Howard and Loyola Face Off in the Philly Hoop Group Classic
THE GAME: This is the first round of the Philly Classic featuring the Greyhounds of Loyola College from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) against the Bison of Howard University from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in the opening game while Robert Morris against Drexel University clash in the second game. Loyola (3-2) had its three-game win streak snapped in a 94-80 loss to Seton Hall on Tuesday. The Greyhounds dropped their season opener to Towson and then reeled off wins over Penn, American and Vermont. The Bison recorded a 69-63 come-from-behind win over LaSalle University at home on Tuesday for their second straight win. Howard opened the season with a loss to Duquesne and to the University of Virginia on the road before defeating Penn, 80-65 last Saturday then over LaSalle.
THE COACHES: Loyola College is coached by Jimmy Patsos (Catholic, ‘89), who is in his fourth season there and has a 42-50 career record to date. Howard is coached by Gil Jackson (Elizabethtown College, '69), who is also in his third season and has an 18-46 career record to date.
SERIES RECORD: The Bison and the Greyhounds have each recorded victories in the series.
Adam Walker 2.0 ppg, 4.5
rpg 32 Omari
Isreal 10.0, 5.4
10 Randy Hampton 8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg 55 Michael Tuck 13.2, 5.6
33 Eugene Myatt 21.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg 01 Gerald Brown 19.4, 5.0
22 Jeron Smith 8.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg 04 Brett Harvey 6.8, 3.1 apg
0 Curtis White 5.3 ppg, 3.2 apg 31 Brian Randolph 2.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg
10.0 ppg, 2.3
05 Marquis Sullivan 15.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
1 Kandi Mukole 8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg 30 Joe Miles 7.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg
GREYHOUND TRAILS: In addition to Coach Patsos (Catholic University/University of Maryland), who has local ties in the Washington, DC area, Isreal (Good Counsel/Rockville, MD) and Joe Miles (St. Johns/Suitland, MD) also have ties...Sullivan and Miles are averaging almost 23 points off the bench for the Greyhounds.
BISON HOOVES: Howard opponents are shooting 51 percent from the field this season, including 41 percent from the three-point line...in addition to averaging almost 22 points per game through three games, Myatt is shooting a blistering 63 percent from the floor and 61 percent from the three-point line...Mukole scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his career...Howard blocked a season-high 7 shots with Adam Walker and Jeron Smith each swatting two.
NEXT UP: The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Drexel-Robert Morris game at 2:30 on Saturday while the losers will meet at 12 noon.