'Hounds improve to 4-0

Collins scores 23 in victory over Mount

atmosphere is intense in teams' 160th meeting

Loyola 76 Mount St. Mary's 71

College basketball

December 04, 2005|By MATT PAPUCHIS | MATT PAPUCHIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EMMITSBURG -- Loyola and Mount St. Mary's began playing each other in 1910, and yesterday provided another interesting chapter to the longest rivalry in the state.

Andre Collins provided the final exclamation point with a layup with 14 seconds left to help lift Loyola, 76-71, over Mount St. Mary's at Knott Arena in the schools' 160th meeting.

An intense atmosphere, in which several scuffles had to be broken up in the respective student sections and once between the coaches in the second half, provided the backdrop of a dramatic second half when Collins helped his team pull out its closest win of the year by scoring 13 points in the second half and 23 in the game.

"We wanted to come out with a lot of emotion," Collins said. "We're a very conditioned team. We just want to wear other teams out for 40 minutes, and I think we did that today."

If there was any reason the Greyhounds (4-0) couldn't pull away despite being up 57-47 midway through the second, it was because of the three-point shooting of Charles Cook. Cook (23 points) hit five three-pointers in the second half, allowing the Mountaineers (1-4) to stay in a game that they otherwise would not have been in.

Thanks to Cook, the Mountaineers kept inching their way back and made it a 73-71 game with a minute left, but Collins stepped up when his team needed him most by taking the ball from Mychal Kearse and finishing the play with a basket to put the Greyhounds up by four before he hit a free throw to tack on one final point with four seconds left.

Neither team could take control in the first half, nor could either muster any run greater than seven points, leaving the score tied at 29 at the half.

Each suffered for different reasons. Loyola's biggest problem was turnovers - it committed 12 in the first half - while Mount St. Mary's fell victim to poor overall shooting, making just 32 percent of its attempts in the first half. But Loyola tightened up and only committed seven turnovers in the second.

Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said that despite the heated moments between him and Mount St. Mary's coach Milan Brown, he respects the Mountaineers' program.

"Milan Brown is a classy guy, it was a territorial-type battle, and that's how those get emotional. To be in an emotional game, things happen. They're a class program. This is turning into a great game again."

Loyola had gone nearly five years since it last beat Mount St. Mary's, and the win gives Loyola its first 4-0 start since 1986.

LOYOLA - Alujevic 2-3 3-4 7, Tuck 5-6 0-1 11, Collins 9-23 2-4 23, Stanback 1-4 1-2 3, James 4-6 4-4 12, Hinds 1-3 4-5 6, Sullivan 3-4 0-0 6, Khaleel 1-1 0-1 2, Wright 0-0 0-2 0, Farrell 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 29-53 14-23 76. MOUNT ST. MARY'S - Bunn 4-7 1-4 9, Mitchell 1-2 3-4 5, Kearse 2-8 10-11 14, Thompson 2-12 3-3 8, J.Butler 3-10 0-0 8, Durr Jr. 0-0 2-2 2, Vann 1-2 0-0 2, Sumner 0-1 0-0 0, Cook 8-18 0-1 23. Totals 21-60 19-25 71. Halftime- 29-29. 3-point goals-Loyola 4-14 (Collins 3-10, Tuck 1-1, James 0-1, Stanback 0-2), Mount St. Mary's 10-31 (Cook 7-16, J.Butler 2-3, Thompson 1-8, Vann 0-1, Kearse 0-3). Fouled out-Alujevic, Mitchell. Rebounds-Loyola 45 (Tuck 10), Mount St. Mary's 28 (Kearse 6). Assists-Loyola 10 (James 3), Mount St. Mary's 14 (J.Butler 5). Total fouls-Loyola 21, Mount St. Mary's 22. A-1,349.

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