EDISON, N.J. – Fresh off its best regular-season finish in its 23 seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Loyola University Maryland placed a league-high four players – Erik Etherly (Alexandria, Va./Annandale H.S.), Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons H.S.), Justin Drummond (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist H.S.) and Robert Olson (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Prep H.S.) – on the All-MAAC Teams on Monday.
Etherly was the first Loyola player named to the All-MAAC First Team since 2008 when Gerald Brown earned the honor. Cormier earned an All-MAAC Second Team nod, and Drummond and Olson were tabbed to the Third Team.
Loyola enters the MAAC Championships as the No. 2 seed, after winning a program-record 13 MAAC games. The Greyhounds are 21-8 overall and set a school Division I record for wins, as well.
The Greyhounds will play in the MAAC Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Loyola will take on the winner of an opening round game between Niagara University and Canisius College. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
“I see having four players named to the all-conference teams as a tribute to the way this team has played as a whole this year,” Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “We have been at our best when we have shared the ball, not cared who was scoring the points and played good team defense. Each of these guys have brought different things to the team, from Dylon’s leadership, to Erik’s presence inside, to Bobby’s shooting, to Justin’s ability to score in many ways.”
The four players are the most Loyola has ever placed on the All-MAAC teams since joining the league in 1989-1990. Previously, three players from the school were honored in 1997-1998, the first year laurels were expanded to three teams.
Etherly was the Greyhounds’ leading scorer and rebounder during MAAC play this season, averaging 13.3 and 7.4 per game. Entering the MAAC Championships, he is second on the team with a 13.1 points per game average, while he leads the Greyhounds overall with a 7.7 rebounds per game mark.
He is fourth in the league in rebounds and helped Loyola lead the league in rebounding margin. Etherly is also fourth in the MAAC infield-goal percentage, making shots at a 53.2-percent clip.
The junior from Alexandria, Va., posted eight double-doubles this season and he has scored 10 or more points in 22 of 29 games. Etherly has led Loyola in scoring 10 times and rebounding on 20 occasions. He posted a career-high of 27 points at UMBC earlier this season, and he had one of his signature games in the conference with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over regular-season champion Iona on February 10.
Cormier, a sophomore, has led the Greyhounds in scoring this season with a 13.6 points per game mark. He also tops the Greyhounds in steals with 48 and is third in the MAAC with 1.7 steals per game. In his second year with Loyola, Cormier raised his field-goal percentage from .379 as a freshman to .457 as a sophomore.
The Baltimore native topped the 20-point mark seven times this, and he topped the 10-point mark in 22 of 28 games he played. Cormier led – or tied for the team lead – the Greyhounds in scoring 10 times.
Cormier scored a career-high 26 points in the Greyhounds’ victory at George Washington in December. It was his second-straight 20+-point effort after scoring 22 in the Greyhounds’ first conference road game at Siena.
Drummond came off the bench in all but four games and was one of the league’s best sixth men. A MAAC All-Rookie Team member last year, Drummond has averaged 11.2 points per game this season, and he is third on the team in rebounding with a 4.2 boards per game mark.
The sophomore from Bowie, Md., has scored in double-figures 15 times throughout the season, including a team-high 13-point effort against Manhattan yesterday that helped the Greyhounds defeat the Jaspers by two and clinch the No. 2 spot in the MAAC Championships.
Drummond has improved his free-throw percentage by more than 10 points since his freshman season. This year, he is second on the team at75.9-percent, making 82-of-108, after shooting just 65.2-percent from the stripe last year.
Olson has been one of the conference’s top shooters this season. He has averaged 12.5 points per game in league play, second on the team, and he has shot 44.7-percent from 3-point range. Overall, Olson has posted an 11.4 points per game mark, good for third on the Greyhounds, and he is second on the squad behind Etherly with a .471 field-goal percentage.
A junior, Olson is second in the MAAC in 3-point percentage, and he finished the regular-season ranked 13th in field-goal percentage, fourth-best amongst guards. Olson was also a MAAC All-Rookie performer in his first year at Loyola, 2008-2009.
Olson, who hails from Silver Spring, Md., was averaging just 8.8 points per game after the Greyhounds’ second game in January, but he reeled off a 11-straight games with 11 or more points. In eight of those games, hescored 14 or more points. He also sank two or more 3-pointers during those 11 games.