Collins not enough for Loyola

Guard scores 39 and has six three-pointers, but 'Hounds drop first of season

Manhattan 85, Loyola 73

College basketball

December 12, 2005|By RICH SCHERR | RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Senior guard Andre Collins put on a memorable show for Loyola in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference home opener yesterday, using a barrage of crossover dribbles and fall-away three-pointers to rack up a career-high 39 points, five off a school record.

In the end, however, it was Manhattan's ability to win loose balls and rebounds that ultimately made the difference, as the previously unbeaten Greyhounds lost, 85-73, before 2,677 at Reitz Arena.

"I thought it was hustle. I thought physically they were tougher than we were," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said. "You've got to execute, and executing means little plays like just coming up with a loose ball and spotting a man that's open on the three-point line."

The Greyhounds (5-1 overall, 1-1 MAAC), just two years removed from a 1-27 season, played well in spurts and stayed with the Jaspers - who two weeks ago took Big East power Syracuse to overtime on the road - until a 7-0 burst late in the first half put them in a 35-26 hole.

Loyola made a run midway through the second half, when Collins sank a three-pointer, one of his six, then broke down two defenders with his dribble and nailed a 15-foot jumper to pull the Greyhounds within three. When the Jaspers called a timeout, Patsos walked in front of the student section and pumped his fist in the air four times, exciting the already frenzied crowd.

The comeback, however, would never be completed. Manhattan (2-4, 2-0) improved the lead to nine on Arturo Dubois' fast-break layup, then continued to pull away at the free-throw line, where the Jaspers outscored the Greyhounds, 21-5.

Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said that his team's 1-4 record entering the game was deceiving, considering the Jaspers opened their road schedule with games at Seton Hall, Syracuse and Rhode Island.

"We did that to get us ready for the battle-tested wars of our league, and that's why this game meant so much to us," Gonzalez said. "We tried to not let the [role players] kill us, and we did the best we could to slow [Collins] down."

Forward C.J. Anderson (20 points) and guard Jason Wingate (19) led four players in double figures for the Jaspers, who shot 51 percent from the field.

Loyola now gets a 12-day break before stepping up in class to face Virginia. In Charlottesville, however, the Greyhounds will look quite different, with the addition of 6-foot-10, 270-pound center Hassan Fofana in the paint. Fofana had to sit out the fall semester after transferring from Maryland. "I think defensively and rebounding he'll help us, but it's going to take him a while to learn how to score," said Patsos, who said Fofana will be in his starting lineup against the Cavaliers.

Collins, now averaging 24 points after not receiving a vote for the MAAC's preseason all-conference team, said that the addition of his former Terrapins teammate will make a huge difference.

"We're going to get a ton more rebounds and a very good inside presence that will leave the guards open more," Collins said. "Hassan's a very big guy, and some of those little floaters from the guards penetrating ... they're going to be blocked."

MANHATTAN-Xavier 5-8 0-0 11, Wingate 4-9 8-10 19, Anderson 7-17 6-7 20, Konovelchick 2-4 2-4 7, Dubois 7-13 0-5 14, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Minor 0-2 5-6 5, Ngarndi 0-0 0-0 0, Austin 1-1 0-0 3, Johnson 3-3 0-1 6. Totals 29-57 21-33 85. LOYOLA-Collins 15-25 3-5 39, Stanback 2-5 0-0 5, James 4-8 0-0 9, Alujevic 1-4 0-0 2, Tuck 5-6 0-0 11, Hinds 1-6 0-2 2, Sullivan 1-3 0-0 3, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Khaleel 0-1 0-2 0, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Farrell 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 29-61 5-11 73. Halftime-Manhattan 40-34. 3-point goals-Manhattan 6-12 (Wingate 3-4, Austin 1-1, Konovelchick 1-3, Xavier 1-3, Minor 0-1), Loyola 10-20 (Collins 6-10, Tuck 1-1, James 1-2, Sullivan 1-2, Stanback 1-3, Farrell 0-2). Fouled out-Dubois. Rebounds-Manhattan 39 (Anderson 12), Loyola 33 (Alujevic 7). Assists-Manhattan 14 (Anderson 6), Loyola 13 (Alujevic 3). Total fouls-Manhattan 16, Loyola 25. A-2,677.

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