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Loyola tries to bounce back Wednesday against American

Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. American Eagles

Wednesday, February 5, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola wraps up a brief two-game homestand on Wednesday, February 5, when it hosts Patriot League-leading American University at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds scored 15 fast-break points on Saturday against Army and held the Black Knights without a point on their break opportunities.

R.J. Williams moved into fourth in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.4) after handing out nine against the Black Knights. It was the second-most of his career.

Loyola continues to lead the Patriot League in steals per game, averaging 8.5 a contest. Starting guards R.J. Williams (2.5) and Dylon Cormier (2.2) are first and second, individually.

Last Time Out

Loyola built a seven-point lead early in the second half, and the Greyhounds were up four, 57-53, with 6:42 to play after a Jarred Jones jumper. Army, however, went on a 12-0 run that it stretched to 18-2 en route to a 77-71 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Knights scored 10 of their 18 points in that run via the free throw line, and they had a 33-23 advantage in free throws attempted in the game.

Despite going down 12 with 1:46 left in regulation, Loyola cut Army’s lead to two, 72-70, on an R.J. WIlliams three with 20 ticks left on the clock.

Jones led Loyola with 17 points on 7-of-10 from the field, and Williams added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday’s game against American will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers ’05 will provide color analysis.

 

Series History Versus American

American is Loyola’s most-played Patriot League opponent, as Wednesday’s game will be the 86th all-time installment in the series.

The Eagles, who are Loyola’s seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.

With American’s victory last month, the Eagles have a one-game edge in the series, 43-42.

When the teams met on January 8 in Washington, D.C., Loyola led 26-22 at halftime, but the Eagles made 17-of-21 (81 percent) of their field goals in the second half and scored a 65-51 victory.

Loyola was up by as many as eight in the first half, but American scored the first 11 of the second half, and after the Greyhounds got back within four, 44-40, with under nine minutes left, the Eagles used another 11-0 run to pull away.

Prior to this season, American and Loyola last played November 13, 2007, the third year in a row that the teams had met on the hardwood.

The Greyhounds got past the Eagles, 71-67, that Tuesday night as Gerald Brown scored a game-high 32 points for Loyola. American led the game 29-12 in the first half, but the Greyhounds pulled within seven at the break. Loyola then scored 13 of the second half’s first 19 points to take a lead with 11:33 remaining in regulation.

 

Start Of A New Era

Loyola’s January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

Last week, sophomore forward Franz Rassman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team for his excellence in the classroom.

Rassman, who has started 20-of-21 games and is averaging 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Jones Finds Scoring Note

Jarred Jones led Loyola in scoring for the first time in his career on February 1 against Army, knocking down 7-of-10 shots from the field for 17 points.

The game was Jones second 13-plus point game in the last two weeks, but his last (January 22 at Bucknell) was his first double-digit effort since December.

The junior forward has averaged 11 points in the Greyhounds last four games while shooting 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from the field in those games.

Jones opened the season with three games of 13 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first four, tallying 22 in the season-opener at Binghamton, 13 at Cornell and 14 at UMBC. In the fourth game of the opening stretch, he scored seven despite being limited to just nine minutes to foul trouble.

The Harford County (Md.) product then had 13 against Catholic and 15 versus Saint Joseph’s, but that output against the Hawks was his last in double-digits until the game at Bucknell (seven games).

 

Defensive, Too

In addition to finding his scoring stroke, Jones has also upped his numbers on the defensive side of the court, blocking five shots combined in the last two games, seven in the last four.

Against Army, Jones swatted three shots and had two steals, while he also had a pair of blocks against both Bucknell and Holy Cross.

His three against Army were one off his season- and career-high of four set in the season-opener at Binghamton. They moved his season total to 23, tying him with Jordan Latham for tops on the team. The pair are tied for sixth in the Patriot League with 1.1 blocks per game this year.

 

Gorski Garners Starting Role

Freshman post player Nick Gorski drew his first starting assignment as a collegian on Saturday against Army, and the Richmond, Va., native scored nine points in 22 minutes of action.

The start came on the heels of his first extended playing time since December. He made all three of his field goals and both of his free-throw attempts last Wednesday, finishing with career-highs of nine points and five rebounds in 18 minutes at Holy Cross.

Prior to the last three games – he also played 11 minutes and scored four points on January 25 against Colgate – Gorski had seen 10 or more minutes just twice this season. He tallied 13 minutes and scored seven points in an overtime win at Cornell, and he then played 16 minutes on December 21 against Saint Joseph’s.

His 18 points in the last two games nearly doubled his previous output this season. He entered the Holy Cross game with 23 points through 16 contests.

 

Setting Up The Shots

R.J. Williams finished the February 1 game against Army with nine assists, one off his career-high of 10 set on January 13 against Lafayette.

Williams has moved into fourth place in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.4), and he is averaging 7.5 in the Greyhounds last two games.

Williams had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 49 assists in 10 games for an average of 4.9.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 8.0 points per game, 8.7 against conference opponents.

Williams also grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds on Saturday against Army, bumping his Patriot League average to 3.2 per game.

 

Getting Opportunities

Loyola took 70 shots on Saturday against Army, thanks in part to 19 offensive rebounds. The 70 field goal attempts were the second-most the Greyhounds have taken this season behind only 74 they attempted in an overtime win at Cornell.

The Greyhounds’ 19 offensive rebounds were also their second-best total of the season, short by one of the 20 they grabbed at Connecticut.

Loyola, however, did not do a good job of converting the offensive rebounds into second-chance points. The Greyhounds finished with just eight points after grabbing offensive rebounds against the Black Knights.

Franz Rassman grabbed a career-high five offensive boards in the game against Army, while Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier each had four.

 

Hubbard Hits High

Tyler Hubbard made the most of his second career, and second-straight, starting opportunity on January 29 at Holy Cross, knocking down 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line for a season-high 13 points.

The sophomore guard made his first career start last Saturday against Colgate, and he was inserted into the starting lineup again by Head Coach G.G. Smith. Hubbard’s four threes tied a career-high, and he was four points off his career-best set in November 2012 against UMBC.

Hubbard’s threes came after a four-game stretch in which he had not made more than one in a game. Prior to that stretch, he scored 12 points when he hit 3-of-5 against Lehigh on January 8.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-2 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-20.3).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its ninth straight road game last Wednesday night at Holy Cross after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena.

At 3-9 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.9 percent as opposed to 45.4 percent while going 6-3 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.1 percent in their own facilities, 42.4 percent in Reitz Arena.

Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 33.7 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.0 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.2-11.2), and they also force an additional turnover at home (14.9-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly five points less per game on the road, 65.2, to their 71.3 points per game at home.

 

Double Double-Doubles

Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams both posted double-doubles against Lafayette, as Cormier went for 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams posted 12 points and a career-best 10 assists.

It was the first time since an 88-85 overtime win against Iona College on January 30, 2011, that two Loyola players completed the feat in the same game. Erik Etherly (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Justin Drummond (14 points, 10 rebounds) managed it on that day.

Williams’ 10 assists were the most by a Greyhounds’ player since Brian Rudolph dished out 10 on February 27, 2011, in the regular-season finale at Canisius College.

 

Cormier To The Glass

Dylon Cormier led, or tied for the team lead, for the 11th time this season with eight rebounds against Army. Six of the Greyhounds’ nine wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 5.9 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and sixth overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.0 per game, a mark that is a half rebound better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 122 total rebounds this year, with 63 coming on the offensive end.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they are averaging 8.7 in conference play through 10 games.

The 87 steals in its last 10 games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading overall average to 8.6 per game. Through games of February 2, the Greyhounds are ranked 16th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 20 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 12th nationally in steals per game (2.47), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 30th.

Williams posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.

In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night. He now has 185 in his career.

With 112 in his career, Williams is 11th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier has been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21. Through games of Sunday, February 2, Cormier was 13th in the nation in points per game.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well.

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 18 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was also the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Over 1,600

In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points.

Cormier now has 1,659 career points through 115 career games. Next up on the career scoring list is Mike Krawczyk who scored 1,676 from 1968-72.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).

Through 21 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 191 times (tied for fifth in Division I through games of February 2). His average of 9.2 free throws per game is tied for seventh nationally.

In his career, Cormier is 459-of-662 from the free-throw line. He is second in school history in both free throws made and attempted.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.

Latham now has 79 career blocks, fifth-best in school history.

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its eight victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.

At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 21 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.3 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 50th in the nation.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 12 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 46.8 percent (230-of-491) shots in nine wins versus 37.8 percent (264-of-698) in 12 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.7 points less (76.2 versus 61.5) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (48.0-41.8) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
7th 1,659 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
10th 552 field goals made
Next Gene Gwiazdowski, 565
3-Pointers Made
13th 96 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 459 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 210 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 185 steals
Next Jason Rowe, 272

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola makes two separate trips to the Lehigh Valley for its next two games. The Greyhounds play at Lehigh University on Saturday, February 8, at 2 p.m. before visiting Lafayette College for a7 p.m. game on Wednesday, February 12.

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Loyola tries to bounce back Wednesday at American

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at American Eagles

Wednesday, January 8, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola renews a rivalry on Wednesday against American University that dates back to the programs’ time in the Mason-Dixon Conference.

The Greyhounds take on their new Patriot League foe at 7:30 p.m. on January 8 in Washington, D.C.

Loyola finished its first weekend of Patriot League action with a 1-1 mark, beating the U.S. Naval Academy before falling at the U.S. Military Academy.

Dylon Cormier averaged 23.5 points in the two games.

Loyola had 27 steals in its first two conference games, including a season-high 15 versus the Midshipmen.

R.J. Williams leads the League and is ninth in NCAA Division I in steals per game (2.73).

Last Time Out

Loyola trimmed Army’s one-time 13-point lead to 73-72 with five minutes left in the second half, but the Black Knights held off the Greyhounds for a 91-82 victory.

Army took a 58-45 lead on a Larry Toomey four minutes into the second half, but Loyola later used a 11-2 run that pulled it back within a possession.

Dylon Cormier posted his second-straight 20+ point game, leading all scorers with 27 points as one of four Greyhounds in double figures.

R.J. Williams had career-highs with 14 points and six rebounds, while Eric Laster scored 13 and Franz Rassman had 12 to go with eight rebounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday’s game against American will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

 

Series History Versus American

American is Loyola’s most-played Patriot League opponent, as Wednesday’s game will be the 85th all-time installment in the series.

The Eagles, who are Loyola’s seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.

The teams have evenly split the previous 84 games, 42-42.

American and Loyola last played November 13, 2007, the third year in a row that the teams had met on the hardwood.

The Greyhounds got past the Eagles, 71-67, that Tuesday night as Gerald Brown scored a game-high 32 points for Loyola. American led the game 29-12 in the first half, but the Greyhounds pulled within seven at the break. Loyola then scored 13 of the second half’s first 19 points to take a lead with 11:33 remaining in regulation.

 

Start Of A New Era

Last Thursday’s game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

Offensive Improvement

Loyola’s 82 points in its loss Sunday at Army were its most since scoring 87 in a December 4 win over Catholic University.

In the five games in between, the Greyhounds averaged just 63 points per game while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from 3-point range.

Against the Black Knights, Loyola was better from the field, knocking down 44.8 percent of its shots.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola has had four of its top six steals performances of the season in its last six games, logging 13 against both Mount St. Mary’s and Stony Brook, a season-high 15 versus Navy and 12 at Army.

The 27 steals in its last two games raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 9.2 per game. Through games of January 5, the Greyhounds are ranked 15th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in six games – also 12 at UMBC and 11 at Connecticut – through 13 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is ninth nationally in steals per game (2.7), while Dylon Cormier is fifth (2.1) and tied for 47th Jarred Jones had a career-high five steals against Navy, while Cormier and Williams each had four.

Williams then posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.

Cormier now has 169 in his career and moved into a tie for  thirdplace at Loyola in the Army game. With 95 in his career, Williams is 20th on the career chart.

 

Williams’ Career Day

R.J. Williams had the best statistical game of his three-year Loyola career on Sunday at Army, logging highs in points (14), field goals made and attempted (5-of-9) and steals (6).

Williams raised his 2013-14 scoring average to 7.8 per game. He has scored in double figures four times this year, one more than the number he logged in his first two seasons with the Greyhounds.

 

On The Offensive Glass

After recording a season-low three offensive rebounds in last Thursday night’s win over Navy, the Greyhounds had 16 offensive rebounds at Army.

Dylon Cormier led the way with a career-high tying seven offensive boards; he leads the Patriot League with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game.

Cormier’s 3.4 per game are 1.5 more than the League’s next-best guard in terms of offensive rebounds (Army’s Dylan Cox).

 

Back In The Win Column

Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy last Thursday night was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University; it was the Greyhounds’ first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.

The Greyhounds did several things statistically differently in the win that they had not in the four losses. Loyola shot 42.9 percent from the field (38.5 in four losses), held Navy to 37.5 percent (38.5), took 32 free throws (23.5), blocked seven shots (2.5) and allowed 57 points (76.2).

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its six victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.

At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

 

Overcoming Overtime

Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.

Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.

This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.

Loyola’s three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s six victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 21.3-12.5 in the final five minutes of regulation.

The Greyhounds have shot 61.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 35.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc.

In those 30 minutes, Loyola has committed just nine turnovers to its opponents’ 22. Fourteen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

Add in its overtime games, and Loyola has outscored opponents 27.7-16.2 in the final five minutes plus overtime.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks last Thursday night against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.

With another block at Army moved Latham’s career total to 72. He is seventh in school history, four away from eclipsing Omari Israel’s 75 from 2006-08.

 

Second Half Revivals

Loyola has outscored its last seven opponents, 290-242, in the second half (and overtime of the Navy game).

In those final 20 (or 25) minutes, the Greyhounds have shot 47.3 percent from the field, but their defense has been the difference. The opponents have been limited to just 66-of-152 (43.4 percent) from the floor during the second halves, 11-of-40 (27.5  percent) from 3-point range.

Loyola’s opponents have committed 62 turnovers to Loyola’s 26 after the breaks.

Offensively, Dylon Cormier has averaged 13.6 points in the second halves of the last seven games for Loyola, including a 23-point performance against Saint Joseph’s.

Against Stony Brook, the Greyhounds erased a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score twice in the second half. Versus Saint Joseph’s, Loyola trailed, 60-24, at the half, but it made the contest a three-possession game and lost by 11.

In all 13 games this year, Loyola is outscoring opponents, 38.2-36.4, after halftime.

 

Slow Starts

The Greyhounds’ second half rallies have been necessitated by slow starts that have dug first-half holes against Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s, Miami and Navy.

In those games, Loyola allowed its foes to shot 56.4 percent (62-of-110) from the field while shooting just 32.6 percent (29-of-89) itself. The opponents made a combined 19-of-37 (.514) shots from behind the arc, as well.

Loyola has also lost the turnover differentials in the first halves of those games, coughing up the ball 36 times while forcing just 25 turnovers.

On January 2 against Navy, Loyola made just four first-half field goals.

Cumulatively, in the Greyhounds’ 12 games, Loyola has been outscored, 38.2-28.8, in the first half this season.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 23.0 points per game through 13. Through games of Monday, January 6, Cormier was seventh in the nation in scoring.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has 10 20+ point games in 12 contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Passing 1,500

In the second half at Army, Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history, and the sixth at the Division I level, to score 1,500 career points. Cormier now has 1,512 career points, and next up on the all-time scoring list is Mike Powell who scored 1,580 from 1995-98.

Cormier is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,400 points at the Division I level.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).

Through 13 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 128 times (tied for eighth in Division I through games of January 6). His average of 9.8 free throws per game is fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 294 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 422-of-599 from the free-throw line. He is fourth in school history in free throws attempted and fifth in made.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 13 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 3.1 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and tied for 37th in the nation.

Loyola has committed 155 turnovers to its opponents’ 190. The differential is even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have nearly 2:1 more turnovers (107-56).

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s seven losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting more than seven percent worse from the floor than they are in their six victories.

Loyola has made 45.5 percent (152-of-334) shots in five wins versus 38.4 percent (159-of-414) in seven losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.4 points less (78.3 versus 63.9) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (49.3-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Jones Returns To Scoring Form

Jarred Jones had his best scoring night since of the month of December against Saint Joseph’s, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field. He hit two 3-pointers, his first two of the season, and also had two steals in the game. His 15 points were the second most of his career.

Jones is the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 9.0 points per game while shooting a team-best 52.6 percent from the field. He has also gone to the free-throw line 45 times, making 35 attempts for a 77.8 percentage.

The sophomore had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Doing The Little Things

Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds.

On December 19 versus Stony Brook, he blocked a career-best three shots, and earlier this month, he posted a career-high five assists in a win over Catholic.

Laster has 17 assists this year against just six turnovers, and he is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 12 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 9.4 points in Loyola’s first 13 contests, and he is shooting 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

From Way Back, Part 1

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

Dylon Cormier was one of five players on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
8th 1,512 points
Next Mike Powell, 1,580
Field Goals Made
15th 498 field goals made
Next Tom Caraher, 1978-82
3-Pointers Made
13th 94 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
5th 422 free throws made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 426
Assists
21st 192 assists
Next R.J. Williams (active), 193
Steals
T-3rd 166 steals
Next Tracy Bergan, 177

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its next two games. The Greyhounds will host Lehigh University on Saturday, January 11, at 4 o’clock, and Lafayette College on Monday, January 13, at7:30 p.m.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Wake Forest @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Arash Usmanee vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez (Friday 9pm from Tacoma, WA live on ESPN2)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Cracker (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

JCS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of one of the most important records OF MY LIFE.

I would like to go see Dirty Dozen Brass Band, yes, thanks for asking.

Cracker does that one song you kinda remember.

And now here’s Ricky Skaggs.

9. Blue Man Group (Friday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Jim Gaffigan (Friday & Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Warner Theatre); Rob Schneider (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Archer” season five premiere (Monday 10pm FX); Lone Survivor“, “Her” and “August: Osage County” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Obviously the only thing that matters this week is the return of Archer. Enjoy the next eight minutes of your life. They won’t get better.

Also, this is great.

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UMBC looks for 2-1 start Thursday at American

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Non-conference rivals UMBC and American will meet for the seventh consecutive year as the Retrievers and Eagles get together at Bender Arena on Thursday, Nov. 14 for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The game will be televised regionally  by Comcast SportsNet.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Malik Garner shattered his career-highwith 32 points and freshman guard Rodney Elliott hit a late 25-footer to send the game to overtime and the Retrieversprevailed, 84-79, in overtime over Eastern (Pa.) at the RACArena on Monday evening. The victory evened UMBC’s earlyseason slate at 1-1 after a setback at Arizona State (96-61)on Nov. 8.

EAGLE UPDATE: American is coming off an impressive showing in its season-opener at George Mason, holding a lead in Fairfax, Va., into the final fi ve minutes before a late Patriotcomeback edged AU, 63-60 on Nov. 8. The Eagles were led by sophomore guard Jesse Reed who scored a team high 15 points. The season-opener also marked the first game for juniortransfer from Stephen F. Austin State, Darius Gardner.The point guard scored 14 points and dished out a game-high six assists without recording a turnover.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns to the RAC Arena on Sunday, Nov. 17 when they welcome in-state rival Mount St. Mary’s. Tip-off time is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf: PGA Tour OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Thursday-Sunday 2pm from Riviera Maya, Mexico live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Edwain Rodriguez (Saturday 10pm from Ontario, CA live on HBO); High School Football: MPSSAA Playoffs-4A North Semifinal Howard @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm); The Book Thief” and “The Best Man Holiday” out in theaters (Friday); Man of Steel” and “Turbo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

10. Elton John (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Monday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Manchester Orchestra (Tuesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Eli Young Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Dr. Dog (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); The Lone Bellow (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Zach Myers/Silvertung (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dave Davies (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Gary Clark Jr. (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Skrillex (Thursday 8:30pm 9:30 Club), Sister Hazel (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Widespread Panic (Tuesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); The Mowgli’s (Wednesday 7:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Rick Ross (Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Counting Crows “Echoes of The Outlaw Roadshow” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Lone Bellow HAS to win “Best New Artist” this year, right?

GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR

I’d listen to Sister Hazel sing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.

I’ve tried telling you about Sister Sparrow before. Stop missing the memo.

9. NBA-Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Tuesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Washington Wizards @ San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on Comcast SportsNet), Cleveland Cavaliers @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Meanwhile, JJ Hickson…

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UMBC hosts American Thursday at RAC Arena

Posted on 06 December 2012 by WNST Staff

For the sixth consecutive season, the UMBC men’s basketball team will face American University. The Eagles have won three of the previous five meetings, including the last two. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. All home basketball games are streamed with full play-by-play audio in HD on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-6) cut a 19-point first half deficit to as few as six points in the second half, but host George Mason hung on for a 74-63 victory at the Patriot Center on Dec. 4. Brett Roseboro led a balanced attack with 14 points. Chase Plummer scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Ryan Cook also tallied all 12 of his points in the final 20 minutes. Cook leads the squad with 16.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg, while Roseboro has scored 46 points in his last three outings.

EAGLE UPDATE: American (3-5) took on cross-town rival Howard at Burr Gymnasium on Dec. 4, but lost a close decision, 55-50. SR F Stephen Lumpkins just neared a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. AU has dropped three of its last four and are 1-4 on the road to date Lumpkins leads the squad in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.3) and is shooting 55.3% from the floor. SO G John Schoof has hit 15-of-26 shots from behind the arc.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC travels to Norfolk State for a contest with the 2011-12 NCAA Championship second round participants on Sun., Dec. 9 at 4:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on   Q1370/www.q1370.com.

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Posted on 04 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-Baltimore Indoor Auto Racing (Saturday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Ice Hockey: AHL Showcase Norfolk Admirals vs. Hershey Bears (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), George Mason @ Maryland (Saturday 6pm Comcast Center)

10. Wiz Khalifa (Thursday 7pm Patriot Center), Smashing Pumpkins (Sunday 8pm Patriot Center); Everclear/Eve 6 (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Robert Cray Band (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Misfits (Thursday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); X/Reverend Horton Heat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Gavin DeGraw/All-American Rejects (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre), Richard Marx (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Grace Potter and The Nocturnals (Thursday 7pm Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club), Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club), Alex Clare (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Phil Vassar (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Brian Setzer Orchestra (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); Blue Oyster Cult (Saturday 7pm State Theatre); Wiz Khalifa “O.N.I.F.C.” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday); GRAMMY Nominations Concert (Wednesday 10pm from Nashville live on CBS)

I have no idea if the Smashing Pumpkins are still any good, but I know they used to kick a ton of ass…

If there’s ANY WAY I can get out of Thursday Night Live early, I’d LOVE to head down to RHL. Do you have any idea how obsessed I was with Everclear growing up?

Hell…even Eve 6 for that matter…

There’s a part of me that’s pretty sure I’d go see BSO play Christmas tunes in Bethesda…

9. Judah Friedlander (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Paula Poundstone (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Dave Attell (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Gary Valentine (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Finding Nemo 3D” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (Tuesday 10pm CBS)

What was that last thing?

Still not ringing a bell…

Oh! Now I know…

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Maryland women bounce back from loss to crush American

Posted on 22 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Tianna Hawkins had 25 points and nine rebounds, Malina Howard added 17 points, and Alicia DeVaughn had 14 to help No. 10 Maryland beat American 94-54 on Wednesday.

Maryland started freshman Chloe Pavlech at point guard for the first time and she responded with eight assists and just two turnovers. As a team, the Terps (3-1) dished 29 assists to 14 turnovers. Laurin Mincy added seven assists.

“This was a really nice game for us to be able to get back and do the little things that have allowed us to be successful,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “I definitely think we got better defensively today and, specifically, really shared the basketball. You can see our assist to turnover ratio, I thought we were unselfish. I thought Chloe [Pavlech] did a tremendous job being ready to play and getting our team into an offense that dominated inside with our post play. I thought we were really good in terms of how we played with each other today.”

Gelesia George had a career-high 13 points for American. Jen Dumiak, who averaged 20.5 points in the Eagles’ first two games, had nine. The Eagles had 21 turnovers, eight in the first 9 minutes.

Maryland had a 10-0 run to take a 20-6 lead. The Terrapins led 47-21 at the half, with Hawkins scoring 15 points, and had a 43-point edge at 92-49 with 3:24 to play.

As a team, the Terps shot 40-69 (.580) from the field. One of the nation’s top rebounding teams, the Terps pulled in 45 boards to the Eagles’ 19. They beat American inside, 65-24.

Next, the Terps will hit the road to take on No. 23 Nebraska (4-1) Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET in Lincoln, Neb. as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network. Please check your local listings. The game will also be featured online at BTN2go.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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Our 18 Baltimore Sports Media Superstar finalists await Monday cuts

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Our 18 Baltimore Sports Media Superstar finalists await Monday cuts

Posted on 13 July 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

Can our WNST Baltimore Sports Media Superstars pass the test? You can be the judge now with all of the action from Monday’s packed live show at Hooters in Towson right here at WNST.net:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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