Men's Basketball Returns Home To Face Iona In Rematch

Feb. 8, 2006

BALTIMORE, Md. - Returning home to start a brief two-game homestand, the Greyhound men's basketball team will look to snap a five-game losing skid when Loyola hosts Iona College at Reitz Arena on Wednesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 and Loyola's athletics website (Click here for the link) with Rich Gainer and Anthony Weaver calling the action.

Now 11-10 on the season, the Greyhounds dropped an 86-68 conference decision to Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 20 points to lead Loyola while junior guard Shane James chipped in with 12 points. The Jaspers erupted for an 18-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game by hitting their first seven shots from the floor en route to their fourth straight win over the Greyhounds.

Collins continues to lead the Greyhounds in scoring and ranks fourth in the nation, averaging 26.9 points per game. He has scored 20 or more points in the last 14 games.

The Gaels are currently 16-5 on the season and has a 10-3 conference mark following an 87-81 loss to Marist at Hynes Center on Sunday. It was the second loss in the last three games for the Gaels, who begin a three-game road trip with the meeting against Loyola.

Senior guard Steve Burtt scored 16 of his 28 points in the second half to lead five Iona players in double figures. He is the third-leading scorer in the conference behind Collins and Saint Peter's senior guard Keydren Clark, averaging 24.9 points per outing. Senior Ricky Soliver leads the team with 97 assists, which is tied for third with Collins in the MAAC.

This will be the second meeting of the season between the Gaels and the Greyhounds as Iona won by an 86-68 margin at the Hynes Center on January 19. Burtt scored a game-high 32 points in the win for Iona and also made a school record 17 of 17 shots from the foul line.

Loyola will conclude the brief two-game homestand on Saturday when the Greyhounds host Saint Peter's at 12:00 p.m. in a game which will be televised on ESPN2.

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