Dec. 14, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Having recorded its best team performance of the season in a convincing 77-54 victory over Manhattan on December 9, the men's basketball team has used the last week to get some much-needed rest while working on basketball fundamentals before preparing for its next game, December 22 when it visits Dayton.
The primary focus of the players off the court has been on final exams which conclude December 20. Many on the team have used the last week to rest some minor aches and pains while the group has been running through defensive and shooting drills which should pay off during the month of January when the Greyhounds will play 10 games over a 26-day span.
With all of the MAAC teams off since December 9, Loyola's players' names are scattered throughout the league statistical leaders.
Coming off a rebounds-assist double-double in his last outing, sophomore guard Brett Harvey leads the conference in assists/turnover ratio with 3.55 assists for every turnover he has committed through 10 games. His 3.90 assists per game ranks eighth and he is second in three-point field-goal percentage (.526).
Senior guard Gerald Brown ranks among the MAAC leaders in seven of the 13 statistical categories, including ranking second in scoring (21.1 ppg) and steals (2.80 spg) after leading the league in both categories last season. He also sits 20th in rebounding (5.1), fifth in free-throw percentage (.816), ninth in three-point field goals made (2.00), 11th in defensive rebounds (3.80) and 16th in minutes played per game (31.00).
Last year's MAAC Sixth Man of the Year after having his playing time limited due to injury, senior forward Michael Tuck has thus far played in enough contests to rank among the conference's leaders and shows up in five categories. His 10.0 points-per-game average ranks 23rd, he is eighth in rebounding (6.8), 15th in field-goal percentage (.483), sixth in defensive rebounds (4.90) and 28th in minutes played (27.00).
Also cracking the December rankings for the first time with the Greyhounds is senior forward Omari Isreal. Eligible one year ago this month and never seeing action in the required 75 percent of games to be ranked, Isreal is eighth in field-goal percentage (.534) and sixth in blocked shots (1.30). Also ranking among the league's leaders in blocked shots is senior center Hassan Fofana with 1.00 in 10 games.
Three-point shooting specialist Marquis Sullivan finds his name among the leaders in those categories as well. The junior guard is 18th in scoring (11.7), 10th in three-point field-goal percentage (.400) and third in three-point field goals made (2.60).
Freshman guard Brian Rudolph is the last of the Greyhounds to crack the MAAC leaders, ranking 11th in assists with 2.80 per game.
The visit to Dayton and a trip to Illinois on December 28 are sandwiched around Christmas. Following the game in Champaign, Loyola will have a week off before returning to league play on January 4 when the Greyhounds host Fairfield at Reitz Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and is scheduled for a 7 o'clock start. The game with the Stags kicks off a stretch where Loyola will play 10 games over 26 days, six of those away from home, including traveling to Kansas for a game with the Jayhawks on January 8.