Men's Basketball Returns Home To Face Rider

Jan. 20, 2006

BALTIMORE, Md. - Looking to rebound from their 86-68 loss at Iona on Thursday night, the Greyhounds return home for the first time in two weeks when they host Rider University on Sunday afternoon in the second game of a MAAC doubleheader. The game will start 25 minutes following the Loyola-Siena women's game, which is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at Reitz Arena.

The game will be broadcast on the MAAC Television Network with Doug Sherman and Rob Kennedy calling the action. In addition, fans can listen to the game in the Baltimore area on WNST-AM 1570 with Rich Gainer, Jon Siegel and Anthony Weaver providing the call.

Now 10-5 on the season, the Greyhounds are coming off their second straight road loss in the setback against Iona. Senior guard Andre Collins led Loyola with a team-high 29 points while sophomore Michael Tuck added 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Iona senior guard Steve Burtt recorded his third consecutive 30-point outing to lead Iona to the come-from-behind win as the Gaels trailed by seven at the intermission.

The loss was the 11th straight for the Greyhounds at the Hynes Athletic Center and the 18th in the last 19 meetings overall against the Gaels. Loyola's lone win during that stretch came last year in a 73-64 victory at Reitz Arena.

Collins leads the team in scoring by averaging 27.8 points per game, which ranks second in the nation. He has led the team in scoring in all 15 games thus far and has scored 25 or more points in eight straight games. He is also the team leader in assists with 73 after recording a game-high seven assists in Thursday's loss.

Rider University is coming off its first conference win of the season on Friday night following a 78-70 victory over Niagara University at Alumni Gym. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Broncs, who had last earned a win on December 29 against Long Island. Sophomore forward Jason Thompson scored a game-high 23 points by making 9 of 14 shots from the floor in the win while Paul Johnson added 21 points. As a team, Rider shot 47.2 per cent from the floor, including a blistering 62 per cent in the second half.

Thompson leads three Rider players who average double figures in scoring. He scores 16.5 points per contest while shooting 53.5 per cent from the field. Edwin Muniz records 14.4 points per outing while Terrance Mouton is averaging 12.9 points per game. As a team, Rider is averaging 70.3 points per game, but is allowing over 77 points per contest.

Rider has won the last five meetings between the two teams, including a pair of contests last season. In the Broncs' 89-69 win on January 17 of last year, Jerry Johnson led four Rider players in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Mouton led the Broncs to a 75-71 win nine days earlier with a game-high 20 points.

The Greyhounds will play two games in three nights as they will host Fairfield University on Tuesday night in a rematch of the December 9 meeting, which ended with a 90-85 victory for the Greyhounds in overtime. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Reitz Arena.

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