Loyola's 45-38 win over UMBC at Reitz Arena on Wednesday night showcased how much both teams missed a pair of starters.
The Retrievers (0-2) will not have sophomore point guard Rodney Elliott for an extended period of time. Coach Aki Thomas said the John Carroll graduate who averaged 15.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists en route to being named the America East Rookie of the Year at the end of last season has been hampered by a shoulder injury and there is no timetable for his return.
Junior Aaron Morgan moved into the starting lineup in Elliott's place, but he went scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting and finished with more turnovers (three) than rebounds (two) or assists (one).
"We missed Rodney," Thomas said. "A lot of things we do go through him. But he's not out there, and we don't know when he'll be back. We just want him to get healthy."
The prognosis does not appear to be as dire for the Greyhounds' Jarred Jones. The junior forward who had averaged 6.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the team's first two games was sidelined by a sprained medial collateral ligament suffered in Sunday's 76-71 win over Cornell, and coach G.G. Smith said Jones will miss at least a week.
"Jarred Jones is the most versatile player on our team," Smith said. "He does a lot for us. He does all of the dirty work. He's our hardest-working player, and you can tell that we missed him tonight. He kind of sets the tone, especially on the defensive end."
Freshman forward Cam Gregory replaced Jones in the starting lineup for Loyola (2-1) and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds -- his second straight 10-plus rebound performance -- and scored four points.