Feb. 4, 2007
Bridgeport, Conn. - In a scheduling anomaly, the Greyhounds and Stags have yet to face each other with six games remaining to the conference season and will play twice over a seven-day period starting Monday night. The teams match up again Sunday at Reitz Arena in the middle game of a three-game homestand for Loyola.
The Greyhounds sit in sole possession of first place in the MAAC standings at 9-3, but has dropped two of their last four. Meanwhile, Fairfield has won six straight in the league and is in sole possession of sixth place at 7-5, two full games behind Loyola.
The Greyhounds dropped a 71-66 decision at Marist Saturday to split with the Red Foxes, a team the Stags have yet to face. Fairfield's 67-63 win at Canisius Friday gave the Stags a sweep of the Golden Griffins, a team Loyola has yet to face. Fairfield visits Marist Thursday while Loyola hosts Canisius Friday before these teams meet again on Sunday.
Loyola will take the court for the fifth straight time without junior forward Michael Tuck who continues to sit with a leg injury. Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan has led the Greyhounds in scoring in their last two outings and three of four. After connecting on a career-high six three-pointers in the win last week over Siena, Sullivan scored 16 of his team-high 18 points after the intermission at Marist. Junior guard Gerald Brown (15 points) and senior forward Josko Alujevic (12 points) also scored in double figures for Loyola. Brown also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Following Monday's game, the Greyhounds host three straight at Reitz Arena. First up is the first meeting of the season with the Golden Griffins, a 9 o'clock start that will be televised live nationally on ESPNU. Fairfield returns the game Sunday in a game that will be produced by MAAC TV and carried live on MASN. The final home game of the season concludes the stretch as Rider is the opponent on Wednesday, February 14 for Senior Day.