|Date||Saturday, December 3, 2011|
|Location||Albany, N.Y. | Times-Union Center|
|TV||Time-Warner Cable Sports|
|Series Record||Siena leads, 36-16|
|Last Meeting||Loyola 76, Siena 69 – February 7, 2011 at Siena|
On The MAAC Road
Saturday marks the first road game of Loyola University Maryland’s 2011-2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule when the Greyhounds travel to Albany, N.Y., for a 7 o’clock game against Siena College.
The game will be played at the Times-Union Center in downtown Albany.
Loyola’s 76-63 victory over Marist on Thursday night snapped the Greyhounds’ five-game skid in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference openers. They are 1-0 in the league for the first time since 2005-2006.
Loyola improved to 5-1 in 2011-2012 with its win over the Red Foxes, matching its best start through six games since the 2005-2006 season when the Greyhounds held the same record through six contests.
At 5-1, this Greyhounds’ team is tied for the best start in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (the school joined Division I in 1981-1982). It is also tied for the fifth-best start in the 102 years of basketball at the school.
Saturday’s game will be the 53rd all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-16 advantage in the all-time series.
In the last meeting, on February 7, 2011, Loyola snapped a six-game losing streak to Siena with a 76-69 victory at the Times-Union Center. Prior to the Saint’s six-game winning streak, Loyola won four in a row in the series.
Last season, the teams split, each winning on the other’s home court.
In the game at Siena, Justin Drummond made back-to-back threes to start a 12-0 Loyola run late in the game that saw the Saints lead by eight with just over 12 minutes to play. Five Loyola players scored in double-figures, led by 15 from both Robert Olson and Erik Etherly. Shane Walker and Drummond both tallied 13, and J’hared Hall contributed 11.
Television In The Empire State
Loyola fans in the state of New York can watch the game on Time-Warner Cable Sports. It will air in the Albany area, as well as in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Central and Northern New York.
Last Time Out
Loyola used second-half runs of 9-0 and 15-3 to rally from as many as seven down against Marist and defeat the Red Foxes, 76-63, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Thursday night in Reitz Arena.
R.J. Williams picked the pocket of Marist’s Devin Price and fed Robert Olson who knocked down a shot from 16 feet to put Loyola in front, 49-48, with 11:16 remaining. After a turnaround jumper by Erik Etherly and two Red Foxes misses, Olson drained a three to extend Loyola’s advantage to six, 54-48, with 10:22 on the clock. The teams traded turnovers before Isaiah Morton missed on the offensive end for Marist, and Justin Drummond dunked for Loyola to cap the 9-0 run.
Marist twice cut the Loyola advantage to four, the second time with 6:03 left, but Olson canned another three, sparking the 15-3 run that allowed the Greyhounds to pull away for good.
Dylon Cormier led five Greyhounds in double figures with 15 points, while Etherly had 14 and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Drummond also had 14, while Shane Walker and Olson each added 11.
Threes Starting To Fall
After starting the season cold from behind the 3-point arc – the Greyhounds made just 11-of-56 (.196) in their first four games – Loyola made 14-of-31 (.452) in its last two contests.
The Greyhounds were 6-of-16 (.375) against Florida Gulf Coast, and they were then a season-best 8-of-15 (.533) form behind the arc in the Marist tilt.
Robert Olson has led the improved shooting in the two games, making 5-of-8, while Justin Drummond is 3-of-6, and R.J. Williams is 2-of-3.
Consistency Is The Key
Three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14, 15), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10, 11) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15, 14) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ six games this season.
The last time three Loyola players scored 10 or more over a six-game stretch was the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell, Jason Rowe and Roderick Platt accomplished the task in consecutive games from January 25-February 15, 1998. Loyola was 5-1 in those games.
The Greyhounds had not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola was 3-1 during that stretch.
Erik Etherly recorded his third double-double of the season on Thursday night against Marist, going for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Loyola is 3-0 in the games this season when Etherly has a double-double after going 2-3 last season when he accomplished the feat.
Through six games, Etherly is second on the Greyhounds in scoring (15.5 ppg) and tops in rebounding (8.7 rpg).
R.J. Racks Up More Minutes
Freshman R.J. Williams made the third start of his young college career Thursday night against Marist, and for the first time, he led the team in minutes played.
Williams saw 31 minutes of action, matching the total played by Shane Walker for team-high honors, after playing 34 minutes last Sunday against Florida Gulf Coast.
With the increased playing time, Williams has also seen more productivity. After scoring eight points in the first four games of the season, he has scored eight in each of the last two. Against the Red Foxes, he finished with a career-high six assists, the most by a Loyola player this season.
Four of Williams’ assists came in the final 11:16 of the game as Loyola outscored Marist, 29-15, during that stretch.
Attacking The Offensive Glass
Loyola pulled down a season-high 25 offensive rebounds Thursday night, continuing a trend the Greyhounds have started this season. Loyola has posted 15 or more offensive boards in all but one game this year (13 at UMBC), and the Greyhounds have 105 total this season.
So far, Loyola has grabbed offensive rebounds on 53.3-percent of its missed shots (197).
Spreading The Wealth
Five Loyola players scored in double figures on Thursday night against Marist, the second time this season (Coppin State) the Greyhounds have had five score 10 or more.
In the first six games of the season, at least three Loyola players have scored 10 or more in every game. In all but one, four or more have topped the 10-point mark.
Four Greyhounds are averaging 11 or more points per game this year after seven finished the year averaging 8.1 or more last season.
In the Greyhounds’ January 30 victory last year over Iona, six players scored in double-figures, and the team’s top two scorers at the time did not even dress for the contest. It was the first time that a Loyola team had six players score in double figures since December 6, 1991, when the Greyhounds matched the feat in a 98-84 overtime home victory against Mount St. Mary’s.
CollegeInsider.Com Mid-Major Poll
In the November 28 edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, Loyola was one of three MAAC schools to be receiving votes. Iona was fourth in the current edition, while Fairfield is just outside the top 25 with 47 points. The Greyhounds are in the mix with 12 points.
Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success early this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:
|Coppin State||10-1, 4:26||31-32, 1:36 (1)||41-33, 17:11 (2)|
|UMBC||16-4, 8:08||35-31, 19:16 (2)||51-34, 11:08 (2)|
|FGCU||22-5, 6:53||15-16, 8:08 (1)||37-21, 1:11 (1)|
|Marist||9-0, 1:50||47-48, 11:16 (2)||56-48, 9:26 (2)|
|Marist||15-3, 5:47||61-57, 6:03 (2)||76-60, :16 (2)|
First Time For Everything
Sunday’s victory over Florida Gulf Coast was the first time in 2011-2012 that the Greyhounds have been outrebounded in a game this season. The Eagles controlled a slight 36-33 advantage on the boards. Florida Gulf Coast’s 17 offensive board were also the most by a Loyola opponent this season. The Eagles were, however, able to score on less than half of their offensive rebounds, converting them into just 16 second-chance points.
Olson Big On Both Ends Of The Court
Loyola trailed Florida Gulf Coast, 16-15, with 8:08 to play in the first half before Robert Olson tied the score with a free throw 18 ticks later. He then hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for the Greyhounds, going on a personal 7-0 run that put Loyola in front for good.
Olson later hit a three at the 4:38 mark as part of a 22-5 Greyhounds run, tallying all 10 of his first-half points in the span of 3:12.
Olson did not make a field goal in the second half, but he knocked down a pair of free throws with 83 seconds on the clock to put the Greyhounds up seven, and he made 1-of-2 from the stripe with 27 seconds left to make it a five-point game.
The junior guard also came up big on the defensive end, making two stops for the Greyhounds in the last minute and a half. He caused a Bernard Thompson turnover and logged a steal at 1:23, setting up the first of his two free throws, and he then blocked a Christophe Varidel 3-pointer with six seconds left, sealing the victory.
Triple Digit Blocks
Shane Walker’s block of a Kevin Cantinol layup 1:25 into the second half against Florida Gulf Coast was the 100th rejection of his Loyola career. He is now one of three Greyhounds all-time to log 100 or more blocked shots, joining Brian Carroll (217, 1997-2001) George Sereikas (117, 1989-1993).
Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.
Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).
|Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List|
|1.||349||Lefty Reitz||1937-1944, 1945-1961|
Two Of A Kind
Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.
Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.
It’s only been six games, but Loyola is +54 in the rebounding column this year, averaging 9.5 more than its opponents per game.
The Greyhounds have outrebounded three teams by 13 or more, pulling down 22 more than Coppin State, 13 more than New Hampshire and 25 more than Marist.
Two Over Twenty
Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both hit, or exceeded, the 20-point plateau at UMBC with Etherly scoring 27 and Cormier chipping in 20.
It marked the first time since January 3, 2009, a stretch of 80 games, that a pair of Greyhounds scored 20 in the same game. On that date, Jamal Barney poured in 41 at Canisius, while Brett Harvey had 22.
Must Be The Mask
Just over a week after breaking his nose in practice, Erik Etherly scored a career-high 27 points at UMBC. The junior forward made 9-of-15 shots from the field and converted on 9-of-14 free throws while wearing a mask to protect his injured nose.
Etherly was injured in practice on Tuesday, November 8, and although he did not practice from that point until prior to the season-opener on November 11, he scored 11 points and had nine rebounds at Wake Forest.
He then returned to the starting lineup on Monday against Coppin State and scored 15 points while pulling down 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double.
Thursday night at UMBC, Etherly had a game-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a row.
With 11 at New Hampshire and a team-best 15 against Florida Gulf Coast, Etherly has now scored in double-figures for 16-straight games, dating back to January 30, 2011. Prior to scoring 10 that night against Iona, Etherly was averaging 8.8 points in his first season with the Greyhounds, but he lifted his average to 10.8 by the end of the year.
In Loyola’s last 14 games, 11 to close 2010-2011 and three this year, Etherly is averaging 14.9 points per game, tops on the team.
Cormier To The Charity Stripe
Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.
Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.
Getting To The Line
As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.
Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.
Cormier At His Best Against City Competition
Dylon Cormier matched his career-high with 20 points on Monday night in the win over Coppin State, and he matched that total, also finished with that same total on Thursday against UMBC.
The pair of 20-point performances match his freshman-year high of 20, also against UMBC, in the second game of his collegiate career.
Through three games this season, Cormier is averaging 17.3 points after leading the Greyhounds with 13 in the opener against Wake Forest. He is shooting 51.6-percent (16-of-31) from the field, third on the team.
Olson Provides Late-Game Punch
Robert Olson knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions with 5:18 and 4:51 to go in the second half against Coppin State, extending Loyola’s lead to 11. He also made 3-of-4 free throws in the last 90 seconds against Florida Gulf Coast, had a steal and blocked a shot with six ticks on the clock.
Last season, Olson made it somewhat of a habit to hit bit shots late in games. In an overtime win against Iona, Olson drained a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 7.2 seconds remaining and force overtime. He then made a driving layup with 41.4 left in extra time to give Loyola the lead for good.
Earlier in the year, he scored 19 points in the final 8:22 of the Greyhounds’ win over Marist, and he scored nine points in 83 ticks of the clock at Morgan State to give Loyola the lead for the remainder of the game.
Latham Granted NCAA Waiver For Immediate Eligibility
Sophomore transfer Jordan Latham was granted an NCAA waiver and will be immediately eligible to play for the Greyhounds in 2011-2012 rather than having to sit out the typical year-in-residency.
Latham returned to his home city when joining the Greyhounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played high school basketball a mere 2.5 miles from Loyola’s campus at the storied Baltimore City College, a high school that has produced two sitting U.S. Congressmen (Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.) and a U.S. Senator (Ben Cardin D-Md.).
Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby
Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.
Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.
The game at Siena is the first of six-straight away from Reitz Arena where the Greyhounds will not return to until January 2. Next up is a 7 o’clock game on Wednesday, December 7 at George Washington in nearby Washington, D.C.