March 2, 2007
Bridgeport, Conn. - It all comes down to this weekend for MAAC teams as the men's and women's teams convene at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., to determine their championships and automatic qualifiers to their respective NCAA Championships.
By the time the men's basketball takes to the court some time after 10 o'clock Saturday night, the Greyhounds and their opponent, the Fairfield Stags, will be the last two teams to see action and eight women's teams and five men's teams will have been eliminated.
In order for Loyola to continue its trek, it will have to defeat the Stags Saturday night. Fairfield is the one MAAC team that did not lose at least one game to the Greyhounds this season, sweeping a pair of games during February.
The Greyhounds were recognized by the league's coaches for a number of individual awards. Junior guard Gerald Brown was selected to the all-MAAC first team, sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan was tabbed as a third-team all-MAAC selection and junior forward Michael Tuck was honored with the conference's Sixth Man of the Year award.
In his first season in the MAAC, Brown finished as the conference's leader in points (22.1 ppg) and steals (1.93 spg) as he ranked among the league's leaders in eight categories. The Baltimore native had five games with more than 30 points and was named the conference's Player of the Week four times.
Sullivan emerged as an offensive threat this season and finished 13th in the league in scoring (13.2 ppg). The Westminster, Md., product finished second in the MAAC in three-point field-goal percentage (.438) and three-point field goals made (2.90).
After battling with injuries all season, Tuck accepted his role as the top forward off the Greyhounds' bench and his selflessness was recognized by the league's coaches. Not ranked among the conference's leaders because he did not participate in enough games, his numbers would have ranked in five categories, including leading the league in field-goal percentage (.603).
The winner of Saturday's quarterfinal meets the winner of the Niagara-Rider/Iona quarterfinal in a semifinal on Sunday night at 8 o'clock. Sunday's winners meet Monday night at 9 o'clock in the championship game on ESPN2.