March 3, 2008
Edison, N.J. - Loyola senior guard Gerald Brown was selected for the First Team and senior forward Michael Tuck to the third team and freshman guard Brian Rudolph was named to the all-rookie team it was announced this afternoon as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference office named its all-league and all-rookie selections.
His second straight selection on the All-MAAC First Team, Brown was joined on the five-member unit by repeat selections Jason Thompson of Rider Niagara's Charron Fisher and Siena's tandem of Kenny Hasbrouck and Edwin Ubiles. One of those five players will be named the MAAC Player of the Year when the recipient is announced at the postseason awards reception Thursday in Albany, N.Y.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Brown finished third in the conference in scoring (18.8) and tallied double figures in 25 of his 29 games. He was listed among the conference's leaders in seven of the 13 individual statistical categories.
The five-person All-MAAC Second Team consisted of Fairfield's Jonathan Han, Tyrone Lewis of Niagara, Rider's Ryan Thompson, Todd Sowell of Saint Peter's and Siena's Alex Franklin. Tuck was joined on the All-MAAC Third Team by Manhattan's Antoine Pearson, Ryan Stilphen of Marist, Niagara's Stanley Hodge and Harris Mansell of Rider.
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Tuck finished 17th in the league in scoring (11.7), seventh in rebounding (7.2) and 11th in field-goal percentage (.511). He started 28 of 31 games after being selected as the MAAC's Sixth Man of the Year last season and scored in double figures 20 times, including 13 of the final 15 games.
Rudolph was joined on the MAAC's All-Rookie Team by Marist's Jay Gavin, Anthony Nelson from Niagara, Rider's Mike Ringgold and Wesley Jenkins from Saint Peter's.
A six-time MAAC Rookie of the Week selection including four straight weeks in February, the New Bedford, Mass., native finished averaging 7.1 points with 134 assists. He was the starter at point guard for 16 of Loyola's 18 wins.
Seeded No. 4 after tying for third place in the MAAC standings with a 12-6 conference mark, the Greyhounds open the 2008 MAAC Championship with a quarterfinal matchup with fifth-seeded Fairfield on Saturday, March 8 at 2:15 p.m. The game is a rematch of last season's quarterfinal game in Bridgeport, Conn., which Loyola won to advance to the semifinals. The teams split the season series, but the Greyhounds have captured all three contests against the Stags in MAAC Tournament play.