Jan. 14, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Greyhounds step out of MAAC play Monday night for the penultimate non-conference contest of the season, hosting cross-town rival Towson in the 68th installment in the series in a regionally televised game on MASN. Winners of four straight and three consecutive at Reitz Arena, Loyola has not lost during the month of January.
The matchup will feature two of the country's top scorers in Loyola junior guard Gerald Brown and Towson's senior guard Gary Neal. Brown leads the MAAC at 23.3 points per game while Neal is tops in the Colonial Athletic Association, pouring in 24.8 points per outing. The tandem are Baltimore natives who went elsewhere to first attend college and returned to the area to finish their schooling and play basketball.
The Greyhounds have had to work extra for their last two wins, overtime conference victories at Siena and at home over Niagara. Loyola placed five players in double figures in each game, but Brown has been the focal point. After scoring 33 points for the second time in three games to lead the Greyhounds to the win at Siena, the Baltimore native scored 26 of his game-high 28 points after halftime and connected on the game-winning three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining in overtime Friday against Niagara.
Rounding out the quintet of double-figure scorers was junior forward Michael Tuck with 20, sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan with 18, freshman guard Brett Harvey with 14 and junior forward Omari Isreal with 10. harvey's number was a career-high as were his seven assists. The Greyhounds shot 61.7 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point range.
Towson comes to Reitz Arena on the heels of a 85-77 loss at Virginia Commonwealth Saturday and has lost four of five and six of eight.
Loyola returns to the road this weekend for conference clashes Friday at Saint Peter's and Sunday at Rider. The Rider game will be televised by MAAC TV and also will be seen live on MASN.