Dec. 23, 2005
Charlottesville, Va. - Junior Hassan Fofana made his Loyola debut at Virginia on Friday night, scoring 12 points in 30 minutes of action. The Cavaliers, however, shot 62 percent from three-point range and 46 percent from the field en route a 98-59 victory in front of 7,490 fans at University Hall.
"We got them on a bad night," says Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "I've never seen three-point shooting like that in this building. They just didn't miss."
Fofana got the `Hounds up early, scoring the game's first field goal. After a three-pointer from junior Shane James from the near corner, Fofana scored on a spin move to give Loyola a 7-3 advantage.
An early balanced scoring attack had the `Hounds up 12-11 after Michael Tuck's bucket at the 13-minute mark. The Cavaliers, however, broke the game open with a 25-2 run that resulted in a 36-14 lead with seven-minutes left in the period. Fifty-two percent shooting in the first half added to the lead and gave the Wahoos a 60-29 advantage at the break.
Senior Andre Collins, who had a quiet half with four points, got going with a pair of early threes in the second half and finished the game with 16 points. Tuck added 10 points while Fofana finished with a team-high eight rebounds to along with his 12 points.
J.R. Reynolds led the Cavs with 25 points, making 5-of-7 three-pointers while Jason Cain registered a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
"We just got beat by an ACC school," says Patsos. "I was in the league for 13 seasons as an assistant at Maryland - It's the best college basketball conference in the country."
The Greyhounds are now 5-2 overall and return to the state of Virginia on December 29 when they take on the Keydets of VMI. That game is at 6 p.m.