Feb. 16, 2007
Nashville, Tenn. - A pair of teams that were in the pool of teams under consideration for television appearances by ESPN as part of its BracketBusters event meet Saturday night in the Music City. Loyola of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference have never faced each other. In fact, the Greyhounds have never faced a team currently configured as part of the OVC.
Loyola is coming off a record-setting night Wednesday when it closed out the home schedule with a 95-73 MAAC win over Rider. In capturing its 11th conference win, the Greyhounds established a school record for MAAC wins and also guaranteed itself a bye into the quarterfinals at the MAAC Championship. Loyola also tied the school record with 13 three-pointers in the contest.
Senior night belonged to forward Josko Alujevic. The fifth-year senior tallied a career-best 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan eclipsed a school record by connecting on all six of his three-point attempts en route to a career-high 24 points. Freshman guard Brett Harvey was the third of a trio of Greyhounds who established career highs, scoring 19 points while handing out six assists. Junior forward Omari Isreal added 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds while senior guard Shane James collected six assists and junior forward Michael Tuck tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds.
The weekend trip is the fourth of six that Loyola will take over the final seven weeks of the season, including the MAAC Championship in two weeks. Next weekend, the Greyhounds make the annual trip to Western New York to take on Niagara (Friday) and Canisius (Sunday) to close out the regular season.