Greyhounds One Win Away From Big Dance
By Chris Garman
Loyola defeated Siena, 70-60, during the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament March 4. Junior Erik Etherly led the Greyhounds (23-8, 13-5 MAAC) with a game-high 21 points and six rebounds. Junior Robert Olson added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists during the victory. The team will advance to the MAAC championship, where it will face Fairfield March 5.
Maryland took No. 24 Virginia to overtime, but lost, 75-72, March 4. Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season scoring leader Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins (16-14, 6-10 ACC) with 25 points. Senior Sean Mosley posted a double-double during his final home game with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Terps will enter the ACC Tournament as the eighth seed and play ninth-seeded Wake Forest March 8.
Towson fell during the opening round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament to Delaware, 72-65, March 2. Senior Robert Nwankwo ended his collegiate career with a career day for the Tigers (1-31, 1-17 CAA), posting 27 points and 20 rebounds, both career highs. Nwankwo became the first player in CAA Tournament history to post 20 points and 20 rebounds.
UMBC went to overtime during its opening-round America East Tournament game, but came out on the losing end of a 73-67 decision to Binghamton March 1. Junior Brian Neller led the Retrievers (4-26) with 18 points, while sophomore Chase Plummer added 17 points and four steals. Junior Ryan Cook posted a double-double, with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 6 Maryland claimed its 10th ACC tournament championship with a 68-65 victory against No. 16 Georgia Tech March 4. ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas led the Terrapins (28-4, 12-4 ACC) with a career-high 29 points. Seniors Lynetta Kizer and Kim Rodgers added 11 and 10 points respectively. The Terps will now set their sights to the NCAA tournament, where they will likely be one of the top-seeded teams.
Loyola lost to Niagara during the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament, 77-63, March 2. MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds (13-17, 9-9 MAAC) with 21 points, to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. Senior Miriam McKenzie added 14 points and eight rebounds in likely her final game for the Greyhounds.
UMBC pulled the upset against No. 1 seed Boston University during the semifinals of the America East Tournament, winning, 77-61, March 4. Senior Michelle Kurowski led the Retrievers (17-14, 9-7 AE) with a game-high 25 points. The team will play in the championship game with an NCAA Tournament bid on the line against second-seeded Albany March 10.
Posted March 5, 2012