Jan. 18, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Following a tough 75-72 conference loss at Niagara on Saturday night, the Greyhounds conclude their three-game road trip on Thursday night when Loyola travels to Iona College to face the Gaels. Tip-off at the Hynes Athletics Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on Loyola's official athletics website with Rich Gainer providing the play-by-play while Baltimore Ravens defensive end Anthony Weaver offers color commentary.
Now 10-4 on the season, the Greyhounds are coming off a split of their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games last week. After defeating Canisius by 95-80 on Thursday night, Loyola suffered a tough 75-72 defeat against the Purple Eagles. The win allowed Niagara to avenge an 82-70 loss against the Greyhounds on January 6.
Senior guard Andre Collins has led the Greyhounds in scoring in each of the team's first 14 games and averages 27.7 points per game, which ranks second in the nation. He has scored 30 or more points five different times this season, including a 36-point effort at Niagara on Saturday. His 30.2 points in conference games ranks second behind Saint Peter's senior guard Keydren Clark.
Iona enters Thursday's game with a four-game win streak following an 89-77 victory over Fairfield on Tuesday night. Now 12-3 on the season, Iona is in second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 6-1 league mark.
Steve Burtt, who was named the MAAC Player of the Week on Monday, led three Iona players in double figures with a team-high 25 points against Fairfield. He made 8 of 20 shots from the floor and all seven of his free throw attempts. He recorded back-to-back 30-point efforts last week in road wins against the Peacocks and the Golden Griffins to earn the weekly honor for the Gaels.
Loyola will be looking for its eighth all-time victory against the Gaels in the 40th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Greyhounds have won just once in the last 10 games with that victory coming in a 73-64 victory last year at Reitz Arena. Loyola guard Shane James scored 19 points and matched a then career high with six assists in the Greyhounds' third straight victory.
The Greyhounds have averaged 83.5 points in the first two games of this road trip, including their third 90-point effort of the season against Canisius. Loyola returns home on Sunday afternoon to face Rider University at approximately 2:15 p.m.