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Loyola F Cormier named to All-Patriot League Third Team

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Cormier Named To All-Patriot League Third Team

 

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After missing the second half of conference play with a broken hand suffered in a February 1 game, Loyola University Maryland senior guard Dylon Cormier was named to the All-Patriot League Third Team by the conference’s coaches on Monday. 

Cormier was leading the Patriot League in scoring by more than three points per game (21.2) at the time of his injury. He was also first in offensive (3.0), second in steals (2.2) and sixth in total rebounds (5.8) per game.

The Baltimore native was 14th in the NCAA in scoring, and he continued to top the League’s scoring race until after Saturday’s games. Players must compete in 75 percent of their team’s games in order to qualify for the Patriot League, as well as NCAA, statistical titles.

Cormier fractured two bones in his right hand during a loose-ball scramble in Loyola’s February 1 game against the U.S. Military Academy. He had surgery to mend the injury on February 5, cutting short a season that would have gone down in the Loyola records books as one of the program’s best.

Despite the injury, Cormier finished seventh all-time at Loyola in points scored (1,659), just 46 out of third place where he was on pace to finish. He also is second all-time in free throws made (459) and attempted (662), in addition to steals (185).

The 6-foot-3 guard became the first player in school history to open a season with back-to-back games of 30 or more points, scoring 31 in the opener at Binghamton University and 34 two days later at Cornell University. He tallied 20 or more in Loyola’s first five games of the year, matching his career-high with 34 points on November 20 at UMBC.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in 14 of the 21 games he played this season, and he reached the 25 point more on eight occasions.

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree (First Team in 2012-2013, Second Team in 2011-2012), Cormier is the first Loyola men’s basketball player to earn All-Conference honors in three-straight seasons since Mike Powell was an All-MAAC First Team honoree from 1995-98.

Loyola, which formally joined the Patriot League in July 2013, makes its first appearance in the Patriot League Championships tonight at 7:30 when it will host Lafayette College in Reitz Arena. Tickets can be purchased at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets, and a live broadcast will be available at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/PLN.

 

2013-14 Men’s Basketball All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards

Player of the Year: Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (Sr., G)

Defensive Player of the Year: Tony Wroblicky, American (Sr., C)

Rookie of the Year: Tim Kempton, Lehigh (Fr., F/C)

Coach of the Year: Mike Brennan, American

 

First-Team All-Patriot League*

Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (Sr., G)*

Dave Dudzinski, Holy Cross (Sr., F/C)*

Maurice Watson Jr., Boston University (So., G)

Kyle Wilson, Army (So., G/F)*

Tony Wroblicky, American (Sr., C)

*Unanimous first-team choice

 

Second-Team All-Patriot League

Murphy Burnatowski, Colgate (Sr., F)

Darius Gardner, American (Jr., G)

D.J. Irving, Boston University (Sr., G)

Mackey McKnight, Lehigh (Sr., G)

Jesse Reed, American (So., G)

 

Third-Team All-Patriot League

Dylon Cormier, Loyola (Sr., G)

Chris Hass, Bucknell (So., G)

Seth Hinrichs, Lafayette (Jr., G)

Malcolm Miller, Holy Cross (Jr., F)

John Schoof, American (Jr., G)

 

All-Rookie*

Cedric Hankerson, Boston University (Fr., G)

Tim Kempton, Lehigh (Fr., F/C)

Nick Lindner, Lafayette (Fr., G)

Tanner Omlid, Army (Fr., F)

Austin Price, Lehigh (Fr., G)

Anthony Thompson, Holy Cross (Fr., G)

*Six players due to tie in voting

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Loyola welcomes Holy Cross to Reitz Arena for Senior Night Wednesday

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Holy Cross Crusaders

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  PLN


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland takes on College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in its final regular-season home game of 2013-2014.

Prior to the game, the Greyhounds will hold a brief senior day ceremony, honoring three players – Dylon Cormier, Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke – and manager Zan Cheema. The event will start at approximately 7:20 p.m.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena where they are shooting more than six percent better than when playing on the road (.449-.384).

Jordan Latham has enjoyed the confines of his home court most of all. In 12 games in Reitz, he is averaging 9.8 points as opposed to 5.6 on the road.

Last Time Out

Denzel Brito’s three with less than seven minutes to play in the first half at Colgate University gave the Greyhounds a 25-24 lead on Sunday, but the Raiders scored 20 of the half’s final 25 points to go on to an 84-60 victory.

Brito’s bucket marked the fourth lead change of the first half, but Murphy Burnatowski quickly gave Colgate the lead back with a three of his own at 6:03, starting a 20-5 run in which the Raiders made 8-of-10 shots.

Colgate shot 60.4 percent, a season-high for a Loyola opponent, from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range.

R.J. Williams scored a career-best 16 points for the Greyhounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday’s game against Holy Cross 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 Holy Cross

Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the second time as Patriot League foes and the sixth time overall when the teams take the floor on Wednesday night.

In this season’s first meeting, the Crusaders led by 14 in the second half, but the Greyhounds cut their deficit twice to two points, but they could not garner the lead in a 60-51 loss.

A traditional 3-point play by Dylon Cormier, who was playing in what would be his final full game, capped a 23-11 Greyhounds run and drew them within 49-47 with 4:05 left in regulation.

Cormier finished with 15 points, but he was just 4-of-11 from the free-throw line, a problem that plagued Loyola in the game. It was 10-of-19 overall from the charity stripe. Tyler Hubbard added 13 points, and Nick Gorski scored nine.

Dave Dudzinski had 20 of his 24 points, and 10 of his 12 rebounds, in the second half for Holy Cross.

Prior to playing on January 29 in Worcester, Mass., the programs last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.

Holy Cross has won all three games played on its home court. The only time the Crusaders have played in Reitz Arena the Greyhounds dealt them a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984. It was the first-ever men’s basketball game played in the venue.

 

Senior Send-Off

Prior to the game against Holy Cross, Loyola will honor its three senior players and one manager. Here’s a look at the careers of each:

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, Dylon Cormier will go down as one of the top players in program history. Despite breaking his hand in a game three weeks ago, Cormier has scored 1,659 points (7th all-time at Loyola), grabbed 467 rebounds, made 459 free throws (2nd) and accumulated 185 steals (2nd). He was on pace to finish third all-time in points at Loyola.

Jordan Latham transferred to Loyola prior to the 2011-2012 season and made an immediate impact on the Greyhounds 2012 NCAA Tournament Team. His 91 career blocks are fifth all-time at Loyola, and he has averaged 13.0 points in the Greyhounds’ last six games.

Chido Onyiuke was a walk-on to the program in 2010-2011 and was a member of the Greyhounds’ first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years during the 2011-2012 season. He has seen action in 34 games over the course of his career.

Zan Cheema joined the program as a manager before the 2012-2013 season.

 

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 26-of-27 games and is averaging 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game) fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.

Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

 

R.J. Against The Raiders

In his two games against Colgate this season, Loyola point guard R.J. Williams has set his career-high in scoring twice. He finished with 15 on January 25 in the teams’ first meeting, and he eclipsed that by one with a team-best 16 points on Saturday, February 22, in Hamilton, N.Y.

In the game at Colgate, Williams made 6-of-11 shots from the field, 4-of-7 in the second half.

The 16 points raised his season scoring average to 8.1 points, tied with Eric Laster for second-best on the team. It was also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.9), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.3).

 

Career Night For Latham

Jordan Latham recorded career-highs in several categories on February 15 against Boston University, logging his first collegiate double-double with bests of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Latham made 10-of-16 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws (career-highs in both made and attempted for both) while also blocking three shots and tying his personal-best with two steals.

The senior forward from Baltimore scored 16 points in the first half, more than any other Loyola player has tallied in the opening 20 minutes this year. He played a career-high 33 minutes, as well in the game.

He followed that game by leading the team in scoring for the second game in a row, tying Jarred Jones with 13 points, on Wednesday night against Colgate. He had career-highs of seven free-throws made and 11 attempted in that contest. It was the first time in his career that he had led the team in scoring in back-to-back games.

His previous scoring high of 17 came in December 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he had a high of seven rebounds earlier this season at Cornell University.

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 16 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham has significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he has bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham is shooting 47.4 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he is also better at the free-throw line, making 66.7 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham has also rebounded better, 4.1 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game are 1.4, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.5 blocked shots are fourth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are 6th.

 

Shouldering More Scoring Load

Jordan Latham’s scoring has also seen a rise since the injury to Loyola’s leading point producer, Dylon Cormier. In the six games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 13.0 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 24-of-37 over that stretch. His 37 free throws in the six games are more than the 36 he attempted in Loyola’s first 21 games of the season.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster has set career-highs in scoring in two of the Greyhounds’ last five games. He recorded 18 points on February 15 against Boston University, clipping his previous best of 17 on February 8 at Lehigh.

Laster’s 18 against the Terriers came in a much more efficient manner than the 17 against the Mountain Hawks. He made 6-of-7 from the field, including both of his 3-point attempts, against Boston University after hitting 6-of-15 at Lehigh.

Through 27 games, 24 starts, this year, Laster is tied for second on the team with an 8.1 points per game average. He is shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played a career-high 37 minutes on February 19 against Bucknell to raise his minutes per game to 27.4.

In 27 games as a freshman in 2011-2012, Laster averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in 5.3 minutes of action per game.

 

Turnover Back In Line

After two games in which the Greyhounds had two of their top three turnover totals of the season – 17 at Lafayette and 22 versus Boston University – they had their lowest mark of the year with just five against Bucknell.

It was the sixth time this season Loyola finished a game with nine or fewer miscues. It is 4-2 in those games with both losses coming at the hands of the Bison.

Thirteen of the turnovers against Boston University came via Terriers’ steals in a game Loyola was playing without starting point guard R.J. Williams due to an injury.

The game against Boston University was just the sixth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-4 in those games.

Overall, turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.1 giveaways per game this year, fourth fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.07 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 23 blocked shots in the last five games for the Greyhounds (Latham 12, Jones 11), helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had three against both Boston University and Bucknell to retake  the seasonal team lead from Jones. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

 

Jones-ing For Points

Jarred Jones has scored in double figures each of the last three games – 10 each against Boston University and at Colgate and 13 versus Bucknell – after recording just seven points in a three-game stretch from February 5-12. Prior to that skid, he scored 17, his second highest total of the year, on February 1 versus Army.

He also has six rebounds in three of the last four games.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Although he struggled offensively during a stretch, Jarred Jones has continued to be a solid defensive player for the Greyhounds. In those games, he has blocked seven shots and come up with 10 steals.

Prior to Saturday’s game at Cornell, Jones had at least two steals in each of Loyola’s last seven games, dating back to January 29 against Holy Cross. He also has blocked two or more shots in six of the last eight games with a career-high tying four on February 8 at Lehigh. He is second on the team with 34 blocks and seventh in the League with 1.3 per game.

Jones is also seventh in the Patriot League in steals per game. He averages 1.5 per game with a total of 40.

 

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 is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.9). He 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 60 assists in 15 games for an average of 4.0.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 8.1 points per game, 8.6 against conference opponents.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-3 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and at Colgate). 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 (27.7-20.4).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 12th straight road game on February 22 at Colgate after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-12 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.4 percent as opposed to 44.9 percent while going 7-5 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.7 percent in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.5-11.6), and they also force nearly two more turnovers at home (15.1-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly seven points less per game on the road, 62.5, to their 69.1 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 10 steals against Bucknell on February 19, marking the sixth time in 16 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 25, Loyola leads the League with 8.3 steals overall.

Through games of February 24, the Greyhounds are 18th nationally at 8.26 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 27 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 16th nationally in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 26th.

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 121 in his career, Williams is tied for ninth on the career chart. His 56 this season are tied for eighth on the school single-season chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier had been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 21, Cormier was 14th 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 21 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. At the time of his injury, Cormier had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 17 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 38.0 percent (363-of-956) in 17 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.9 less (74.8 versus 59.9) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.8-42.5) 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 entered 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 will close the regular-season in nearby Annapolis, Md., where it will take on the U.S. Naval Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

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Reports of Cormier being added to Baltimore UFC card inaccurate

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Reports of Cormier being added to Baltimore UFC card inaccurate

Posted on 13 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and “The Ultimate Fighter” winner “Sugar” Rashad Evans is out of his scheduled fight against former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier with a leg injury.

The fight was scheduled for next Saturday’s UFC 170 Pay-Per-View event and slated to be Cormier’s first as a light heavyweight.

Cormier’s reported preference was to fight next Saturday, with some pundits suggesting popular fighter/TV personality Chael Sonnen could take Evans’ place on the card. Sonnen however is already scheduled to face Wanderlai Silva in May in Brazil.

Respected Canadian Mixed Martial Arts journalist “Showdown” Joe Ferraro (SportsNet) had reported that the fight would be moved to Baltimore, but that won’t end up being the case.

Cormier will instead end up fighting UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 next weekend, as announced by the promotion Thursday. A UFC source had previously told WNST.net there was “nothing to” the rumors Evans/Cormier would move to 172.

There has been nothing announced regarding Evans’ next fight, but it appears unlikely it would happen in Baltimore as UFC President Dana White said Thursday the former champ would “need surgery” for his injury.

The UFC 172 card slated for April 26th at the Baltimore Arena remains a loaded card. Light Heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones headlines in a title defense against undefeated Glover Teixeira, while well known fighters like Phil Davis, Anthony Johnson, Jake Ellenberger, Luke Rockhold, Tim Boetsch and more are all scheduled to fight on the first ever UFC card in Charm City.

Tickets are still available for UFC 172 but are expected to sell out in the coming days. The UFC source also told WNST.net the promotion was pleased with how “great” sales have been thus far.

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Loyola tries to build off big win Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Saturday, February 8, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.

Bethlehem, Pa. | Stabler Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds start a two-game swing through the Patriot League’s Lehigh Valley schools on Saturday, February 8, when they play at 2 o’clock against Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Loyola moved into a three-way (with Lehigh and Bucknell University) for in the League with a 5-6 record after Wednesday night’s win.

Tyler Hubbard’s 20 points on Wednesday night were a career-high, and his six 3-pointers are tied for sixth most in school history.

Loyola had 11 steals in the game, the fifth time in Patriot League action that the Greyhounds have logged 10 or more, but the first time since having 10 at Boston University on January 20.

Last Time Out

Loyola built a five-point lead on an R.J. Williams steal and fast-break layup with 1:24 left in the second half, and the Greyhounds made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute to secure a 62-58 win over American University on Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.

The win snapped American’s 11-game winning streak and dealt the Eagles their first Patriot League loss of the year.

Tyler Hubbard made 6-of-7 threes and scored a career-best 20 points to lead all scorers. It was the first time he’s led Loyola in scoring.

Franz Rassman was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to score 11, and Jordan Latham had 10 and four blocked shots.

Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Lehigh 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 Lehigh

Lehigh and Loyola will meet for the 10th time on the basketball court and second time as Patriot League opponents. Loyola’s 72-68 win at home on January 8 gave the Greyhounds a 5-4 advantage in the series.

Five Loyola players scored seven or more points, led by Dylon Cormier’s 25 in the first meeting this year. Cormier sparked an 11-0 run that put Loyola up by 14 with just under 14 minutes left in the game.

The Greyhounds first played the Mountain Hawks in 1912-1913, the fifth year of varsity basketball on the Evergreen campus. Lehigh won that game, 41-19, and the Mountain Hawks were again victorious the following year. Loyola’s first win in the series came during the 1915-1916 season.

Following that game, the programs did not meet again until January 21, 1978, when Loyola scored a 79-64 win in Bethlehem, Pa.

Most recently, the teams met in the consolation game of the 1988 Lobo Classic at The Pit in Albuquerque, a game that the Mountain Hawks won, 86-72.

 

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.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game) fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.

Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

 

Hubbard Hits From Deep

Tyler Hubbard had one of the best 3-point shooting nights in school history on Wednesday against American, making 6-of-7 attempts on his way to a career-high 20 points.

Hubbard’s six threes are tied for sixth-most in school single-game history, and they were the most since Robert Olson and J’hared Hall both hit six in a game at Manhattan on January 7, 2011.

The sophomore out of Washington, D.C., made three in both halves with his only miss coming in the first. He also made both of his free throw attempts after being fouled with 25 seconds left. He eclipsed his previous career-high of 17 scored on 6-of-7 shooting, 4-of-5 from behind the arc, in a November 14, 2012, game against UMBC.

A week earlier, Hubbard scored his previous season-high of 13 at College of the Holy Cross when he made 4-of-6 from deep. He is now 33-of-82 (40.2 percent) from 3-point range this season and has made at least one three in 19-of-22 games.

 

Clutch Late

Four days after shooting 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the free-throw line in a loss to Army, the Greyhounds made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute of action to clinch the win over American. They finished the contest 17-of-22 (77.3 percent) from the charity stripe.

In the final minute, Denzel Brito hit two pairs of free throws, while Franz Rassman and Tyler Hubbard each made two. Rassman finished the game a career-best 7-of-7 from the line.

 

Winning Without Boards

Loyola posted a season-low 17 rebounds on Wednesday night against American, but the Greyhounds also had the distinction of tying the mark for the fewest rebounds in a win by a NCAA Division I team this season (according to Stats, Inc.)

Delaware and Indiana State also had 17 rebounds in wins over College of Charleston and Pepperdine, respectively, this season. Ironically, Delaware’s win with 17 boards came on the same day as Loyola victory over American.

 

Solid Performance From Latham

Jordan Latham had a very solid performance on both ends of the floor against American on Wednesday night, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Latham was also a disruptive factor on the defensive end, blocking four shots, altering several others and grabbing a steal.

His four blocks moved him into a tie for fifth place in the Patriot League with 1.2 blocks per game. The four tied a career and season-high for Latham. He now has 83 career blocked shots, good for fourth all-time at Loyola.

The Greyhounds are 6-1 this season when Latham blocks two or more shots in a game.

 

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 9.8 points in the Greyhounds last five games while shooting 55.0 percent (22-of-40) 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 six shots combined in the last three games.

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. He is now seventh in the Patriot League in blocked shots per game with 1.1.

Jones is also 10th in the conference in steals per game after nabbing four against American. He averages 1.4 per game with a total of 31.

 

Gorski Garners Starting Role

Freshman post player Nick Gorski drew his first starting assignment as a collegian last 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 four games – he also played 11 minutes and scored four points on January 25 against Colgate, and he saw 12 minutes on the court against American – 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 two games against Holy Cross and Army 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 is fifth in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.4), and he is averaging 5.2 in the Greyhounds last five 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 53 assists in 11 games for an average of 4.8.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 8.0 points per game, 8.5 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 last 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.

 

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 on January 29 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.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 steals against American on Wednesday night, marking the fifth time in 11 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 7, Loyola leads the League with 8.7 steals overall, 8.9 in League action.

The 98 steals in its last 11 games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading overall average to 8.7 per game. Through games of February 6, the Greyhounds are ranked 13th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 22 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 12th nationally in steals per game (2.5), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and tied for 25th.

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 115 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 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 6, 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 21 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. At the time of his injury, Cormier now had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed or been tied with five minutes to go in regulation in five of its 10 victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC, Navy and American – 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 22 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.55 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 35th in the nation.

 

Telling Stat

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

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 37.8 percent (264-of-698) in 12 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 13.3 points less (74.8 versus 61.5) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (48.0-42.5) 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 entered 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

The Greyhounds return to the Lehigh Valley to face Lafayette College on Wednesday, February 12, at 7 p.m.

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Loyola G Cormier to likely miss rest of season with broken hand

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Statement On Dylon Cormier’s Injury

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland senior guard Dylon Cormier had surgery today on his left hand to repair two fractures sustained in the Greyhounds game against the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, February 1.

Cormier, who currently leads the Patriot League in scoring, will be out indefinitely and likely will miss the remainder of the season. The injury was sustained midway through the second half of Saturday’s game during a loose-ball situation.

“Dylon has been the soul of this year’s team, and we are certainly thinking about him and wishing the best for his recovery,” said G.G. Smith, Loyola’s head coach. “I know that Dylon will attack rehab like he does anything, with a great deal of passion and intensity, as he prepares to embark on his professional career after graduating from Loyola.

“While we know that we will miss Dylon on the court, we are looking forward to the remainder of the season with some revamped roles for players, and we know that we have a great supporter in Dylon on our bench.”

Through the Greyhounds’ first 21 games this season, Cormier has led the conference in scoring at 21.2 points per game, and he scored 11 or more points in each game he played. The Baltimore native has tallied 20 or more points 14 times this year, and he has three performances of more than 30 points.

Cormier is also second in the Patriot League in steals per game (2.2), sixth in rebounds (5.8) and first in offensive boards (3.0).

In 115 career games, Cormier has scored 1,659 points, good for seventh-place all-time at Loyola and 46 points out of third place. He is second all-time in free throws made (459) and attempted (662) and steals (185); his 552 career field goals made rank 10th at Loyola.

Loyola continues Patriot League action tonight at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts American University in Reitz Arena.

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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 continues Patriot League play Saturday at Army

Posted on 31 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Army Black Knights

Saturday, February 1, 2014  |  1:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the first of two-straight home games on Saturday, February 1. The Greyhounds will tip-off at 1 o’clock against the U.S. Military Academy.

The game marks the start of the second half of the Patriot League schedule for the conference’s 10 teams.

The Greyhounds finished the month of January with a 4-5 record, all in League play.

Loyola continues to lead the Patriot League in steals per game, averaging 8.7 a contest. Starting guards R.J. Williams (2.6) and Dylon Cormier (2.1) are first and second, individually.

Williams is seventh in the nation in steals per game, and Cormier is tied for 31st.

Last Time Out

The Greyhounds cut a one-time 14-point deficit to two on multiple occasions in the second half on Wednesday night, but Loyola could not get over the hump to tie or take the lead in a 60-51 loss at College of the Holy Cross.

The Crusaders led by 12 in the first half, and Holy Cross then went up 38-24 with just under 14 minutes left in regulation, but Loyola used a 23-11 run to cut the lead to a pair, 49-47, on a traditional 3-point play by Dylon Cormier with 4:05 on the clock.

Loyola again was within two after two R.J. Williams free throws at 3:19, but it could not draw closer.

Tyler Hubbard scored a career-high 13 points in the game, and Cormier had 15.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Army 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 Army

Loyola and Army will meet for the third time on the basketball hardwood when the teams take the floor Saturday. The teams have split the two previous games.

Army led by 13 early in the second half, but a Dylon Cormier three with five minutes to go pulled the Greyhounds within a point, but Army came away with a 91-82 win at West Point on January 5, 2014.

The Greyhounds and Black Knights are conference foes for the second time as members of the Patriot League. Army was in its last year of membership in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989-90, Loyola’s first season in the league that it left after 2012-13.

The teams were in separate divisions – Army in the North, Loyola the South – and played once during the year, a 62-55 Greyhounds win in Reitz Arena during January.

 

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.

 

Hubbard Hits High

Tyler Hubbard made the most of his second career, and second-straight, starting opportunity on Wednesday night 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.

 

Gorski Makes Good

Freshman post player Nick Gorski has seen his most extensive playing time of 2014 in the Greyhounds’ last two games, and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity. Gorski saw 11 minutes of court time against Colgate last Saturday and 18 Wednesday night at Holy Cross.

Against the Crusaders, Gorski made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, and both of his free throws to finish with a career-high nine points. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

In the game against Colgate, he tallied four points and two rebounds, his most points since scoring seven in the season’s second game at Cornell.

 

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 almost eight fewer in losses than wins (27.7-20.0).

 

Baltimore Guard Duo

Former summer league teammates Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams have made quite the duo as Loyola’s starting backcourt over the past three years, and last Saturday’s game against Colgate was perfect evidence of that.

The were the game’s top two scorers with Cormier turning in 21 and Williams delivering a career-high 15 points. They made 11-of-20 combined shots and were successful on all 13 of their combined free-throw attempts.

Williams had a team-best four assists, while Cormier passed out three. Defensively, they combined for six of Loyola’s eight steals with Williams coming up with four.

In the game’s final 10 minutes, Cormier and Williams scored 16 of Loyola’s final 18 points.

 

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 46.3 percent while going 6-2 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.1 percent in their own facilities, 43.1 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 27.9 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.2-11.0), and they also force an additional turnover at home (15.0-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly five points less per game on the road, 65.2, to their 71.4 points per game at home.

 

The Difference

The Greyhounds won two in a row – January 11 against Lehigh and two days later versus Lafayette – after going 1-6 in their previous seven.

They produced two of their three best shooting performances of the season in the games, shooting an even 50 percent against the Mountain Hawks and a season-best 54.9 versus the Leopards.

Combined, Loyola made 54-of-103 (52.4 percent) of its shots in the wins after shooting 39.2 percent (150-of-383) in its previous seven.

 

Lower Volume, Higher Efficiency

Dylon Cormier has averaged 20.0 points per game over the Greyhounds’ last six, lower than his season average of 21.8, but  he has done so with considerably better efficiency.

Over the six games, Cormier has made 56.3 percent (45-of-80) of his shots from the field, a 10.1 percent improvement over his 46.2 percent mark for the entire year.

Versus Lafayette, Cormier made 73.3 percent of his shot attempts (11-of-15). That came after a 10-fo-18 performance versus the Mountain Hawks.

In Loyola’s four previous games – Miami, Navy, Army and American – Cormier had made just 33.8 percent of his shots (21-of-62). That included a game in which he made 10 at Army, but with 25 attempts.

In the seven games prior to the current two-game winning streak, Cormier was just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. Against Lehigh and Lafayette, however, he has attempted just one from behind the arc.

 

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 10 time this season with seven rebounds against Bucknell. Six of the Greyhounds’ eight wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.2 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and fifth overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.0 per game, a mark that is 0.4 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 114 total rebounds this year, with 59 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 8.9 in conference play through nine games.

The 80 steals in its last nine games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 8.7 per game. Through games of January 30, the Greyhounds are ranked 18th 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 seventh nationally in steals per game (2.61), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.15) and tied for 31st.

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 182 in his career.

With 112 in his career, Williams is11th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier has been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.6 points per game through 19. Through games of Thursday, January 30, Cormier was 12th 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 1,645 career points through 114 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 20 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 184 times (seventh in Division I through games of January 30). His average of 9.2 free throws per game is tied for sixth 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 276 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 457-of-655 from the free-throw line. He is second in school history in both free throws made and attempted.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s nine victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 18.4-11.8 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 59.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.2 percent from the field and 23.3 percent from behind the arc.

In those 45 minutes, Loyola has committed just 13 turnovers to its opponents’ 25. Seventeen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 20 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.5 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 50th in the nation.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 11 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.6 percent (236-of-628) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 16.8 points less (77.4 versus 60.6) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (49.1-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 8.4 points in Loyola’s first 20 contests, and he is shooting 41.8 percent (30-of-72) 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.

 

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 1,645 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
11th 546 field goals made
Next Bob Reilly, 549
3-Pointers Made
13th 96 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 457 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 210 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 182 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.

 

Nod To Maryland Prep Basketball

The State of Maryland is home to the most college basketball recruits, according to Mode Analytics. Loyola’s home produces 58 players per 1,000 college-age males, six more than second place Louisiana.

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds remain at Reitz Arena for their next game, a 7:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday, February 5, against American University.

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Loyola continues Patriot League play Wednesday at Holy Cross

Posted on 29 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Holy Cross Crusaders

Wednesday, January 29, 2014  |  7:00 p.m.

Worcester, Mass. | Hart Center 


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola returns to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the second time in as many weeks for a Wednesday, January 29, game at College of the Holy Cross.

The game marks the end of the first half of Loyola and Holy Cross’ Patriot League schedule.

The Greyhounds are looking for their first Patriot League road win of the season.

With 21 points on Saturday night against Colgate University, Dylon Cormier recorded 20 or more for the 14th time in 19 games this year.

Loyola continues to lead the Patriot League in steals per game, averaging 8.7 a contest. Starting guards R.J. Williams (2.5) and Dylon Cormier (2.2) are first and second, individually.

Last Time Out

Loyola snapped a two-game losing skid with a 67-60 victory on Saturday night over Colgate.

Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams combined to score 16 of the Greyhounds’ final 18 points in the victory.

Cormier finished with 21 points to lead all scorers, while Williams tallied a career-high 15. The guard tandem combined to make all 13 of their attempts from the free-throw line.

Loyola shot a season-best 88.9 percent from the free-throw line in the game, converting on 16-of-18 chances.

Colgate led by nine early in the game and after trailing by seven at halftime, the Raiders pulled within a point twice in the game’s last eight minutes.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday game against Holy Cross 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 Holy Cross

Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the first time as Patriot League foes and the fifth time overall when the teams take the floor on Wednesday night.

The teams, which have evenly split the first five meetings in the series, last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.

Holy Cross has won twice in games played in Worcester, Mass., but the Greyhounds dealt it a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984, in the first game ever played in Loyola’s Reitz Arena.

 

Jesuit Connections

Wednesday’s game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, a national college basketball initiative of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Loyola’s president, Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., came to the Evergreen campus after previously serving as a dean and professor at Holy Cross.

 

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.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

Loyola faced a 34-16 disadvantage in free throws attempted last Wednesday night at Bucknell, and the Bison held an even greater 27-8 lead in free throws made. The 19-point advantage from the line more than made up for Bucknell’s 10-point margin of victory.

While Loyola got to the line just 18 times on Saturday against Colgate, it made good on a season-best 88.9 percent of its attempts (16). The Greyhounds also limited Colgate to just 10 free-throw attempts.

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 almost eight fewer in losses than wins (27.7-20.1).

 

Baltimore Guard Duo

Former summer league teammates Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams have made quite the duo as Loyola’s starting backcourt over the past three years, and Saturday’s game was perfect evidence of that.

The were the game’s top two scorers with Cormier turning in 21 and Williams delivering a career-high 15 points. They made 11-of-20 combined shots and were successful on all 13 of their combined free-throw attempts.

Williams had a team-best four assists, while Cormier passed out three. Defensively, they combined for six of Loyola’s eight steals with Williams coming up with four.

In the game’s final 10 minutes, Cormier and Williams scored 16 of Loyola’s final 18 points.

 

Bench Production

With the offense sputtering in the game’s first few minutes, Head Coach G.G. Smith turned to his bench to provide a spark, and the non-starters came through. Loyola received five minutes each from Jevon Patton and Damion Rashford in the first half. Patton had an assist, while Rashford grabbed three rebounds and had a blocked shot.

Nick Gorski played 11 minutes, his most since the turn of the calendar to January, and he contributed four points, two rebounds and a steal against the Raiders.

Jarred Jones, who has been the Greyhounds’ leading player off the bench all season, scored six points in 27 minutes on Saturday night.

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

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

At 3-8 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 39.3 percent as opposed to 46.3 percent while going 5-2 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.1 percent in Reitz Arena.

Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 32.1 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 27.9 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.2-11.0), and they also force an additional turnover at home (15.0-13.9).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly five points less per game on the road, 66.5, to their 71.4 points per game at home.

 

The Difference

The Greyhounds won two in a row – January 11 against Lehigh and two days later versus Lafayette – after going 1-6 in their previous seven.

They produced two of their three best shooting performances of the season in the games, shooting an even 50 percent against the Mountain Hawks and a season-best 54.9 versus the Leopards.

Combined, Loyola made 54-of-103 (52.4 percent) of its shots in the wins after shooting 39.2 percent (150-of-383) in its previous seven.

 

Rebounding On The Boards

Loyola also outrebounded Lehigh and Lafayette by an average of 8.5 in the two victories. In the seven prior games, Loyola was being outrebounded by 7.1 a contest. The Greyhounds outrebounded a team just once (Navy by 2) during that stretch.

Loyola had its biggest positive rebounding margin of the season last Monday against Lafayette, grabbing 38 to the Leopards’ 23.

The Greyhounds followed that by outrebounding Boston University, 32-30, marking the third game in a row Loyola has outrebounded its opponent, the first time this year they have done that.

The loss to the Terriers, however, dropped Loyola’s record to 5-3 when grabbing more rebounds than its foes.

 

Lower Volume, Higher Efficiency

Dylon Cormier has averaged 21.0 points per game over the Greyhounds’ last five, and he has done so with considerably better efficiency.

Over the five games, Cormier has made 58.8 percent (40-of-68) of his shots from the field, a 12.6 percent improvement over his 46.2 percent mark for the entire year.

Versus Lafayette, Cormier made 73.3 percent of his shot attempts (11-of-15). That came after a 10-fo-18 performance versus the Mountain Hawks.

In Loyola’s four previous games – Miami, Navy, Army and American – Cormier had made just 33.8 percent of his shots (21-of-62). That included a game in which he made 10 at Army, but with 25 attempts.

In the seven games prior to the current two-game winning streak, Cormier was just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. Against Lehigh and Lafayette, however, he has attempted just one from behind the arc.

 

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 10 time this season with seven rebounds against Bucknell. Six of the Greyhounds’ eight wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.2 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and fifth overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.3 per game, a mark that is 0.9 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 112 total rebounds this year, with 59 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 9.1 in conference play through eight games.

The 73 steals in its last eight games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 8.7 per game. Through games of January 27, the Greyhounds are ranked 18th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 19 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 14th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.2) and tied for 32nd.

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.

With 108 in his career, Williams is tied for 13th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 21.9 points per game through 19. Through games of Monday, January 27, Cormier was ninth 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 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 1,630 career points through 113 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 19 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 173 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 27). His average of 9.1 free throws per game is tied for 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 273 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 453-of-644 from the free-throw line. He is second in school history in free throws made and third in attempts.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s nine victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 18.4-11.8 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 59.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.2 percent from the field and 23.3 percent from behind the arc.

In those 45 minutes, Loyola has committed just 13 turnovers to its opponents’ 25. Seventeen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 19 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.5 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 41st in the nation.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 10 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.9 percent (219-of-578) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.8 points less (77.4 versus 61.6) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.1-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 8.8 points in Loyola’s first 19 contests, and he is shooting 41.7 percent (30-of-72) 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.

 

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 1,630 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
T-12th 514 field goals made
Next Bob Reilly, 549
3-Pointers Made
13th 95 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 453 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 207 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 181 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.

 

Nod To Maryland Prep Basketball

The State of Maryland is home to the most college basketball recruits, according to Mode Analytics. Loyola’s home produces 58 players per 1,000 college-age males, six more than second place Louisiana.

 

Up Next

Loyola will play two straight home games to open the month of February. The Greyhounds will host the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, February 1, at 1 p.m. American University then visits Reitz Arena on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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Loyola looks to bounce back Saturday against Colgate

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Colgate Raiders

Saturday, January 25, 2014  |  7:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena 

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola returns to Baltimore for its next Patriot League game, a 7 o’clock contest on Saturday, January 25, against Colgate University.

The game will be the Greyhounds’ first in Reitz Arena since January 13.

Loyola has won three-straight games at home and is 5-2 overall on the Evergreen campus this season.

The Greyhounds moved into a tie for first with Army in the Patriot League in blocked shots per game (3.9). In League games, Loyola is averaging 4.3 through seven contests.

Loyola continues to lead the Patriot League in steals per game, averaging 8.8 a contest. Starting guards R.J. Williams (2.4) and Dylon Cormier (2.2) are first and second, individually.

Last Time Out

Bucknell took more than two-times as many free throws as did Loyola on Wednesday night, and the Bison dealt the Greyhounds a 70-60 loss in Lewisburg, Pa.

Loyola made just 8-of-16 free throws, while Bucknell capitalized on 27-of-34 at the line.

The Greyhounds made more field goals, 24 to the Bison’s 19, in the game, and they committed nine turnovers, one less than Bucknell.

Dylon Cormier scored 20 points and had seven rebounds, both team highs.

Jarred Jones added 13 off the bench for the Greyhounds.

Cameron Ayers was 10-of-10 at the line and led Bucknell with 19 points.

 

Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Colgate 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 Colgate

Loyola and Colgate will meet for the first time as Patriot League foes and the third time overall when the teams take the floor on Saturday night.

The teams have not played in over 30 years and split the previous two meetings.

Colgate was a 56-54 winner the last time the teams squared off. They met in the Albright Invitational Consolation Game on December 30, 1983, in Reading, Pa.

Loyola won the pair’s first meeting on December 22, 1974, taking a 79-78 decision in the opening round of the Scranton Holiday Tournament.

 

Lookin’ Good

Loyola’s coaches will be wearing Under Armour shoes during Saturday’s game as part of the national Suits And Sneakers Awareness Weekend. The initiative is run by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and American Cancer Society to promote awareness to the fight against cancer.

 

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.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

Loyola faced a 34-16 disadvantage in free throws attempted on Wednesday night at Bucknell, and the Bison held an even greater 27-8 lead in free throws made. The 19-point advantage from the line more than made up for Bucknell’s 10-point margin of victory.

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 two other wins, Catholic and Lehigh, it took 19 and 24 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line almost nine fewer in losses than wins (28.9-20.1).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its eighth straight road game on Wednesday night at Bucknell after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena.

At 3-8 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 39.3 percent as opposed to 46.5 percent while going 4-2 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.3 percent in Reitz Arena.

Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 32.1 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.2 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.2-11.4), and they also force an additional turnover at home (15.0-13.9).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly six points less per game on the road, 66.5, to their 72.0 points per game at home.

 

The Difference

The Greyhounds won two in a row – January 11 against Lehigh and two days later versus Lafayette – after going 1-6 in their previous seven.

They produced two of their three best shooting performances of the season in the games, shooting an even 50 percent against the Mountain Hawks and a season-best 54.9 versus the Leopards.

Combined, Loyola made 54-of-103 (52.4 percent) of its shots in the wins after shooting 39.2 percent (150-of-383) in its previous seven.

Similarly, Loyola’s opponents shot seven-percent worse (42.3 in the last two versus 49.3).

 

Rebounding On The Boards

Loyola also outrebounded Lehigh and Lafayette by an average of 8.5 in the two victories. In the seven prior games, Loyola was being outrebounded by 7.1 a contest. The Greyhounds outrebounded a team just once (Navy by 2) during that stretch.

Loyola had its biggest positive rebounding margin of the season last Monday against Lafayette, grabbing 38 to the Leopards’ 23.

The Greyhounds followed that by outrebounding Boston University, 32-30, marking the third game in a row Loyola has outrebounded its opponent, the first time this year they have done that.

The loss to the Terriers, however, dropped Loyola’s record to 5-3 when grabbing more rebounds than its foes.

 

Senior Efficiency

Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier, the Greyhounds’ two senior starters, were at the front of the Greyhounds’ wins against Lehigh and Lafayette.

The pair shot 63.3 percent from the field (31-of-49) in the games, averaging a combined 38 points.

Cormier scored 25 in each of the games, while Latham put together the first back-to-back double-figure scoring games of his career, finishing with a season-high 14 against the Mountain Hawks and 12 versus Lafayette.

They were also been the Greyhounds’ top two rebounds in the wins. Latham had six boards in both games, while Cormier had 11 against Lafayette and eight versus Lehigh.

 

Distributing End

While Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier put up the scoring and rebounding numbers, it was the excellent play of point guard R.J. Williams that made the offense go against Lafayette and Lehigh.

Williams had a career-high 10 assists on versus the Leopards, logging his first career double-double in the process with 12 points.

In those two games, Williams has a 3:1 assist:turnover ratio (15:5), and he is also averaging 10 points and five rebounds.

He matched his career-high by going to the free-throw line eight times against Lehigh, and he then quickly broke that with nine attempts versus Lafayette. His 17 free-throw attempts in the two games are also tops on the team.

 

Lower Volume, Higher Efficiency

Dylon Cormier has averaged 21.0 points per game over the Greyhounds’ last four, and he has done so with considerably better efficiency.

Over the four games, Cormier has made 61.1 percent (33-of-54) of his shots from the field, a 15 percent improvement over his 46 percent mark for the entire year.

Versus Lafayette, Cormier made 73.3 percent of his shot attempts (11-of-15). That came after a 10-fo-18 performance versus the Mountain Hawks.

In Loyola’s four previous games – Miami, Navy, Army and American – Cormier had made just 33.8 percent of his shots (21-of-62). That included a game in which he made 10 at Army, but with 25 attempts.

In the seven games prior to the current two-game winning streak, Cormier was just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. Against Lehigh and Lafayette, however, he has attempted just one from behind the arc.

 

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.

 

Seems Simple, But…

Loyola’s wins came in no small part to better shooting percentage, and a big key to that was converting on the shortest of shots. The Greyhounds made 72.7 percent (32-of-44) of layups, dunks and tip-ins against Lehigh and Lafayette after making just 59.6 percent (28-of-47) in their previous two games at Army and American. This led to Loyola scoring 74 points in the paint in the two victories.

 

Cormier To The Glass

Dylon Cormier led, or tied for the team lead, for the 10 time this season with seven rebounds against Bucknell. Six of the Greyhounds’ eight wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.2 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and fifth overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.3 per game, a mark that is 0.9 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 112 total rebounds this year, with 59 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 had five versus Lehigh, six versus Lafayette and 10 at Boston University.

The 65 steals in its last seven games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 8.8 per game. Through games of January 23, the Greyhounds are ranked 18th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 16 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 14th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.2) and tied for 32nd.

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

Cormier now has 179 in his career, and against Bucknell, he passed Tracy Bergan for second all-time at Loyola in career thefts. With 104 in his career, Williams is tied for 16th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.0 points per game through 18. Through games of Thursday, January 24, Cormier was ninth 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 13 20+ 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 1,609 career points through 112 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 18 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 166 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 23). His average of 9.2 free throws per game is tied for 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 276 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 446-of-637 from the free-throw line. He is third in school history in both free throws attempted and made.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s eight victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 19.0-12.0 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 56.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from behind the arc.

In those 40 minutes, Loyola has committed just 13 turnovers to its opponents’ 25. Seventeen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

 

Block Party

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

Latham now has 78 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.

 

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.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 18 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.2 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 41st in the nation.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 10 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.9 percent (219-of-578) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.8 points less (77.4 versus 61.6) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.1-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 9.0 points in Loyola’s first 18 contests, and he is shooting 43.4 percent (29-of-68) 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.

 

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 1,609 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
12th 534 field goals made
Next Maurice Hicks, 541
3-Pointers Made
13th 95 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
3rd 446 free throws made
Next Mike Powell, 448
Assists
20th 204 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
 

 

Steals

2nd 179 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.

 

Nod To Maryland Prep Basketball

The State of Maryland is home to the most college basketball recruits, according to Mode Analytics. Loyola’s home produces 58 players per 1,000 college-age males, six more than second place Louisiana.

 

Up Next

Loyola returns to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the second time in two weeks to face College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, January 29, at 7 p.m.

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Loyola tries to bounce back Wednesday against Bucknell

Posted on 21 January 2014 by WNST Staff

What: Loyola (8-9, 3-3 PL) at Bucknell (8-9, 3-3 PL)
Where: Sojka Pavilion, Lewisburg, Pa.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 7 p.m.
Internet Video: Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network (free)

With a Win over Loyola, Bucknell Would …
• … improve to 9-9 overall, 4-3 in the Patriot League.
• … remain in at least a tie for fourth place in the Patriot League standings.
• … improve to 5-3 at home this season.
• … improve to 117-36 overall and 81-16 against Patriot League foes at Sojka Pavilion.
• … improve to 7-2 all-time against the Greyhounds.

Headlines
• The Bison fell back to 3-3 in the Patriot League with a pair of road losses against the service academies last week, and now this week they have a two-game homestand against the two Patriot League newcomers, starting with Loyola on Wednesday. The Bison and Greyhounds come in with identical records of 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League. While the Bison are coming off a 74-67 loss at Army on Sunday, Loyola will be on even shorter rest after falling at Boston University 72-58 on Monday night.
• General public tickets for Saturday’s home game against Boston University have been sold out. Only Bucknell student tickets remain at this time. In the event that any consignment tickets are returned, they will be made available for sale to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 1 p.m. from the Sojka Pavilion Box Office.
• Senior Cameron Ayers is working on a streak of 11 straight double-figure scoring games and continues to lead the team in scoring at 13.6 ppg. Chris Hass (10.4 ppg) has emerged as a scorer in league play, where he ranks fifth in the PL with a team-best 15.7 ppg average. That total includes a career-high 26-point performance against Colgate. Ben Brackney broke out of a recent shooting slump with a career-high 25 points at Lafayette. He also led the team with 13 points in the win over Holy Cross and 12 in the loss at Navy, and he was named Patriot League Player of the Week last Monday.
• This is a “new-look” Bison squad, as three standout players from last year’s NCAA Tournament team have graduated (Mike Muscala, Bryson Johnson, Joe Willman) and are all playing professionally overseas. Three Bucknell players made their first career starts on opening night at Stanford (Brian Fitzpatrick, Dom Hoffman, Ben Brackney), Ryan Frazier started for the first time in his career at Penn State, and Chris Hass did the same against Saint Francis.
• Bucknell returned two starters and 11 lettermen from last year’s squad that won a school-record 28 games, captured Patriot League regular-season and tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history.
• Loyola features the Patriot League’s leading scorer in Dylon Cormier, who is averaging 22.1 points per game. Cormier also ranks second in the Patriot League in steals and sixth in rebounding, and he has scored 32.0% of his team’s points on the season. In conference play the Greyhounds are 3-0 at home (Navy, Lehigh, Lafayette) but 0-3 on the road (Army, American, Boston U.) so far.

How to Get the Game
• The Bucknell-Loyola game will not be televised, however a live webstream will be available free of charge on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.
• The game can be heard in the Susquehanna Valley on the radio on Eagle 107 (WEGH 107.3 FM), with Doug Birdsong calling the action. The pregame show begins 30 minutes before tip-off.
• The audio feed is available online free of charge via BucknellBison.com.
• Live stats can be accessed at BucknellBison.com.

Bucknell vs. Loyola
• The Bison and Greyhounds have met eight times previously, with Bucknell leading 6-2 in the series. Bucknell won the first four, then the two teams have traded victories over the last four seasons.
• The first series meeting came on Jan. 7, 1987 in Lewisburg. The Bison prevailed that day 72-70. A year later Bucknell won 80-60 on Loyola’s home floor.
• Bucknell and Loyola played twice within the 1992-93 season. The Bison won 75-59 in Baltimore, and in late February at Davis Gym the Bison rolled to a 116-85 victory. In the latter game the Bison produced their second-highest point total in program history, led by an incredible 9-for-10 3-point shooting performance by Hall-of-Famer Mike Bright.
• Last season at at Reitz Arena, Bucknell played one of its best all-around games of the season and defeated the Greyhounds 66-46. Mike Muscala led the way with 29 points and eight rebounds, and the Bison locked in on defense after a slow start. They limited Dylon Cormer to 13 points on 5-for-15 shooting, and no other Loyola player scored more than seven points. Both teams were frosty from long range, as the Bison shot 1-for-8 from 3-point range while the Greyhounds were 1-for-12. But the Bison shot 55.6% from inside the arc and went 13-for-14 from the foul line, compared to Loyola’s 5-for-11.
• When these two teams last met at Sojka Pavilion two seasons ago, Loyola handed the Bison a rare home loss, 72-67 behind 18 points from Erik Etherly and 14 each from Cormier and Justin Drummond. Muscala scored 24 points, including the 1,000th point of his career, but the Bison saw their 18-game home winning streak come to an end. Bucknell led 64-61 with four minutes to play, but the Greyhounds ended the game on an 11-3 run.

Patriot League Success
• Bucknell is 214-99 (.684) all-time in Patriot League regular-season games, the best record of any league team. They have finished at least .500 in PL play in 19 of 23 seasons.
• Bucknell won the last three outright Patriot League regular-season titles, becoming the first team in league history to accomplish that feat.
• The Bison went 13-1 in the league in 2011 and 12-2 in each of the last two seasons, making them 37-5 over the previous three campaigns. Dating back to mid-2010, Bucknell has won 47 of its last 57 league games.
• Bucknell won Patriot League Tournament titles in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2013. The Bison have made it to the semifinals 18 times and to the championship game 10 times in the 23-year history of the league.
• The Bison are the only team to go unbeaten in league play in a season (14-0 in 2006).

Last Time Out
• Josh Herbeck went 6-for-6 on 3-pointers, including two desperation heaves as the shot clock expired in the second half, leading Army to a 74-67 win over Bucknell on Sunday at Christl Arena. Herbeck beat the shot clock from deep in the right corner to give the Black Knights a 55-53 lead with 6:31 to play, and Army would never trail again. The margin was just two with 56 seconds left when Herbeck swished a 35-footer. Bucknell turned it over on its next two possessions, and Army iced the game from the foul line.
• Brian Fitzpatrick enjoyed one of the best days of his career with 17 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the field. Fitzpatrick fell one point shy of his career high earlier this season at Mount St. Mary’s.
• Steven Kaspar had another solid game with 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. It was Kaspar’s second game in a row with three thefts.
• Ben Brackney added 11 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
• Bucknell struggled from the outside, hitting just 5 of 21 tries from 3-point range. Army was 8-for-18.
• The Bison were strong at the free-throw line, making 16 of 19.
• Bucknell committed 13 turnovers and has now had double-digit turnovers in three straight games for the first time in two years.
• Army snapped a seven-game series losing streak.

Numbers Worth Noting
• This season Bucknell is 7-5 coming off three or fewer days off, but is just 1-3 following four or more days of rest.
• After shooting 12-for-15 from 3-point range at Lafayette on Jan. 8, Bucknell ranked No. 1 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.440). In the three games since then, however, the Bison have gone 18-for-61 (.295) from the arc, lowering their season percentage to .410. That is still the 13th-best mark in the nation.
• Oddly, Bucknell has shot much better on the road (45.8 FG%, 43.8 3FG%, 77.3 FT%) this season than at home (42.3 FG%, 36.1 3FG%, 73.9 FT%).
• In each of the last two seasons, Bucknell led the nation in defensive rebounding percentage (i.e. percentage of opponents’ missed shots that Bucknell has rebounded). This year, despite playing almost exclusively with a four-guard lineup, the Bison still rank a respectable 7th out of 351 Division I teams in DR%. Last year, led by senior big men Mike Muscala and Joe Willman, Bucknell grabbed 79.0% of its opponents’ misses. This year that figure is still a solid 77.8%.
• Bucknell has typically ranked among the very best in the nation in fewest turnovers under coach Dave Paulsen, and this year has been no different. Despite an 18-turnover game at Navy last Wednesday, the Bison are averaging only 10.3 turnovers per game to rank 21st nationally.
• Last season Bucknell featured one of the nation’s most prolific shot-blockers in Mike Muscala, but so far this season the Bison have blocked only 17 shots in 17 games, compared to 71 by their opponents. Bucknell ranks last nationally in blocks per game (1.0). Muscala alone had 42 blocks through 17 games last season.
• Brian Fitzpatrick is now shooting 70.4% in Patriot League games, and he is 17-for-19 (.895) in his last four contests.

Who’s Got Next?
• Bucknell hosts Boston University on Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest against the Terriers will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
• Boston University is off to a 6-0 start in Patriot League play (13-6 overall) and is ranked 20th in this week’s College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Among the Terriers’ non-conference wins was an 83-77 decision at Maryland on Dec. 21.

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