'Hounds turn to James, edge Broncs with layup

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Their top scorer, guard Andre Collins, couldn't make a shot. Their other Maryland transfer, center Hassan Fofana, sat riddled with foul trouble.

It was a combination that nearly spelled disaster for the Loyola Greyhounds in the second half yesterday against Rider. After watching his team squander a 19-point lead, however, coach Jimmy Patsos turned to veteran Shane James to keep Loyola from its first three-game losing streak this season.

James, the Greyhounds' only third-year starter, drove the lane, spun and scored on a layup with 3.6 seconds to play, preserving a 78-76 win before 2,317 at Reitz Arena.

"I owe Shane James big," said Patsos, who drew up the play -- one he admittedly borrowed from Duke -- for the junior, using Collins as a decoy. "I thought they'd run with Andre, and I wasn't sure that he was going to make the shot, so I went over to Shane to get it."

Collins, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer, finished with 22 points, but made just eight of 24 shots from the field. After scoring 17 in the first half, making five of his eight three-point attempts, he went cold and was held scoreless over the final 9:46.

"The shots just weren't falling in the second half," said Collins, now averaging 27.4 points. "I tell the guys all the time that a lot of opportunities will present themselves, and they have to take advantage of them as teams try to key their defenses against me."

Several of his teammates did just that, including sophomore forward Michael Tuck (15 points, 13 rebounds), James (13 points) and freshman guard Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding), who scored nine of his 12 points in the second half in the first start of his career.

"This is a good test for the rest of the team. Andre Collins is not going to just keep getting 40 points," Patsos said. "It's just not going to happen."

Said James: "Every game, we're going to have this little stretch where teams are focused on him and he's struggling offensively, so it's important for other guys to step up. Luckily today, it was me."

For much of the game, it appeared Loyola (11-5 overall, 5-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) would win going away. The Greyhounds dominated early and built a 57-38 lead on Sullivan's three-pointer with 16:33 left.

Rider (5-11, 1-7), however, then quickly got back into the game by outscoring Loyola 16-3 over a six-minute stretch that included three-pointers by Harris Mansell (18 points), Lamar Johnson (12) and Paul Johnson (12). The Broncs connected on 12 of 23 three-point attempts, including eight of 12 by freshmen Lamar Johnson and Mansell.

Patsos said his team became too passive during the stretch, successfully using the clock but failing to come up with good shots.

Trailing 78-76, Rider had one last chance, but Terrance Mouton's jumper from deep in the corner fell short as time expired.

RIDER--J.Thompson 3-12 6-8 12, Pierce 0-0 1-4 1, Muniz 5-12 0-0 11, Mouton 4-11 0-2 9, P.Johnson 5-6 0-0 12, Warner 0-1 0-0 0, L.Johnson 4-9 0-0 12, White 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 0-0 1-2 1, Mansell 5-5 4-4 18. Totals 26-56 12-20 76. LOYOLA--Collins 8-24 0-0 22, Sullivan 4-8 0-0 12, James 5-7 3-5 13, Fofana 0-0 0-0 0, Tuck 7-9 1-3 15, Stanback 1-4 1-1 3, Hinds 0-0 0-0 0, Farrell 2-2 1-2 6, Alujevic 3-6 1-2 7. Totals 30-60 7-13 78. Halftime--Loyola, 48-36. 3-point goals--Rider 12-23 (Mansell 4-4, L.Johnson 4-8, P.Johnson 2-2, Muniz 1-4, Mouton 1-4, J.Thompson 0-1), Loyola 11-28 (Collins 6-15, Sullivan 4-7, Farrell 1-1, James 0-1, Tuck 0-1, Stanback 0-3). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Rider 30 (J.Thompson 10), Loyola 37 (Tuck 13). Assists--Rider 14 (P.Johnson 4), Loyola 18 (James 6). Total fouls--Rider 15, Loyola 15. A--2,317.

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