|Opponent||Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers|
|Date||Saturday, December 10, 2011|
|Location||Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena|
|Series Record||Mount St. Mary’s leads, 96-70|
|Last Meeting||Loyola 65, Mount St. Mary’s 42 – Dec. 11, 2010 at Loyola|
Renewal Of A Rivalry
Loyola University Maryland and Mount St. Mary’s University will renew the oldest college basketball rivalry in the State of Maryland on Saturday, December 10, when the Mountaineers host the Greyhounds at 2 o’clock.
Loyola and Mount St Mary’s will play for the 167th time in series history on Saturday in a rivalry that dates to January 20, 1910, the second season of basketball at Loyola.
The Greyhounds won the initial meeting between the teams, 35-24, but The Mount holds a 96-70 advantage all-time.
In addition to being the oldest series in state history – it predates Loyola-Maryland by two seasons – it is also the most-played. The 166 meetings exceed the 150 between Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland), a series that started in 1930.
Last season, Loyola snapped a modest three-game winning streak by the Mount, defeating the Mountaineers, 65-42, in Baltimore. Shane Walked led all players with 22 points and logged a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Erik Etherly scored 17 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double himself. No Mount players scored more than eight points.
Back On The Tube
Saturday’s game at The Mount is the third-straight Greyhounds’ game to be televised and the second in a row on MASN.
Longtime University of Maryland announcer Johnny Holliday will call the play-by-play action, and former Georgetown University head coach Craig Esherick will provide the color analysis for the second game in a row.
A Good Run
Since falling at Wake Forest on November 11 in the season-opener, the Greyhounds have reeled off seven-straight victories. The winning streak is 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.
Best Start In Division I History
Loyola’s victory against Siena last Saturday moved the Greyhounds’ record to 6-1 and gave the 2011-2012 team the best start in school Division I history. The win at George Washington extended the mark, improving on the 5-1 start the Greyhounds achieved in 2005-2006.
The Greyhounds also are 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time in the 23 years in the league.
Back-To-Back Career Nights
Dylon Cormier tied his previous career-high of 20 points against both Coppin State and UMBC earlier this season, matching the amount he scored last season as a freshman, also against UMBC.
He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season on December 3 at Siena, scoring 22, and he set another career-high one game later with a game-best 26 in the win over George Washington.
This season, Cormier has averaged 18.3 points per game through eight games, scoring 15 or more five times. Last season, Cormier scored 10 or more in 12 games, something he has already done eight times this year.
His points have come in a variety of ways. At Siena, he knocked down 5-of-6 threes, while against the Colonials, he posted 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Earlier in the year, he scored 20 at UMBC behind a 15-of-17 effort from the charity stripe.
Cormier also registered a career-best nine rebounds against George Washington.
Erik Etherly posted his second double-double in three games, scoring 12 points to go with a career-high tying 15 rebounds at George Washington. This season, Etherly has double-doubles in half of the Greyhounds’ eight games, and all four have come in victories. Wednesday night’s effort was the ninth of his career.
Etherly has now scored in double-figures for 19-straight games, starting January 28, 2011, against Siena. In those 19 games, Etherly is averaging 14.3 points per game.
Four Big Points
Shane Walker had a season-low four points on 2-of-7 shooting Wednesday night at George Washington, but he tied his season-high with nine rebounds, five coming on the offensive glass.
Walker’s four points, however, came with great timing for the Greyhounds. George Washington cut Loyola’s one-time 20-point advantage to just eight with 5:18 to play, and the momentum appeared to have shifted to the Colonials. On the ensuing possession, R.J. Williams misfired on a jumper, but Walker came from the weak side to grab the rebound and lay it off the glass for his first points.
Minutes later, Walker took advantage of a mismatch at the top of the perimeter and drove down the right side of the lane, laying another basket off the backboard to put Loyola up 15 in the final 90 seconds.
Last Time Out
After trailing by seven in the first six minutes of play, George Washington rallied to go up, 19-18, on a Lasan Kromah three with 6:49 left in the first half. Twenty-one seconds later, however, R.J. Williams was fouled and made two free throws, starting a 17-0 Loyola run.
The run lasted less than four minutes, but Loyola took a 15-point lead on a Justin Drummond three with 2:30 left before the break, and the Colonials would cut their deficit to less than 10 just once, and Loyola went on to a 65-55 victory.
Dylon Cormier led all players with a career-high 26 points, while Erik Etherly scored 12 and had 15 rebounds.
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 has seemingly reversed the trend, making 28-of-61 (.459) in its last four contests.
The Greyhounds were 6-of-16 (.375) against Florida Gulf Coast, 8-of-15 (.533) in the Marist tilt, 8-of-19 (.421) at Siena and a season-best 6-of-11 (.545) at George Washington.
Robert Olson led the way against the Eagles and Red Foxes, making 5-of-8, while Dylon Cormier was 5-of-6 against the Saints. Cormier and Olson both made 2-of-3 at George Washington.
Stopping A Scorer
The Greyhounds’ scouting report heading into the George Washington game focused on stopping the Colonials’ leading scorer, Tony Taylor. Mission accomplished.
The Greyhounds yielded just six points to Taylor, who averaged more than 15 per game entering the contest. Taylor, who was also honored before the game for recently scoring his 1,000th career point, made just 3-of-8 shot attempts and was held with a 3-point make.
Solid MAAC Start
Loyola did something last week it had never accomplished in 22 previous seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds went 2-0 in their first two league games, defeating Marist at home and Siena on the road.
The Greyhounds also won their conference opener for the first time since 2005-2006, marking just the fourth time in 23 seasons they were 1-0 in the MAAC.
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.).
Consistency Is The Key
Up until the George Washington win, three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14, 15, 22), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10, 11, 10) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15, 14, 11) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ first seven games, something never accomplished by the same three players in the program’s Division I history.
Walker was held to just four against the Colonials, but Cormier finished with 26, and Etherly had 12.
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.
R.J. Racks Up More Minutes
Freshman R.J. Williams made the first start of his collegiate career on November 20 at New Hampshire and has started the four games since then, playing 31 or more minutes in each.
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 versus both Florida Gulf Coast and Marist. 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.
Williams continued his solid play against Siena, dishing out four assists to go with six points and a career-high five steals.
Attacking The Offensive Glass
Loyola pulled down a season-high 25 offensive rebounds against Marist continuing a trend the Greyhounds have started this season. Loyola has posted 15 or more offensive boards in all but two game this year (13 at UMBC and Siena), and the Greyhounds have 135 total this season.
So far, Loyola has grabbed offensive rebounds on 51.3-percent of its missed shots (263).
Spreading The Wealth
Five Loyola players scored in double figures in the Marist contest, the second time this season (Coppin State) the Greyhounds have had five score 10 or more.
In the first seven games of the season, at least three Loyola players have scored 10 or more in every game, and in all but one, four or more have topped the 10-point mark.
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 December 5 edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, Loyola was one of three MAAC schools to be receiving votes. Iona was third in the current edition, while the Greyhounds were receiving 17 votes. Fairfield checked in just behind with seven.
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)|
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 eight games, but Loyola is +66 in the rebounding column this year, averaging 8.3 more than its opponents per game.
The Greyhounds have outrebounded four teams by 13 or more, pulling down 22 more than Coppin State, 13 more than New Hampshire and George Washington 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.
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.
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.
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 Greyhounds will take a week off to study for, and take, final exams before traveling to Western New York to play at St. Bonaventure on Sunday, December 18, at 2 p.m.