Jan. 5, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's basketball team returns to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) competition this weekend when it welcomes Niagara and Marist to Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds, 7-3 overall, host Niagara this Friday at 7 p.m. and Marist this Sunday at 1 p.m.
Behind senior Andre Collins and his impressive 26.9 points per game, the Greyhounds have already surpassed last season's win total of six games. Collins, who has led Loyola in scoring in each of its 10 games this season, matched a career-high with 39 points at Providence on Tuesday and is now the nation's second leading scorer, less than one point per game behind Gonzaga's Adam Morrison.
Loyola is 1-1 in the MAAC this season and plays a pair of teams that enter the weekend with a combined 0-4 conference record. Niagara is 3-7 overall, having lost seven of its last eight games. Last season at Reitz Arena, the `Hounds upset Niagara, winning 97-89 behind a career-high 27 points from Shane James. The Purple Eagles would go on to win the MAAC and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Marist, meanwhile, has won three straight and is currently 5-4 on the season. The Red Foxes have won the last two meetings with Loyola and hold a 24-12 series edge.
Before the Marist game on Sunday, Loyola basketball alums will play their Annual Alumni Game starting at 10 a.m. A reception will follow, leading up to the intercollegiate contest between the Greyhounds and Red Foxes.
The short two-game homestand are Loyola's first home games since mid-December. The Greyhounds have played six of their last seven games on the road and hit the road for a three-game MAAC swing following this weekend.
Collins, this week's MAAC Player of the Week, also leads the league in three-point field goals. He has 43 this season after matching a school record with seven at Providence. Mike Powell, who scored seven threes against Penn State in 1997 was the lone record-holder entering the season.
Both of this weekend's game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and Online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com with Rich Gainer on the play-by-play and Jon Seigel providing color.