Dec. 10, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Fresh off a thrilling 90-85 overtime win at Fairfield, the Loyola men's basketball team returns home to host another MAAC foe in Manhattan. The Greyhounds, off to their best start in 75 years, bring their perfect 5-0 record to Reitz Arena this Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Greyhounds are 5-0 for only the fifth time in program history and have Andre Collins to thank. The senior guard scored 23 points for the second consecutive game on Sunday, making five three-point field goals - including a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime. Collins, who leads the team with a 21-point scoring average, also dished out a career-high eight assists in Friday's win.
Senior Josko Alujevic also played a big role, scoring a career-high 21 points himself. Alujevic, who got the Greyhounds going early, finished 7-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-3 from three-point range.
Loyola's three-point shooting was the story on Friday as the team set a school record with 16 treys. Freshman Marquis Sullivan had four of those threes in the first half, helping Loyola to a four-point halftime edge.
The Greyhounds, who have either led or tied at the half of all five games this season, are playing at home for only the third time. In their first to games at Reitz, the Greyhounds shot 46 percent from the floor and won by an average of 7.5 points each game.
Manhattan will be Loyola's second MAAC test this season. The Jaspers, who won their first game of the season on Friday, are 1-4 overall, but are tied with Loyola at 1-0 in the MAAC. Sophomore C.J. Anderson is the team's leading scorer, rebounder and assist man while senior Jason Wingate is coming off a career-high 33 points against Marist.
Sunday's game will be Loyola's only home contest in the month of December. It will also be the second game of a women's-men's doubleheader that begins at 12 noon.
Tune into WNST AM 1570 or online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com for live broadcasts of Sunday's game.