Jan. 20, 2007
Lawrenceville, N.J. - Winners of six straight conference contests after dropping its league opener in December, Loyola looks to maintain its hold onto first place with a win this afternoon at Rider. The Greyhounds are tied with Manhattan and Marist entering league play on Saturday, all with identical 6-1 records.
The six straight wins is the best stretch for a Greyhounds team in MAAC play since the 1996-97 edition won seven straight to close out the regular season. The 6-1 mark is the best ever for Loyola in MAAC play, bettering the 5-2 start posted by the 1995-96 team.
A measure of revenge was gained Friday by knocking off Saint Peter's, the team that handed the Greyhounds their only league loss thus far. Freshman guard Brett Harvey's only basket of the contest was the game-winner with 56 seconds remaining as Loyola scored the game's final seven points to post a 62-55 road conference victory. Junior guard Gerald Brown was saddled with foul trouble in the game, limiting him to season-lows in minutes played (27) and field goals attempted (seven). He still tied for game-high scoring honors along with junior forward Michael Tuck and sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan, all of whom scored 14 points. Harvey also handed out a career-best eight assists and was the team leader with four rebounds. Junior forward Omari Isreal established career-highs with three blocks and three steals.
Rider has dropped two straight after losing 86-75 at Manhattan Thursday and sits in the middle of the MAAC standings. The Jaspers are the Greyhounds' next opponent as they visit Reitz Arena Wednesday in a 7 o'clock start.