Cavs roll past Greyhounds

Virginia sends Loyola to second straight loss

Fofana has 12 points, 8 rebounds in debut

Virginia 98 Loyola 59

December 24, 2005|By EVAN MILLAR | EVAN MILLAR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Jimmy Patsos joked that when he took the job at Loyola last season, there was one T-shirt - a medium - in the locker room. Like most small-conference schools, he said, Loyola needs better funding to build a program, requiring two "money games" - contests against wealthy opponents in tougher conferences - each season.

Last night was one of those games.

Virginia, which began the night on a three-game losing streak, took out its frustration on the visiting Greyhounds, stifling Andre Collins and Loyola's offense on the way to a 98-59 win at University Hall.

"Obviously they were a little angry about it," Patsos said of Virginia's streak. "We turned it over; they made threes."

Loyola (5-2) dropped its second straight. It plays nonconference opponent Virginia Military Institute on Thursday.

Virginia (4-4), which went 13-for-21 from three-point range, prepared for Loyola's attacking offense this week, particularly the speedy Collins. Coach Dave Leitao said Loyola, like many attacking teams, would be susceptible to an aggressive opponent.

"Fortunately we did that, and played defense on the other end," Leitao said.

Despite Loyola's loss, Maryland transfer Hassan Fofana made a strong debut, overcoming three fouls in 11 first-half minutes to finish with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

"I'm pleased he played," Patsos said. "For him to come out [and get] 12 points, eight rebounds in 30 minutes - it's beyond expectations."

Fofana hit two shots early, both on entry passes from Collins, to build a 7-3 Loyola lead. But he showed it was his first game since last year, committing two fouls in the first five minutes and mishandling several passes.

Collins, who entered the game averaging 24 points a game, struggled early. His first basket, which put Loyola up 12-11, came more than seven minutes into the game and he missed eight of 10 first-half shots, including all six three-pointers.

He finished with 16 points on 6-for-20 shooting.

"They bothered him. They doubled him," Patsos said. "I was proud of Andre because he had 10 assists, but they frustrated him."

Virginia, meanwhile, seemed as if it could not miss.

J.R. Reynolds made three three-pointers during a 16-2 run midway through the half, part of a 37-4 run that spanned more than eight minutes. He and Adrian Joseph combined to hit eight of 10 three-pointers in the half, as the duo outscored Loyola 36-29 and Virginia entered the locker room with a 31-point lead.

Reynolds finished with 25 points. Joseph had 24.

LOYOLA-Tuck 5-10 0-0 10, Fofana 6-9 0-4 12, Collins 6-20 2-2 16, James 1-4 0-0 3, Farrell 1-4 0-0 3, Stanback 3-8 0-0 7, Hinds 0-3 0-0 0, Sullivan 2-6 2-2 6, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Goggin 0-0 0-0 0, Khaleel 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 1-2 0-2 2, Alujevic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 4-10 59. VIRGINIA-Mikalauskas 4-11 2-2 10, Diane 2-5 7-8 11, Cain 5-9 5-7 15, Reynolds 7-15 6-8 25, Singletary 1-6 1-2 4, Campbell 1-3 1-3 4, Soroye 1-3 0-0 2, Deasey 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 9-14 1-1 24, Shiembob 0-0 0-0 0, Forkin 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 31-67 23-31 98. Halftime-Virginia 60-29. 3-point goals-Loyola 5-24 (Collins 2-11, James 1-1, Farrell 1-2, Stanback 1-5, Tuck 0-1, Sullivan 0-4), Virginia 13-21 (Reynolds 5-7, Joseph 5-8, Forkin 1-1, Campbell 1-2, Singletary 1-2, Diane 0-1). Fouled out-Soroye. Rebounds-Loyola 32 (Fofana 8), Virginia 51 (Cain 16). Assists-Loyola 14 (Collins 10), Virginia 20 (Singletary 7). Total fouls-Loyola 25, Virginia 15. A-7,490.

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