Dec. 9, 2005
Bridgeport, Conn. - Senior Andre Collins gave Loyola a chance with his buzzer-beating heroics and then iced the game at the free-throw line in overtime as the Greyhounds improve to 5-0 with a 90-85 win over Fairfield on Friday night in Connecticut.
The win, which is Loyola's first MAAC-opening win in 10 years, also gives the Greyhounds their first 5-0 start since 1930 when Walter Cromford led the `Hounds a 14-1 overall record.
In the game, senior Josko Alujevic got the Greyhounds off to a solid start with seven of the team's first 13 points. It was Loyola's three-point shooting; however, that allowed the Greyhounds to grab the early lead.
Knocking down eight first-half three-pointers, Loyola raced out to a four-point halftime advantage. Freshman Marquis Sullivan drained four of those threes and 45 percent shooting from the floor gave the `Hounds a 41-37 edge at the break.
Collins quickly increased Loyola's lead to 44-37 with a deep three-pointer to start the second half. A three from junior Shane James one minute later and the Greyhounds had their biggest lead of the night at nine points.
Fairfield would get back into the game, and take a three-point lead with a 14-2 run sparked by senior Terrence Todd, who scored seven of those 14 points. Collins evened things up with another long three and sophomore Freddie Stanback put the `Hounds up by three with five minute to go, scoring Loyola's 15th three-pointer of the night.
The Stags, behind 15 second-half points from Todd, established a three-point lead with 12.5 seconds left in regulation. Sophomore Michael Tuck then scored his first bucket of the night with 4.5 seconds to cut the deficit to one point. Free throws from Fairfield pushed the lead back to three, but a buzzer-beating heave from Collins sent the game to overtime.
The Greyhounds scored 10 in the extra session, making three of four field goals and all four free-throw attempts. In all, five Loyola players reached double figures with Collins leading the charge with his 23 points. Alujevic scoring 21, Sullivan added 14, James had 12 and Stanback finished with 11.
Loyola's 16 three-point field goals breaks the old school record of 13 set against Siena in 1998.
The Greyhounds are 1-0 in the MAAC and host Manhattan at Reitz Arena on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.