Men's Basketball Defeats Towson In Season Opener

Nov. 19, 2005

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Baltimore, Md. - Andre Collins scored 22 points in his official Loyola debut to lead the Greyhounds past Charles Street foe Towson on Saturday night. Shooting 45 percent from the field, the `Hounds had four players register double-digits in an 80-67 win at the Towson Center.

"After not playing for two years, I was pretty nervous," said Collins, who transferred from Maryland when head coach Jimmy Patsos took over in 2004. "It felt great to finally play and get a big win for the program."

Collins helped the Greyhounds race out to an early lead with three quick three-pointers to put Loyola on top 13-7. Scoring 16 of the team's first 28 points, Collins had the `Hounds up by 11 points with seven minutes left to play in the first half.

The Tigers, however, clawed their way back into the game with 12 first-half points from Lawrence Hamm, and with seconds left in the period, trailed by only two points. Sophomore Freddie Stanback came back with a bucket at the buzzer, and at the half, Loyola led 42-38.

The Greyhounds would increase that lead to 11 points with an old-fashion three-point play from freshman Jawaan Wright and a lay-up from senior Linton Hinds at the 14:28 mark. Towson would stay within striking distance, but never threatened down the stretch as Loyola earned its first opening night win in three years.

Senior Josko Alujevic added 13 points and team-high four assists while junior Shane James scored 12 in the win. Hamm led all scorers with his 24 points while Michael Tuck pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

"It's great to be back," said Tuck, who sat out with a redshirt last season. "We've got a good team and a lot to look forward to this season."

The Greyhounds are 1-0 and play their next two games at home. Loyola will be back in action on Sunday, November 27 when they face another local rival in UMBC.