|Opponent||Canisius Golden Griffins|
|Date||Saturday, January 7, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
|Series Record||Canisius leads, 34-20|
|Last Meeting||Canisius 75, Loyola 58 – Feb. 27, 2011 at Loyola|
Saturday concludes a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference homestand for the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team.
The Greyhounds host Canisius College at 12 noon in Reitz Arena.
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
Loyola’s game against Canisius is the first of six games the Greyhounds will play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season. The Greyhounds will also face fellow MAAC Jesuits Fairfield (away, January 13; home, February 12) and Saint Peter’s (home, January 22; away, February 5), as well as a return date to Buffalo to take on Canisius on January 29.
Go to www.ajcunet.edu/jesuitbasketball for more information on the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
Loyola and Canisius will meet for the 55th time in series history on Saturday. The Golden Griffins hold a 34-20 advantage in the series after splitting the season series a year ago.
Both teams won on its home court last year with the Greyhounds defeating Canisius, 72-57, on February 13, 2011, behind 22 points from Justin Drummond and 18 from Erik Etherly. The Golden Griffins returned the favor, topping Loyola, 75-58, 14 days later in Buffalo.
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.
The One That Counted Most
Dylon Cormier had gone 115 minutes and 46 seconds of game action without hitting a 3-pointer, but all that was history when he nailed one with 3.1 seconds left on the clock Thursday night to lift Loyola past Manhattan.
On a baseline out-of-bounds play, Shane Walker found Cormier in the low right corner, and Cormier knocked down his first three since the 15:49 mark in the December 28 game at Bucknell.
Prior to making the shot with 3.1 seconds left, Cormier had missed his last 10 3-point attempts. He finished 1-of-4 at Bucknell, went 0-of-5 against Niagara and was 0-2 in the first 39 minutes versus Manhattan.
R.J. Steps Up Scoring
R.J. Williams scored Loyola’s first five points Thursday night against Manhattan, a modest accomplishment, but the freshman point guard finished with a career-high 11 points.
He tallied nine in the first half, leading all scorers, to help the Greyhounds take a 31-30 advantage at the break. The 11 points eclipsed his previous best of eight that he tallied in back-to-back games against Florida Gulf Coast and Marist.
Williams is averaging 4.1 points per game, but in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests, his points per game mark rises to more than six.
Etherly As A Distributor
Erik Etherly has tied or set career-highs in assists for two straight games, and the 6-foot-7 forward leads the team in assists through 14 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 34 assists, an average of 2.4 per game, tops on the team. He also leads the Greyhounds in rebounds with 7.6 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.
Closing In On Second
After recording three blocks against Manhattan and seven in the Greyhounds’ last three games – also three at Bucknell and one against Niagara – Shane Walker has moved closer to second place all-time at Loyola in career blocked shots.
With 114 during his three-year tenure as a Greyhound, Walker is three swats from tying George Sereikas (1989-1993) for second with 117. Brian Carroll (1997-2001) is the all-time leader with 213.
Walker leads the Greyhounds with 21 blocks this season and is sixth in the MAAC, averaging 1.5 per game.
Meanwhile, teammate Erik Etherly has moved into the school’s all-time top 10 and is tied for ninth with Michael Tuck (2003-2008) with 51.
Dylon Cormier had three steals against Manhattan as Loyola forced 21 Jaspers’ turnovers, raising his season total to 26.
Cormier now ranks second in the MAAC with 1.9 steals per game, and Loyola is tops as a team, averaging 8.6.
Manhattan’s 21 turnovers tied for Loyola’s opponent season-high, matching that of UMBC in the November 17 game.
Olson After Halftime
Robert Olson was key to the Greyhounds’ victory Thursday, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts. The junior guard knocked down all three from behind the arc in the second half and finished with nine points.
Twice, Olson’s treys gave Loyola the lead, at 11:30 and 3:18 in the second half, and his bomb with 7:37 to go put the Greyhounds ahead by four.
He was also a key decoy on the game-winning play, as two Manhattan players followed Olson off a screen, allowing Cormier to find an opening in the opposite corner.
Finding An Old Form
The Greyhounds were encouraged by the contributions of senior co-captain J’hared Hall who made a pair of 3-pointers off the bench, one in each half. The treys were the first and second of the season for Hall who was the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year in 2010-2011.
After not playing in either of the last two games, Hall scored six in six minutes off the bench against Manhattan, a team he hit six 3-pointers in a game against last season.
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.
Last Time Out
Dylon Cormier took a Shane Walker inbound pass on a baseline out-of-bounds play and sank a 3-pointer from the low right corner to lift Loyola to a 61-60 win over Manhattan on Thursday night.
Loyola, which led by six with more than seven minutes to play after two Cormier free throws, took a 58-57 advantage on a Walker free throw with 2:08 left. Michael Alvarado, however, put the Jaspers up a point with a pull-up jumper in the lane with 56 ticks remaining.
The Greyhounds were denied on their next possession, but they fouled Manhattan leading scorer George Beamon with 24 seconds on the clock. Beamon made just 1-of-2, leaving the door open for Cormier’s winner.
Statistics Don’t Matter If You Are Winning
Our of 13 individual statistical categories listed by the MAAC, Loyola players appear in the top five of just four: Erik Etherly (rebounds per game, field-goal percentage and offensive rebounds) and Dylon Cormier (steals).
The Greyhounds, however, have several players in the top 15 of most categories, accentuating the balanced nature of the team statistically.
Everyone On The Offensive Boards
Loyola leads the MAAC in offensive rebounding as a team, averaging 14.5, more than a full offensive board a game higher than second-place Niagara (13.3).
Despite the team ranking, no Greyhounds player is higher than 11th in the conference in offensive rebounds per game. Erik Etherly is 11th with 2.43, while Dylon Cormier and Justin Drummond are tied for 12th with 2.35.
No other league team has more than two players in the top 15 of the statistical category.
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.
Rally Falls Short
Loyola overcame a 12-point first-half deficit on Monday night against Niagara to take a four-point lead, only to fall short of the win.
The 12 point Purple Eagles lead is the largest overcome to take the lead in a game this season by the Greyhounds.
Guards Hit The Boards
Loyola outrebounded Niagara, 40-36, on Monday night, thanks in part to solid rebounding from its guards. Justin Drummond led the team with nine, and Robert Olson had seven.
This season, three Loyola guards are averaging three or more rebounds per game: Drummond (4.6), Dylon Cormier (4.4), Olson (3.1).
Nine Is Fine
The Greyhounds’ victory at Bucknell was their ninth of the season, setting a program standard for wins before the calendar year turns.
Loyola’s previous best for wins in November and December was seven, a number Jimmy Patsos-led teams totaled during the 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 seasons.
Second In Road Wins
Loyola’s six road wins have them tied for second in all of NCAA Division I for victories away from its home court.
The Greyhounds are tied with fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team Iona, No. 18/19 Murray State and Lehigh, and the four teams trail only Cleveland State, which has seven.
Last year, the Greyhounds finished the season with a 7-8 record away from Reitz Arena.
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.
Solid MAAC Start
Loyola did something last month 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.
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.
Cutting Down Turnovers
In the first six games of the season, Loyola averaged 16 turnovers per, a total of 96. Since the going on the road, however, for the last six games, the Greyhounds have committed just 94 or 11.75 per game.
Take out the 21-turnover outing in the win at George Washington, and Loyola has averaged 10.4 turnovers. In the last four games, the Greyhounds have not committed more than 13 turnovers.
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.
Drummond’s Career Day
Justin Drummond put together a career-high scoring effort in the Greyhounds’ loss at St. Bonaventure, finishing with 26 points to eclipse the 22 he scored last February against Canisius.
Drummond, who came off the bench and played 32 minutes, made 10-of-19 shots, both of his 3-point attempts and all four of his free throws. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.
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).
Best Start In Division I History
Loyola’s victory against Siena on December 3 moved the Greyhounds’ record to 6-1 and gave the 2011-2012 team the best start in school Division I history, improving on the 5-1 start the Greyhounds achieved in 2005-2006.
The Greyhounds also went 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time in the 23 years in the league.
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.
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)|
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 heads out on the road for a pair of games next weekend, playing Friday, January 13, at Fairfield on ESPNU and at Iona on Sunday, January 15.