Defending MAAC Champions Come to Reitz Saturday Afternoon

Jan. 4, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - Off the heels of playing and defeating the conference's preseason choice for No. 1, Loyola welcomes the defending conference champions to Reitz Arena Saturday afternoon. While markedly different from the team that represented the MAAC in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, Iona is still looking for its first win on the season heading into Thursday night's game at Maryland.

The Greyhounds never trailed in handing Marist its first conference loss Tuesday night at Reitz Arena, 77-69. Junior guard Gerald Brown poured in a career-high 33 points to lead Loyola while senior forward Josko Alujevic added 13 and junior forward Omari Isreal chipped in with 10 in his Reitz Arena debut. Freshman guard Brett Harvey equaled his career-best with six assists while committing just two turnovers in 29 minutes. Loyola shot 50 percent from the field in the second half (13-26) and built as much as a 18-point lead in the game.

The game Saturday is the second of four home games in five contests for Loyola and is a doubleheader with the women's team hosting Siena after the men's game. The Saints are the next opponent for the Greyhounds as they travel to Albany for a contest on Tuesday night at the newly renamed Times Union Center, the site of the 2008 MAAC Championship. Game time is 7 o'clock.