Jan. 23, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off an exciting 78-76 victory over Rider University on Sunday afternoon, the Greyhounds return to action on Tuesday night when they host Fairfield University in the final game of a brief two-game homestand. Tip-off at Reitz Arena is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 in addition to Loyola's official athletics website beginning 10 minutes prior to tip-off. Rich Gainer calls the play-by-play while Jon Siegel and Baltimore Ravens defensive end Anthony Weaver provide color commentary.
Now 11-5 on the season, the Greyhounds snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory on Sunday afternoon. The win also ended a five-game losing streak in the series with the Broncs. Junior guard Shane James scored the game-winning lay-up with 3.2 seconds remaining to break a 76-76 tie. James gave the Greyhounds a two-point advantage with 1:19 left when he converted a pair of free throws. He was one of four Loyola players to score in double figures as senior Andre Collins tallied a game-high 22 points by making 8 of 24 shots from the floor. He scored 17 of those points in the first half as the Greyhounds built a 48-36 lead heading into the locker room.
Freshman guard Marquis Sullivan made the first start of his college career and added 12 points by making four of eight field goal attempts. All four of his made field goals came from beyond the arc as Loyola shot 39.3 per cent from three-point range. Sophomore forward Michael Tuck registered his third double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He made seven of nine shots from the floor in the win.
Collins, who has led the Greyhounds in scoring in all 16 games so far this year, is averaging 27.4 points per game and is shooting 43.5 per cent from the floor. He has already set several school single-season records with his three-point shooting, connecting on 75 of 190 attempts. Earlier this season against Marist, he set the single-game mark with nine three-pointers in Loyola's three-point victory. Tuck is the conference leader in field goal percentage, making 65.8 per cent of his attempts. He is second on the team with 11.0 points per game and leads the squad in rebounding, averaging 7.1 rebounds per outing.
Fairfield is now 5-11 on the season with a 3-5 league record after a 91-72 road loss at Marist on Friday night. Senior Terrence Todd and freshman Jonathan Han each scored 17 points to lead the Stags in a losing effort as Fairfield never led in the contest. Freshman Dewitt Maxwell added 12 points for the Stags, who have lost three of their last four games.
The Greyhounds won the first meeting between the two teams on December 9 in the conference opener, escaping with a 90-85 overtime victory. Collins led the way with 23 points and eight assists, hitting a game-tying three-pointer to force the extra session. The Greyhounds set a school record with 16 three-pointers in the game as Collins made 5 of 15 attempts from beyond the arc. Todd led Fairfield with 21 points, making 10 of 21 shots from the floor while Michael Bell chipped in with 19 points.
After Tuesday's game, the Greyhounds will go on the road for two games to end the month of January. Loyola will travel to Saint Peter's College on Saturday afternoon before taking on Marist on January 30.