Towson State's senior point guard, Devin Boyd, said last night that a decision on whether he plays again this season hinges on how fast he recovers.
Boyd has been out of the lineup since fracturing his right elbow in the Tigers' season opener at Colorado.
"I feel fortunate that it happened when it did. If I had gotten hurt in January, there wouldn't have been any decision. Now, I have a choice," said Boyd.
But he indicated that the school's possible admission to the Northeast Conference could play a part in the process. Towson has applied to join the league by the next school year.
"There would be extra incentive to know you're in a conference and could go to the NCAA [championship tournament] again by winning," he said. "I wouldn't mind going back to the tournament for the third time.
"But I was going to play this year even without an ECC [East Coast Conference] automatic bid. So it isn't really a big thing."
Boyd was the Most Valuable Player of the Beltway Classic won by Towson last December. This time he is a spectator.
"I feel Towson should win this tournament. It's important to me to be tops locally," he said.
Regardless of whether or not he red-shirts this season, Boyd is likely to be enrolled next fall. He needs another semester to earn his degree in mass communications.
* With 19 points against Mount St. Mary's, Loyola's Kevin Green takes a career scoring total of 1,682 points into tonight's championship game. The senior guard from Dunbar High has moved to No. 4 on the Greyhounds' all-time list, and will pass No. 3 Mike Morrison (1,697) tonight if he gets his average of 17.8 a game.
George Sereikas had two blocked shots, giving him 61 for his three-year career and a share of the Loyola record. Tommy Lee, who finished playing in 1987, also had 61.
MISCELLANEOUS: Freshman F Joe Gower did not make the trip with Mount St. Mary's and will not play in the tournament. No explanation was given. . . . UMBC G Spencer Ferguson had a bone scan on his left knee yesterday and is out of the tournament. He has been bothered by tendinitis. . . . Loyola freshman Virgil Wallace will be red-shirted this season. He is a 6-9, 235-pound forward.