Dec. 29, 2005
Lexington, Va. - Senior Andre Collins scored 34 points to lead the Greyhounds past VMI in Lexington on Thursday night. Loyola shot 54 percent from the field and scored 32 points off turnovers to win 87-79 in front of 884 fans at Cameron Hall.
The Greyhounds jumped out to an early 5-2 lead when Collins stole an errant VMI pass and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up. Junior Hassan Fofana put the `Hounds up 14-12 before the Keydets went out front by nine with an 11-0 run.
Loyola came right back with an 8-0 run itself, and behind 18 first-half points from Collins, led 38-33 after seven straight points from the senior transfer. Sophomore Greg Manning would give Loyola its biggest first-half lead with a three-pointer at 1:24, putting the `Hounds on top by 10 points.
Collins opened up the second half with a pair of three pointers and the Greyhounds opened up 53-40 lead with 16:45 left in regulation. The lead swelled to 17 points when Collins stole an inbounds pass and converted the easy lay-in.
The Keydets cut the deficit to six points with 2:16 remaining in regulation, but clutch shooting from Collins and Fofana sealed the victory and kept VMI from getting any closer.
Fofana finished with 21 points and seven rebounds while Shane James added 10 points and seven rebounds in the win. The Greyhounds, who shot 56 percent from the field in the second half, improve to 6-2 overall and head to Delaware for a game with the Blue Hens this Saturday at 1 p.m.