Nov. 27, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Andre Collins scored 21 points to lead Loyola past UMBC on Sunday night at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds, with three seniors scoring in double figures, win 71-64 and start 2-0 for the first time since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
"We're grinding," says Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "These guys are starting to learn how to win."
Collins was red-hot from the start, scoring 15 of Loyola's first 31 points as the Greyhounds built their biggest lead of the first half. With back-to-back three point field goals from Collins, Loyola led 31-15 with 6:35 left in the half.
The Retrievers, however, got back into the game with an 11-2 run, and despite only shooting 36 percent from the floor, trailed by only seven points (35-28) at the period.
"We knew it was important to get off to a good start," says Collins. "I definitely felt good shooting the ball in the first half."
Senior Josko Alujevic opened up the second frame with a three pointer and sophomore Freddie Stanback followed with a free throw to quickly push the lead to 39-28. UMBC climbed back into the game and cut the lead to three on a bucket from John Zito with 13:40 left in regulation.
Senior Linton Hinds would answer with a big three-pointer from the corner, a steal leading to free throws and after extending the lead to 13 points; Hinds scored in transition to put Loyola comfortably ahead, 61-46.
The Retrievers would stay within striking distance, but 10 missed free throws and a 1-for-13 shooting night from three-point range would prove too much to overcome. Loyola, meanwhile, was solid from the free throw line, connecting on 19-of-24 to seal the victory.
Hinds finished the game with 14 points while Alujevic scored 11 with a career-high nine rebounds. Freshman Jawaan Wright scored seven and pulled down eight boards in the win.
The last time Loyola began the season with two wins was in 1999 when it defeated Towson in the season opener and UMBC in its second game. The Greyhounds will go for their first 3-0 start since 1998 when they host American at Reitz Arena this Tuesday night at 9 p.m.