Dec. 21, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Off to its best start in 25 years, the Loyola men's basketball team takes its 5-1 overall record to Virginia for a pre-Christmas showdown with the Cavaliers. Playing in legendary University Hall, the Greyhounds and Wahoos tip off this Friday night at 7 p.m.
Loyola, led by University Maryland transfer Andre Collins and his 24-point per game average, adds another former Terrapin to the lineup this Friday when junior Hassan Fofana dresses in Green and Grey for the first time. Fofana, listed at 6-10, 270-pounds, is no stranger to ACC play or University Hall - he registered a career-high 10 rebounds at Virginia as freshman at Maryland.
Collins, meanwhile, is coming off a 39-point performance against Manhattan, becoming the first Loyola player to post 30 points in a game since Jason Rowe scored 35 against UMBC in 1999. Collins' 39 points were five short of the school record and placed him among the nation's Top-10 scorers with his 24-point average.
Playing their first of four straight road games, the Greyhounds look to stay unbeaten away from home. Loyola is 3-0 in road contests this season and is averaging 82 points in those games. Junior Shane James, who is averaging 8.5 points per game, has been very consistent on the road, scoring exactly 12 points in all three contests.
The Greyhounds will be looking for their first series win with Virginia. The Cavaliers have won all six prior meetings, with the most recent being in 1999. Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos, however, is 14-13 all-time against Virginia. He compiled a 121-88 overall record against the ACC while at Maryland and has had his share of wins against the Wahoos.
Friday's game will be Patsos' second meeting against his old conference. Last season, the Greyhounds opened up with a road game at Virginia Tech.
Follow the game with Live Audio streaming from Charlottesville beginning at 6:55 p.m.