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Loyola hosts Lafayette Monday in Patriot League Tournament opener

Posted on 02 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lafayette Leopards

Monday, March 3, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Patriot League First Round

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena |  PLN

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland makes its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Championships on Monday, March 3, when it hosts a first round contest against Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds finished tied for seventh in the League during the regular-season and enter the Championships as the eighth seed. Lafayette is the ninth seed.

The winner of the game will face top-seeded Boston University in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 5.

By making 13-of-16 shots (81.3 percent) in the last two games, Franz Rassman raised his field-goal percentage to 46.5, now tops on the team. He is shooting 63.6 percent in the last eight games.

Last Time Out

Tyler Hubbard made two free throws with 4.4 seconds left, and R.J. Williams came up with a last-second steal to deliver a 67-65 victory for Loyola on Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Williams and Hubbard each made 1-of-2 at the line at 2:28 and :13 to put Loyola on top by two, but Worth Smith had a layup with 4.8 seconds left to tie the game.

A long inbound pass that went past halfcourt and toward the Loyola bench was deflected by Hubbard when he was fouled, setting up the final free throws.

Franz Rassman led Loyola with 15 points, while Eric Laster scored 14, and Williams and Jarred Jones each had 10.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Monday’s game against Lafayette will air live on the Patriot League Network.

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

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

 

Series History Versus Lafayette

Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the fifth time in series history and the third this year. The teams split the regular-season series, each winning on its home court.

In this year’s first match, Loyola knocked off the Leopards, 77-63, on January 13, in a game that was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) and Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) both logged double-doubles as the Greyhounds outscored Lafayette, 42-26, in the second half.

Lafayette returned the favor on its home court with a 61-44 win on February 12. The Leopards made four 3-pointers during an 18-5 run to start the second half, spurring the victory. Dan Trist scored 14, and Seth Hinrichs had 13 for the Leopards. Franz Rassman and R.J. Williams each had 10 for Loyola.

The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.

It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

 

Tournament Time

Loyola is playing the Patriot League Championships for the first time after competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships for each of the last 24 years.

The Greyhounds compiled an 11-22 record in the MAAC Championships, winning the 1994 and 2012 titles.

 

Rassman On Target

Sophomore forward Franz Rassman had the best offensive game of his Loyola career Wednesday night versus Holy Cross, scoring a personal-best 15 points on 6-of-7 from the field. He made his lone 3-point attempt and converted 2-of-3 free throws, too. As a result, he played a career-high 30 minutes.

He followed that game by matching his career-best in Loyola’s next game, scoring 15 on Saturday afternoon in a win at Navy. He knocked down 7-of-9 shots in that game and also had seven rebounds against the Midshipmen.

In his last two games, Rassman is shooting 81.3 percent from the field, making 13-of-16 shots, raising his field-goal percentage to 46.5 percent for the season, best on the team.

Rassman has shot 63.6 percent from the field in Loyola’s last eight games (28-of-44), and he is shooting 92.3 percent from the free-throw line in that stretch, too. In Loyola’s first 21 games of the year, Rassman made just 39.8 percent of his shots (45-of-113) from the field.

 

The End That Matters

Navy led Loyola, or the score was tied, for 34-minutes, 13-seconds of the game on Saturday, but two Tyler Hubbard free throws with 4.4 seconds left broke the game’s seventh tie, and Loyola went on to win, 67-65.

The Greyhounds were in front for 2:06 in the first half before Navy took the lead with 13:41 to go before the break. The Midshipmen went ahead by as many as nine before halftime, but Loyola came back to trail just one at intermission.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

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

Rassman, who has started 27-of-28 games and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

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

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

 

Second-Half Shooting

The Greyhounds made 12-of-21 shots in the second half at Navy, and the 57.1 percent mark from the field after halftime was their third-best of the season.

Loyola shot 66.7 percent after halftime against Catholic on December 3 and 59.3 percent in a February 15 game against Boston University.

This year, the Greyhounds have shot better after halftime than in the first 20 minutes, making 43 percent after the break as opposed to 39.5 percent in the opening stanza.

 

Versus The Leopards

Loyola and Lafayette split the two regular-season meetings this year, each winning on its home court while the other was missing its top scorer (Dylon Cormier for Loyola and Seth Hinrichs for Lafayette).

Lafayette outscored Loyola, 62.0-60.5, but the Greyhounds had a 36.0-25.5 advantage in rebounds in the games.

Cormier scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Loyola’s win, and R.J. Williams averaged 11 points and six assists in the two games, while Jordan Latham averaged 10.

 

R.J. Against The Raiders

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

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

The 16 points were also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring. Coupled with 13 points against Holy Cross, Williams raised his points per game average to 8.3, second on the team.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.8), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.2).

 

Career Night For Latham

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

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

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

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

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

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 18 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham shot 47.0 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he was also better at the free-throw line, making 63.9 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham also rebounded better, 4.1 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game were 1.5, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.5 blocked shots were fifth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are tied for sixth with teammate Jarred Jones.

 

Shouldering More Scoring Load

Jordan Latham’s scoring has also seen a rise since the injury to Loyola’s leading point producer, Dylon Cormier. In the eight games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 12.0 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 27-of-44 over that stretch. His 44 free throws in the eight games are more than the 36 he attempted in Loyola’s first 21 games of the season.

 

Laster Impression

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

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

Through 29 games, 27 starts, this year, Laster is third on the team with an 8.2 points per game average. He is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 41.1 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27.4 minutes per game.

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

 

Turnover Back In Line

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

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

Loyola has committed more turnovers than its opponents just seven times this year; the Greyhounds are 2-5 in those games.

Overall, turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.1 giveaways per game this year, fourth fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 1.83 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 32 blocked shots, 16 each, in the last eight games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had three at Navy, and Jones had two, bringing them tied at 39 each to close the regular season. They are tied for sixth in the Patriot League at 1.34 blocked shots per game.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Jarred Jones has been one of the Greyhounds’ most productive defensive players, statistically speaking.

In Patriot League action, Jones leads the team with 29 blocked shots, 1.6 per game, and he is second on the team with 31 steals, an average of 1.72 per game. He is fourth in League play in blocked shots per game, fifth in steals. His overall averages of 1.3 and 1.5 are both sixth in the league.

 

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-3 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and at Colgate). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than six fewer times in losses than wins (26.4-20.3).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola snapped a 12-game road losing streak on March 1 with a victory at Navy. At 4-12 on the road this year, the Greyhounds are shooting 39.0 percent as opposed to 44.8 percent while going 7-6 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.0 percent in their own facilities, 43.2 percent in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.5-11.6), and they also force an extra turnovers at home (14.5-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging more than five points less per game on the road, 62.8, to their 67.8 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

Through games of March 1, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League and are 25th nationally at 8.0 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 20 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 26th nationally in steals per game (2.2), while Dylon Cormier was second (2.19) and 26th when he qualified with enough games played.

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

With 122 in his career, Williams is ninth on the career chart. His 57 this season are eighth on the school single-season chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier had been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 27, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game, but he no longer qualifies since he has not played 75 percent of the Greyhounds’ games.

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

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 18 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting almost nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their 11 victories.

Loyola has made 47.1 percent (272-of-577) shots in 11 wins versus 38.2 percent (383-of-1,000) in 18 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.6 less (74.1 versus 59.5) points per game.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

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Loyola tries to continue strong home season Wednesday against Bucknell

Posted on 18 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Bucknell Bison

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  |  PLN


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland plays its second-straight home game on Wednesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Bucknell University in Reitz Arena.

Loyola has won five of seven Patriot League games in Reitz Arena this year. The Greyhounds are 7-4 overall at home this season.

After shooting 52 percent from the field on Saturday night against Boston University, Loyola is shooting eight percent better in games at Reitz Arena as compared to those away from home (.462-.382). It also averages nearly two assists more (12.1-10.3).

Jordan Latham is averaging 8.9 points in Patriot League play after finishing non-conference play averaging 5.0.
Last Time Out

Loyola outshot and outrebounded Boston University on Saturday night, but 22 Greyhounds turnovers led to 27 Terriers points in an 87-22 loss in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds shot 52 percent from the field (26-of-50) and had a 13-rebound advantage (37-24), but Boston University created 13 of the turnovers via steals.

Loyola’s steals allowed and turnovers committed were season highs.

Jordan Latham had his first career double-double, making 10-of-16 field goals and finishing with career-bests of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Eric Laster also had a career-high with 18 points, knocking down 6-of-7 shots, including both of his 3-pointers.

 

Patriot League Network

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

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

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

 

Series History Versus Bucknell

Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 10th time on the hardwood when the teams take the floor Wednesday night in a series that the programs had played the past four years prior to Loyola joining the Patriot League.

The Bison hold a 7-2 lead in the all-time series. The teams completed a four-game home-and-home series last year, and stretch in which the visiting team defeated the road team in each meeting.

Bucknell broke that streak of the road team winning on January 22 when the Bison dealt Loyola a 70-60 loss in Lewisburg, Pa.

Cameron Ayers made 10-of-10 free throws in the game for Bucknell and finished with 19 points for the Bison. Bucknell took 34 free throws to Loyola’s 16 in the game, and the Bison made 27.

Loyola had a five-point lead five minutes into the second half, but Bucknell tied it on a Ryan Hill three with 14:46 left. Dylon Cormier tallied 20 for Loyola to lead all players.

 

Start Of A New Era

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

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

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

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

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

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

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

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

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

 

Career Night For Latham

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

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

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

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

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 14 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham has significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he has bumped that up to 8.9 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham is shooting 50.5 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he is also better at the free-throw line, making 68.6 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham has also rebounded better, 4.3 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game are 1.4, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

 

Laster Impression

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

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

Through 25 games, 23 starts, this year, Laster is second on the team with an 8.4 points per game average. He is shooting 42.0 percent from the field and 41.0 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

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

 

Turnover Troubles

Loyola has seen its turnovers rise sharply in its last two games, posting two of its three highest miscue totals against Lafayette and Boston University. After posting 17 against the Leopards, Loyola had a season-high 22 versus the Terriers.

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

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

Turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.3 giveaways per game this year, third fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 1.8 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 16 blocked shots in the last four games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.2).

Latham had four versus America, and Jones tallied four at Lehigh.

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

 

Patton’s Playing Time

With R.J. Williams out against Boston University due to an injury, Jevon Patton saw a season-high 23 minutes at the point guard spot.

The freshman from Charlotte scored just two points, but he dished out six assists, the third most in a game by a Loyola player this season (Williams has had games with 10 and nine assists).

 

Tuohy Into The Box Score

Redshirt freshman guard Sean Tuohy Jr. scored the first points of his collegiate career on Saturday against Boston University, grabbing a rebound before being fouled and converting two free throws.

 

Hubbard Hits From Deep

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

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

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

A week earlier, Hubbard scored his previous season-high of 13 at College of the Holy Cross when he made 4-of-6 from deep.

 

Winning Without Boards

Loyola posted a season-low 17 rebounds on February 5 against American, but the Greyhounds also had the distinction of tying the mark for the fewest rebounds in a win by a NCAA Division I team this season (according to Stats, Inc.)

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

 

Jones On The Defensive End

While he has scored just 17 points in Loyola’s last four games, Jarred Jones has continued to be a solid defensive player for the Greyhounds. In those games, he has blocked seven shots and come up with 10 steals.

He had four blocked shots at Lehigh to match his career-high set in the season-opener at Binghamton. He is second on the team with 30 total blocked shots and is seventh in the conference with 1.2 per game.

Jones is also eighth in the Patriot League in steals per game after nabbing four against American. He averages 1.3 per game with a total of 37.

 

Gorski Garners Starting Role

Freshman post player Nick Gorski drew his first starting assignment as a collegian on February 8 against Army, and the Richmond, Va., native scored nine points in 22 minutes of action.

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

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

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

 

Setting Up The Shots

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

Williams is sixth in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.1). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 55 assists in 13 games for an average of 4.2.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 7.8 points per game, 8.2 against conference opponents.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

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

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-20.6).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 11th straight road game on February 12 at Lafayette after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-11 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.2 percent as opposed to 45.4 percent while going 7-3 at home. Opponents are shooting 46.4 percent in their own facilities, 42.4 percent in Reitz Arena.

Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 31.2 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.0 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.4-11.2), and they also force an additional turnover at home (14.9-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly nine points less per game on the road, 62.7, to their 71.3 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 steals against American on February 5, marking the fifth time in 14 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 18, Loyola leads the League with 8.3 steals overall.

Through games of February 18, the Greyhounds are tied for 17th nationally with Syracuse at 8.32 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 25 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 17th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 25th.

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

With 117 in his career, Williams is 11th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier has been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Monday, February 17, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game.

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

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier now had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 15 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 38.1 percent (325-of-853) in 15 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.4 less (74.8 versus 60.4) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.0-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Following that Bucknell game, Loyola travels to Hamilton, N.Y., for a Saturday, February 22, game at Colgate University.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for their final regular-season home game against College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, February 26. Loyola will celebrate its four seniors – Dylon Cormier, Jordan Latham, Chido Onyiuke and manager Zan Cheema – prior to the game.

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Loyola tries to bounce back Saturday against Boston University

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Boston U. Terriers

Saturday, February 15, 2014  |  8:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  |  MASN

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for a Saturday night game on February 15 against fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University at 8 p.m.

The game will be televised live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. SNY will simulcast the game in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey regions.

Loyola has won five of six Patriot League games in Reitz Arena this season.

The Greyhounds are 7-3 overall at home this season.

Loyola is shooting 7.4 percent better in games at Reitz Arena as compared to those away from home (.456-.382). It also averages nearly two assists more (12.1-10.3) and a turnover less (11.2-12.4).
Last Time Out

Lafayette led Loyola by seven at halftime, but the Leopards hit four 3-pointers during an 18-5 run early in the second half to break open a lead of as many as 24 on Wednesday night in a 61-44 Patriot League win in Easton, Pa.

The Greyhounds opened the game by making eight of their first 12 shots (66.7 percent), but they made just eight more field goals in the game’s final 31 minutes, shooting 16.7 percent (6-of-36) thereafter.

Franz Rassman scored eight points in the first nine minutes and finished tied with R.J. Williams for team-high honors with 10 points.

Loyola outrebounded the Leopards, 34-28.

 

Turn The Television On

Saturday’s game will be the final appearance for Loyola on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, this season. A continuing partnership between the school and the network led to five games being televised this year.

Mark Viviano will call the play-by-play, while Jack Armstrong will handle analyst duties.

The game will also be simulcast live on SNY in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey areas.

 

Series History Versus Boston U.

Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the fourth time in as many years and fifth overall when they take the hardwood on Monday night.

Loyola has won two of the last three, but the Terriers’ 72-58 win on January 20 in Boston evened the all-time series at 2-2.

In that game, Loyola lead 21-12 on a Denzel Brito jumper midway through the first half, but the Terriers closed the half on a 20-6 run and came away with the win.

Prior to both teams joining the Patriot League for the 2013-2014 season, Loyola hosted the Terriers in 2012 as part of the ESPN Bracketbuster series and 2013 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

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

In the February 19, 2012, Bracketbuster game at Reitz Arena, Loyola shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half to distance itself in a 69-56 decision that gave the Greyhounds their 20th win of the season for the first time as a Division I program (since 1981-82). Robert Olson made four 3-pointers after halftime, and five in the game, and finished with 17 to lead Loyola.

Last year, in the CIT First Round on March 19, Loyola trailed the Terriers by as many as 15 points in the second half. The Greyhounds, however, used a 38-16 run over the last 15-plus minutes of the game to beat Boston U., 70-63. Malik Thomas put the Terriers up 15 with 15:32 to play, but the Greyhounds went on their run from there. Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson both scored 16 for Loyola, and R.J. Williams had a then-career-high seven assists.

 

Start Of A New Era

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

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

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

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

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

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

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

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

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

 

First Nine, Last Thirty-One

When Franz Rassman scored on a post move with 11:28 left in the first half Wednesday evening at Lafayette, it gave Loyola a 16-15 lead. It was also the Greyhounds’ eight field goal in 12 attempts to start the game.

Loyola, however, would not be able to sustain its 66.7 percent shooting for the rest of the game as it made just eight more field goals in the game’s final 31:28. After Rassman’s basket, which would give him eight points in the first nine minutes, the Greyhounds were 8-of-36 (16.7 percent), a drop of an even 50 percent from the field.

The second half on Wednesday was the Greyhounds’ worst second stanza of the season. They made just 24 percent of its shots (6-of-25) after halftime. It was also the team’s second worst half of the season, trailing only a 23.1 percent performance in the first half at Holy Cross.

 

Turnover Trouble For A Game

Compounding the shooting woes on Wednesday night at Lafayette, Loyola had 17 turnovers against the Leopards, its second highest total of the season (18 vs. Navy, 1/2/14). Of those 17 giveaways, only five came from Lafayette steals.

It was just the fifth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-3 in those games.

Turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 11.9 giveaways per game this year, third fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.25 fewer per game than its opponents. That is just under 1.0 better than the second place team in the League (BU, +1.27).

Through games of February 13, Loyola is 46th in Division I in turnover margin.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster scored a career-high 17 points on February 8 at Lehigh, eclipsing his previous high of 16 set in November at UMBC.

Laster made six field goals, also a career-high, and three free throws, versus the Mountain Hawks. He had four rebounds and three assists for Loyola, too.

Through 24 games, 22 starts, this year, Laster is second on the team with an 8.0 points per game average. He is shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 39.5 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

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

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 13 blocked shots in the last three games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had four versus American last Wednesday, and Jones tallied four at Lehigh.

Jones then had a pair at Lafayette to take over the team lead from Latham. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

 

Latham Lately

Before moving back into the starting five against Lafayette, Jordan Latham had been productive in three games off the bench. In those three games, the senior from Baltimore averaged 10.3 points per game and has back-to-back performances of 10 and 13 against American and Lehigh.

Earlier this season, Latham scored 14 and 12 versus Lehigh and Lafayette, marking the first time in his career he had topped double figures in two-straight games.

This season, Latham is shooting 41.7 percent from the field, but he has made 56.5 percent of his attempts (13-of-23) against Army, American and Lehigh.

He also blocked four shots versus the Eagles, two against the Mountain Hawks. Overall, Loyola is 6-2 this year when Latham blocks two or more shots.

 

Hubbard Hits From Deep

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

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

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

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

 

Winning Without Boards

Loyola posted a season-low 17 rebounds on February 5 against American, but the Greyhounds also had the distinction of tying the mark for the fewest rebounds in a win by a NCAA Division I team this season (according to Stats, Inc.)

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

 

Jones On The Defensive End

While he has scored just seven points in Loyola’s last three games, Jarred Jones has continued to be a solid defensive player for the Greyhounds. In those games, he has blocked eight shots and come up with seven steals.

He had four blocked shots at Lehigh to match his career-high set in the season-opener at Binghamton. He now leads the team with 30 total blocked shots and is sixth in the conference with 1.3 per game.

Jones is also ninth in the Patriot League in steals per game after nabbing four against American. He averages 1.5 per game with a total of 35.

 

Gorski Garners Starting Role

Freshman post player Nick Gorski drew his first starting assignment as a collegian on February 8 against Army, and the Richmond, Va., native scored nine points in 22 minutes of action.

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

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

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

 

Setting Up The Shots

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

Williams is sixth in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.1). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 53 assists in 12 games for an average of 4.4.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 7.7 points per game, 8.0 against conference opponents.

Williams also grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds on February 1 against Army, bumping his Patriot League average to 3.0 per game.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

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

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-19.9).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 11th straight road game on February 12 at Lafayette after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-11 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.2 percent as opposed to 45.4 percent while going 7-3 at home. Opponents are shooting 46.4 percent in their own facilities, 42.4 percent in Reitz Arena.

Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 31.2 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.0 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.4-11.2), and they also force an additional turnover at home (14.9-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly nine points less per game on the road, 62.7, to their 71.3 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 steals against American on February 5, marking the fifth time in 13 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 14, Loyola leads the League with 8.5 steals overall.

Through games of February 13, the Greyhounds are tied for 16th nationally with 8.5 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 24 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 14th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 24th.

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

With 117 in his career, Williams is 11th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier has been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 6, Cormier was 13th in the nation in points per game.

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

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier now had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 14 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting more than nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 37.2 percent (299-of-803) in 14 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.2 less (74.8 versus 59.6) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.1-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds remain at home for their next game, hosting Bucknell University on Wednesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Following that game, Loyola travels to Hamilton, N.Y., for a Saturday, February 22, game at Colgate University.

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Loyola continues Patriot League play Wednesday at Lafayette

Posted on 11 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Information
Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time 5:00 p.m.
Location Easton, Pa. | Kirby Sports Center


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola plays its second-straight game in the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, February 12, when it takes on Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
  • The start of the game has been moved to 5 p.m. because of the impending weather.
  • The Greyhounds will look to stop a 10-game skid in road games.
  • Eric Laster scored a career-high 17 points last Saturday in a game at Lehigh. It was also Laster’s 10th game this season with 10 or more points.
  • Jordan Latham has six blocked shots in the Greyhounds’ last two games, while Jarred Jones has swatted five.
  • Overall, Loyola moved into the Patriot League lead for blocked shots per game this season with 4.1.

Last Time Out    

  • Lehigh never trailed, and the Mountain Hawks gradually increased their lead last Saturday, beating the Greyhounds, 66-52, in Patriot League action.
  • Both teams shot 33.3 percent from the field, but Lehigh outrebounded the Greyhounds, 45-30, and it went 26-of-30 from the free-throw line.
  • Layups by Jordan Latham on back-to-back possessions early in the second half cut Lehigh’s advantage to two, 29-27, but the Mountain Hawks scored 10 of the next 12 points to extend their lead.
  • Eric Laster scored 17 points, while Jordan Latham added 13 for Loyola. Denzel Brito scored a Greyhounds season-high nine points and had four assists.

Patriot League Network    

  • Wednesday’s game against Lafayette 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 Lafayette    

  • Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the fourth time in series history and the second this year.
  • In this year’s first meet, Loyola knocked off the Leopards, 77-63, on January 13, in a game that was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.
  • R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) and Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) both logged double-doubles as the Greyhounds outscored Lafayette, 42-26, in the second half.
  • The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.
  • It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

Start Of A New Era    

  • Loyola’s January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.
  • Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.
  • The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

Academic Honors For Rassman    

  • Last week, sophomore forward Franz Rassman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team for his excellence in the classroom.
  • Rassman, who has started 20-of-21 games and is averaging 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

Cormier Has Hand Surgery    

  • Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game) fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.
  • Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

Lasting Impression    

  • Eric Laster scored a career-high 17 points on February 8 at Lehigh, eclipsing his previous high of 16 set in November at UMBC.
  • Laster made six field goals, also a career-high, and three free throws, versus the Mountain Hawks. He had four rebounds and three assists for Loyola, too.
  • Through 23 games, 21 starts, this year, Laster is second on the team with an 8.3 points per game average. He is shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 40 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
  • Last time against Lafayette, Laster made 5-of-9 shots, 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and finished with 14 points.
  • In 27 games as a freshman in 2011-2012, Laster averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in 5.3 minutes of action per game.

Block Party    

  • Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 11 blocked shots in the last two games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.1).
  • Latham had four versus American on Wednesday, and Jones tallied four at Lehigh.
  • The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

Productive Off The Bench    

  • Jordan Latham has been productive off the bench since moving from the starting lineup three games ago. In those three games, the senior from Baltimore has averaged 10.3 points per game and has back-to-back performances of 10 and 13 against American and Lehigh.
  • Earlier this season, Latham scored 14 and 12 versus Lehigh and Lafayette, marking the first time in his career he had topped double figures in two-straight games.
  • This season, Latham is shooting 41.4 percent from the field, but he has made 56.5 percent of his attempts (13-of-23) against Army, American and Lehigh.
  • He also blocked four shots versus the Eagles, two against the Mountain Hawks. Overall, Loyola is 6-2 this year when Latham blocks two or more shots.

Hubbard Hits From Deep    

  • Tyler Hubbard had one of the best 3-point shooting nights in school history last Wednesday against American, making 6-of-7 attempts on his way to a career-high 20 points.
  • Hubbard’s six threes are tied for sixth-most in school single-game history, and they were the most since Robert Olson and J’hared Hall both hit six in a game at Manhattan on January 7, 2011.
  • The sophomore out of Washington, D.C., made three in both halves with his only miss coming in the first. He also made both of his free throw attempts after being fouled with 25 seconds left. He eclipsed his previous career-high of 17 scored on 6-of-7 shooting, 4-of-5 from behind the arc, in a November 14, 2012, game against UMBC.
  • A week earlier, Hubbard scored his previous season-high of 13 at College of the Holy Cross when he made 4-of-6 from deep. He is now 33-of-82 (40.2 percent) from 3-point range this season and has made at least one three in 19-of-22 games.

Clutch Late    

  • Four days after shooting 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the free-throw line in a loss to Army, the Greyhounds made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute of action to clinch the win over American. They finished the contest 17-of-22 (77.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
  • In the final minute, Denzel Brito hit two pairs of free throws, while Franz Rassman and Tyler Hubbard each made two. Rassman finished the game a career-best 7-of-7 from the line.

Winning Without Boards    

  • Loyola posted a season-low 17 rebounds last Wednesday night against American, but the Greyhounds also had the distinction of tying the mark for the fewest rebounds in a win by a NCAA Division I team this season (according to Stats, Inc.)
  • Delaware and Indiana State also had 17 rebounds in wins over College of Charleston and Pepperdine, respectively, this season. Ironically, Delaware’s win with 17 boards came on the same day as Loyola victory over American.

Jones Finds Scoring Note    

  • Jarred Jones led Loyola in scoring for the first time in his career on February 1 against Army, knocking down 7-of-10 shots from the field for 17 points.
  • The game was Jones second 13-plus point game in the last two weeks, but his last (January 22 at Bucknell) was his first double-digit effort since December.
  • Jones opened the season with three games of 13 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first four, tallying 22 in the season-opener at Binghamton, 13 at Cornell and 14 at UMBC. In the fourth game of the opening stretch, he scored seven despite being limited to just nine minutes to foul trouble.
  • The Harford County (Md.) product then had 13 against Catholic and 15 versus Saint Joseph’s, but that output against the Hawks was his last in double-digits until the game at Bucknell (seven games).

Defensive, Too    

  • In addition to finding his scoring stroke, Jones has also upped his numbers on the defensive side of the court, blocking six shots combined in the last three games.
  • Against Army, Jones swatted three shots and had two steals, while he also had a pair of blocks against both Bucknell and Holy Cross.
  • His three against Army were one off his season- and career-high of four set in the season-opener at Binghamton. He is now seventh in the Patriot League in blocked shots per game with 1.2.
  • Jones is also 10th in the conference in steals per game after nabbing four against American. He averages 1.4 per game with a total of 33.

Gorski Garners Starting Role    

  • Freshman post player Nick Gorski drew his first starting assignment as a collegian last Saturday against Army, and the Richmond, Va., native scored nine points in 22 minutes of action.
  • The start came on the heels of his first extended playing time since December. He made all three of his field goals and both of his free-throw attempts last Wednesday, finishing with career-highs of nine points and five rebounds in 18 minutes at Holy Cross.
  • Prior to the last five games Gorski had seen 10 or more minutes just twice this season. He tallied 13 minutes and scored seven points in an overtime win at Cornell, and he then played 16 minutes on December 21 against Saint Joseph’s.
  • His 18 points in the two games against Holy Cross and Army nearly doubled his previous output this season. He entered the Holy Cross game with 23 points through 16 contests.

Setting Up The Shots    

  • R.J. Williams finished the February 1 game against Army with nine assists, one off his career-high of 10 set on January 13 against Lafayette.
  • Williams is sixth in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.1). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 53 assists in 12 games for an average of 4.4.
  • The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 7.7 points per game, 8.0 against conference opponents.
  • Williams also grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds on February 1 against Army, bumping his Patriot League average to 3.0 per game.

Gotta Get To The Line    

  • The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-2 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.
  • Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-19.9).

Away From The Friendly Confines    

  • Loyola lost its 10th straight road game on February 8 at Lehigh after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena.
  • At 3-10 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.5 percent as opposed to 45.4 percent while going 7-3 at home. Opponents are shooting 46.1 percent in their own facilities, 42.4 percent in Reitz Arena.
  • Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 32.7 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.0 at home.
  • The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.1-11.2), and they also force an additional turnover at home (14.9-13.5).
  • With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly five points less per game on the road, 64.2, to their 71.3 points per game at home.

Double Double-Doubles    

  • Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams both posted double-doubles against Lafayette, as Cormier went for 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams posted 12 points and a career-best 10 assists.
  • It was the first time since an 88-85 overtime win against Iona College on January 30, 2011, that two Loyola players completed the feat in the same game.Erik Etherly (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Justin Drummond (14 points, 10 rebounds) managed it on that day.
  • Williams’ 10 assists were the most by a Greyhounds’ player since Brian Rudolph dished out 10 on February 27, 2011, in the regular-season finale at Canisius College.

Sticky Fingers    

  • The Greyhounds posted 11 steals against American last Wednesday night, marking the fifth time in 12 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 11, Loyola leads the League with 8.6 steals overall.
  • The 103 steals in its last 12 games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading overall average to 8.6 per game. Through games of February 11, the Greyhounds are ranked 14th nationally in steals per game.
  • Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 23 contests.
  • R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 14th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and tied for 26th.
  • In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night. He now has 185 in his career.
  • With 116 in his career, Williams is 11th on the career chart.

Cormier’s Scoring    

  • Dylon Cormier has been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 6, Cormier was 13th in the nation in points per game.
  • Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well.
  • Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.
  • On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).
  • No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.
  • Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.
  • He was also the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

Over 1,600    

  • In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.
  • At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier now had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

Die Hard Dogs    

  • Loyola has trailed or been tied with five minutes to go in regulation in five of its 10 victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC, Navy and American – only to come back to win.
  • In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.
  • At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

Turnover Battle    

  • Through 23 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.6 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 35th in the nation.

Telling Stat    

  • In Loyola’s 13 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting more than nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.
  • Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 37.5 percent (283-of-755) in 13 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14 points less (74.8 versus 60.8) points.
  • As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (46.9-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

Start Of The Smith Era    

  • G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.
  • The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.
  • Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).
  • As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).
  • Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

Look Back At 2012-2013    

  • Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.
  • The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.
  • After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.
  • Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.
  • Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

Cormier On The Charts    

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

Scoring
7th    1,659 points
Next    Mike Krawczyk, 1,676

Field Goals Made
10th    552 field goals made
Next    Gene Gwiazdowski, 565

3-Pointers Made
13th    96 3-Pt. Made
Next    B.J. Davis, 104

Free Throws Made
2nd    459 free throws made
Next    Jim Lacy, 613

Assists
20th    210 assists
Next    Dave Wojick, 219

Steals
2nd    185 steals
Next    Jason Rowe, 272

Into The Fold    

  • Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.
  • Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.
  • For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

High Marks    

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

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Loyola visits Boston U Monday night for nationally televised contest

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Boston U. Terriers

Monday, January 20, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Boston, Mass. | Agganis Arena | CBS Sports Network

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its sixth Patriot League game of the season on Monday, January 20, when it travels to Boston University at 7:30 p.m. in Agganis Arena.

The game will be Loyola’s second-straight on CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds have won two-straight after dropping six of their previous seven contests.

Loyola has posted two of its three best shooting performances this season in those victories.

Loyola’s 14-point margin of victory over Lafayette was its biggest of the year, as was its 15-rebound advantage versus the Leopards.

R.J. Williams (2.6) and Dylon Cormier (2.2) are 1-2 in the Patriot League in steals per game.

 

Last Time Out

The Greyhounds trailed Lafayette by two, 37-35, at halftime, and the Leopards went up three in the first two minutes of the second half.

Loyola, however, scored the next eight points and did not trail the rest of the way in a 77-63 victory over Lafayette on Monday, January 13.

Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) and R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) recorded double-doubles in the game. Cormier’s was his fourth of the year, while Williams logged the first of his career.

Eric Laster scored 13 of the Greyhounds’ first 17 points in the game’s first five minutes. He finished with 14, and Jordan Latham added 12.

 

CBS Sports Network

Monday’s game will mark the second in a row that Loyola has appeared on CBS Sports Network.

The game will air live nationally with Jason Knapp calling the play-by-play and Chris Spatola handling color analysis duties.

 

Series History Versus Boston U.

Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the third time in as many years and fourth overall when they take the hardwood on Monday night. It will be the first meeting of the programs in Boston.

The Greyhounds hold a 2-1 advantage in the series as winners of the last two.

Prior to both teams joining the Patriot League for the 2013-2014 season, Loyola hosted the Terriers in 2012 as part of the ESPN Bracketbuster series and 2013 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

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

In the February 19, 2012, Bracketbuster game at Reitz Arena, Loyola shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half to distance itself in a 69-56 decision that gave the Greyhounds their 20th win of the season for the first time as a Division I program (since 1981-82). Robert Olson made four 3-pointers after halftime, and five in the game, and finished with 17 to lead Loyola.

Last year, in the CIT First Round on March 19, Loyola trailed the Terriers by as many as 15 points in the second half. The Greyhounds, however, used a 38-16 run over the last 15-plus minutes of the game to beat Boston U., 70-63. Malik Thomas put the Terriers up 15 with 15:32 to play, but the Greyhounds went on their run from there. Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson both scored 16 for Loyola, and R.J. Williams had a then-career-high seven assists.

 

Start Of A New Era

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

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

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

 

The Difference

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

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

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

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

 

Rebounding On The Boards

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

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

The Greyhounds improved to 5-2 this season when outrebounding opponents.

 

Senior Efficiency

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

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

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

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

 

Distributing End

While Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier have put up the scoring and rebounding numbers, it has been the excellent play of point guard R.J. Williams that has made the offense go.

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

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

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

 

Lower Volume, Higher Efficiency

While Dylon Cormier has scored 25 points in each of the Greyhounds’ last two games, he done so with much more efficiency that in the past several games.

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

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

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

 

Double Double-Doubles

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

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

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

 

Seems Simple, But…

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

 

Cormier To The Glass

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

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.3 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and fifth overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.4 per game, a mark that is 0.9 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 101 total rebounds this year, with a nearly 5:4 ratio (54-47) coming on the offensive end.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they had five versus Lehigh, six versus Lafayette.

The 49 steals in its last five games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 8.9 per game. Through games of January 15, the Greyhounds are ranked 17th nationally in steals per game.

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

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is tied for 10th nationally in steals per game (2.7), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.2) and tied for 38th.

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

Cormier now has 174 in his career, and he is three away from tying Tracy Bergan for second all-time at Loyola in career thefts. With 101 in his career, Williams is tied for 16th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.6 points per game through 16. Through games of Wednesday, January 15, 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 12 20+ point games in 16 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10at 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 also the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Passing 1,500

In the second half at Army, Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history, and the sixth at the Division I level, to score 1,500 career points. Cormier now has 1,575 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 1,500 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 16 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 150 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 5). His average of 9.4 free throws per game is also fifth 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 281 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 437-of-621 from the free-throw line. He is third in school history in free throws attempted and fourth in free throws made.

 

Last Five Focus

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

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

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

 

Block Party

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

With two blocks against Lafayette moved Latham’s career total to 76. Against the Leopards, he moved past Omari Israel and into a tie with Jawaan Wright for fifth all-time at Loyola in career swats.

 

Back In The Win Column

Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy on January 2 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 eight victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

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

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

 

Overcoming Overtime

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

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

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

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

 

 

Turnover Battle

Through 16 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.6 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 35th in the nation.

Loyola has committed 192 turnovers to its opponents 234, and the margin is even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have 51 more turnovers (125-74).

 

Telling Stat

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

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.7 percent (176-of-467) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.2 points less (77.4 versus 62.2) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.0-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

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

Laster has averaged 9.3 points in Loyola’s first 16 contests, and he is shooting 42.6 percent (26-of-61) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
8th 1,575 points
Next Mike Powell, 1,580
Field Goals Made
13th 522 field goals made
Next Morris Cannon, 526
3-Pointers Made
13th 94 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
4th 437 free throws made
Next Kevin Green, 438

 

 

Assists
21st 199 assists
Next Mike Morrison, 200
Steals
3rd 174 steals
Next Tracy Bergan, 177

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will make a quick turnaround during a strange road trip. The Greyhounds fly back to Baltimore on Tuesday morning before heading to Lewisburg, Pa., for aWednesday, January 21, game at Bucknell University.

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Loyola welcomes Lafayette Monday night for nationally televised matchup

Posted on 12 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lafayette Leopards

Monday, January 13, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena | CBS Sports Network


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its fifth Patriot League game of the season on Monday, January 13, when it hosts Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The game will be Loyola’s first-ever on CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds finished their second week of League competition in fifth place at 2-2 with losses to two of the three teams tied for first at 4-0 (American and Army).

Loyola’s win over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon snapped a two-game losing streak The Greyhounds had their best shooting performance since Dec. 4.

At 9.36 steals per game this season, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League.

Loyola passed the halfway point of its regular-season versus Lehigh.

Last Time Out

Loyola led Lehigh University by three at halftime, 35-32, and by the same margin 1:22 into the second half before embarking on an 11-0 run that would put it up double-digits.

The Greyhounds fended off a Mountain Hawks challenge for a 72-68 Patriot League win on Saturday afternoon.

Dylon Cormier led all scorers with 25 points, while Jordan Latham and Tyler Hubbard had season-highs with 14 and 12, respectively.

Loyola had a slight advantage on the boards, outrebounding Lehigh, 33-31.

The Greyhounds turned 11 Lehigh turnovers into 17 points. Cormier led all players with three steals.

 

 

CBS Sports Network

Monday’s game will mark the first time Loyola will play a men’s basketball game on CBS Sports Network.

The game will air live nationally with Jason Knapp calling the play-by-play and Chris Spatola handling color analysis duties.

Loyola will return to the Network a week later when it plays at Boston University on Monday, January 20.

 

Series History Versus Lafayette

Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the third time in series history and the first time in 51 years, 15 days.

The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.

It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

 

Start Of A New Era

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

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

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

 

On Target

Loyola had its best shooting performance of 2014 on Saturday when it beat Lehigh, and its best since it shot 53 percent from the field on December 4 against Catholic University of America.

The Greyhounds hit 50 percent of their shots 26-of-52 in the win over Lehigh. Loyola also posted 12 offensive rebounds, nine in the first half. It converted those boards into 17 second-chance points, 12 before halftime.

 

Better Balance

Dylon Cormier still did the bulk of the scoring for Loyola, finishing with 25 of Loyola’s 72 points, but the Greyhounds had two other players with 12 or more and two more with seven-plus.

Jordan Latham and Tyler Hubbard both recorded season-highs with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while R.J. Williams and Franz Rassman had seven and eight.

Those five players combined to shoot 23-of-44 from the field.

 

College Boards

Loyola had a narrow advantage on the boards against Lehigh, outrebounding the Mountain Hawks, 33-31, while pulling down 12 offensive rebounds.

It was a team-wide rebounding effort, as six Greyhounds had four or more rebounds. Dylon Cormier grabbed eight, and Jordan Latham had six, while R.J. Williams, Franz Rassman, Jarred Jones and Eric Laster had four each.

Loyola improved to 4-2 this season when outrebounding its opponents. It was the first time in League play that the Greyhounds outrebounded a team and won.

 

Cormier To The Glass

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

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.0 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and seventh overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.33 per game, a mark that is 0.8 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 90 total rebounds this year, with a 5:4 ratio (50-40) coming on the offensive end.

 

Post Production

After combining for just 10 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday night against American University in a loss, Loyola’s post players scored 23 points and 16 boards versus Lehigh.

Jordan Latham had a season-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. His four free throws made were a career-high, and he also grabbed six rebounds.

Fellow starter Franz Rassman had seven rebounds and four rebounds, three offensive.

Nick Gorski and Josh Forney provided much-needed minutes off the bench, particularly in the first half when Rassman and Latham were on the bench with two fouls each. Jarred Jones also delivered four rebounds, a basket and two blocked shots.

After the game, Head Coach G.G. Smith praised the group and their defensive efforts against the Mountain Hawks.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they had five versus Lehigh.

The 43 steals in its last four games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 9.1 per game. Through games of January 11, the Greyhounds are ranked 15th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 15 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is ninth nationally in steals per game (2.7), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.1) and 47th.

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

Cormier now has 171 in his career, and with three against Lehigh, he moved into sole possession of third-place all-time at Loyola. With 100 in his career, Williams is tied for 17th on the career chart.

 

Williams’ Career Day

R.J. Williams had the best statistical game of his three-year Loyola career on last 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.

 

Back In The Win Column

Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy on January 2was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University; it was the Greyhounds’ first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.

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

 

Die Hard Dogs

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

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

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

 

Overcoming Overtime

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

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

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

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

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s seven victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 19.9-12.3 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 59.3 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 37.1 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from behind the arc.

In those 35 minutes, Loyola has committed just 11 turnovers to its opponents’ 23. Fifteen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

Add in its overtime games, and Loyola has outscored opponents 35.7-24.7 in the final five minutes plus overtime.

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks 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

Prior to the game at American, Loyola had outscored its previous seven opponents, 290-242, in the second half (and overtime of the Navy game).

In those final 20 (or 25) minutes, the Greyhounds shot 47.3 percent from the field, but their defense was the difference. The opponents were 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 committed 62 turnovers to Loyola’s 26 after the breaks.

 

Slow Starts

The Greyhounds’ second half rallies were 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’ 15 games, Loyola has been outscored, 37.1-29.6, in the first half this season.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.5 points per game through 15. Through games of Wednesday, January 11, 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 11 20+ point games in 15 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 10at Cornell).

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

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

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

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

 

Passing 1,500

In the second half at Army, Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history, and the sixth at the Division I level, to score 1,500 career points. Cormier now has 1,550 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 1,500 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 15 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 145 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 11). His average of 9.7 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 291 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 434-of-616 from the free-throw line. He is third in school history in free throws made and tied for third in attempts.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 15 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.9 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and tied for 37th in the nation.

Loyola has committed 179 turnovers to 223 even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have nearly 2:1 more turnovers (121-69).

 

Telling Stat

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

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.7 percent (176-of-467) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.2 points less (77.4 versus 62.2) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.0-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

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

Laster has averaged 9.0 points in Loyola’s first 15 contests, and he is shooting 42.6 percent (23-of-54) 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.

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
8th 1,550 points
Next Mike Powell, 1,580
Field Goals Made
13th 511 field goals made
Next Morris Cannon, 526
3-Pointers Made
13th 94 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
5th 434 free throws made
Next Kevin Green, 438

 

Assists
21st 197 assists
Next R.J. Williams (active), 196
Steals
3rd 171 steals
Next Tracy Bergan, 177

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola has a one week break before its next game. The Greyhounds will play at Boston University on Monday, January 20, in a 7:30 p.m. game that will also air on CBS Sports Network.

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Loyola tries to bounce back Wednesday at American

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at American Eagles

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

Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

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

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

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

Dylon Cormier averaged 23.5 points in the two games.

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

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

Last Time Out

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

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

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

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

 

 

Patriot League Network

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

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

 

Series History Versus American

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

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

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

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

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

 

Start Of A New Era

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

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

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

 

Offensive Improvement

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

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

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

 

Sticky Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Williams’ Career Day

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

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

 

On The Offensive Glass

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

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

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

 

Back In The Win Column

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

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

 

Die Hard Dogs

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

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

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

 

Overcoming Overtime

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

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

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

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

 

Last Five Focus

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

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

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

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

 

Block Party

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

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

 

Second Half Revivals

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Slow Starts

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Passing 1,500

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

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

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Turnover Battle

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

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

 

Telling Stat

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

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

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

 

Jones Returns To Scoring Form

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

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

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

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

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

 

Doing The Little Things

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

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

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

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

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

 

From Way Back, Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

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

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Loyola continues Patriot League play Sunday at Army

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Army Black Knights

Sunday, January 5, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.

West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola will make its first appearance on the Patriot League road when it travels to West Point, N.Y., for a Sunday, January 5, game at 2 o’clock against the U.S. Military Academy.

The Greyhounds snapped a four-game skid with a victory in their first Patriot League game on Thursday night against the U.S. Naval Academy.

Loyola had a season-high 15 steals against the Midshipmen, tied for the 12th most in school history.

Dylon Cormier made 12-of-12 free throws against Navy, the fifth-best single-game performance from the charity stripe at Loyola.

Loyola has trailed with five minutes left in regulation in four of its six wins this season.

 

Last Time Out

Navy took a 47-34 lead on a Thurgood Wynn 3-pointer with 5:16 left in regulation Thursday night, but Loyola closed the second half on an 18-5 run to force overtime.

Dylon Cormier scored six of his game-high 20 in the extra period, and the Greyhounds won their Patriot League opener, 63-57, over the visiting Midshipmen.

Loyola scored five in a row after Wynn’s three, but two Earl McLaurin free throws put Navy’s lead back to double digits with 4:43 on the clock.

Jarred Jones was fouled on an inbound play and hit two tying free throws with 11 ticks left in regulation to force overtime.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Sunday’s game against Army will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The game, 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 Army

Loyola and Army will meet for the second time on the basketball hardwood when the teams take the floor Sunday afternoon.

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

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

 

Start Of A New Era

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 were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

Back In The Win Column

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

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

 

Die Hard Dogs

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

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

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

 

Overcoming Overtime

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

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

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

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

 

Last Five Focus

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

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

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

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

 

Well Timed Points

Denzel Brito scored a season-high seven points on Thursday night in the win over Navy with all of them coming in the final 4:24 of regulation or overtime.

He was fouled driving and made two free throws at 4:24, and his runner with 44 seconds left pulled Loyola within two, 52-50.

Brito then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter with 39 seconds left in overtime, pushing the Greyhounds’ lead to five.

Brito’s three was just his fourth of the year and his first since hitting one on December 2 at West Virginia.

 

Block Party

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

The four blocks 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 five opponents, Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s, Miami and Navy, 119-88, in the second half.

In those final 20 minutes, the Greyhounds have shot 47.2 percent from the field, but their defense has been the difference. The Seawolves, Hawks, Hurricanes and Midshipmen have been limited to just 31-of-82 (37.8 percent) from the floor during the second halves.

Loyola’s opponents have made just four 3-pointer (4-of-22, 18.2 percent), and they have committed 41 turnovers to Loyola’s 15 after the breaks.

Offensively, Dylon Cormier has averaged 13.3 points in the second halves of the last four games for Loyola, including a 23-point performance against the Hawks.

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 12 games this year, Loyola is outscoring opponents, 37.6-35.5, after halftime.

 

Slow Starts

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

In those games, Loyola has 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 22.7 points per game through 12. Through games of Thursday, January 2, Cormier was eighth 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 nine 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.

 

Into The Top 10

In the first half at Miami, Dylon Cormier moved into the top-10 all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing B.J. Pendleton (1991-95) for sole possession of 10th place.

Cormier now has 1,485 career points, and next up on the all-time scoring list is Maurice Hicks who scored 1,494 from 1981-95.

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 12 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 117 times (10thin Division I through games of January 2). His average of 9.8 free throws per game is tied for fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 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 416-of-588 from the free-throw line. He is fourth in school history in free throws attempted and fifth in made.

 

 

Sticky Fingers

After logging 13 steals in two recent games – at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – Loyola posted a season-high 15 on January 2 against Navy.

The 15 steals raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 9.0 per game. Through games of January 2, the Greyhounds are tied for 15th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in five games – 12 at UMBC, 11 at Connecticut, 13 at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook and 15 versus Navy – through 12 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League, and is t23rd nationally, in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is fifth (1.9) and just outside the top-50. Jarred Jones had a career-high five steals against Navy, while Cormier and Williams each had four.

Cormier now has 163 in his career and moved into fourth-place at Loyola in the Navy game. With 89 in his career, Williams is 22nd on the career chart.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 12 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 3.3 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot league and 32nd in the nation.

Loyola has committed 140 turnovers to its opponents’ 180. The differential is even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have 2:1 more turnovers (101-50).

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s six losses this season – at Connecticut, West Virginia, Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s – the Greyhounds are shooting nearly nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their five victories.

Loyola has made 45.5 percent (152-of-334) shots in five wins versus 37.2 percent (129-of-347) in six losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 17.5 points less (78.3 versus 60.8) in the losses.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (48.1-42.4) 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 second leading scorer this season, averaging 9.8 points per game while shooting a team-best 54.3 percent from the field. He has also gone to the free-throw line 39 times, making 30 attempts for a 76.9 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. The guard, who is in his first year as a starter, has pulled down at least four rebounds in each of the last six games.

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 five games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 9.1 points in Loyola’s first 12 contests, and he is shooting 44.4 percent (20-of-45) 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.

 

Williams To The Basket

R.J. Williams has been a true point guard throughout his career at Loyola, but he has taken more opportunities to score this season. He has scored 10 or more three times (the same number he had during his first two years), including tallying 11 versus Stony Brook to match his career-high.

Against the Seawolves, Williams showed his ability to get to the basket for layups or to draw fouls. He is second on the team in free-throw percentage (77.5), making 31-of-40 from the line this season.

 

From Way Back, Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
10th 1,485 points
Next Maurice Hicks, 1,494
Field Goals Made
17th 488 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
13th 93 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
5th 416 free throws made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 426
Assists
21st 189 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
 

Steals

4th 163 steals
Next Damien Jenifer, 169

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds play their next game on the road – Wednesday, January 8, at American University – before hosting games against Lehigh University and Lafayette College on Saturday, January 11, and Monday, January 13.

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Loyola tries to bounce back Saturday against St. Joseph’s

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Saturday, December 21, 2013  |  3:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md.  |  Reitz Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its second game in three days after a 12-day layoff for final exams when the Greyhounds host fellow Jesuit school Saint Joseph’s University at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

The game is part of a doubleheader that features the Loyola women hosting UMBC in Reitz Arena at 12 noon.

Dylon Cormier logged his seventh 20+ point game of the season, and the 22nd of his career, on Thursday night against Stony Brook University.

Loyola has recorded 13 steals in each of its last two games, raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.8 per game.

The Greyhounds have posted 11 or more steals four times this season.

 

Last Time Out

Stony Brook University took a 17-point lead with 1:17 left in the first half, but Loyola rallied to tie the game twice in the second half on Thursday night in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds could not get over the hump, however, and never led in a 76-69 non-conference loss to the two-time defending America East Conference regular-season champs.

Dylon Cormier made 16-of-21 free throws and finished with a game-high 25 points for the Greyhounds.

After Stony Brook was up 10 with 14:58 left in regulation, Cormier scored eight during a 10-0 run that tied the game for the first time in the second half, 51-51.

 

Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Catholic will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The game, and all of Loyola’s non-televised home games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/pln.

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

 

Series History Versus Saint Joseph’s

Loyola and Saint Joseph’s will meet for the 23rd time in series history, although the first time in the 21st century. The Hawks hold a 16-6 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds won a double overtime thriller, 80-78, the last time the teams met on January 4, 1996. Loyola shot 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free-throw line in the game.

The Greyhounds’ win snapped a 12-game winning streak in the series for the Hawks.

The teams first met during the 1915-1916 season, a contest the Hawks won, 40-20. Loyola, however, won the teams’ second meeting that year, 53-24, in the Greyhounds’ last game of the season.

There were 17 games between the programs from 1915-16 through 1937-38, but they did not meet again until the first game of the 1976-77 season.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on Thursday night, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts are 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.

Through nine games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 91 times (tied for 18th in Division I through games of December 19). His average of 10.1 free throws per game ranks 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 303 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 396-of-562 from the free-throw line. With five more attempts, he will take over fourth-place in school history, while he is 15 from fifth-place in free throws made.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola has logged 13 steals in each of its last two games, raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.8 per game this season.

The Greyhounds have had 11 or more steals in four games – 12 at UMBC, 11 at Connecticut and 13 at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – through nine contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is fourth (2.0). Cormier had a season-high four thefts against the Seawolves.

Cormier now has 157 in his career at Loyola, fifth-most in school history and three out of fourth place. With 81 in his career, Williams is 26th on the career chart.

 

Turnovers Trending Lower

Through eight games this season, the Greyhounds have done a relatively good job of taking care of possessions, averaging 11.1 turnovers per game, second best amongst Patriot League teams.

Loyola is slightly ahead of last year’s average of 11.9 turnovers per game (12.0 in the first nine of the season).

Additionally, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League in turnover margin, averaging 3.4 fewer than their opponents this season. Loyola has forced 14.6 turnovers per game this year, 8.8 per game by route of the steal, a stat that is also tops in the conference.

In all, the Greyhounds have committed 100 turnovers to their opponents 131.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s four losses this season – at Connecticut, West Virginia, Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – the Greyhounds are shooting a full 10 percent worse from the floor than they are in their five victories.

Loyola has made 45.9 percent (134-of-292) shots in five wins versus 35.6 percent (84-of-236) in four losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 21.4 points less (81.4 versus 60.0) in the losses.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.3-42.4) in the games they’ve won.

 

Getting To The Line

Hopefully, the ability Loyola showed against Stony Brook to get to the free-throw line (35 attempts on Thursday) is a sign of things to come. When Loyola opened the season with a 4-0 record, it was going tot he free-throw line 32.5 times (129 total).

Since then, however, Loyola has gone to the line an average of just 20.2 times (101 total) in its last five games. Take out the 35 attempts against Stony Brook, and the Greyhounds were averaging just 16.5 free throws attempted over a four-game stretch.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 23.8 points per game through nine. Through games of Thursday, December 19, Cormier is fourth in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (28.6), Creighton University’s Doug McDermott (25.3) and Texas Southern’s Aaric Murray (24.5).

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 seven 20+ point games in nine 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.

 

1,400 For Cormier

In the second half at Mount St. Mary’s, Dylon Cormier became the 12th player in school history to score 1,400 or more points in a career. Entering Saturday’s  game against Saint Joseph’s with 1,427, Cormier is four points away from tying Bob Connor (1967-72) for 11th place in school history.

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

 

Rassman Producing More

Franz Rassman has shown his best scoring form of the season in Loyola’s last three games, averaging 11.0 points in those three contests.

After tallying a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting against the Cardinals, Rassman finished with 12 points – 10 in the first half – at Mount St. Mary’s.

In Loyola’s first six games of the season, Rassman was making just 31.8 percent of shots (7-of-22), but he has hit 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the last three contests.

 

Doing The Little Things

Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds. The guard, who is in his first year as a starter, has pulled down at least four rebounds in each of the last six games.

On Thursday night 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 15 assists this year against just six turnovers, and his 4.2 rebounds per game are tied for third on the team.

 

Williams To The Basket

R.J. Williams has been a true point guard throughout his career at Loyola, but he has taken more opportunities to score this season. He has scored 10 or more three times (the same number he had during his first two years), including tallying 11 versus Stony Brook to match his career-high.

Against the Seawolves, Williams showed his ability to get to the basket for layups or to draw fouls. He is tied for Jarred Jones for team-high honors in free-throw percentage (83.9), as they both have made 26-of-31 this year.

 

Outside Shooting Off The Bench

Tyler Hubbard’s role as an outside shooter off the bench has continued this year, with good success. The sophomore is hitting 42.9 percent (12-of-28) shots from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 16.6 minutes per game.

He is also getting to the free-throw line at a good clip with the ability to draw contract when driving into traffic. He has taken the fourth most free throws on the team this season, making 13-of-17.

After averaging 2.8 points in 9.7 minutes per game last season, Hubbard has raised his scoring to 6.1 this year. He has played 24 minutes, season highs, in each of the last two Greyhound games.

 

Slowing Leading Scorers

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season. In his next game, December 2 against No. 15 Florida, Napier hit the game-winner as time expired to finish with 26 points.

Loyola also did a solid job defensively on West Virginia’s leading scorers, guard duo Eron Harris and Juwan Staten. Harris finished with 14 after entering with a 21.1 points per game average; Staten scored four, despite averaging 18.1 prior to the contest. Combined the duo shot 6-of-23 from the field.

 

Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 8.8 points in Loyola’s first nine contests, and he is shooting 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.

 

From Way Back

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.

 

Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon 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 Andre 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.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones 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).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, 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.

 

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
12th 1,427 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 470 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 91 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
6th 396 free throws made
Next Maurice Hicks, 412
Assists
21st 181 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
5th 157 steals
Next Kevin Green, 159

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will play its final regular-season non-conference game of the year on Monday, December 30, at the University of Miami.

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Loyola returns home Wednesday to face Catholic U

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Catholic Cardinals

Wednesday, December 4, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md.  |  Reitz Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the first time since November 16 to face Catholic University of America on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m.

The game will air live on the Patriot League Network and is available at www.loyolagreyhounds.com/pln.’

The Greyhounds are amidst their busiest stretch of the 2013-2014 season, playing their second game in the span of six days. The span started Monday at West Virginia and will wrap up at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

Loyola closed the month of November with a 4-1 record, marking the third time in as many years that the Greyhounds have lost just a single game during the season’s first month.

 

Last Time Out

West Virginia outrebounded Loyola, 62-22, on Monday night, and the Mountaineers defeated the Greyhounds, 96-47, in Morgantown.

Loyola was within five, 18-13, with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, but a Remi Dibo three sparked an 16-2 West Virginia run, and the Mountaineers led by double-digits the rest of the game.

Dibo led all scorers with 19 points off the Mountaineers’ bench, as he hit 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Terry Henderson added 16, and Juwan Staten had 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 11 points, and Eric Laster scored eight.

 


Patriot League Network

Wednesday’s game against Catholic will be the first Loyola men’s basketball contest to air on the Patriot League Network.

The game, and all of Loyola’s non-televised home games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/pln.

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

 

Series History Versus Catholic

Loyola and Catholic will renew a series that is the fourth-most played in Loyola’s program history. The former Mason-Dixon Conference rivals will face each other for the 88th time in a 102-year old series that dates back to January 27, 1911, when Loyola defeated Catholic, 31-9.

The 88 meetings between the teams are fourth in Loyola’s history to Mount St. Mary’s (169th meeting will be Saturday), Washington College (115) and Johns Hopkins (110). American is the Greyhounds’ fifth-most played opponent, as Loyola will play the Eagles for the 85th and 86th times in Patriot League play this year.

The last meeting between the teams was February 10, 1981, a 65-52 Loyola win. The 1980-1981 season was Loyola’s last in NCAA Division II.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 25.5 points per game through six. As of games of Tuesday, December 3, Cormier is second in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (30.0). Mason’s Purple Eagles, however, are 1-7 through eight games, while Loyola is 4-2 behind Cormier.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he already has three 30-plus point efforts.

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) has 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.

In the game at West Virginia, Cormier moved into 12th place all-time at Loyola in points, passing Joel Hittelman (1951-54). Cormier has 1,366 points six games into his senior year; next up on the chart is Bob Connor (1,431 points, 1967-71).

 

20-Plus, Five In A Row

Prior to Cormier, Gerald Brown was the most recent Greyhound to score 20 or more in five or more games. He did so in six outings, from December 30-January 15, 2006-2007.

Brown finished that season, his junior campaign, averaging 22.7 points per game.

 

All-Around Off Outing

Loyola’s 96-47 loss at the Big 12 Conference’s West Virginia saw the Greyhounds beaten in every aspect of the box score: field goal percentage (.432-.339), 3-point field goals (13-of-22 to 4-of-17), free-throws made (19-5), assists (19-11), turnovers (9-11) and rebounds (62-22).

The last time the Greyhounds allowed as many as 96 points was when Georgetown beat Loyola, 99-75, at the Verizon Center on December 18, 2010.

 

Turnover Trend Turnaround

Loyola committed more turnovers than West Virginia by a slim margin, 11-9, but it was the reversal of a trend from the last four games.

In the four games prior to that against the Mountaineers, the Greyhounds had committed an average of 5.5 fewer turnovers than their opponents. The only other game this season that Loyola had more turnovers than its opponent came in the season-opener at Binghamton University when Loyola had 17 to the Bearcats’ 15.

The Greyhounds, who committed 11 turnovers against both Connecticut and West Virginia, have averaged 3.3 fewer per game than their opponents this season.

 

Slowing Leading Scorers

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season. In his next game, December 2 against No. 15 Florida, Napier hit the game-winner as time expired to finish with 26 points.

Loyola also did a solid job defensively on West Virginia’s leading scorers, guard duo Eron Harris and Juwan Staten. Harris finished with 14 after entering with a 21.1 points per game average; Staten scored four, despite averaging 18.1 prior to the contest. Combined the duo shot 6-of-23 from the field.

 

Making A Play

Three Greyhounds saw their first extended playing time against West Virginia on Monday night, and Jevon Patton, Josh Forney and Damion Rashford all had positive results.

Patton played 12 minutes at point guard and scored two points with just one turnover. Forney made his collegiate debut and saw eight minutes of action, making his only shot. Rashford played a career-high 18 minutes, scored his first college points and had two rebounds and two assists.

 

Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

Through the end of November, Laster is second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, making 64.7 percent of his attempts (11-of-17).

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 9.5 points in Loyola’s first five contests, and he is shooting 41.7 percent overall from the field. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.

 

New Addition To The Family

Less than 24 hours after Loyola’s come-from-behind victory at UMBC, the Greyhounds had a new addition to their family. Head Coach G.G. Smith’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son, Ross Patrick Smith, on Thursday, November 21.

 

From Way Back

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.

 

Recent Comebacks

In each of the last two seasons, Loyola’s largest deficits overcome in wins were those of 15 points. Last year, Loyola trailed Boston University by 15 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament only to rally for a victory.

During the 2011-2012 season, the Greyhounds were down by 15 at Fairfield but came back to win.

Both times, the Greyhounds’ largest deficit came with more than 15 minutes left in the game.

 

Laster From Deep

Eric Laster’s 3-point shooting made the Greyhounds’ comeback attempt a reality last week at UMBC. The sophomore guard hit four threes in a 41-second span with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

His first three came on a pull-up in transition at the 1:23 mark, and the second was off an R.J. Williams assist at 1:14. Laster knocked down his third from the top left side with 47 ticks left on the clock, and he took a Dylon Cormier pass five seconds later – after Cormier stole the ball in the backcourt – to knock down his final shot that pulled Loyola within a point, 76-75.

Laster finished the game with five threes – he hit one in the first half – a career-high. Entering the game, Laster had hit just six 3-pointers, five this season and one limited action last year.

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 26.1 times per game this season while converting 17.8 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 68.2 percent from the charity stripe, making 107-of-157.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation).

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 60 free throws through five games, making 41 (68.3 percent). He is averaging 10 free-throw attempts per game this season, seventh-most in the nation through December 2.

The Greyhounds are guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season and at least one in the Patriot League Championships); at this pace, Cormier would take 300 free throws this year. The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 531 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 374 made are also seventh on the Loyola career charts.

Last year, he was 172-of-232 (74.1 percent) from the line, taking an average of 6.8 free throws per game.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the four games.

The Greyhounds’ 72.2 points per game  in their first six, more than five points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 78.3, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots at West Virginia,  brought his Loyola career total to 64, moving him into seventh place all-time at Loyola in the category With 11 more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon 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 Andre 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.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field against Fairfield, but the Greyhounds squeezed out the win, 59-52, thanks to a 24-of-34 night from the free-throw line.

The game was reminiscent in many ways of the another recent game against Fairfield. The last time Loyola won a game when shooting 34.1 percent or lower was when it went 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent) to beat Stags, 48-44, on March 5, 2012, in the MAAC Championship Game. The win advanced Loyola to its first NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons.

 

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones 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).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, 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.

 

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
12th 1,366 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 452 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 88 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 374 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
T-22nd 179 assists
Next Anthony Winbush, 180
Steals
6th 150 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola and Mount St. Mary’s will meet for the 169th time on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Emmitsburg, Md.

The game will air live on MASN.

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