March 5, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Senior guard Gerald Brown, freshman guard Brian Rudolph and junior guard Marquis Sullivan are all candidates for major awards being announced Thursday by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at the annual awards reception taking place at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
By virtue of their inclusion on the All-MAAC First Team and All-MAAC Rookie Team, Brown and Rudolph are automatically under consideration for MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Rookie of the Year, respectively. Sullivan was included on the ballot for consideration for MAAC Sixth Man of the Year.
Brown is a Player of the Year candidate for the second consecutive season. A unanimous First Team selection last year, he certainly should be in line to repeat that accomplishment again this year after finishing third in the conference in scoring (18.8), 18th in rebounding (5.0), fourth in free-throw percentage (.791), sixth in steals (1.65), seventh in three-point field goals made (2.13) and 13th in minutes played (31.32). The Baltimore native scored 92 points in a three-game stretch played over six days, tallying 30 and 29 points against Niagara sandwiched around a career-high matching 33-point performance against Saint Peter's. In fact, in five games in a Loyola uniform against the Purple Eagles, he averaged 28.4 points while making 43 of 47 free-throw attempts (.915).
The other Player of the Year candidates are All-MAAC First Team members Charron Fisher from Niagara, Siena's Edwin Ubiles and Kenny Hasbrouck and Preseason Player of the Year Jason Thompson from Rider. Loyola has never had a MAAC Player of the Year.
Rudolph captured a league-high six Rookie of the Week Awards, including four straight in February. All six of the citations were during league play as he helped Loyola win 11 of its last 14 games. The New Bedford, Mass., native finished averaging 7.1 points while handing out 134 assists. His assists total ranked him sixth in the league and he placed ninth in free-throw percentage (.765), fifth in assists/turnover ratio (1.79) and 29th in minutes played (27.45).
The other candidates for Rookie of the Year are All-MAAC Rookie Team members Marist's Jay Gavin, Anthony Nelson from Niagara, Rider's Mike Ringgold and Wesley Jenkins from Saint Peter's. Greyhounds were selected as the MAAC Rookie of the Year in 2001 (John Reimold) and 1996 (Nsilo Abraham).
After starting 30 games a season ago and being an All-MAAC Third Team choice, Sullivan accepted his role of coming off the bench to make room in the starting lineup for Rudolph and thrived. He scored in double figures in 14 of his last 15 games and in 16 of his 22 games coming off the bench. All four of the Westminster, Md., resident's 20-point efforts came as a reserve, including a career-high 28 points in 24 minutes against Canisius. He finished ranked 14th in scoring (12.4), fourth in three-point percentage (.432) and led the league in three-pointers made per game (2.87).
In order to be considered to be the MAAC's Sixth Man of the Year, a student-athlete must not start in more than 10 games during the season. Loyola has captured the award in two of the last three years -- senior forward Michael Tuck last year and Charlie Bell in 2005. The first year of the award was 2002.
The Greyhounds get their quest for the MAAC Championship started Saturday afternoon against the Fairfield Stags in the first men's quarterfinal being played at Albany's Times Union Center at 2:15 p.m. The game is a rematch of the quarterfinal contest played last season on the Stags' home floor that Loyola captured 76-72 to advance to the MAAC Semifinals. In three MAAC postseason games against Fairfield, Loyola is a perfect 3-0. The game is available live in the Mid-Atlantic region on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.