Feb. 1, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Looking to snap a three-game losing streak, the Greyhound men's basketball team returns to Reitz Arena on Thursday night when Loyola hosts Siena College beginning at 7:00 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Now 11-8 on the season, the Greyhounds dropped their fourth straight road game on Monday night in an 86-78 setback against Marist College. Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Greyhounds in the loss while junior guard Shane James added 12 points off the bench.
The loss was Loyola's fifth in the last six games and allowed the Red Foxes, who have won eight straight games, to avenge a 78-75 loss at Loyola on January 8.
Collins leads the Greyhounds and ranks third in the nation in scoring, averaging 27.3 points per game. He has scored 30 or more points six times this season. Sophomore forward Michael Tuck is the conference leader in field goal percentage, making 62.9 per cent of his attempts from the field.
Siena is 9-10 on the season and 4-7 in the conference after dropping a 63-58 decision against Manhattan on Monday night. The Saints have dropped three straight games with their last win coming against Canisius on January 22.
Kojo Mensah leads the team in scoring with 17.8 points per game while also contributing 5.8 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Antoine Jordan scores 17.6 points per outing and is the conference leader in three-point percentage, making 55.1 per cent of his shots from long range.
The Saints have a commanding 28-11 advantage in the series with Loyola and have won nine of the last 10 meetings. The two teams last met on February 24 of last year when Siena left Reitz Arena with a 68-55 victory over the Greyhounds. Freshman Jack McClinton scored 18 points to lead the Saints in the victory.
Loyola goes back on the road on Sunday to face Manhattan College in a re-match of the December 11 game, which Manhattan won by an 85-73 margin. Tip-off at Draddy Gymnasium is set for 12:00 p.m.