|Date||Thursday, January 19, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
|Series Record||Siena leads, 36-17|
|Last Meeting||Loyola 66, Siena 59 – Dec. 3, 2011 at Siena|
After a pair of road contests last week, Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena on Thursday, January 19, for a 7:30 p.m. game against Siena College.
Thursday’s game is the eighth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest of the year for Loyola. Siena is the first MAAC team the Greyhounds will have played twice this season, while there are two squads in the league (Saint Peter’s and Rider) the Greyhounds have yet to face.
Thursday’s game will be the 54th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-17 advantage in the all-time series.
The Greyhounds and Saints played on December 3, 2011, at the Times-Union Center in Albany with Loyola coming out on top of a 66-59 decision. Loyola went up 13-2 early in the game and led 30-19 at halftime.
Dylon Cormier made 5-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 22 points. Shane Walker added 10 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists. Evan Hymes scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half for Siena.
Loyola went up by as many as 13 early in the second half, but Siena cut it to six on four occasions. That was as close as the Greyhounds would allow it to get, however.
Last season, the teams split, each winning on the other’s home court.
Loyola’s 12-5 start through its first 17 games of the season ranks as the fourth best start during in that many games in program history. It is the best 17-game start since the Greyhounds moved up to NCAA Division I for the 1981-1982 season, improving on the 11-6 mark that Jimmy Patsos’ 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 team puts together.
The start is the best since 1970-1971 when Nap Doherty’s Greyhounds had the same 12-4 mark and went on to finish 19-7 and win the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship.
The best start through 16 games came in 1940-1941 when the squad led by Emil ‘Lefty’ Reitz went 3-3 through 16. The 1940-1941 team finished 19-4.
Fans who can’t make it to the game on Thursday have multiple options for catching the action from Reitz Arena. In addition to live stats and internet audio, all non-televised home contests, will be broadcast free of charge on Hounds Unleashed, the broadcast arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. The games will be available on computers and most smart phone devices.
Good MAAC Start
With wins in five of its first seven Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games this season, Loyola is off to its best start in league play since opening 7-1 in 2006-2007. That year, the Greyhounds lost their conference opener and then reeled off seven in a row.
Robert Olson kept up his strong shooting performances from the Fairfield game against Iona, matching his career-high with 21 points. He made 8-of-13 shots and was 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
Olson scored 15 points against the Stags, and his 18.0 point average in the two games last weekend nearly doubled the 9.4 he was averaging entering the week. He is now averaging 10.4 points per game, fourth on the team.
Olson’s five threes were a season-high and one off his career-best of six from last season at Manhattan. The eight field goals were also a career-high.
The junior guard has moved into fourth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.437), and he is 12th in overall field-goal percentage (.479). He is the top true guard in the conference in that category.
Last Time Out
Loyola took a 36-31 lead at halftime and extended it to seven less than three minutes into the second half, but Mike Glover (16), Lamont Jones (15) and Scott Machado (8) combined for 39 of Iona’s 43 second-half points and the Gaels won the battle for first place in the MAAC, 74-63.
Iona outrebounded the Greyhounds 47-32, the largest margin Loyola has been outdone on the boards this season.
All The Way Back
Loyola trailed by 15 points with 16:42 to play in the second half when two Keith Matthews free throws gave Fairfield a 45-30 lead Friday night. The Greyhounds, however, outscored the Stags 36-18 from that point forward to win, 66-63.
The 15-point deficit overcome was the largest erased by a Loyola team since the Greyhounds came back from a 20-point Coppin State lead in the first half on December 10, 2008, to defeat the Eagles, 73-70.
Second In Road Wins
As of this week, Loyola’s seven road wins have them tied for second in all of NCAA Division I for victories away from its home court.
Cleveland State leads the nation with eight, while the Greyhounds’ seven wins away from Reitz Arena are matched with fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference side Iona, Lehigh, Middle Tennessee State, No. 15/14 Murray State, Oral Roberts and Wagner for the second place with seven.
The seven road wins also match Loyola’s total from all of last year when it was 7-8 away from home.
Olson Scores In Bunches
Robert Olson scored seven points in a 23-second stretch Friday night, going on a 7-0 run by himself. Fairfield led 62-55 when Olson pulled up for an 18-foot jumper with 1:42 left in regulation. He then hit a shot with his foot on the 3-point line 15 ticks later to make it a 3-point Stags lead. The junior guard tied the game at 62-62 with 1:19 on the clock with a three from the right side.
Olson finished with 15 points, 13 coming in the second half. Earlier in the stanza, an Olson three at the 14:38 mark cut Fairfield’s largest lead of 15 to 12, and he then knocked one down with 10:04 on the clock.
It was the second game in a row Olson has scored seven-straight points in the second half. He went on a personal 7-0 run against Canisius to move Loyola’s lead back to 11 after the Golden Griffins cut it to four.
The second half has often been a big one for Olson. Last year, he scored nine points in 83 seconds to help defeat Morgan State, and against Iona in Baltimore, Olson made a three pointer with seven ticks of the clock left to tie and send the game to overtime. He then scored the game’s last four points to secure the victory.
Cormier’s Steals Help The Cause
Robert Olson’s 7-0 run would not have been possible if not for two Dylon Cormier steals in the backcourt. Cormier tied up Rakim Sanders on the inbound pass after Olson’s first bucket, creating a jump ball with the possession arrow in Loyola’s favor.
Cormier then stole the ball from Fairfield’s Derek Needham after Olson’s second jumper, and he fed a pass to Olson for the game-tying three.
Cormier was one off his career-high with four steals against the Stags. He set his career-best of five just one game prior, against Canisius.
With his nine steals in the Greyhounds’ last two games, Cormier has moved into the MAAC lead with 2.0 steals per game. Loyola tops the conference, averaging 8.6 a contest.
Cormier also tied his career-best with a team-high four assists against Fairfield.
Walker Moves Into Second
Shane Walker blocked two Fairfield shots in the first three minutes of the game, and he then swatted a Maurice Barrow layup with 13:58 on the clock, tying him for second all-time at Loyola in blocked shots.
Walker now has 117 blocks in his career, matching the total of George Sereikas from 1989-1993. Brian Carroll (1997-2001) holds the school record with 213.
Erik Etherly recorded his sixth double-double of the season and 11th of his career on Friday night when he finished with game highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The junior forward had not posted a double-double this calender with his last coming on December 22, 2011, at then-No. 3 Kentucky.
Etherly’s production has been key to Loyola’s success this season, as the Greyhounds are 8-0 when he played 32 or more minutes in games.
Loyola used two significant stretches of time Friday night in which it held Fairfield without a field goal en route to its comeback.
Ryan Olander made a three with 18:12 to go in the second half for the Stags, giving them a 14-point lead, but they did not make a shot from the field for nearly eight minutes until Rakim Sanders’ jumper at 10:19.
Fairfield did make 5-of-7 free throws during that stretch of seven minutes, 53 seconds, but it was 0-of-6 from the field during that time. The Stags still led by 10 after Sanders’ jumper, but an Olson three and layups by Erik Etherly and Justin Drummond made it a three-point game in the next three possessions.
Later, Loyola held Fairfield to just one field goal in the last two minutes as it went from seven down to the three-point win.
Productive Minutes For Winbush
Anthony Winbush played just 14 minutes Friday night, but he scored five points and had five rebounds in that time. He also played solid defense for the Greyhounds on the perimeter and in the post.
Winbush had both defensive rebounds for Loyola on the Stags’ final two missed shots in the last 10 minutes.
Slowing Stag Options
Fairfield’s Rakim Sanders scored just over a point above his season average on Friday night, finishing with 17 after entering the game averaging 15.8 points per game.
Loyola, however, limited the production of Fairfield’s next three scorers, holding Derek Needham (11.2 points per game prior to contest), Ryan Olander (10.8) and Maurice Barrow (10.8) to four, three and six points, respectively on 6-of-22 shooting from the field.
Everyone On The Offensive Boards
Loyola leads the MAAC in offensive rebounding as a team, averaging 14.1, more than a full offensive board a game higher than second-place Canisius (12.9).
Despite the team ranking, no Greyhounds player is higher than eighth in the conference in offensive rebounds per game. Erik Etherly is tied for eighth with 2.5, while Justin Drummond is 12th with 2.2, just ahead of teammate Dylon Cormier in 13th.
No other league team has more than two players in the top 15 of the statistical category.
3-Point Shooting Back On Track
In its first MAAC loss of the season, a 66-61 defeat on January 2 against Niagara, the Greyhounds shot just 4-of-20 from 3-point range, its worst effort from behind the arc since going 2-of-14 at UMBC on November 17.
Loyola improved by 21 percentage points against Manhattan, going 7-of-17, and it then turned in its third-best 3-point shooting outing of the season on Saturday versus Canisius. The Greyhounds made 9-of-17 (.529), behind only their 6-of-11 (.545) at George Washington and 8-of-15 (.533) versus Marist. The Greyhounds were then .500 from 3-point range (7-of-14) against Fairfield.
Robert Olson and Dylon Cormier did most of the damage against the Golden Griffins and Stags. Olson was 7-of-11, and Cormier made 5-of-10.
Picking Up Where He Left Off
Last Thursday against Manhattan, Dylon Cormier was mired in a stretch of 115 minutes, 46 seconds without making a 3-pointer before he hit the game-winning trey with 3.1 seconds left to give the Greyhounds a 61-60 victory.
Prior to that shot, he had missed his last 10 3-point attempts: his last three at Bucknell, all five against Niagara and his first two versus Manhattan.
The game-winner sparked Cormier who went 3-of-5 from 3-point range and finished 8-of-13 from the field in the win over Canisius. He scored a game-high 23 points for his fifth 20-plus point effort of the season and sixth of his career. Cormier scored 16 of his points in the second half and was 6-of-10 from the field after the break.
Etherly As A Distributor
Against Niagara and Manhattan, Erik Etherly tied or set career-highs in assists, and the 6-foot-7 forward leads the team in assists through 15 games this year.
On Thursday against Manhattan, Etherly had a career-best seven assists, eclipsing his previous mark of four, a number he has posted twice this year, including Monday against Niagara.
This year, Etherly has 36 assists, an average of 2.4 per game, tops on the team. He also leads the Greyhounds in rebounds with 7.5 a contest, and he is the only player in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to lead his team in both rebounds and assists.
Against the Jaspers, Etherly scored eight points and led all players with seven assists and six rebounds. He also had a block and a steal.
Keeping Them Close
For the third time this season, and the second time in three games, Loyola won a game in which neither team led by more than seven points. Manhattan’s largest advantage on Thursday was just four points, while the Greyhounds were never up by more than six.
At Bucknell on December 28, Loyola never led by more than five, and the Bison were only up three on occasions. In November, the Greyhounds defeated New Hampshire on the road in a contest separated by no more than seven.
This year, Loyola is 8-2 in games that are decided by 10 or fewer points.
Second Time With Twenty
Justin Drummond topped the 20-point plateau for the second time in four games when he led all players with 23 points on Monday night against Niagara. The 23 points were his second-most in a game during his career at Loyola, three behind the 26 he scored on December 18 at St. Bonaventure.
Drummond made 9-of-16 shots form the field and 4-of-5 from the line against the Purple Eagles.
Drummond also led all players Monday with nine rebounds and five offensive boards, and nine of his 23 points came as a direct result of his own offensive rebounds.
The game at Bucknell closed a six-game road trip for the Greyhounds, a venture away from Baltimore on which Loyola finished 4-2 with its only losses coming at St. Bonaventure and No. 3 Kentucky.
The roadtrip is the longest in school Division I history (since 1981-1982), stretching longer than multiple five-game swings, the most recent coming from December 21, 2008-January 5, 2009. That trip took Loyola from Northern California (UC-Davis) to North Carolina (Duke and North Carolina State) and Western New York (Canisius and Niagara). The Greyhounds went 2-3 against those teams.
A Little Bit Of Everything
Erik Etherly led Loyola in four statistical categories at Bucknell: points (18), rebounds (8), assists (4) and blocked shots (4). While it was atypical to lead the Greyhounds in all of the categories, Etherly has routinely topped the team in at least one category this season. He was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week on January 2.
He has led the team in rebounding eight times (including ties); scoring, 4; assists, 5; steals, 4; blocked shots, 5.
Currently, Etherly paces the team in rebounds (95 total, 7.9 per game) and assists (26, 2.2), and he is second in scoring (156, 13.0) and minutes played (370, 30.8).
He is the only player in the MAAC currently leading his team in rebounds and assists.
Etherly has scored in double-figures in 21 of the Greyhounds’ last 23 games, going back to January 2011. He has averaged 14.1 in those contests.
St. Bonaventure University defeated Loyola 76-66, snapping the Greyhounds’ eight-game winning streak. Loyola had reeled off the span of wins since falling in its season-opener at Wake Forest.
The winning streak was the longest in the school’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-82), and it is the longest since the 1964-1965 team won eight in a row during January and February.
Honors Abound For Cormier
Loyola sophomore guard Dylon Cormier picked up a couple of awards for his recent play, earning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Jesuit Basketball Spotlight National Player of the Week honors on December 12, both for the first time in his career.
Cormier averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of wins over George Washington University and Mount St. Mary’s University.
This season, Cormier leads Loyola in scoring (16.8), 3-point percentage (.424) and steals (1.8) and is third in rebounding (5.0).
Loyola caused 20 Siena turnovers, and the Greyhounds were credited with 19 steals. R.J. Williams led the way with a career-high five, while Erik Etherly, Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.
The 19 steals are the second-most in school history, one more than the Greyhounds posted in a November 29, 1997, game at Kent State. It is also the most Loyola has recorded against a Division I opponent. The school single-game record of 20 came on February 28, 1996, when the team closed the regular-season against St. Mary’s (Md.).
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)|
|Siena||13-0; 4:27||0-2, 19:28 (1)||13-2; 15:35 (1)|
|Geo. Wash.||17-0; 3:58||18-19, 6:28 (1)||34-19, 2:30 (1)|
|The Mount||9-0, 1:55||24-26, 1:59 (1)||33-26, :04 (1)|
|Canisius||18-4, 10:14||75-57, 10:14 (2)||75-57, 2:11 (2)|
|Fairfield||36-21, 16:42||45-30, 16:42 (2)||66-63, Final|
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.
Men’s & Women’s Coaches With 100
Loyola University Maryland is one of just 26 mid-major schools that has men’s and women’s basketball coaches with 100 or more victories at their current school after Greyhound women’s coach Joe Logan got his 100th on December 18 in a win at George Washington.
Loyola is the only school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to have accomplished the feat, and it is one of only five institutions at which the coaches have both won 100 or more games in 10 or fewer seasons.
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.
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.
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.
Loyola hosts Saint Peter’s on Sunday, January 22, at 12 p.m. in Reitz Arena.