Men's Basketball Hangs On, Defeats American 68-60

Nov. 29, 2005

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Michael Tuck and Andre Collins scored 16 points apiece to lead the Greyhounds past American University on Tuesday night at Reitz Arena. Playing live on Comcast SportsNet, the `Hounds improve to 3-0 this season and keep the Eagles winless with a 68-60 victory.

"Winning is a great feeling," says senior guard Linton Hinds, "This was a tough game, but we hung in there and got the job done."

Loyola raced out to an early lead, scoring the game's first nine points. Sophomore Freddie Stanback pushed the margin to 12-2 with his first three pointer of the season. Making 59 percent of their field goals, the Greyhounds would extend the lead to 20 points and led 44-24 at the break.

A three-pointer from Collins to start the second half gave Loyola a commanding 23 point advantage, but a feisty and determined Linas Lekavicius got the Eagles back into the game. After back-to-back three-pointers from Arvydas Eitutavicius, the lead was trimmed to 53-52.

Collins, however, raced down court and beat two American defenders to push the lead to three and although the Eagles threatened, they could not get any closer than one point the rest of the way.

Hinds and Stanback each finished with nine points while Josko Alujevic and Brad Farrell added eight in the win. The Eagles had three players score 14 points, but committed 22 turnovers to fall to 0-4.

The Greyhounds are 3-0 for the first time since 1998 and look to stay unbeaten when they travel to long-time Maryland rival Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.