Dec. 1, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola and Mount St. Mary's continue their in-state college basketball rivalry this Saturday in Emmitsburg. The programs meet for the 160th time when they square off at Knott Arena with Loyola looking to remain perfect on the season and The Mount looking to extend their win streak over the Greyhounds. Game time is 2 p.m.
Mount St. Mary's holds the series edge at 93-66 and has won its last four meetings with Loyola. The Greyhounds, however, are 3-0 for the first time since 1998 and are coming off a 68-60 victory over American University.
Senior Andre Collins has been Loyola's leading man this season with a 19.7 point per game average and a team-high 15 assists. He has also made 11 of Loyola's 15 three-point field goals this year and has the `Hounds posting an average of 73 points per game.
Another big reason for Loyola's early-season success has been the play of sophomore Michael Tuck, who sat out with a redshirt last season. Tuck is coming off a 16-point performance against American and is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game.
The Mount, meanwhile, is 1-3 overall and is led by senior Landy Thompson and his 11.8 points per game. Last year against Loyola, Thompson scored 24 points to lead his team to a 69-55 win at Reitz Arena.
With a win this weekend, Loyola would have its first 4-0 start since the 1986 season when Coach Mark Amatucci led the `Hounds to a 15-14 overall record.
This season, the Greyhounds are one of only two undefeated MAAC teams (Iona being the other) and now take their perfect mark on the road, where they will play six of their next seven games.
Saturday's contest can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.