Feb. 27, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - After ending the regular season with three straight wins, the Greyhound men's basketball team will head to the 2006 Citizens Bank Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championships as the sixth seed in the tournament. Loyola will face ninth-seeded Canisius in a first round game on Friday night at Pepsi Arena with tip-off approximately set for 9:15 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on www.loyolagreyhounds.com with Rich Gainer providing the play-by-play. In addition, Sirius Satellite Radio users can hear the game on Channel 126.
Now 15-12 on the season, the Greyhounds defeated the Golden Griffins in the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon by a 59-54 margin. Playing in his final home game, senior guard Andre Collins scored a game-high 25 points, including 14 in the second half, as the Greyhounds rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit. Freshman guard Marquis Sullivan scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half as Loyola went on a 13-0 run early in the period to take a 44-34 advantage.
Collins ended the regular season ranked second in the conference in scoring by averaging 26.2 points per game. The top free throw shooter in the league, Collins converted 90.1 per cent of his attempts from the charity stripe. He is the first player in Loyola men's basketball history to reach 700 points in a single season, breaking the previous school mark set by Jim Lacy during the 1946-1947 campaign.
The Golden Griffins enter the tournament with an 8-19 record and a 6-12 league mark after the loss on Sunday afternoon. Senior guard Kevin Downey, who has made 114 career starts in a Canisius uniform, led the Griffs in the loss with 16 points by making 6 of 16 shots from the floor. Junior guard Chuck Harris added 13 points for the Golden Griffins, who held Loyola to its lowest first half output of the season.
Downey leads the team in scoring by averaging 15.4 points per game and also paces the squad with 94 assists. Baylor transfer Corey Herring is the team's leading rebounder, recording 5.3 rebounds per outing despite missing the last three games. As a squad, Canisius ranks last in the MAAC in scoring offense, tallying 70.9 points per game.
This is the third meeting of the season between the two teams. Loyola won the opener on January 12 at the Koessler Athletic Center by 95-80 in a game which the Greyhounds broke open by scoring 25 points in the final five minutes. It was Loyola's first-ever win in 10 visits to the Koessler Athletic Center. Despite the two losses this season, Canisius still holds a 28-14 advantage in the all-time series.
The winner of Friday's first round game will advance to face third-seeded Marist College in the quarterfinals on Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6.
Tickets for the MAAC Tournament can be ordered by calling 518-476-1000 or by visiting www.pepsiarena.com.