Jan. 2, 2012
EDISON, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland men's basketball player Erik Etherly was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after a solid all-around performance in the Greyhounds' five-point win last Wednesday at Bucknell University.
The junior forward finished with team-highs in four categories - points (18), rebounds (8), assists (4) and blocked shots (4) - as Loyola defeated the Bison, 72-67. He shared this week's award with Siena College's O.D. Anosike.
Etherly and the Greyhounds return to action this evening when they host Niagara University in MAAC action at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
Loyola's victory snapped Bucknell's 18-game home-court winning streak that was the 11th-longest in NCAA Division I at the time.
Etherly's eight rebounds helped the Greyhounds control a 36-25 advantage on the boards, while his four assists matched his season-high and the four blocked shots set a new standard for this year.
Late in the second half, Etherly scored two baskets in a row that helped Loyola go up by the same margin at halftime. He started the second half by knocking down a 3-pointer, just the second on his career, with time winding down on the shot clock to put Loyola up five.
He made 5-of-6 free throws, as well, down the stretch that helped the Greyhounds overcome a three-point deficit in the last five minutes.
The award is the first of Etherly's career and the second this season for a Loyola player. Sophomore guard Dylon Cormier earned the honor on December 12, 2011.
Through 12 games this season, Etherly leads Loyola in rebounding (95 total, 7.9 per game) and assists (26, 2.2), while he is second on the Greyhounds in scoring (156, 13.0).