BALTIMORE – Michael Murray has rung up some impressive statistics during his time as a member of the Coppin State University men’s basketball team.
Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – Michael Murray has rung up some impressive statistics during his time as a member of the Coppin State University men’s basketball team.
Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Opponent: North Carolina Central (13-5, 4-1 MEAC)
Site: McDougald-McLendon Gym, Durham, N.C.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (134-111 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.NCCUEaglePride.com
The Eagles welcomed back seven veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 22-9 overall record, and finished second place in the MEAC with an impressive 15-1 record. Jeremy Ingram (19.6 ppg) and Alfonzo Houston (10.6 ppg) lead the Eagles in scoring. Ingram not only leads the MEAC in scoring, but he also ranks among the leading scorers in the nation (Ranked No. 32). Jay Copeland controls the boards for the Eagles by averaging 6.5 rpg to go along with 9 ppg. Levelle Moton enters his fifth season as the Eagles’ head coach where he currently holds a 74-66 record. Jeremy Ingram scored 24 points as the Eagles controlled a decisive 87-63 victory over Coppin State on Saturday. Ingram amassed 18 of his points in the first half to put N.C. Central up 50-37 at the break.
This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. With an 88-87 overtime loss against North Carolina A&T the Bears fell to 2-7 on the season.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thru 17 games last season, three Bears averaged more than 10 points a game. Justin Black leads with by averaging 18.8 ppg (No. 3 in MEAC), Ian Chiles averages 15.1 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.4 points and leads the squad averaging 6.7 rebounds on the boards (ranks No. 8 in MEAC).
BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black currently has 1,119 career points.
THREES & FREES
The Bears currently rank last (13th) in the MEAC in three-pointers made (4.6 per game) and last in three-point accuracy (27 percent). Morgan State hit a season-high eight from beyond the arc against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 18 vs. High Point, setting a season high for makes. MSU is averaging 24 FTAs per night and rank last in the MEAC in FTs made per game (14) and last in FT accuracy (240-406 – .591 pct).
THEIVES IN THE NIGHT
Two Bears are averaging better than 1.0 steals per game – Justin Black (2.1 – ranks No. 2 in MEAC), and Donte Pretlow (1.8 – No. 4). Morgan State is also No. 2 in the MEAC by averaging 7.4 steals per game.
TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles, Cedric Blossom and Thair Heath are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 17 games Chiles is shooting 56.5 pct (ranks No. 5 in MEAC). Heath is shooting 57.1 pct., while frontcourt teammate Blossom is shooting 51.3 pct from the floor.
WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 7 blocked shots against Marist on 11/25. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in the MEAC averaging 2.9 rejections per contest and now has 148 career blocks.
THE 3-HEADED GRIZZLY
In the first five conference matchups this season Justin Black, ian Chiles and Anthony Hubbard have scored 234 points, while the rest of the squad has produced 160 points. In the blowout of Howard, the trio combined to score 39 points with Black scored a team-high 17 points. Against South Carolina State, the trio accounted for 37 of the Bears’ 73 points. In the last two wins (at Norfolk State and Hampton) the trio averaged 57.5 ppg. The trio has totaled 768 of the team’s 1,164 points, 66 percent of the team’s scoring load.
Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff
Coppin State (6-12, 3-2 MEAC, 3-7 Road)
NCCU (12-5, 3-1 MEAC, 8-0 Home)
Jan. 25, 2014 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
– McDougald-McLendon Gym (3,116) – Durham, N.C. –
Video/TV: NCCUEaglePride.com ($8.95)
NCCU and Coppin State are meeting for the ninth time since 1976 with the maroon and gray holding on to a 5-3 advantage in the series. In fact, NCCU has won four of the last five meetings dating back to 2008.
SCOUTING REPORT: COPPIN STATE
-Coppin State enters the weekend 6-12 overall, 3-2 in conference play following an 83-71 loss to Norfolk State on the road on Monday, Jan. 20. In that contest, the Eagles shot 39.0 percent from-the-floor, including a 9-for-27 (33.3 percent) from beyond-the-arc. Senior guard Andre Armstrong led Coppin with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting from-the-field that included four three-pointers, along with two rebounds and one assist. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith finished with 13 points despite going 1-for-7 from three-point range, while point guard Taariq Cephas added 10 points in the loss.
-CSU is headed by the legendary coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell who has compiled an illustrious record of 423-409 in 28 seasons at the helm in the Charm City. Mitchell has been in collegiate coaching for 36 years putting together an impressive mark of 650-456. During his time, CSU has made four NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances, 10 MEAC regular season titles, had 45 student-athletes on the All-MEAC team, along with seven Eagles that have earned MEAC Player of the year honors.
-Coppin State and NCCU have met eight previous times with the maroon and gray Eagles holding a 5-3 lead in the series, including four of the last five matchups.
1/26/13- vs. Coppin State- 84-75 W
1/21/12- at Coppin State- 57-77 L
2/14/11- vs. Coppin State- 77-75 W
1/15/11- at Coppin State- 77-71 W
1/30/08- at Coppin State- 67-65 W
1/16/08- vs. Coppin State- 66-62 L
-CSU has three student-athletes who average double-figures led by 6-5 senior forward Michael Murray who averages 15.0 points a game along with 5.9 rebounds per contest to sit 10th in the MEAC in scoring, and 12th in rebounding. The other two Eagles in double figures are Armstrong (12.6 points per game) and Smith (10.6 points per game), who is fifth in the MEAC in steals (1.6 steals per game) and three-point field goal percentage (38.8 percent, 31-for-80). Sitting fourth in the league in assists, Cephas, averages 3.9 helpers per game, while his teammate junior guard Daquan Brickhouse is tied for 14th dishing out 2.5 assists per game. Brickhouse is also the No. 1 free-throw shooter in the MEAC at 89.6 percent (43-for-48). His teammates, Armstrong (9th-81.4 percent) and Cephas (13th-78.7 percent) reside in the Top-15 in that category as well.
-As a team, Coppin State is currently sixth in the MEAC in scoring offense (69.4 points per game) while sitting 13th in the conference in scoring defense allowing 78.0 points a game. CSU is the league’s top free-throw shooting team at 74.5 percent, just ahead of NCCU (72.0 percent). The Eagles have hit 120 threes this season to tie Florida A&M for second in the league, but sit ninth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage. The maroon and gray have made just 88 threes and have attempted 283, while Coppin State has attempted 388 shots from deep.
-The Eagles pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in the nonconference portion of the schedule as CSU upended the Pac-12 Beavers of Oregon State 78-73 on Nov. 10 in Corvallis, Ore.
NCCU VS. MEAC
Throughout NCCU’s illustrious basketball history, the Eagles have taken on every team in the conference that it helped start back in 1970. NCCU is 286-264 against MEAC opponents all-time.
Coppin State- 5-3
Delaware State- 18-13
Florida A&M- 8-2
Md. Eastern Shore- 18-16
Morgan State- 45-40
Norfolk State- 8-27
North Carolina A&T- 68-75
Savannah State- 6-8
SC State- 24-19
In NCCU’s 84-44 win over arch-rival North Carolina A&T, the Eagle defense slowed the Aggie attack, holding A&T to 10 field goals in the game, shooting 22.7 percent from the field. This was the second-least field goals for an opponent since the Eagles moved to the NCAA Division I level. Here’s a list of the worst shooting performances by NCCU opponents.
9-48, 18.8%- Johnson & Wales (11/2/10)
10-44, 22.7%- NC A&T (1/22/14)
11-38, 27.1%- Wagner (11/24/12)
12-52, 23.1%- Va. Univ. of Lynchburg (1/8/13)
Posted on 21 January 2014 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Monster Jam (Friday & Saturday Verizon Center); MISL: Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Rochester Lancers @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube); Golf: PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from La Jolla, CA); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Virginia (Thursday 6:30pm from Charlottesville, VA live on Comcast SportsNet), Notre Dame @ Maryland (Monday 7pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Boxing: Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean (Saturday 9pm from DC Armory live on Showtime), Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO)
10. John Witherspoon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Baltimore Boat Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); World of Pets Expo (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Friday & Saturday Sandy Point); “I, Frankenstein” out in theaters (Friday); “Captain Phillips“, “Machete Kills” and “Blue Jasmine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)
Tom Hanks not getting an Academy Award nomination for Captain Phillips is the type of stuff Congress should be spending time investigating.
Also, if you’re at the Boat Show-please get me this boat.
9. Moe. (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); 10 Years (Friday 8:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Little River Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marc Cohn (Saturday 7pm Rams Head on Stage); Ja Rule (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Martha Reeves (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Cowboy Mouth (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club), Reverend Horton Heat (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Brandon Boyd and Sons of the Sea (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), WAR (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Tedeschi Trucks Band (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); New Politics (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Pixies (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Young The Giant “Mind Over Matter” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)
moe. are enjoyable music performers.
Oh man. I would totally go see Lyle Lovett…if I had a boat.
Tedeschi Trucks is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Here they do John Prine.
New Politics is the band that does that song you sing along to despite not knowing a single word.
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Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff
NORFOLK, Va. – After dropping its first conference game in almost two years, the Norfolk State men’s basketball team will look to get back on track on Monday night as the Spartans host Coppin State at 8 p.m. at Joseph Echols Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Media Coverage: Fans can listen to the game and watch the live video stream at the same time with the Spartan Showcase Video Streaming portal. Live stats will be available as well here.
Series History: NSU owns a 21-11 lead in the all-time series with Coppin State. The Spartans have won two in a row and eight of the last 10. NSU won both meetings last year, 75-68 at home and 80-70 up in Baltimore. Each of the last 14 meetings has been decided by 10 points or less.
About Coppin State: The Eagles own a 6-11 overall record and a 3-1 mark in conference play after downing Hampton 71-68 on Saturday. They also defeated Delaware State and South Carolina State this year while dropping a contest against league-leading Savannah State. Michael Murray leads the way with 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Andre Armstrong ranks second with 12.0 points, while teammate Sterling Smith also scores in double figures with 10.4. Taariq Cephis contributes 9.5 points and 4.1 assists. Opponents shoot 48 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range, but the Eagles do a good job of getting to the free throw line and converting, hitting 74.4 percent from the charity stripe.
Last Time Out: Morgan State had a big edge in points off turnovers and second-chance points in defeating NSU 87-70 on Saturday at Echols Hall. The loss snapped NSU’s 23-game regular season conference win streak and also broke a six-game win streak against the Bears. Justin Black had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Anthony Hubbard added 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists for MSU. The Bears outscored the Spartans 29-7 in points off turnovers, as NSU had twice as many giveaways as MSU (18-9). Pendarvis Williams and Malcolm Hawkins added 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Back in the Fold: RaShid Gaston competed in his first game in nearly two months when he played 20 minutes and totaled four points and two rebounds at Delaware State. He missed 13 games due to a torn meniscus and a partial tear of his ACL in his left knee suffered during practice on Nov. 17. Zieyik Estime, meanwhile, missed three games as well from Jan. 3-13 due to an ankle sprain.
Senior Leadership: NSU has scored 1,394 points this year, with 1142 of those points (81.9 percent) coming from NSU’s eight-player senior class.
Spartans in the MEAC: NSU is 4-1 this year in the MEAC and 33-4 since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Don’t Foul ‘Em: Malcolm Hawkins and Pendarvis Williams have been on fire from the charity stripe lately. Hawkins has hit 45-of-49 from the free throw line over his last 10 games, while Williams has connected on 39-of-43 in the last 11 games. Hawkins had made 24 straight free throws before a miss at DSU, while Williams was 8-of-8 at UMES, including 4-of-4 in the last 20 seconds of the game. Hawkins, meanwhile, hit 5-of-6 in the last minute at DSU.
As a team, the Spartans are connecting on 71.5 percent from the foul line this year. Only once in the previous 30 years has NSU hit better than 70 percent from the free throw line in a season (72.0 percent, 2003-04). The all-time program record is 72.3 percent set in 1968-69.
Williams (83.9 percent) and Hawkins (83.8) are ahead of the program’s individual Division I record of 83.3 set by Ryan Grier in 2003-04. The all-time NSU record is 85.6 percent set by David Donerlson in 1991-92.
Rare Company: Pendarvis Williams is one of five all-time NSU players with at least 1,400 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals along with Ralph Tally, Barry Mitchell, Tony Murphy and Michael Deloach. Williams needs 41 more rebounds to reach 500 for his career, and should he reach that mark he will join Tally and Mitchell as the only players to reach 1,400 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.
Dominating the Inside: Norfolk State has outscored opponents 660-517 in points in the paint, an average of 7.9 points per game. Against East Carolina, the Spartans had a 50-16 edge in points in the paint, and against Stillman that margin was 62-26. On the flip side, opponents have taken 114 more 3-pointers than NSU this year.
The Hawk: Senior Malcolm Hawkins has scored in double figures in every full game he’s played this year (He played only the second half at Delaware State). He had his fifth 20-point game of the year against Seattle with 22 points. His 16.7 per-game average currently ranks as the seventh-best in the Division I era (1997-Present) behind three players – Michael Deloach, Damian Woolfolk and Tony Murphy – who each became 1,700 career point scorers at NSU.
Taking Care of the Ball: NSU has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of the last 15 games.
Increased Production: Starting guard Jamel Fuentes has posted 8.8 points on 12-of-25 shooting with 4.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the last four games. He has also had at least four assists in the last 10 games. After scoring just six points all year, Kievyn Lila-St. Rose added a career-high 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting at UMES when NSU was down to just nine active players. Lila-St. Rose is averaging 6.0 points in the last four games.
Brandon Goode tallied 12.5 points on 21-of-31 field goals in four games from Dec. 30-Jan. 13. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 and is shooting 19-of-26 from the field over the last four games.
Hot Hands: Jamel Fuentes has a 61-19 assist-turnover ratio over his last 10 games.
MEAC Rankings: Several NSU players rank in the top 5 in the league, including Malcolm Hawkins, who ranks first in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (41.9). Other top 5 performances include Brandon Goode (2nd – 61.9 field goal percentage; 5th – 2.5 blocks, 6.8 rebounds), Jamel Fuentes (1st – 2.8 assist-turnover ratio; 2nd – 5.7 assists), Pendarvis Williams (5th – 83.9 free throw percentage) and Hawkins (4th – 40.0 3-point field goal percentage).
As a team, NSU ranks first in scoring offense (77.4), field goal percentage (49.0), 3-point field goal percentage (35.6) and opponent rebounding (32.7). The Spartans also stand second in assists (14.4), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and offensive rebound percentage (36.0) and third in scoring margin (+0.6), free throw percentage (71.5), rebounding margin (+1.8) and defensive rebound percentage (66.0).
Hot Shooting: Thanks to a 35-of-53 effort over a five-game stretch from Nov. 26-Dec. 15, Pendarvis Williams is now currently shooting 50.2 percent (102-of-203) from the floor this year, including 62.4 percent (68-of-109) from inside the arc.
Brandon Goode, Riley Maye and RaShid Gaston, meanwhile, have combined to hit 149-of-244 (61.1 percent) from the floor this year. Maye and Anell Alexis have hit a combined 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range as well.
As a team, the Spartans are shooting 49.0 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent from 3-point range this year, the best marks in a season since 1994-95 (49.5 percent) and 1998-99 (35.7 percent), respectively.
Scoring Offense: NSU’s is scoring 77.4 points per game this year, the highest scoring season since averaging 86.3 per game in 1998-99.
Beginning the Climb: Sitting at No. 21 right now in the all-time scoring list at NSU with 1,402, Pendarvis Williams needs two more points to reach 20th all-time. From there he would need more than 130 points to get to the next spot.
Jamel Fuentes now has 353 career assists, which ranks eighth all-time at NSU. He needs six more to reach seventh place.
Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – Arnold Fripp appreciates the practice battles with his good friend and teammate Michael Murray. Fripp likes being knocked around because the way he sees it, the consistent poundings and paint tutorials are only going to make the Coppin State University senior forward stronger and better.
Posted on 14 January 2014 by Luke Jones
After celebrating the greatest debuts in local sports history to kick off our #WNSTSweet16 discussion topics in 2014, it’s time to look back at the greatest local sports playoff moments that continue to stay with us no matter how long ago they occurred.
From the Colts, Orioles, and Ravens to the University of Maryland and local college lacrosse, there’s no shortage of playoff moments to consider as we look back at more than 60 years of big-league sports as well as other professional teams, collegiate history, and high school athletics in the area that go back even longer in some cases. Trying to narrow the list to just 16 was a daunting task itself with no disrespect intended to a slew of local playoff moments that didn’t make the cut.
In trying to pare down the list, two questions kept ringing in my mind: How did this moment make you feel? Did this moment resonate with most sports fans in the area? Admittedly, these questions make it extremely difficult for local college and high school moments to crack the list as even a number of memorable Colts, Orioles, and Ravens playoff moments failed to make the cut.
Some moments are centered around individual late-game heroics while others are the culmination of a dominating performance by a team on their way to championship glory.
We’ve been discussing the topic on AM 1570 WNST and on social media for the last couple days and will continue to do so.
Here’s the list of the WNST Sweet 16 Best Local Sports Playoff Moments:
16. Coppin State knocks off No. 2 seed South Carolina in the 1997 NCAA Tournament
You probably can’t name a single player from Fang Mitchell’s 1997 squad that became just the third No. 15 seed to win an NCAA tournament game, but it’s a moment worth including as Coppin State knocked off heavily-favored South Carolina in a convincing 78-65 final in Pittsburgh.
The 30-point underdogs were led by Danny Singletary and Antoine Brockington, who combined to score 42 points to outplay the Gamecocks’ formidable trio of BJ McKie, Larry Davis, and Melvin Watson. The Eagles would go on to fall by a single point to Texas in the second round of the tournament.
With college basketball possessing arguably the greatest playoff tournament of them all, Coppin State garnered national attention as one of the best examples of a true underdog triumphing in the history of Baltimore sports.
Continue to next page for No. 15
Posted on 12 January 2014 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE, MD—The South Carolina State men (5-10, 1-1 MEAC), will look to bounce back in the win column when they take on Coppin State (4-11, 1-1 MEAC) in a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic conference doubleheader, Monday at the Coppin Center. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m., immediately following the women’s game.
The Bulldogs dropped a tough, 73-56, decision to the Bears of Morgan State on Saturday to fall to 1-1 in the MEAC, senior All-MEAC forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way with 16 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, freshman guard Jalen White added 12 in the loss.
“We don’t add any extra pressure on ourselves we just have to play Bulldogs basketball and take it one game at a time,” said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. “It’s not going to be easy playing a team that’s well coached by a legend (Coach Fang Mitchell) but we also have a good team and we will play our hearts out and leave it on the floor.
Hezekiah leads the team in scoring this season with 13.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds. Senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams is second on the team behind Hezekiah with 9.5 points per contest. Sophomore forward Daryll Palmer leads the team in rebounds with 6.6 boards, while tossing in 7.7 points.
Coppin State dropped their second conference contest, 75-53, to Savannah State on Saturday. The Eagles is led by Michael Murray with 15.6 ppg, while teammates Sterling Smith and Andre Armstrong added a little over 10.0 points per outing.
Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff
Loyola Greyhounds at American Eagles
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena
Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
Loyola renews a rivalry on Wednesday against American University that dates back to the programs’ time in the Mason-Dixon Conference.
The Greyhounds take on their new Patriot League foe at 7:30 p.m. on January 8 in Washington, D.C.
Loyola finished its first weekend of Patriot League action with a 1-1 mark, beating the U.S. Naval Academy before falling at the U.S. Military Academy.
Dylon Cormier averaged 23.5 points in the two games.
Loyola had 27 steals in its first two conference games, including a season-high 15 versus the Midshipmen.
R.J. Williams leads the League and is ninth in NCAA Division I in steals per game (2.73).
Last Time Out
Loyola trimmed Army’s one-time 13-point lead to 73-72 with five minutes left in the second half, but the Black Knights held off the Greyhounds for a 91-82 victory.
Army took a 58-45 lead on a Larry Toomey four minutes into the second half, but Loyola later used a 11-2 run that pulled it back within a possession.
Dylon Cormier posted his second-straight 20+ point game, leading all scorers with 27 points as one of four Greyhounds in double figures.
R.J. Williams had career-highs with 14 points and six rebounds, while Eric Laster scored 13 and Franz Rassman had 12 to go with eight rebounds.
Patriot League Network
Wednesday’s game against American will air live on the Patriot League Network.
The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.
Series History Versus American
American is Loyola’s most-played Patriot League opponent, as Wednesday’s game will be the 85th all-time installment in the series.
The Eagles, who are Loyola’s seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.
The teams have evenly split the previous 84 games, 42-42.
American and Loyola last played November 13, 2007, the third year in a row that the teams had met on the hardwood.
The Greyhounds got past the Eagles, 71-67, that Tuesday night as Gerald Brown scored a game-high 32 points for Loyola. American led the game 29-12 in the first half, but the Greyhounds pulled within seven at the break. Loyola then scored 13 of the second half’s first 19 points to take a lead with 11:33 remaining in regulation.
Start Of A New Era
Last Thursday’s game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.
Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.
The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.
Loyola’s 82 points in its loss Sunday at Army were its most since scoring 87 in a December 4 win over Catholic University.
In the five games in between, the Greyhounds averaged just 63 points per game while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from 3-point range.
Against the Black Knights, Loyola was better from the field, knocking down 44.8 percent of its shots.
Loyola has had four of its top six steals performances of the season in its last six games, logging 13 against both Mount St. Mary’s and Stony Brook, a season-high 15 versus Navy and 12 at Army.
The 27 steals in its last two games raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 9.2 per game. Through games of January 5, the Greyhounds are ranked 15th nationally in steals per game.
Loyola has had 11 or more steals in six games – also 12 at UMBC and 11 at Connecticut – through 13 contests.
R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is ninth nationally in steals per game (2.7), while Dylon Cormier is fifth (2.1) and tied for 47th Jarred Jones had a career-high five steals against Navy, while Cormier and Williams each had four.
Williams then posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.
Cormier now has 169 in his career and moved into a tie for thirdplace at Loyola in the Army game. With 95 in his career, Williams is 20th on the career chart.
Williams’ Career Day
R.J. Williams had the best statistical game of his three-year Loyola career on Sunday at Army, logging highs in points (14), field goals made and attempted (5-of-9) and steals (6).
Williams raised his 2013-14 scoring average to 7.8 per game. He has scored in double figures four times this year, one more than the number he logged in his first two seasons with the Greyhounds.
On The Offensive Glass
After recording a season-low three offensive rebounds in last Thursday night’s win over Navy, the Greyhounds had 16 offensive rebounds at Army.
Dylon Cormier led the way with a career-high tying seven offensive boards; he leads the Patriot League with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game.
Cormier’s 3.4 per game are 1.5 more than the League’s next-best guard in terms of offensive rebounds (Army’s Dylan Cox).
Back In The Win Column
Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy last Thursday night was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University; it was the Greyhounds’ first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.
The Greyhounds did several things statistically differently in the win that they had not in the four losses. Loyola shot 42.9 percent from the field (38.5 in four losses), held Navy to 37.5 percent (38.5), took 32 free throws (23.5), blocked seven shots (2.5) and allowed 57 points (76.2).
Die Hard Dogs
Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its six victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.
In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.
At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.
Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.
Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.
This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.
Loyola’s three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.
Last Five Focus
In Loyola’s six victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 21.3-12.5 in the final five minutes of regulation.
The Greyhounds have shot 61.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 35.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc.
In those 30 minutes, Loyola has committed just nine turnovers to its opponents’ 22. Fourteen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.
Add in its overtime games, and Loyola has outscored opponents 27.7-16.2 in the final five minutes plus overtime.
Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks last Thursday night against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.
With another block at Army moved Latham’s career total to 72. He is seventh in school history, four away from eclipsing Omari Israel’s 75 from 2006-08.
Second Half Revivals
Loyola has outscored its last seven opponents, 290-242, in the second half (and overtime of the Navy game).
In those final 20 (or 25) minutes, the Greyhounds have shot 47.3 percent from the field, but their defense has been the difference. The opponents have been limited to just 66-of-152 (43.4 percent) from the floor during the second halves, 11-of-40 (27.5 percent) from 3-point range.
Loyola’s opponents have committed 62 turnovers to Loyola’s 26 after the breaks.
Offensively, Dylon Cormier has averaged 13.6 points in the second halves of the last seven games for Loyola, including a 23-point performance against Saint Joseph’s.
Against Stony Brook, the Greyhounds erased a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score twice in the second half. Versus Saint Joseph’s, Loyola trailed, 60-24, at the half, but it made the contest a three-possession game and lost by 11.
In all 13 games this year, Loyola is outscoring opponents, 38.2-36.4, after halftime.
The Greyhounds’ second half rallies have been necessitated by slow starts that have dug first-half holes against Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s, Miami and Navy.
In those games, Loyola allowed its foes to shot 56.4 percent (62-of-110) from the field while shooting just 32.6 percent (29-of-89) itself. The opponents made a combined 19-of-37 (.514) shots from behind the arc, as well.
Loyola has also lost the turnover differentials in the first halves of those games, coughing up the ball 36 times while forcing just 25 turnovers.
On January 2 against Navy, Loyola made just four first-half field goals.
Cumulatively, in the Greyhounds’ 12 games, Loyola has been outscored, 38.2-28.8, in the first half this season.
Cormier’s Start To The Season
Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 23.0 points per game through 13. Through games of Monday, January 6, Cormier was seventh in the nation in scoring.
Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has 10 20+ point games in 12 contests.
On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).
No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.
Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.
Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.
He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.
In the second half at Army, Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history, and the sixth at the Division I level, to score 1,500 career points. Cormier now has 1,512 career points, and next up on the all-time scoring list is Mike Powell who scored 1,580 from 1995-98.
Cormier is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,400 points at the Division I level.
Cormier To The Charity Stripe
Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.
His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.
Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.
He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).
Through 13 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 128 times (tied for eighth in Division I through games of January 6). His average of 9.8 free throws per game is fourth nationally.
Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 294 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.
In his career, Cormier is 422-of-599 from the free-throw line. He is fourth in school history in free throws attempted and fifth in made.
Through 13 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 3.1 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and tied for 37th in the nation.
Loyola has committed 155 turnovers to its opponents’ 190. The differential is even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have nearly 2:1 more turnovers (107-56).
In Loyola’s seven losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting more than seven percent worse from the floor than they are in their six victories.
Loyola has made 45.5 percent (152-of-334) shots in five wins versus 38.4 percent (159-of-414) in seven losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.4 points less (78.3 versus 63.9) points.
As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (49.3-41.7) in the games they’ve won.
Jones Returns To Scoring Form
Jarred Jones had his best scoring night since of the month of December against Saint Joseph’s, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field. He hit two 3-pointers, his first two of the season, and also had two steals in the game. His 15 points were the second most of his career.
Jones is the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 9.0 points per game while shooting a team-best 52.6 percent from the field. He has also gone to the free-throw line 45 times, making 35 attempts for a 77.8 percentage.
The sophomore had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).
While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.
He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.
Doing The Little Things
Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds.
On December 19 versus Stony Brook, he blocked a career-best three shots, and earlier this month, he posted a career-high five assists in a win over Catholic.
Laster has 17 assists this year against just six turnovers, and he is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game.
After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 12 games on the wing.
Laster has averaged 9.4 points in Loyola’s first 13 contests, and he is shooting 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.
From Way Back, Part 1
Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.
An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.
UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.
Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.
Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.
In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.
Start Of The Smith Era
G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.
The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.
Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).
As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).
Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.
Look Back At 2012-2013
Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.
The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.
After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.
Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.
Preseason Patriot League Picks
As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.
Dylon Cormier was one of five players on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas
Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.
Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.
Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.
Cormier On The Charts
Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:
|Next||Mike Powell, 1,580|
|Field Goals Made|
|15th||498 field goals made|
|Next||Tom Caraher, 1978-82|
|13th||94 3-Pt. Made|
|Next||B.J. Davis, 104|
|Free Throws Made|
|5th||422 free throws made|
|Next||B.J. Pendleton, 426|
|Next||R.J. Williams (active), 193|
|Next||Tracy Bergan, 177|
Into The Fold
Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.
Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.
For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.
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.
Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its next two games. The Greyhounds will host Lehigh University on Saturday, January 11, at 4 o’clock, and Lafayette College on Monday, January 13, at7:30 p.m.
Posted on 03 January 2014 by WNST Staff
TIGERS TRAVEL TO LOCAL RIVAL COPPIN STATE ON SATURDAY
Towson wraps up non-conference play at 4 p.m.
BALTIMORE, Md. — The Towson men’s basketball team will wrap up non-conference play on Saturday at Coppin State.
The Tigers, who have already defeated Navy, Morgan State and UMBC during non-conference play, will be attempting to go 4-0 against teams from Maryland this season.
Fans can listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Dustin Semonavick calling the action.
Towson (8-6), still seeking its first win away from home, is coming off a 72-64 win over New Hampshire on Monday at SECU Arena.
Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his fifth straight double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds against the Wildcats. Classmate Mike Burwell dished out a career-high nine assists in the win.
Coppin State (4-9) has dropped five straight since starting the year 4-4. The Eagles did win at Oregon State onNovember 10 and they’re 2-1 at home this season.
Senior forward Michael Murray leads Coppin State in scoring at 15.1 points per game. The Eagles allow 79.1 points per game, last in the MEAC. They are also last in rebounding margin (-6.2), a stat that the Tigers rank 18th in the country in. Coppin State does average 6.3 three-pointers made per game, a number that ranks second in their conference.
Towson leads the all-time series against Coppin State, 6-5. However, the Eagles have won each of the last two meetings between the squads.