March 7, 2008
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The quest for the 2008 MAAC Men's Championship gets underway for fourth-seeded Loyola when it takes on No. 5 Fairfield Saturday at 2:15 in the first of four quarterfinals taking place at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
The Greyhounds tied Niagara for third place with equal 12-6 league marks -- just one game out of a tie for first place -- and finished as the No. 4 seed by virtue of the Purple Eagles' sweep of Loyola during the regular season. The Greyhounds are one of the hottest teams in the MAAC entering the tournament, winning 11 of their final 14 games to match the school-record 12-6 MAAC record first posted by last year's team.
The similarities to last year don't end there as the Stags were Loyola's quarterfinal opponent in last season's tournament. Playing on Fairfield's home floor, the Greyhounds recorded a 76-72 victory to advance to the semifinals for just the third time in school history. In three MAAC Tournament games against Fairfield, Loyola has a perfect 3-0 mark.
Loyola was well represented in the end-of-the-season awards as a pair of Greyhounds collected major awards and two other received all-league recognition.
On Thursday, the conference office announced that freshman guard Brian Rudolph was named the co-Rookie of the Year with Marist's Jay Gavin and junior guard Marquis Sullivan was selected as the Sixth Man of the Year. Earlier in the week, senior guard Gerald Brown was tabbed as an all-MAAC First Team honoree for the second straight season and senior forward Michael Tuck was chosen for the all-MAAC Third Team.
Saturday's game will be carried live in the Baltimore-Washington area on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and will be joined in progress on radio via Baltimore's ESPN Radio 1300 following the conclusion of the Maryland lacrosse game.