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Loyola opens hoops season Friday night at Binghamton

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Binghamton Bearcats

Friday, November 8, 2013  |  8:00 p.m.

Vestal, N.Y.  |  Events Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will open its 103rd season of intercollegiate basketball when it takes the floor against Binghamton University.

Last year, the teams played each other in their season-opener, as well, with Loyola prevailing, 71-45, on November 9, in Reitz Arena.

Friday’s game is the second of a two-game series between the teams.

The game will mark the official start to the head coaching career of G.G. Smith who became the 20th head coach in program history on April 12, 2013. Smith spent the last six years as an assistant to Jimmy Patsos at Loyola.

The Greyhounds return eight players from a team that went 23-12 last year.
Last Time Out

The Greyhounds wrapped-up the 2012-2013 season on March 26, 2013, in Greenville, N.C., at East Carolina University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals. The Pirates outlasted the Greyhounds, 70-58, and went on to win the CIT title.

Robert Olson hit a jumper with 12:26 left in the game to put Loyola in front, 45-44, but it would be the Greyhounds’ last point for 5:47, and East Carolina would turn a one-point deficit into a eight-point lead.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 12 points in the game, while seniors Olson and Anthony Winbush closed their careers with 11 and 10, respectively.
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.

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.

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

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.

Cormier led the team with 16.4 points and 1.8 steals per game, while Etherly averaged 15.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game.

Ethelry was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District I Second Team for the second year in a row, the first time a Loyola player has been selected to the group on more than one occasion.

 

Back In The Fold

Eight players return to the Greyhounds’ program this year from last year’s team that went 23-12: senior guard Dylon Cormier, senior forwards Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke, junior guard R.J. Williams, sophomore forward Franz Rassman and sophomore guards Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones and Eric Laster.

Cormier was the team’s top scorer a year ago, posting 558 points in 34 games for an average of 16.4 per contest. He was also the top rebounding guard in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, pulling down an average of 4.6 per game, a total of 155.

WIlliams returns for his third season as the Greyhounds’ starter at point guard. Last year he posted a 2:1 assist:turnovber ratio, averaging 4.0 assists in 17 games played. He averaged 31.7 minutes per game and shot 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Latham started 16 games a season ago and shot 48.6 percent from the field. He scored a season-high 17 points at eventual Sweet 16 team Florida Gulf Coast University and was also the team’s top shot-blocker, averaging 1.16 per game.

Jones, Laster and Rassman all earned valuable experience during their first seasons at Loyola, and Hubbard was a stretch-the-defense shooter in his first season on the court after redshirting in 2011-2012. Jones started nine games and averaged 11.0 minutes per game. He shot 56.6 percent from the field, had 17 blocks and the same number of steals. Rassman made six starts during his first campaign; he had eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks in his third collegiate game (UMBC) and then scored 13 in his first start (vs. Saint Peter’s). Hubbard had three double-figure scoring games, knocking down 17 on 4-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 overall against UMBC.

 

New Dogs

Seven players will make their Loyola debuts this season with the roster featuring two juniors who transferred from other schools, three redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen.

Denzel Brito will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending 2010-2012 at a different Jesuit school with a similar name: Loyola University Chicago. As a sophomore in 2011-2012, Brito started 21 games for the Ramblers and led the team in assists with 3.5 per game, while averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. In their last four games, he averaged 11.0 points.

Stefano Mancini joined the team before the fall semester. The former Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Maine spent the 2011-2012 season at the University of Maine.

Forward Josh Forney and guards Damion Rashford and Sean Tuohy Jr. all redshirted last season for the Greyhounds and will see their first collegiate action this season.

True freshmen Nick Gorski and Jevon Patton were the first signees by the new coaching staff at Loyola and joined the program this fall. Both Gorski and Patton led their respective high school programs to state titles in 2012-2013, Gorski at Benedictine Prep in Richmond, Va., and Patton at Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C.

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Five players earned their Loyola degrees and left the program after exhausting their eligibility last season: forwards Erik Etherly and Julius Brooks, swingman Anthony Winbush and guards Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch.

Etherly returned from an early-season shoulder injury to average 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while earning All-MAAC First Team and NABC All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row. He finished with 1,245 points and 669 rebounds in three seasons at Loyola.

Olson was the team’s third-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game, and he also averaged 4.2 rebounds as a guard. A 2012 All-MAAC Third Team member, Olson graduated with 1,264 career points and the second-most 3-pointers made in a career (211).

Winbush was the quintessential multi-role player for the Greyhounds; he saw action at every position but center last season offensively, and he frequently defended the opponents’ best player, regardless of position. He led the team in overall rebounds (197), was second in overall assists (76) and averaged 7.0 points per game.

Brooks provided toughness, rebounding and inside scoring for the Greyhounds, playing in 34 games and starting 10. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and nearly a blocked shot a game as a senior.

Wandrusch was a four-year walk-on to the program who was a solid addition to the Greyhounds’ scout team.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

Many things associated with the Loyola men’s basketball program have changed, such as first-year head coach G.G. Smith moving up after spending six years as an assistant on the Greyhounds’ bench.

Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

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

 

Series History Versus Binghamton

Loyola and Binghamton will play for the second time in series history on Friday night, the first coming when the teams squared off last year in the season-opener in Baltimore.

The Greyhounds won that decision, 71-45.

Binghamton scored the game’s first two points, but Loyola held the Bearcats scoreless for 10-minutes, 30-seconds as part of a 19-0 run that helped the Greyhounds build a 17-point advantage. They would hold that same margin at the half, 39-22. Binghamton cut it to 14, 41-27, with 17:25 to play, but an Erik Etherly dunk spurred a 22-5 run that covered nearly nine minutes and put Loyola ahead, 61-32, with 8:58 left in the game.

Dylon Cormier led all scorers with 21 points, one of four Loyola players to reach double figures. Erik Etherly, Tyler Hubbard and Robert Olson all scored 11. Julius Brooks finished with eight points and a game-best seven rebounds.

 

Exhibition Recap

Loyola hosted NCAA Division II Shippensburg University on Halloween Night and defeated the Raiders, 92-59.

The Greyhounds led by eight at halftime, but they extended that advantage to 20 just over six minutes into the second half and went up by as many as 39.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Laster added 13. R.J. Williams scored nine points and had four steals, while Jordan Latham blocked four shots and scored six points.

 

Turn The TV On

In a continuing agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), five Loyola men’s basketball games will be broadcast by the regional sports network this season. Additionally, those games will be carried by various other RSNs nationwide.

The Greyhounds’ November 16 home-opener against former MAAC foe Fairfield University will be broadcast, as will the November 20 game at UMBC and the December 7 affair at Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will also broadcast the Greyhounds’ February 15 game against Boston University. MASN will also pick up the ROOT Sports Pittsburgh feed of Loyola’s game at West Virginia University on December 2.

Two Loyola games will air nationally on CBS Sports Network as part of the Patriot League’s television package. The Greyhounds will be featured on back-to-back Monday nights in January, starting with a January 13 game in Reitz Arena against Lafayette, followed by the January 20 contest at Boston University.

Another pair of games will also be televised, with SNY originating the November 26 game at the University of Connecticut and ESPN3 carrying the December 30 contest at the University of Miami.

 

Introducing The Patriot League Network

The remainder of Loyola’s home games, and all non-televised conference road games will be streamed live on the new Patriot League Network.

Launched in August 2013, the network features live and on-demand content from all 10 Patriot League schools on a free, HD platform.

No log-in or subscription is needed, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at www.patriotleague.tv.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

Scoring
22nd 1,213 points
Next Marquis Sullivan, 1,242
Field Goals Made
25th 402 field goals made
Next Jack Vogt, 410
3-Pointers Made
17th 76 3-Pt. Made
Next Anthony Walker, 81
Free Throws Made
10th-Tie 333 free throws made
Next Erik Etherly, 340
Assists
23rd 172 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
7th 139 steals
Next Tom Gormley, 140

 

Latham On Blocks List

Jordan Latham enters the 2013-2014 season with 56 blocked shots in his two seasons at Loyola. He is 11th all-time in that statistical category, two shy of tying Mike Wagner (1987-91) for 10th and three away from Anthony Smith (1995-97) in ninth.

Latham blocked a team-high 37 shots last year.

 

Etherly Signs Pro Contract

Erik Etherly, a 2013 graduate of Loyola, signed a professional contract to play in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Kazrin/Galil Elyon.

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team forward, Etherly will play in the top basketball league in Israel. Last year, the team won the Balkan International Basketball League, and it captured its first Israeli Championship in 2009-2010.

Through three games (as of Nov. 5), Etherly is the team’s leading scorer (22.7 points per game) for the 2-1 side. He tallied 32 points and nine rebounds in a win over Hapoel Migdal Haemek.

 

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.

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

In recent years, Loyola men’s basketball has put a strong emphasis on local recruiting, and it shows on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Four more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5 miles; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6; Franz Rassman, Gonzaga College H.S., 37.2.

 

Up Next

Loyola will continue its road trip to open the season an hour up New York Route 79. The Greyhounds will face Cornell University at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11.

The Greyhounds open the home portion of their 2013-2014 schedule on Saturday, November 16, with an 8 o’clock game against a familiar foe. Loyola hosts former MAAC opponent and fellow Jesuit school Fairfield in a game that will be televised on MASN.

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Loyola picked to finish fifth in Patriot League preseason poll

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Cormier Named To Preseason All-Patriot League Team; ‘Hounds Picked 5th

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland senior guard Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons High School) was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team, the conference announced Thursday at its annual men’s basketball media day event at the ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks.

Cormier, who was a two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, and the Greyhounds were picked to finish fifth in their inaugural Patriot League season, just six points out of third place by the League’s coaches and sports information directors.

He was joined by four other seniors on the preseason team: Bucknell University guard Cameron Ayers, Lehigh University guard Mackey McKnight, College of the Holy Cross forward Dave Dudzinski and Boston University guard D.J. Irving, the Preseason Player of the Year.

Boston University was picked to win the League title, garnering all 18 of the possible first-place votes, as voters cannot rank the team they represent. The Terriers totaled 162 points to outdistance second-place Lafayette College, which had 130 points and the other two first-place nods.

The United States Military Academy was slotted third (115), followed by Bucknell (113) and the Greyhounds (109).

Lehigh (93), Holy Cross (70), Colgate University (49), American University (36) and the United States Naval Acadmey (23) rounded out the poll.

Cormier returns as the Greyhounds’ senior leader after leading the team in scoring a year ago. He helped Loyola to a 23-12 record and first back-to-back postseason appearances in school Division I history (since 1982), scoring 558 points, an average of 16.4 per game.

The Baltimore native scored 20 or more points seven times last year and has hit or exceeded that plateau 15 times in his three years at Loyola. He was also a solid rebounder and defender for the Greyhounds, pulling down an average of 4.6 boards per game while leading the MAAC in total steals with 62. He dished out 84 assists, as well.

Cormier was one of three Loyola players to reach the 1,000-point mark last season, eclipsing the milestone in a January game at Fairfield University. He enters the 2013-2014 campaign with 1,213 points, good for 22nd all-time at Loyola; meanwhile, his 139 career steals are seventh in school history.

Loyola hosts an exhibition game on Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. against Shippensburg University before commencing the regular-season Friday, November 8, with an 8 p.m. contest at Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y.

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Etherly scores 27 to lift Loyola past Kent State in CIT

Posted on 24 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Etherly’s 27, Team Free Throw Shooting Lifts Loyola Into CIT Quarterfinals

 

BALTIMORE – Erik Etherly recorded a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, making 17-of-19 free throws, and Loyola University Maryland made 87.9-percent of its attempts from the charity stripe, and the Greyhounds defeated visiting Kent State University, 73-59, on Sunday afternoon in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

With the win, Loyola (23-11 overall) advanced to the CIT Quarterfinals where it will play at East Carolina University on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

Etherly’s 17 made free throws are tied for second-most in school single game history, one shy of the program record 18 set by Jamal Barney against NJIT on January 14, 2009. Of the four players in school history to make 17 or more in a game – including Maurice Hicks (17 in 1983) and Rodney Floyd (17 in 1973) – Etherly’s came in the fewest number of attempts.

As a team, the Greyhounds made 29-of-33 from the line, as Dylon Cormier made 7-of-9, Anthony Winbush knocked down his three attempts, and Chido Onyiuke scored his first collegiate points by making 2-of-2 in the final 30 seconds.

“Erik can make a living by getting to the free throw line, and he was aggressive in going to the basket and drawing contact today,” Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said.

The Greyhounds never trailed in the game that was tied just twice in the first four minutes. Loyola built a nine-point lead less than seven minutes in after a pair of Etherly free throws.

Kent State (21-14) cut Greyhounds lead back to three on a Khaliq Spicer dunk with 3:34 left before halftime, but that was as close as the Golden Flashes would get.

Robert Olson did not score in the first half, but he knocked down a three 57 seconds into the second half to extend the Loyola advantage to 10, 36-26.

Loyola went up by 12 twice over a minute span, the second time coming on a Cormier free throw at 12:41, but Chris Evans made two free throws at 10:47, and Kent State was within seven, 50-43. The Greyhounds quickly took the lead back into double figures until Randal Holt made two at the line to pull Kent State within nine, 54-45, with 8:28 on the clock.

A quick 6-0 Loyola run, however, with four Etherly free throws and a goaltending call against the Golden Flashes on a Cormier fast-break layup gave the Greyhounds their largest lead of the game, 60-45, with 6:29 left.

Kent State had one final comeback attempt, pulling within nine on a Darren Goodson jumper at 4:21, but Etherly again made a pair at the line, and the lead was back to double figures.

Cormier finished with 18 points, and Olson added 10. Etherly also led all players with four assists.

Evans and Holt led the Golden Flashes with 13 points each, and Goodson scored 12, but Kent State shot just 27.6-percent (16-of-58) from the field.

Evans, who was Kent State’s leading scorer (16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds) entering the game, was held to just 2-of-11 from the field primarily because of the defense played by Winbush.

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Loyola plays host to Kent State Sunday in CIT

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Kent State Golden Flashes | CIT Second Round
Date Sunday, March 24, 2013
Time 3:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV | Radio CollegeInsider.com | Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Kent State leads, 2-0
Last Meeting Kent State 57, Loyola 56 – Nov. 28, 1998 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland continues play in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Sunday, March 24, when it hosts Kent State University in Reitz Arena.

Tip-off is set for 3 o’clock.

 

Postseason Firsts

Tuesday’s first-round game marked the first time in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have played in the postseason in consecutive seasons after making the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

It was also be the first Division I men’s basketball postseason game to be hosted on the Evergreen Campus.

Loyola’s berth in the CIT is also its first in the five-year history of the event.

 

Watch Or Listen

CollegeInsider.com will carry Loyola’s broadcast of the game live and free of charge on its website.

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties.

 

CIT Information

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament made its debut in 2009 as a 16-team tournament that included schools from mid-major conferences. In 2011, the tournament expanded to 24 teams, and it grew again this year to 32.

Teams in this year’s event will play in an unbracketed first round, and the tournament will be seeded and bracketed following those 16 games. Quarterfinal play begins Tuesday, March 26 at campus sites.

 

Series History

Loyola and Kent State will meet for the third time on the basketball court when the teams tip-off on Sunday.

The programs played a home-and-home series in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 with the Golden Flashes taking both meetings.

Kent State prevailed 83-72 on its home court in a November 29, 1997 game, and it then edged the Greyhounds, 57-56, on November 28, 1998, in Reitz Arena.

In the 1997 game, Loyola’s Mike Powell had the fifth-best single-game performance from the free-throw line, making all 11 of his attempts. In the same game, the Greyhounds had 18 steals, the most against a Division I opponent in school history and the second-most in any game.

Jason Rowe dished out 10 assists, an amount that is tied for ninth-best in school single-game history, in the 1998 contest in Baltimore.

 

Last Time Out

Malik Thomas’ dunk with 15:32 to play in the second half gave Boston University a 15-point lead, but Loyola outscored the Terriers 38-16 over the remainder of the game, and the Greyhounds pulled away for a 70-63 victory Tuesday night in the CIT First Round in Reitz Arena.

Robert Olson started the comeback with a three off an R.J. Williams assist 13 seconds after Thomas’ dunk, but the Terriers maintained a double-digit advantage for the next two minutes.

Dylon Cormier later hit a three at 10:58 for his first points of the game, and the Greyhounds were within nine. Anthony Winbush drained a three as the trailer in transition with 5:55 remaining, and Loyola had its first lead of the game, 56-55.

Boston University would tie the game once more, 58-58, but Loyola scored the next seven points.

Cormier and Olson both finished with 16 points for Loyola, while Winbush added nine and Erik Etherly scored eight. Etherly had a game-high nine rebounds, while Williams tied his career-high with seven assists.

 

Postseason History

This year’s bid to the CIT marks the first time in Loyola men’s basketball’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have gone to the postseason (defined as competition following the designated conference tournament) in back-to-back years.

It is just the third time overall in school history that the program has achieved consecutive postseason appearances.

The Emil ‘Lefty’ Reitz-coached teams in 1946-1947, 1947-1948 and 1948-1949 advanced to the NAIA Division I Championships, and the final squad during that period also went 3-1 in the 1949 National Catholic Intercollegiate Tournament.

Two years later, Reitz’s teams had a two-year stretch of postseason competition, playing in the National Catholic Championship following the 1951-1952 season before going 1-1 in the NAIA Division I Championships at the end of 1952-1953.

At the Division I level, Loyola has played in the 1994 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments.

All told, the Greyhounds are 6-8 in postseason play entering the game against the Golden Flashes.

The win over Boston University on Tuesday was Loyola’s first in Division I postseason history.

 

Comeback Trail

Loyola trailed Boston Unviersity, 45-30 with just under 16 minutes to play in regulation Tuesday, but from that point forward, Loyola shot 61.1-percent from the field (11-of-21), and all but one of the Greyhounds’ baskets were assisted.

Defensively, Loyola forced seven Terriers’ turnovers, four coming by way of Greyhounds steals. Boston University made just seven of its last 18 shots and five of its final 15.

During that run, Loyola knocked down 6-of-8 3-point attempts, while the Terriers converted on just 2-of-8 from behind the arc.

Loyola outrebounded Boston University, 14-7, in the final 16 minutes, and Loyola shot 15 free throws (making 12), while the Terriers missed their only attempt from the stripe during the span.

During that run, Dylon Cormier scored 16 points, Robert Olson had seven, and Anthony Winbush added six.

Erik Etherly pulled down six of his game-high nine rebounds during the stretch, while R.J. Williams (four) and Winbush (three) combined for seven of the Greyhounds’ 10 assists.

 

Cormier’s Last 11 Minutes

Dylon Cormier did not score for the first 29 minutes of Tuesday’s game, missing all five of his shots as Loyola trailed by as many as 15 points.

However, he hit 4-of-5 shots from the field and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line in the final 11 minutes and finished with 16 in the seven-point victory.

He made all three of his attempts from 3-point range during the run, and a fourth was initially ruled a three before being reversed to a two on replay. Entering the game, Cormier had made three treys in a game just once this season, at Siena All four of Cormier’s field goals in the final 11 minutes were assisted, three by R.J. Williams and one by Anthony Winbush.

 

Olson’s Shooting Keeps Greyhounds Close

Robert Olson matched Dylon Cormier’s 16 points on Tuesday night against Boston University, and while Cormier scored all 16 of his points in the final 11 minutes, it was Olson’s nine first-half points that helped the Greyhounds stay within five points at the break.

The senior guard scored all nine of his first-half points on three from behind the arc, and he also led Loyola at the break with five rebounds.

In the second half, Olson knocked down two more 3-pointers, and he also had three assists and a steal in the second half.

 

Olson Sets Games Played Record

When he took the floor to start the CIT First Round game on Tuesday, Robert Olson became Loyola’s all-time games played leader. Entering the Kent State contest, Olson has seen action in 125 games for Loyola, one more than previous record-holder Brian Rudolph (2007-2011). Rudolph and Olson played in 59 games together from 2009-2010.

Throughout his four years at Loyola, Olson has missed just one game (at New Hampshire in November 2012).

Olson has played in all 33 games this season – the only Loyola player to do so – and with one more game played, he will also set the school single-season record.

Including Loyola’s win against Boston University, Olson has been a part of more victories (74) than any other Greyhound.

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He is now 19th all-time at Loyola with 1,243 career points and is nine away from tying Aubrey Reveley (1983-1987) for 18th.

The MAAC Quarterfinal was the 124th game played of Olson’s career, moving him into a tie with Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is second in 3-pointers made (209) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 21st in field-goals made (420), second in 3-pointers attempted (548), 16th in assists (231) and seventh in steals (118).

 

All-MAAC Honors

Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men’s basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.

Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.

He also blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 22 occasions, 20 or more 10 times.

Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the CIT first round with a 16.5 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 28 of the 31 games he’s played this season and led the team in scoring 14 times.

In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (77) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).

 

Etherly’s Career-High

Erik Etherly closed the 2012-2013 regular-season with a career-high 30 points on Sunday against Manhattan, becoming the first Loyola player since Jamal Barney on February 16, 2009, to finish with 30 or more points.

Etherly made a career-best 11 field goals on 18 attempts and could have even more points except for going 8-of-15 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student started the game by missing his first two shots, and three of his first four, but he misfired on just four more shots in the final 35 minutes of action.  He scored 19 in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting.

 

Etherly Over The Last Seven Of The Regular Season

Erik Etherly’s 30-point effort in the regular-season against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last seven outings and three-straight  with 23 or more.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..

During that seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola has increased its point production off opponents’ turnovers over the past 12 games, tallying 250 over that time period, an average of 20.8 per game.

In the first 22 games of the year, the Greyhounds scored just 304 points or 13.8 per game.

During the last 12 games, Loyola’s opponents have committed an average of 14.9 turnovers per game, 179 total. In the first 22 games of the season, opponents turned the ball over 276 times, an average of 12.5 per game.

Loyola’s steals have also risen from 6.6 to 8.6 per game between the first 21 and the last 12 games.

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points on March 1 at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Winbush On Target In Career-High

Anthony Winbush’s 20 points at Iona marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.

Prior to that game, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.

His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.

 

Olson’s Last Twelve

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 12 games, averaging 15.9 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in 10 of the 12 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 8-4, Olson has shot 40.0-percent from the field and 40.2-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in five of the 12 games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.9 entering the CIT Second Round.

 

20-Win Season

The February 23 victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

 

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort at Tennessee State, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line against the Tigers. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 16.6 points per game. Cormier has scored 15 or more 20 times this season.

Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on February 18 after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena the weekend prior. He led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena, and he also tied his season-high with five steals.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 16.5 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.3). He currently is second in the MAAC in steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).

 

Hit On 70

With their win over Boston University the Greyhounds are 9-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 19-4 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time. Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 32 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 221 free throws, an average of 6.9 per game. He has made 73.8-percent of those shots, a total of 163.

His 163 made are sixth-most in Loyola single-season history, and his 324 career free-throws made are 11th most in program history.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are tied for third on the team in rebounding this season with both averaging 4.5 per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 17 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 13 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 16-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 13-1 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

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 2002-2005.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 144 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

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Loyola hosts Boston U in CIT Tuesday night

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Boston University Terriers | CIT First Round
Date Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV | Radio CollegeInsider.com | Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Series tied, 1-1
Last Meeting Loyola 69, Boston U. 56 – February 19, 2012 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will begin play in the postseason for the second year in a row on Tuesday, March 19, when it hosts Boston University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) First Round.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

 

Postseason Firsts

The game will mark the first time in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have played in the postseason in consecutive seasons after making the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

It will also be the first Division I men’s basketball postseason game to be hosted on the Evergreen Campus.

Loyola’s berth in the CIT is also its first in the five-year history of the event.

 

Watch Or Listen

CollegeInsider.com will carry Loyola’s broadcast of the game live and free of charge on its website.

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties.

 

CIT Information

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament made its debut in 2009 as a 16-team tournament that included schools from mid-major conferences. In 2011, the tournament expanded to 24 teams, and it grew again this year to 32.

Teams in this year’s event will play in an unbracketed first round, and the tournament will be seeded and bracketed following those 16 games. Second Round play begins March 22 at campus sites.

 

Series History

Loyola and Boston University will meet for the third time when the teams take the floor Tuesday. The series is tied, 1-1, after Loyola picked up a 69-56 victory on February 19, 2012, on its home floor in Bracketbuster play.

The teams will become regular foes beginning in 2013-2014 when Loyola and Boston University become the ninth and 10th members of the Patriot League.

In the 2012 meeting, the Greyhounds shot 71.4-percent from the floor in the second half, and Robert Olson scored 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, all on 3-pointers, and Loyola pulled away after leading 29-28 at halftime. Dylon Cormier added 14 points, and Erik Etherly had a game-best six rebounds.

The Terriers won the first meeting, 71-51, in the first round of the Sports Foundation Classic on December 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.

Jason Rowe led the Greyhounds with 16 points and seven assists in the game, and Erik Cooper scored a career-high 15. Tunji Awojobi finished with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Terriers.

 

Last Time Out

Dylon Cormier converted a 3-point play with 2:42 left in regulation to pull Loyola within a point, 53-52, but his points were the Greyhounds’ last of the game, and Manhattan came away with a 55-52 win in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quarterfinals on March 9 in Springfield, Mass., at the MassMutual Center.

Loyola trailed by four at halftime, as many as 13 in the first half and 14 in the second, before Cormier drew the Greyhounds the closest they had been since the game’s opening minutes.

Cormier finished with a game-high 14 points, and Anthony Winbush added 12 points. Cormier also had a team-best seven rebounds, while Winbush pulled down six. Rhamel Brown led the Jaspers, who advanced to the MAAC title game, with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

Postseason History

This year’s bid to the CIT marks the first time in Loyola men’s basketball’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have gone to the postseason (defined as competition following the designated conference tournament) in back-to-back years.

It is just the third time overall in school history that the program has achieved consecutive postseason appearances.

The Emil ‘Lefty’ Reitz-coached teams in 1946-1947, 1947-1948 and 1948-1949 advanced to the NAIA Division I Championships, and the final squad during that period also went 3-1 in the 1949 National Catholic Intercollegiate Tournament.

Two years later, Reitz’s teams had a two-year stretch of postseason competition, playing in the National Catholic Championship following the 1951-1952 season before going 1-1 in the NAIA Division I Championships at the end of 1952-1953.

At the Division I level, Loyola has played in the 1994 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments.

All told, the Greyhounds are 5-8 in postseason play entering the game against the Terriers.

 

All-MAAC Honors

Last week, Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men’s basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.

Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.

He also blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 22 occasions, 20 or more 10 times.

Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the CIT first round with a 16.5 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 28 of the 31 games he’s played this season and led the team in scoring 14 times.

In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (77) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).

 

Etherly’s Career-High

Erik Etherly closed the 2012-2013 regular-season with a career-high 30 points on Sunday against Manhattan, becoming the first Loyola player since Jamal Barney on February 16, 2009, to finish with 30 or more points.

Etherly made a career-best 11 field goals on 18 attempts and could have even more points except for going 8-of-15 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student started the game by missing his first two shots, and three of his first four, but he misfired on just four more shots in the final 35 minutes of action.  He scored 19 in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting.

 

Etherly Over The Last Seven Of The Regular Season

Erik Etherly’s 30-point effort in the regular-season against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last seven outings and three-straight  with 23 or more.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..

During that seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola has increased its point production off opponents’ turnovers over the past 11 games, tallying 232 over that time period, an average of 21.1 per game.

In the first 22 games of the year, the Greyhounds scored just 304 points or 13.8 per game.

During the last 11 games, Loyola’s opponents have committed an average of 14.8 turnovers per game, 163 total. In the first 22 games of the season, opponents turned the ball over 276 times, an average of 12.5 per game.

Loyola’s steals have also risen from 6.6 to 8.7 per game between the first 21 and the last 11 games.

The Greyhounds, however, scored only seven points off turnovers in its MAAC Quarterfinal loss to Manhattan, the fewest they scored in that respect since December 1 in a loss to Florida Gulf Coast.

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points on March 1 at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Winbush On Target In Career-High

Anthony Winbush’s 20 points at Iona marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.

Prior to that game, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.

His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.

Winbush has now scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Greyhounds are 6-1 in those games.

 

Olson’s Last Eleven

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 11 games, averaging 15.5 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in nine of the 11 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 7-4, Olson has shot 41.6-percent from the field and 39.5-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in four of the 11 games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.8 entering the CIT First Round.

 

Season-High In Assists

Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists against Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing its previous best of 19 on January 17, 2013, at home in a win over Marist. The 23 assists are tied for seventh-most in school single-game history.

R.J. Williams led the way, tying his career-high with seven assists, and Dylon Cormier also tied his career-best with six. Erik Etherly passed out five, Anthony Winbush had three, and Robert Olson distributed two.

Since Williams’ return to the court on January 17 against Marist, Loyola is averaging 13.8 assists per game. In just 14 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 54 assists, and his 3.8 per game top the Greyhounds.

 

20-Win Season

The February 23 victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

 

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

NATO was formed.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort at Tennessee State, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line against the Tigers. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 16.6 points per game. Cormier has scored 15 or more 20 times this season.

Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on February 18 after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena the weekend prior. He led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena, and he also tied his season-high with five steals.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 16.5 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.3). He currently is second in the MAAC in steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).

 

Moving Up Career Charts

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He also moved into 20th all-time at Loyola and enters the MAAC Championships with 1,219 career points.

The MAAC Quarterfinal was the 124th game played of Olson’s career, moving him into a tie with Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (204) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 22nd in field-goals made (415), third in 3-pointers attempted (537), 16th in assists (228) and seventh in steals (117).

 

Overtime Under Patsos

In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.

This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).

 

Six Over 10

Prior to the February 2 game at Niagara, Loyola had not placed five players in double figures all season. Against the Purple Eagles, six Greyhounds – Robert Olson (23), Dylon Cormier (15), Julius Brooks (14), Anthony Winbush (13), Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams (11 each) – scored 10 or more points.

The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on February 2 at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.

He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.

Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 14 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 12-2 in those contests.

 

Hit On 70

Despite its loss at Iona on March 1, the Greyhounds are 8-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-4 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.

Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 31 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 215 free throws, an average of 6.9 per game. He has made 73.5-percent of those shots, a total of 158.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160. In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 319-of-454 (70.2-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season with both averaging 4.5 per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 12 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 13-1 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

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 2002-2005.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 142 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

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Loyola opens MAAC Tournament Saturday against Manhattan

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Manhattan Jaspers | MAAC Quarterfinals
Date Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time 9:30 p.m.
Location Springfield, Mass. | MassMutual Center
TV  ESPN3
Series Record Manhattan leads, 31-24
Last Meeting Loyola 63, Manhattan 61 – March 3, 2013 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland starts play on Saturday night in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships when it takes on Manhattan College in the quarterfinal round.

Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

The Greyhounds open tournament play as the No. 3 seed, while the Jaspers check in with the sixth seed.

 

Watch Or Listen

Saturday’s quarterfinal game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, the broadband arm of ESPN. Doug Sherman will call the play-by-play, and Rob Kennedy will handle the color analysis.

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties.

 

MAAC Championships History

Loyola is competing in the MAAC Championships for the 24th time. The Greyhounds are 11-21 all-time in the championships.

The Greyhounds are 5-9 all-time in the MAAC Quarterfinals after posting an 86-73 win in the round last year against Niagara University.

Loyola enters the Championships as the No. 3 seed for just the second time in program history, the first time coming in 2007.

 

Series History

Loyola and Manhattan will meet for the 56th time when the teams take the floor Thursday. The Jaspers hold a 31-24 advantage in the all-time series.

The teams have met four times previously in MAAC Championships action with Manhattan winning three times. The last time the programs met in the tournament, the Jaspers earned a 94-79 win over Loyola in the 2010 First Round.

The Greyhounds and Jaspers will play for the second time in a week after meeting in the regular-season finale on Sunday, March 3, in Baltimore.

Loyola won both regular-season games between the teams, although the Greyhounds did so by just a combined 12 points.

The Greyhounds built a 13-point second-half lead last Sunday and held off the Jaspers late to post a 63-61 victory in Reitz Arena. Loyola took the lead on a Dylon Cormier layup with 4:18 to play in the first half and never trailed thereafter.

Erik Etherly scored a career-high 30 points, while Cormier added 14 for the Greyhounds.

In the first meeting this year, Loyola held Manhattan to just 14 field goals, as the Greyhounds blocked seven shots and had six steals, in a 51-41 victory on January 25, 2013, in Riverdale, N.Y.

Manhattan took its only lead of the game 58 seconds into the second half on an Emmy Andujar three, but Robert Olson responded in kind with a three for the Greyhounds 30 seconds later to put Loyola up for good.

Erik Etherly led Loyola with 12 points, and Anthony Winbush scored nine and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. Robert Olson and R.J. Williams each scored eight for the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds swept the regular-season series with Manhattan last year, but the two wins came by just a combined three points. Loyola has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the schools dating back to the 2007-2008 season.

 

Last Time Out

Erik Etherly scored 19 points in the first half to help Loyola go up four, 39-35, at the break, and he then contributed to an 11-2 early in the second half that broke open a 52-39 advantage for Loyola at 13:19.

Manhattan battled back to within three on an Emmy Andujar layup at 3:55, but that was as close as the Jaspers could draw until RaShawn Stores scored as time expired, and Loyola finished the regular-season with a 63-61 victory.

 

All-MAAC Honors

Earlier this week, Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men’s basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.

Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.

He also has blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly has led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 22 occasions, 20 or more 10 times.

Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the MAAC Championships with a 16.6 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 27 of the 30 games he’s played this season and led the team in scoring 13 times.

In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (74) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.9).

 

Etherly’s Career-High

Erik Etherly closed the 2012-2013 regular-season with a career-high 30 points on Sunday against Manhattan, becoming the first Loyola player since Jamal Barney on February 16, 2009, to finish with 30 or more points.

Etherly made a career-best 11 field goals on 18 attempts and could have even more points except for going 8-of-15 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student started the game by missing his first two shots, and three of his first four, but he misfired on just four more shots in the final 35 minutes of action.  He scored 19 in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting.

 

Etherly Over The Last Seven

Erik Etherly’s 30-point effort last Sunday against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last seven outings and three-straight  with 23 or more.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..

During the seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola has increased its point production off opponents’ turnovers over the past nine games, tallying 225 over that time period, an average of 25.0 per game.

In the first 22 games of the year, the Greyhounds scored just 304 points or 13.8 per game.

During the last nine games, Loyola’s opponents have committed an average of 16.9 turnovers per game, 152 total. In the first 22 games of the season, opponents turned the ball over 276 times, an average of 12.5 per game.

Loyola’s steals have also risen from 6.6 to 8.9 per game between the first 21 and the last nine games.

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points last Friday night at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Winbush On Target In Career-High

Anthony Winbush’s 20 points at Iona marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.

Prior to that game, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.

His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.

Winbush has now scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Greyhounds are 6-1 in those games.

 

Olson’s Last Ten

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 10 games, averaging 16.3 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in nine of the 10 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 7-3, Olson has shot 42.5-percent from the field and 40.0-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in four of the 10 games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.9 entering the MAAC Championships.

 

Season-High In Assists

Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists against Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing its previous best of 19 on January 17, 2013, at home in a win over Marist. The 23 assists are tied for seventh-most in school single-game history.

R.J. Williams led the way, tying his career-high with seven assists, and Dylon Cormier also tied his career-best with six. Erik Etherly passed out five, Anthony Winbush had three, and Robert Olson distributed two.

Since Williams’ return to the court on January 17 against Marist, Loyola is averaging 13.9 assists per game. In just 13 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 51 assists, and his 3.9 per game top the Greyhounds.

 

20-Win Season

The February 23 victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

 

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

NATO was formed.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort at Tennessee State, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line against the Tigers. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 16.6 points per game. Cormier has scored 15 or more 20 times this season.

Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on February 18 after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena the weekend prior. He led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena, and he also tied his season-high with five steals.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 16.6 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.4, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.9) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.3). He currently is second in the MAAC in steals (58) and steals per game (1.9).

 

Moving Up Career Charts

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He also moved into 20th all-time at Loyola and enters the MAAC Championships with 1,219 career points.

The regular-season finale was the 123rd game played of Olson’s career, a category he is in second-place all-time at Loyola. With one more game played, Olson will tie Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (202) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 22nd in field-goals made (412), third in 3-pointers attempted (531), 16th in assists (227) and seventh in steals (116).

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola had a season-high 12 steals in the first meeting with Siena with six players having at least one. Dylon Cormier, who leads the Greyhounds with 1.9 per game this season, had a game-high four steals, while Erik Etherly had three and Robert Olson tallied one.

The Greyhounds’ previous best was 11 steals on November 17 against Norfolk State.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.

This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).

 

Six Over 10

Prior to the February 2 game at Niagara, Loyola had not placed five players in double figures all season. Against the Purple Eagles, six Greyhounds – Robert Olson (23), Dylon Cormier (15), Julius Brooks (14), Anthony Winbush (13), Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams (11 each) – scored 10 or more points.

The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on February 2 at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.

He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.

Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 14 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 12-2 in those contests.

 

Hit On 70

Despite its loss at Iona on March 1, the Greyhounds are 8-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-4 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.

Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 30 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 209 free throws, an average of 7.0 per game. He has made 73.2-percent of those shots, a total of 153.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160. In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 314-of-448 (70.1-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season with Olson averaging 4.5 and Cormier, 4.4.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 11 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 13-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

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 2002-2005.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.

Patsos guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 24 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November 2012 and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.

Later in March, Patsos was named the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award for his work on and off the court, an honor presented by CollegeInsider.com.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 142 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

 

What’s Next

The winner of the MAAC Quarterfinal will play Sunday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m. against a to-be-determined foe. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3.

 

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Loyola’s Cormier, Etherly named first team All-MAAC

Posted on 04 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Cormier, Etherly Earn All-MAAC First Team Honors

 

EDISON, N.J. – Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons H.S.) and Erik Etherly (Alexandria, Va./Annandale H.S.) became the first pair of Loyola University Maryland teammates to earn All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team honors on Monday when the league announced their postseason teams.

 

The pair became the 11th and 12th Loyola players to earn First Team honors since the Greyhounds joined the MAAC in 1989-1990, the first in the same year.

 

Etherly is Loyola’s first repeat first teamer since Gerald Brown was so honored in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.

 

The duo helped pace Loyola to a 21-10 regular-season record and the program’s first back-to-back 20-win seasons in Division I history (since 1981-1982). The last time Loyola completed consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins was in 1948-1949.

 

Loyola, which finished tied for second in the MAAC during the regular-season with a 12-6 record, enters next weekend’s MAAC Championships as the No. 3 seed. The Greyhounds will face sixth-seeded Manhattan College in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3.

 

Cormier leads the Greyhounds in scoring with 16.6 points per game entering the MAAC Championships. He scored in double-figures in 27 of the 30 games he played this season, and he led the team in scoring 13 times.

 

An All-MAAC Second Team honoree last season, Cormier has scored 20 or more points seven times this year, and he has scored 15 or more points in 20 games. He was a top defender for the Greyhounds, as well, leading the team in steals for the second year in a row. Cormier enters the MAAC Championships second in the league with 58 steals, an average of 1.9 per game. He also is tops on the team in total assists with 74, and his 4.4 rebounds per game rank fourth on the squad.

 

Etherly has raised his scoring average over the last seven games of the regular season while scoring 22 or more points in five times during that stretch. After scoring a career-high 30 in the team’s regular-season finale on Sunday versus Manhattan, Etherly is averaging 16.2 points per game, up from 14.5 on February 2.

 

During the last seven games, Etherly has averaged 20.9 points per game while shooting 55.4-percent from the field. He started the stretch with back-to-back games of 25 (Siena) and 22 (at Marist) before tallying a combined 20 in the next two games (Canisius, at Siena). Since the game in Albany, N.Y., on February 16, however, Etherly has scored 23 or more in three consecutive outings.

 

The duo also recorded their 1,000th career points in the same game earlier this season, January 21 at Fairfield University, becoming the first teammates in MAAC history to do so.

 

Cormier and Etherly were joined on the All-MAAC First Team by Iona College’s Lamont Jones, Niagara University’s Juan’ya Green and Antoine Mason and Canisius College’s Billy Baron.

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Loyola wraps regular season Sunday against Manhattan

Posted on 02 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Manhattan Jaspers
Date Sunday, March 3, 2013
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena


Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays its final game of the 2012-2013 regular-season on Sunday, March 3, when it hosts Manhattan College at 12 noon in Reitz Arena in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.

 

Follow The Action

The game, along with all of the Greyhounds’ non-televised home games, will be broadcast live and free of charge on ‘Hounds Unleashed, the broadband arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Video is available on computers and most mobile devices platforms.

 

Series History

Loyola and Manhattan will meet for the 55th time when the teams take the floor Thursday. The Jaspers hold a 31-23 advantage in the all-time series.

In the first meeting this year, Loyola held Manhattan to just 14 field goals, as the Greyhounds blocked seven shots and had six steals, in a 51-41 victory on January 25, 2013, in Riverdale, N.Y.

Manhattan took its only lead of the game 58 seconds into the second half on an Emmy Andujar three, but Robert Olson responded in kind with a three for the Greyhounds 30 seconds later to put Loyola up for good.

Erik Etherly led Loyola with 12 points, and Anthony Winbush scored nine and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. Robert Olson and R.J. Williams each scored eight for the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds swept the regular-season series with Manhattan last year, but the two wins came by just a combined three points. Loyola has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the schools dating back to the 2007-2008 season.

 

Last Time Out

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points, but it was not enough to counteract Lamont Jones’ 25, as Iona pulled out a 90-86 victory on Friday night in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both finished with 23 points, and Anthony WInbush had a career-best 20 for Loyola.

Iona shot 76-percent from the field in the second half, making 19-of-25 shots after the break, and Jones hit all seven of his field goals in the final 20 minutes of action.

Olson tied the game at 36-36 seconds before halftime, and Loyola took its first lead of the game on the opening possession of the second half on a Winbush layup. The Greyhounds led by as many as four in the second half, but an Etherly free throw at 14:34 gave them their last lead of the game.

David Laury III, who scored 14 for Iona, capped a 9-3 run at 10:31 with a layup that gave the Gaels a 68-61 lead.

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points on Friday night at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Winbush On Target In Career-High

Anthony Winbush’s 20 points marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.

Prior to Friday night, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.

His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.

Winbush has now scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Greyhounds are 6-1 in those games.

 

Etherly Battles For Double-Double

Erik Etherly was also solid from the field against Iona, making 9-of-16 shots to finish with 23 points. He also pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and 15th of his career.

It was Etherly’s second-straight game with 20 or more points after he finished with a game-high 26 at Tennessee State on February 23.

In addition to his points and rebounds, Ethelry also had five assists and three steals for the Greyhounds.

 

Etherly Over The Last Six

Erik Etherly’s 23-point effort on Friday night at Iona gave the graduate student four games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last six outings.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, had 22 at Marist two days later and 26 at Tennessee State last Saturday.

During the six-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 19.3 points. He is shooting 54.2-percent from the field during those games.

 

Olson’s Last Nine

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ leading scorer over the last nine games, averaging 17.0 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in eight of the nine games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 6-3, Olson has shot 43.6-percent from the field and 40.6-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in four of the nine games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 13.0 entering the final game of the regular-season.

 

Season-High In Assists

Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists on Friday night in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing their previous best of 19 on January 17, 2013, at home in a win over Marist. The 23 assists are tied for seventh-most in school single-game history.

R.J. Williams led the way, tying his career-high with seven assists, and Dylon Cormier also tied his career-best with six. Erik Etherly passed out five, Anthony Winbush had three, and Robert Olson distributed two.

Since Williams’ return to the court on January 17 against Marist, Loyola is averaging 13.9 assists per game. In just 12 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 48 assists, and his 4.0 per game top the Greyhounds.

 

20-Win Season

Last Saturday’s victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

 

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

NATO was formed.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

 

Taking Down A Home-Court Winning Streak

Last Saturday night, Loyola snapped a winning streak of 10 or more games for the second year in a row. The Greyhounds broke Tennessee State’s 10-game homecourt winning streak that to February 2012 when then-No. 14 Murray State beat the Tigers in the Gentry Center. Over the last two seasons, Tennessee State is now 20-2 at home.

Last season, Loyola halted Bucknell’s 18-game homecourt streak.

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort last Saturday, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line at Tennessee State. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 17.1 points per game. Cormier has scored 15 or more 20 times this season.

Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on February 18 after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena the weekend prior.

He led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena, and he also tied his season-high with five steals.

After Marist (February 10) was just the second team (Rhode Island) to hold Cormier to fewer than 10 points in a game, he rebounded with a 17-point effort last Thursday night in a win over Canisius, a team that was tied with Loyola for second-place in the league at the time.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 17.1 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.4, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-2.0) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.4). He currently leads the MAAC in steals (57) and steals per game (2.0).

 

Defense Down The Stretch

Loyola used suffocating defense to close out the game against Tennessee State after trailing by as many as 13 in the second half.

The Tigers did not score a field goal for the final 10 minutes of the game, and they made just four free throws in that span. All nine of Tennessee State’s field goals went awry as Loyola scored 18 of the final 22 points. The Greyhounds also forced six Tigers turnovers in those 10 minutes.

 

Brooks Big In Starting Role

Julius Brooks made his first appearance in the Loyola starting lineup since November 28 on Valentine’s Day against Canisius, and his play paid dividends for the Greyhounds. Brooks, who has now started seven games this season, scored 13 points and had a team-high six rebounds while blocking a shot.

The senior forward made all eight of his shots against the Golden Griffins, hitting five from the field and three from the free-throw line.

He followed that game with his second-straight double-figure scoring outing, the first time he has accomplished that in his tenure at Loyola. Brooks made 5-of-7 shots and finished with 10 points at Siena.

 

Moving Up Career Charts

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He also moved into 20th all-time at Loyola and enters the regular-season finale with 1,209.

It was also the 122nd game played of Olson’s career, moving him into second place by himself in that category. With two more games played, Olson will tie Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (200) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 23rd in field-goals made (401), third in 3-pointers attempted (525), 16th in assists (223) and eighth in steals (116).

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola had a season-high 12 steals in the first meeting with Siena with six players having at least one. Dylon Cormier, who leads the Greyhounds with 1.9 per game this season, had a game-high four steals, while Erik Etherly had three and Robert Olson tallied one.

The Greyhounds’ previous best was 11 steals on November 17 against Norfolk State.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.

This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.

 

When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough

Loyola’s February 2 double overtime win at Niagara was the first Loyola game in over 11 years that lasted more than 45 minutes. The last time the Greyhounds played double overtime or more was a triple-overtime defeat on January 10, 2002, at Siena. That season, Loyola also played a double overtime game on November 19, 2001, losing at Coppin State.

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).

 

Six Over 10

Prior to the February 2 game at Niagara, Loyola had not placed five players in double figures all season. Against the Purple Eagles, six Greyhounds – Robert Olson (23), Dylon Cormier (15), Julius Brooks (14), Anthony Winbush (13), Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams (11 each) – scored 10 or more points.

The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on February 2 at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.

He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.

Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 14 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 12-2 in those contests.

 

Hit On 70

Despite its loss at Iona on March 1, the Greyhounds are 8-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-4 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.

Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 29 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 202 free throws, an average of 7.0 per game. He has made 72.8-percent of those shots, a total of 147.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160. In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 308-of-441 (69.9-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season with Olson averaging 4.6 and Cormier, 4.4.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 13-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

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 2002-2005.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.

Patsos guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 24 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November 2012 and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.

Later in March, Patsos was named the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award for his work on and off the court, an honor presented by CollegeInsider.com.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 142 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

 

What’s Next

Loyola will travel this week to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships that will be held in Springfield, Mass., at the MassMutual Center. The Greyhounds will play a MAAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 9.

 

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Loyola visits Iona Friday in nationally televised battle

Posted on 28 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Iona Gaels
Date Friday, March 1, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location New Rochelle, N.Y. | Hynes Athletic Center
TV | Radio ESPN2
Series Record Iona leads, 42-13
Last Meeting Iona 79, Loyola 71 – Jan. 27, 2013 in Baltimore


Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will make its final road trip of the 2012-2013 regular-season on Friday, March 1, to New Rochelle, N.Y., where the Greyhounds will face host Iona College.

Tip-off for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game is slated for 7 p.m. in the Hynes Athletic Center.

 

On The Tube

The game will be featured nationally on ESPN2, marking the second time in as many seasons that the Greyhounds have been picked for the MAAC’s Game of the Week on the network on the league’s Wild Card broadcast.

Doug Sherman will call the play-by-play, and Derek Whittenburg will provide the analysis.

 

Series History

Loyola and Iona will meet for the 56th time in series history when the teams take the court on Friday. The Gaels hold a 42-13 advantage in the series after defeating the Greyhounds, 79-71, on January 27, in Baltimore.

The Greyhounds fell behind by 15 with more than five minutes left in the game, but they cut the Iona lead to five with 1:57 on the clock, but the Gaels pulled away for the win.

Lamont Jones tallied 23 in the win for Iona, while Sean Armand finished with 14, and Tre Bowman scored 11. David Laury scored 10 and had a game-high 14 rebounds for the Gaels.

Dylon Cormier finished with 18 for the Greyhounds, and Robert Olson scored 14, while Jordan Latham chipped in 11.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola trailed Tennessee State by 11, 65-54, with 8:16 remaining in regulation on Saturday night in Nashville, but the Greyhounds allowed only two more Tigers’ points, and Loyola came away with a 69-67 victory in Bracketbuster play.

Two Jordan Cyphers free throws game Tennessee State a 65-54 lead, but Loyola scored the next 13 points to take just its second lead of the game, 67-65, on a Dylon Cormier layup with 3:53 showing. Previously, the Greyhounds had only led, 3-2, in the first two minutes of the contest.

After Cormier’s basket, Patrick Miller went to the free-throw line twice with two shots for the Tigers, but he made just 1-of-2 both times, and the teams were tied at 67-67 with 2:57 remaining. Neither team would score, going a combined 0-of-9 from the field, until Dylon Cormier was fouled going to the basket with 11 ticks on the clock. Cormier made both free throws, and a last-second Tennessee State shot went amiss.

Erik Etherly finished with a game-high 26 points, and Cormier added 20, in the win for Loyola. Etherly had a team-best eight rebounds, and R.J. Williams dished out five assists.

 

Since We Last Met

Loyola’s loss to Iona on January 27 was the first of a two-game skid for the Greyhounds who also fell on January 31 at Canisius.

Following that game against the Golden Griffins, however, Loyola is 5-1.

 

20-Win Season

Saturday’s victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

 

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

NATO was formed.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

 

Taking Down A Home-Court Winning Streak

On Saturday night, Loyola snapped a winning streak of 10 or more games for the second year in a row. The Greyhounds broke Tennessee State’s 10-game homecourt winning streak that to February 2012 when then-No. 14 Murray State beat the Tigers in the Gentry Center. Over the last two seasons, Tennessee State is now 20-2 at home.

Last season, Loyola halted Bucknell’s 18-game homecourt streak.

 

Etherly One Off Career-High

Erik Etherly finished Saturday night with a game-high 26 points, finishing one off his career-best set last year at UMBC.

Against the Tigers, Etherly made a career-best 10 field goals and needed just 14 attempts. It was his most efficient game of the season when taking more than 10 shots, surpassing a 9-of-14 (25 points) outing he had on February 8 against Siena.

 

Back In The Fold

Since R.J. Williams returned to the Loyola rotation on January 17, the Greyhounds have gone 8-3 with losses to Iona, Canisius and Marist.

The sophomore point guard has averaged 31.4 minutes per game in those 11 games and has led Loyola with 41 assists (3.7 per game) during that stretch. He has a 2:1 assist:turnover ratio with 20 miscues.

Williams has distributed four or more assists seven times and led the Greyhounds in helpers in seven of the 10 games he’s played.

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort last Saturday, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line at Tennessee State. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 17.1 points per game. Cormier has scored 15 or more 20 times this season.

Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on February 18 after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena the weekend prior.

He led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena, and he also tied his season-high with five steals.

After Marist (February 10) was just the second team (Rhode Island) to hold Cormier to fewer than 10 points in a game, he rebounded with a 17-point effort last Thursday night in a win over Canisius, a team that was tied with Loyola for second-place in the league at the time.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 17.1 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.4, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-2.0) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.4). He currently leads the MAAC in steals (57) and steals per game (2.0).

 

Defense Down The Stretch

Loyola used suffocating defense to close out the game against Tennessee State after trailing by as many as 13 in the second half.

The Tigers did not score a field goal for the final 10 minutes of the game, and they made just four free throws in that span. All nine of Tennessee State’s field goals went awry as Loyola scored 18 of the final 22 points. The Greyhounds also forced six Tigers turnovers in those 10 minutes.

 

Bracketbuster History

Loyola finished its participation in the Bracketbuster event, which is being dissolved following this year, with a 6-2 overall record.

This season, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams went 7-3 in the competition.

 

Runs Lead The Way

Loyola used two considerable runs to pull away at Siena. The Greyhounds went on a 22-5 run that spanned nearly eight minutes of first-half action, to extend a 13-11 lead to 33-14.

During that run, Siena committed four turnovers and missed three field goals and three free throws.

In the second half, Loyola executed a 15-0 run in a span of just over three minutes that took its lead from 37-31 to 52-31. Loyola forced three Siena turnovers, two on Greyhound steals, in that stretch, and all four of the Saints’ shots misfired while two were blocked.

 

Olson Stretch Scoring

Robert Olson tallied six points in the first half at Siena, but he came out of halftime dialed in and connected for nine during the Greyhounds’ 15-0 run in the early going. He scored seven in a row to start the run on a two, a three and a pair of free throws.

The senior guard finished with 20 points, the sixth time this season and the 10th time in his career that he’s tallied 20 or more.

In the Greyhounds’ two games last week, Olson was 13-of-24 from the field and 8-of-14 from 3-point range. He made four threes in both games, wins over Canisius at home and Siena on the road.

Two of his threes against Canisius came during the last 10 minutes of action as answers to rallies when the Golden Griffins had trimmed the Loyola lead to three and four points. His three field goals that were not from behind the arc all came from 18 feet or longer.

Olson’s defense against Canisius was also key for Loyola in the win. He had a season-high five steals, one off his career-high.

 

Brooks Big In Starting Role

Julius Brooks made his first appearance in the Loyola starting lineup since November 28 on Valentine’s Day against Canisius, and his play paid dividends for the Greyhounds. Brooks, who has now started seven games this season, scored 13 points and had a team-high six rebounds while blocking a shot.

The senior forward made all eight of his shots against the Golden Griffins, hitting five from the field and three from the free-throw line.

He followed that game with his second-straight double-figure scoring outing, the first time he has accomplished that in his tenure at Loyola. Brooks made 5-of-7 shots and finished with 10 points at Siena.

 

Moving Up Career Charts

After the Tennessee State game, Robert Olson in 22nd all-time at Loyola with 1,186 career points. With 23 more, he will crack the Top-20 in program history.

It was also the 121st game played of Olson’s career, moving him into a tie for second-place all-time with Brett Harvey. With three more games played, Olson will tie Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (195) behind only Sullivan’s 281. He is also 23rd in field-goals made (401), third in 3-pointers attempted (515), tied for 16th in assists (221) and eighth in steals (116).

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola had a season-high 12 steals in the first meeting with Siena with six players having at least one. Dylon Cormier, who leads the Greyhounds with 1.9 per game this season, had a game-high four steals, while Erik Etherly had three and Robert Olson tallied one.

The Greyhounds’ previous best was 11 steals on November 17 against Norfolk State.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.

This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.

 

When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough

Loyola’s February 2 double overtime win at Niagara was the first Loyola game in over 11 years that lasted more than 45 minutes. The last time the Greyhounds played double overtime or more was a triple-overtime defeat on January 10, 2002, at Siena. That season, Loyola also played a double overtime game on November 19, 2001, losing at Coppin State.

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).

 

Six Over 10

Prior to the February 2 game at Niagara, Loyola had not placed five players in double figures all season. Against the Purple Eagles, six Greyhounds – Robert Olson (23), Dylon Cormier (15), Julius Brooks (14), Anthony Winbush (13), Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams (11 each) – scored 10 or more points.

The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.

 

Olson With 20+ Twice

Robert Olson enjoyed the cold, windy weather in Western New York during the Greyhounds’ recent road trip, averaging 25.0 points in Loyola’s games at Canisius and Niagara. The senior guard scored a career-high 27 at Canisius and had 23 versus the Purple Eagles, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games.

Olson, who now has nine 20-plus point efforts at Loyola, led the Greyhounds in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (4) at Canisius, and he then turned in five rebounds and two assists versus Niagara.

Against Niagara, he became the 28th player in school history to score 1,100 career points. With 1,120, he is the active career leader in point scored, and he needs 19 to move into 25th place all-time at Loyola.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on February 2 at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.

He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.

Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 14 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 12-2 in those contests.

 

Hit On 70

With its win at Siena, the Greyhounds improved to 8-2 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-3 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.

Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 28 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 199 free throws, an average of 7.1 per game. He has made 72.9-percent of those shots, a total of 145.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160. In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 306-of-438 (69.9-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season with Olson averaging 4.6 and Cormier, 4.4.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 13-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

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 2002-2005.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.

Patsos guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 24 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November 2012 and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.

Later in March, Patsos was named the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award for his work on and off the court, an honor presented by CollegeInsider.com.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 142 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

 

What’s Next

The Greyhounds return to Baltimore for their final home game of the 2012-2013 regular-season when they host Manhattan College on Sunday, March 3, at 12 noon in Reitz Arena.

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Loyola tops Tennessee State to reach 20 wins for back to back years

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE – Loyola University Maryland trailed by 11 with just over nine minutes to play, but a 13-0 run put the Greyhounds in front, and they held off host Tennessee State University for a 67-65 on Saturday night in Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster action.

The Greyhounds (20-9) held the Tigers (16-14) to just four points in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Loyola’s win was the first defeat for the Tigers at the Gentry Center this season. Prior to Saturday night, Tennessee State was 10-0 in its home arena. Last year, the Tigers lost just one home game – to Murray State, a team that was ranked in the Top 15 at the time – and they were 20-1 since the beginning of 2011-2012 before the Greyhounds’ win.

The win was the Greyhounds 20th of the season, marking the first time in school Division I history that Loyola has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, finished with 24 victories a year ago for its first 20-win season at the Division I level.

Erik Etherly scored a team-high 26 points, and Dylon Cormier added 20, to lead the Greyhounds.

Loyola led just once during the first half when Dylon Cormier scored the Greyhounds’ first points with a layup and hit a free throw after being fouled to put Loyola ahead 3-2.

The Tigers, however, scored 13 of the next 15 points to take a 10-point advantage at the game’s first media timeout.

Loyola clawed back within four, 23-19, with 11:17 on the clock, but another Tennessee State run – this one 16-6 – gave the Tigers a 39-25 lead on a Kellen Thornton jumper with 6:30 to go before the break. The Greyhounds pulled back within seven shortly thereafter, but Tennessee State jumped ahead by 13 once more.

Franz Rassman pulled down a Cormier miss and laid it in just before the first-half buzzer to cut the lead to 49-38 at halftime.

Loyola shot 58.6-percent in the first-half, but the Tigers went 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, and the Greyhounds were just 3-of-8 at the stripe before the break.

Tennessee State went back up 13, 51-38, to start the second half, but a traditional 3-point play by Cormier started a 7-0 Loyola run that made cut the Tigers’ advantage to 53-47 on an Etherly jumper with 13:54 remaining.

The Tigers quickly pushed the lead back to double digits when Jordan Cyphers hit a three and Patrick Miller and Thornton knocked down jumpers. Thornton’s basket gave Tennessee State a 60-47 cushion with 11:12 left in regulation.

Miller converted a 3-point play after being fouled at 10:01, and the lead was 12, but Etherly made 1-of-2 at the line with 9:04 on the clock to make the score 63-52.

Rassman hit a pair of free throw for Loyola at 9:01, but Cyphers did the same for Tennessee State at 8:16, and the lead was back to 11.

Cyphers’ free throws were the last points Tennessee State would score for almost five minutes, however, as Loyola tallied 13 unanswered points.

Etherly completed a 3-point play with a layup and free throw, and less than a minute later, he hit 1-of-2 at the line. Anthony Winbush scored on a layup at 6:40, and Robert Olson canned a three with 6:09 to play.

Olson, who finished with seven points, scored again on a jumper at 4:24, tying the game at 65-65. A Robert Covington turnover led to a Cormier fast-break layup at 3:53, putting Loyola in front for the first time since there was 18:25 left in the first half.

Miller went to the line twice over the next minute, but he made just 1-of-2 both times, his second tying the game at 67-67 with 2:57 to play.

Neither Loyola, nor Tennessee State, could score for more than 2:40, but Cormier drew a foul on Deshawn Dockery with 11 ticks left, and he hit both free throws to provide the final margin.

Loyola held the Tigers to just 18 second-half points on 6-of-22 shooting.

R.J. Williams led Loyola with four assists, and Etherly had a team-best eight rebounds.

Miller scored 17 to lead Tennessee State, and Thornton had 15.

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