Feb. 13, 2012
EDISON, N.J. - Loyola Univeristy Maryland junior forward Erik Etherly was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week today, the conference office announced.
Etherly, who earned the honor for the second time this season, averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against Iona and Fairfield. He tied for team-high honors in scoring and led the Greyhounds in rebounding in both games.
On Friday night, Etherly went 9-of-12 from the field to help the Greyhounds defeat Iona, 87-81. Etherly finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season. He also totaled three assists and two blocked shots against the Gaels.
He scored eight of his 22 in a 6-minute, 18-second stretch to start the second half that saw Loyola extend its lead to 25 points with 13:42 to play in the game. His 22-point effort marked the second time in his career that he has scored 20 or more points, the first coming earlier this season at UMBC.
Etherly finished Sunday's game against Fairfield with 17 points and nine rebounds. The Alexandria, Va., native went 9-of-13 from the free-throw line versus the Stags, tying his career-best for free throws made.
The award is the second of the season for Etherly and the third overall for Loyola players. He also won the first award of January after a strong performance in the Greyhounds' win at Bucknell.
Etherly and the Greyhounds return to the court on Wednesday when they take on Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at 7 p.m.