Dec. 3, 2005
Emmitsburg, Md. - Senior Andre Collins scored 23 points to lead Loyola past long-time rival Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon in Emmitsburg, Md. The Greyhounds, who are 4-0 for the first time since 1986, shot 55 percent from the field to win 76-71.
"This is what college basketball is all about," says Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "Our fans came out, the place was loud and the game was well-played."
Junior Shane James scored the game's first four points and the Greyhounds scored the first six to once again race out to an early lead. Mount St. Mary's used three-point shooting and a 9-0 run to quickly get back into the game and lead 12-9.
Loyola applied the pressure and seemed to pull away with back-to-back steals and buckets from James and sophomore Brad Farrell. Its five point lead, however, would be answered by another run from The Mount. Collins answered the run with his second three-pointer of the half and after 20 minutes the teams were knotted at 29-29.
Senior Josko Alujevic scored on back-to-back possessions early in the second half to give Loyola a 45-40 lead, getting the large Loyola contingent into the game. The lead would increase to eight points with a three from Collins at the 11-minute mark and the `Hounds were rolling.
"I didn't shoot the ball great, but knew my team needed me to score," says Collins. "It doesn't matter how we win, as long as we get the `W'"
Loyola's 10-point second-half lead would dwindle down to three points with an impressive three-point shooting performance from junior Charles Cook, who made five second-half three pointers.
Mount St. Mary's cut the lead to 70-69, but senior Linton Hinds stepped up with a huge bucket and drew the foul. He completed the three-point play and Loyola led 73-69 with one minute to go. The Mount had its chances, but could not convert, and Collins lay-in with 14 seconds to play sealed the victory.
Sophomore Michael Tuck, who was all over the defensive boards, registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Cook finished with seven threes for The Mount, scoring 23 points in the loss.
The Greyhounds will have their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference test of the year next Friday, December 9 at Fairfield.