When: Friday, January 25, 7 p.
The Jaspers hold a subpar, record after being picked to finish No. On Friday night, Manhattan will have a chance to get their season on the right track against Loyola Md. The Greyhounds are winners of five of their last six, and their MAAC record puts them in second place at this point in the season.
Erik Etherly, the preseason MAAC Player of the Year, has been playing well ever since returning from an injury that sidelined him for five games. Manhattan needs to protect its home floor if it wants any chance at a late run toward the conference title, and Loyola cannot afford to lose to a sixth-place team with tough games against Iona, Canisius and Niagara coming up.
Here is what each team will have to do to get the win on Friday night: Keys for Loyola Stick to Shane Richards Richards has emerged as one of the top freshmen in the conference because of his three-point shooting.
Now averaging 7. In his last four games, Richards is posting Statistically, Loyola is the No.
Still, Richards has shown the ability to consistently find openings and knock down jump shots, so the Greyhound defenders must limit his shot opportunities. But even if you penetrate and miss a layup, there is a good chance Manhattan will foul you.
In their last four games, the Jaspers are averaging The free-throw disparity was the main reason why Niagara avoided an upset against the Jaspers, and considering the Greyhounds shoot better than 70 percent from the charity stripe, it could be the difference for them as well. Keys for Manhattan Feed Rhamel Brown Everyone knew about Brown's defensive prowess during his freshman and sophomore seasons, but this year he has emerged as one of the top offensive big men in the MAAC as well.
He is averaging In the 10 games prior to the Niagara loss, he was posting The Jaspers play their best offensively when they feed Brown the ball in the post. Crash the defensive glass Loyola is No.
The Jaspers have struggled on the defensive glass at various points this season, and it has cost them a few games. Loyola is already a much better offensive team, and giving the Greyhounds extra possessions could turn this game into a potential blowout.
The Jaspers are playing well enough to compete with any team in the conference; time and time again they have been unable to get over the hump and record a key victory.
Meanwhile, Loyola is putting the pieces together and has been playing great.