Loyola opened the second half with a 16-6 run to take a 36-34 lead with 13:26 remaining as freshman guard Marquis Sullivan tallied six points in the opening six minutes.
Collins scored five of the next eight points to extend the advantage to 44-34 with 9:06 left before sophomore guard Ola Matti started a 5-0 run with a jumper to cut the deficit to five at 44-39. The Greyhounds scored seven of the next nine points for a 53-46 cushion they did not relinquish.
The Golden Griffins took advantage of Loyola's poor shooting in the first half as the Greyhounds shot just 25.8 per cent from the floor. Senior guard Kevin Downey scored 10 points in the opening period as Canisius held the Greyhounds to their fewest points in the first half this season.
Collins recorded his 24th 20-point effort of the season in leading the Greyhounds to the victory, making 9 of 23 shots from the floor, including five three-pointers. Sullivan added 13 points and three rebounds while sophomore forward Michael Tuck recorded 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Downey scored 16 points to pace the Golden Griffins in the loss while junior Chuck Harris added 13 points with five rebounds.