BALTIMORE (AP)-- Andre Collins and Michael Tuck scored 16 points
apiece to help Loyola win its third straight game with a 68-60
victory over American Tuesday night.
This is Loyola's first 3-0 start since the 1998-99 season. The
Greyhounds had a 39-game losing streak that stretched from midway
through the 2003-04 season into last year, but new coach Jimmy
Patsos has slowly started turning things around.The Greyhounds nearly wasted a 23-point second-half lead as
American (0-4) cut it to one four times, but Loyola hung on.
Collins, a transfer from Maryland who played under Patsos there,
also had six rebounds and assists to control the offense.Tuck added six rebounds and made several clutch plays in the
final two minutes, scoring four of the team's final six points.Loyola looked as if it was headed for a rout in the first
several minutes. The Greyhounds quickly took command, making their
first three shots and taking a 9-0 lead. The Greyhounds then scored
16 of the half's final 21 points for a 44-24 halftime lead.But American rallied in the second half, behind the shooting of
Linas Lekavicius, who scored all 14 of his points after the break.
The Eagles never could take the lead, however, and Loyola held on
for the victory.