Dec. 11, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Manhattan shot 51 percent from the field and had four players reach double figures, spoiling senior Andre Collins' career-high 39 points on Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The Jaspers become the first team to best Loyola this season, winning 85-73.
Collins had the Greyhounds out front early, scoring six of the team's first 10 points and Loyola led 10-5. Sophomore Michael Tuck, who scored 11 first-half points, kept the `Hounds out front, making his first five field-goal attempts.
The Jaspers would pull away late in the first half and led by eight before Collins caught fire. Scoring Loyola's last eight points of the period, Collins pulled the Greyhounds to within three at 37-40 before Manhattan's Jason Wingate scored a three as time ran out to give the Jaspers a six-point halftime cushion.
In the second half, Manhattan quickly pushed its lead to eight points, but again, Collins was there to answer. After nailing a deep three from the top of the arc, Collins beat three Jaspers off the drive and hit a fade-away in the lane to again bring Loyola to within three points.
The `Hounds, however, could get any closer than three points the rest of the way out. C.J. Anderson led Manhattan with 19 points, while Tuck finished with 11 for Loyola. Junior Shane James added nine points as the Greyhounds connected on 10 three-point field goals as a team.
Collins' six three-pointers is one shy of the Loyola record (7) set by Mike Powell against Penn State in 1997. His 39 points is the most by a Greyhound since Donovan Thomas dropped 29 against Iona at home on January 13, 2002. It is just five points off the school record of 44, which has been set twice. After six games this season, the senior guard is averaging 24 points per game.
The loss is Loyola's first of the season and brings its record to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC. The Greyhounds will return to action on December 23 when they travel to ACC-foe Virginia.