The fourth-seeded Mountaineers have won five of their past six games, including a 77-70 win over the fifth-seeded Bobcats on Feb. 15 behind Jeremy Goode (21 points) and Chris Vann (20).
Jean Cajou scored 27 points in a win over Monmouth last week to earn the home playoff game, and the school's third straight fourth-place finish.
The Mount women have a considerably tougher assignment in their Saturday quarterfinal. The eighth-seeded Mountaineers (8-21, 6-12) play top-seeded Quinnipiac (24-4, 16-2) in Brooklyn. They advanced to the NEC tournament for the 19th consecutive year despite losing eight of their past 10 games.
Walker nears Loyola record
Candice Walker (Towson Catholic) will tie the Loyola women's freshman record for assists with her next one. That should come today in the Greyhounds' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's quarterfinal against Rider at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
Walker, whose 76 assists trail Coleen Colsher (1990-91) by one, was voted by league coaches onto the All-Rookie team. The 5-foot-5 point guard led all freshmen in scoring (8.4), assists (2.7) and minutes (32.8).
In an uneven season, the seventh-seeded Greyhounds (12-16, 7-11) have gotten consistency from senior Vika Sholokhova and freshman Meredith Tolley down the stretch. Sholokhova averaged 10 points and 8.2 rebounds in the past 10 games, and Tolley averaged 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in the 10 games she has started at forward.
Towson faces Hofstra
The Towson men (12-17, 7-11) open the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with eighth-seeded Hofstra (12-17, 8-10) tomorrow at noon in Richmond, Va. The Tigers earned the ninth seed with an 89-74 win over Delaware, and coach Pat Kennedy said his team has a chance, low seed notwithstanding.
"I really believe the winner of this tournament is going to come from the five through 12 seed," he said. "I've seen it happen many times before. We're certainly capable."
Towson, which beat defending tournament champ UNC-Wilmington last season in the opening round, split with Hofstra in the regular season. The winner gets regular-season champion Virginia Commonwealth (23-6, 15-3) on Saturday.
Johns Hopkins news
The Blue Jays are sending senior Eric Fishel and freshman Patrick Stanley to the NCAA Division III wrestling championships this weekend in Iowa. Fishel won the 184-pound class in the Centennial Conference for the second straight year, is 27-6 this season with 11 pins and 96-32 for his college career. Stanley upset the top two seeds to take the 165-pound title. He is 20-13, including 16-11 with seven pins at 165.
Former quarterback Adam Waddell was named the outstanding field performer at the Centennial indoor track and field championships. Waddell was second in the pole vault, third in the high jump, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump.