Kent State learned late Wednesday night that it will visit Loyola Maryland in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Greyhounds (22-11) defeated Boston University 70-63 on Tuesday night in the first round of the CIT after trailing by 15 points in the second half, earning their first-ever Division I postseason victory. Meanwhile, the Golden Flashes (21-13) let a 15-point lead slip away against Fairfield, but senior guard Randal Holt kept their season alive with a driving layup in the closing seconds that gave Kent State a 73-71 home victory.
Loyola Maryland and Fairfield play in the same conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds, led by 6-foot-2 junior guard Dylon Cormier (16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals per game) and 6-7 senior forward Erik Etherly (15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds), are 12-3 at Reitz Arena this season.
"They're gonna be a tough matchup for us," said KSU coach Rob Senderoff. "They have two first-team all-conference players (Cormier and Etherly), and they're a really good offensive team.
They do a lot of different things defensively, really mix things up from man-to-man to press to zone."
Senderoff updated the injury status of senior forward Chris Evans and sophomore guard Devareaux Manley. Evans has been visibly hobbled by an ankle injury for the past two games and did not play the final 14:47 against the Stags, although he would not admit that he's injured afterward, while Manley left the game in the second half after diving for a loose ball and suffering an apparent knee injury.
"Chris will stay off his feet for the next couple days, and we'll see how he responds to treatment," said Senderoff. "We'll probably just have him shoot on Saturday at their gym and see how he feels. Dev (Manley) should be OK. It's more of a bruised knee, nothing structural."
The Flashes and Greyhounds will meet for the third time. They played a home-and-home series during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, with Kent State winning both games.