Jan. 15, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola men's basketball junior guard Gerald Brown was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season and freshman guard Brett Harvey was honored as the conference's Rookie of the Week for the first time it was announced today by the conference office. This is the first time that a pair of Greyhounds have been honored by the MAAC in the same week.
The tandem helped lead Loyola to a pair of overtime conference victories that vaulted the Greyhounds into a tie for first place with a 5-1 league record. Loyola has won five straight in MAAC play and four straight overall entering its non-conference clash with cross-town rival Towson Monday night.
Brown equaled his career-high with 33 points in the win at Siena and followed that by scoring 26 of his 28 points after halftime and connecting on the game-winning three-point shot with 20 seconds remaining in the win over Niagara. The Baltimore native averaged 30.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the two wins. Currently ranked seventh in the country in scoring, the 6-4, 195-pounder has averaged 28.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 49.4 percent (40-81) from the floor during the Greyhounds' current four-game winning streak.
Ranked among the leaders in nine MAAC statistical categories, Brown is leading the conference in scoring (23.3 ppg) and steals (2.47 spg) and is fourth in minutes played per game (36.00). He was honored as the Player of the Week for the first week of the season (November 13) and last week (January 8).
Harvey became the sixth different rookie to win the award in the MAAC this season. One game after establishing his career-best with 13 points in the win at Siena, he bettered that with 14 points and a career-high seven assists in the win against Niagara. He scored 10 straight points in the first half against the Purple Eagles to keep Loyola within striking distance. The 6-foot, 175-pound freshman from New City, N.Y., averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds during the two wins while shooting 62.5 percent (10-16) from the floor and 50.0 percent from three-point range. He also played 80 of a possible 90 minutes.
Following tonight's Towson game, the Greyhounds put their five-game conference winning streak on the line with visits this weekend to the league's New Jersey schools, playing at Saint Peter's Friday and Rider Sunday. The game at Rider will be televised by MAAC TV and be carried live on MASN.