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Men's Basketball Opens New Year In Providence

Jan. 2, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's basketball team looks to extend its win streak to three games when it travels to Providence for a BIG EAST test with the Friars. The Greyhounds, who are 7-2 for the first time since 1973, close out the non-conference slate at the Dunkin' Donuts Center this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Much of Loyola's early-season success can be pointed to senior Andre Collins, who is tied with Duke's J.J. Redick as the nation's second-leading scorer. Averaging 25.6 points per game, Collins is coming off back-to-back 30-point performances, leading the `Hounds to victories over VMI and Delaware. Collins scored 36 in an eight-point win at VMI and then posted 34 at Delaware on Saturday.

Collins and junior Hassan Fofana are each averaging double-figures with Fofana posting 14 points per game in his first three contests. The 6-10 power forward is also averaging a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game while the Greyhounds are averaging 36.9 rebounds and 78.1 points in their first nine outings.

Providence, meanwhile, has four players averaging double figures this season. Led by sophomore Randall Hanke and his 15.4 points per game, the Friars are 6-4 overall and are riding a three-game win streak heading into Tuesday's contest.

Having played one common opponents this season, both Loyola and Providence each defeated Fairfield in Bridgeport. The Greyhounds won by five in overtime while the Friars squeezed out a three-point win in late November.

Tuesday's game will be the second ever meeting between the two programs. Providence won the first, 93-63 in 1972. This season, the Friars are 5-2 at home while the Greyhounds are 5-1 on the road. Listen to all the action with Rich Gainer and Siegel right here with Live Audio.

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