Dec. 31, 2005
Newark, Del. - Senior Andre Collins scored 36 points and Loyola shot 63 percent from the field to down the Delaware Blue Hens, 99-86 on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 7-2 overall and close the calendar year with a two-game win streak.
Shane James was in an offensive mindset early, scoring the Greyhounds first six points as Loyola raced out to a 6-2 lead. A back-and-forth first half was broken open when Collins scored a floater in the lane to give Loyola a 32-27 edge. Minutes later, freshman Marquis Sullivan nailed a three-pointer and the `Hounds were up by eight with four minute remaining in the period.
The Greyhounds, behind 57 percent shooting and 12 points from Collins, took a 37-31 lead into the halftime break. The lead was quickly pushed to eight points with a thunderous dunk from junior Hassan Fofana to start the second half and reached double digits with Collins' conventional three-point play at the 15-minute mark.
Collins pushed the lead to 15 points with a three from the top of the key and extended the lead to 17 with a dribble-drive in the middle of the lane with just under 12 minutes left to play. Red-hot shooting from the floor and a solid day from the charity stripe kept the `Hounds on top the rest of the way out.
James finished the game with a season-high 24 points, scoring 10 of those points from the free-throw line. Fofana finished with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Michael Tuck added nine points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Greyhounds return to action on Tuesday, January 3 at Providence. That game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip.