Dec. 8, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's basketball team takes its perfect 4-0 record to Fairfield on Friday night to play the Stags in an early-season conference game. The Greyhounds, who are unbeaten in four tries this season, leave the state of Maryland for the first time and play MAAC foe Fairfield at The Arena at Harbor Yard this Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Senior Andre Collins, who has led the `Hounds in scoring in each of their four games this season, is averaging 20.5 points per game and has Loyola in position to win its fifth straight. Coming off a season-high 23 points at Mount St. Mary's, Collins will be playing his first career MAAC game on Friday night.
The Greyhounds have not won a MAAC opener in 10 years, but prior to this season, had not won four straight to begin a season in 18 years. The quick start has also given the Greyhounds a vote in this week's Associated Press Top-25. Loyola is one of 48 teams receiving votes with Duke holding the No. 1 spot and MAAC rival Iona garnering three votes.
Friday's game will be against a Fairfield team that finished third in the MAAC last season and is picked to finish sixth in the conference this year. The Stags are 1-3 overall and are led in scoring by freshman Jonathan Han (12.6 ppg) while preseason All-MAAC guard Terrence Todd is posting 12.2 points per game.
Loyola, meanwhile, has four players averaging better than nine points per game. Sophomore Michael Tuck registered Loyola's first double-double of the season last Saturday, scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds at Mount St. Mary's. Tuck is averaging 10.3 points and 7.8 per game while senior Josko Alujevic is chipping in with 9.8 points and senior Linton Hinds is adding 9.3 points each night.
Friday's game is the first of back-to-back early-season MAAC contests for Loyola. The Greyhounds will host Manhattan on Sunday and then return to the road for four straight games to close out their non-conference schedule. All of Loyola's games can be heard live on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.