Feb. 23, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Following a one-week hiatus, the Greyhound men's basketball team begins its final weekend of the regular season on Friday night when Loyola travels to Rider University to face the Broncs at Alumni Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on Loyola's official athletics website with Rich Gainer calling the play-by-play along with Anthony Weaver and Jon Siegel.
Now 13-12 on the season, the Greyhounds have been idle since an exciting 77-71 victory over High Point University last Friday night at Reitz Arena. Senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 31 points, including 12 in the final 3:30, as the Greyhounds erased an eight-point deficit with a 16-2 run over the final stretch. Collins, the third-leading scorer in the nation, recorded his eighth 30-point outing of the season in the victory and tied a career high with six rebounds.
Collins continues to lead the conference in scoring by averaging 26.6 points per game. He is also the conference leader in free throw percentage and three-point field goals made per game. Sophomore Michael Tuck is second in the conference in field goal percentage, making 60.6 per cent of his attempts.
Rider enters Friday's game with an 8-17 record following a 92-79 loss to Northeastern on Saturday, extending their losing skid to four straight games. Sophomore Jason Thompson and senior Paul Johnson combined for 29 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
Thompson leads the Broncs by averaging 17.0 points per game while Edwin Muniz averages 14.9 points per outing. As a team, Rider is scoring 72.0 points per game while being outscored by an average of five points per outing.
Interim Coach Tommy Dempsey is in his first season at the helm while taking over for Don Harnum, who is serving as the school's athletic director during the 2005-2006 academic year.
This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season as Loyola escaped with a 78-76 victory over the Broncs on January 22 at Reitz Arena. Junior guard Shane James scored the game-winning lay-up with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to help Loyola snap a six-game losing streak to the Broncs.
Loyola will return home for its final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon when the Greyhounds host Canisius at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the Greyhounds will honor their four seniors.