Dec. 20, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - A pair of MAAC contests under their belt, the Loyola Greyhounds return to non-conference action for three straight games starting Friday night. The contest with High Point is the return of a game coming out of the BracketBusters pool of games from last season. Loyola collected a 77-71 home win over the Panthers last February.
The game also will be the first for junior forward Omari Isreal who is eligible to play following his fulfillment of the NCAA residency requirements as a result of his transfer from Notre Dame.
The Greyhounds will not have played in 12 days when they take the floor, their last game a 77-58 victory over Manhattan in Riverdale. The win was the first for Loyola in New York City over a MAAC opponent (Iona/Manhattan) since the 1998-99 season when the Greyhounds captured a 71-67 win at Manhattan, a span of 14 games.
Junior guard Gerald Brown continues to lead the team in scoring and his 22.9 points average ranked sixth nationally through games played of December 17. He is tops in the MAAC. Junior forward Michael Tuck and sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan both are providing 12+ points per outing. Senior forward Josko Alujevic is the team's leading rebounder at 6.0 per game. Freshman guard Brett Harvey has handed out 30 assists through eight games and senior guard Shane James has 28 assists with just seven turnovers.
Following the High Point game and the Christmas break, Loyola returns to action with a trip to the midwest to take on Big 10 Conference foes Northwestern (Dec. 27) and Michigan State (Dec. 30). The game against the Spartans will be carried live in MASN starting at noon.