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Coppin eyes third straight win Monday at Norfolk State

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. - After dropping its first conference game in almost two years, the Norfolk State men’s basketball team will look to get back on track on Monday night as the Spartans host Coppin State at 8 p.m. at Joseph Echols Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Media Coverage: Fans can listen to the game and watch the live video stream at the same time with the Spartan Showcase Video Streaming portal. Live stats will be available as well here.

Series History: NSU owns a 21-11 lead in the all-time series with Coppin State. The Spartans have won two in a row and eight of the last 10. NSU won both meetings last year, 75-68 at home and 80-70 up in Baltimore. Each of the last 14 meetings has been decided by 10 points or less.

About Coppin State: The Eagles own a 6-11 overall record and a 3-1 mark in conference play after downing Hampton 71-68 on Saturday. They also defeated Delaware State and South Carolina State this year while dropping a contest against league-leading Savannah State. Michael Murray leads the way with 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Andre Armstrong ranks second with 12.0 points, while teammate Sterling Smith also scores in double figures with 10.4. Taariq Cephis contributes 9.5 points and 4.1 assists. Opponents shoot 48 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range, but the Eagles do a good job of getting to the free throw line and converting, hitting 74.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Last Time Out: Morgan State had a big edge in points off turnovers and second-chance points in defeating NSU 87-70 on Saturday at Echols Hall. The loss snapped NSU’s 23-game regular season conference win streak and also broke a six-game win streak against the Bears. Justin Black had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Anthony Hubbard added 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists for MSU. The Bears outscored the Spartans 29-7 in points off turnovers, as NSU had twice as many giveaways as MSU (18-9). Pendarvis Williams and Malcolm Hawkins added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Back in the FoldRaShid Gaston competed in his first game in nearly two months when he played 20 minutes and totaled four points and two rebounds at Delaware State. He missed 13 games due to a torn meniscus and a partial tear of his ACL in his left knee suffered during practice on Nov. 17. Zieyik Estime, meanwhile, missed three games as well from Jan. 3-13 due to an ankle sprain.

Senior Leadership: NSU has scored 1,394 points this year, with 1142 of those points (81.9 percent) coming from NSU’s eight-player senior class.

Spartans in the MEAC: NSU is 4-1 this year in the MEAC and 33-4 since the start of the 2011-12 season.

Don’t Foul ‘EmMalcolm Hawkins and Pendarvis Williams have been on fire from the charity stripe lately. Hawkins has hit 45-of-49 from the free throw line over his last 10 games, while Williams has connected on 39-of-43 in the last 11 games. Hawkins had made 24 straight free throws before a miss at DSU, while Williams was 8-of-8 at UMES, including 4-of-4 in the last 20 seconds of the game. Hawkins, meanwhile, hit 5-of-6 in the last minute at DSU.

As a team, the Spartans are connecting on 71.5 percent from the foul line this year. Only once in the previous 30 years has NSU hit better than 70 percent from the free throw line in a season (72.0 percent, 2003-04). The all-time program record is 72.3 percent set in 1968-69.

Williams (83.9 percent) and Hawkins (83.8) are ahead of the program’s individual Division I record of 83.3 set by Ryan Grier in 2003-04. The all-time NSU record is 85.6 percent set by David Donerlson in 1991-92.

Rare CompanyPendarvis Williams is one of five all-time NSU players with at least 1,400 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals along with Ralph Tally, Barry Mitchell, Tony Murphy and Michael Deloach. Williams needs 41 more rebounds to reach 500 for his career, and should he reach that mark he will join Tally and Mitchell as the only players to reach 1,400 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.

Dominating the Inside: Norfolk State has outscored opponents 660-517 in points in the paint, an average of 7.9 points per game. Against East Carolina, the Spartans had a 50-16 edge in points in the paint, and against Stillman that margin was 62-26. On the flip side, opponents have taken 114 more 3-pointers than NSU this year.

The Hawk: Senior Malcolm Hawkins has scored in double figures in every full game he’s played this year (He played only the second half at Delaware State). He had his fifth 20-point game of the year against Seattle with 22 points. His 16.7 per-game average currently ranks as the seventh-best in the Division I era (1997-Present) behind three players – Michael Deloach, Damian Woolfolk and Tony Murphy – who each became 1,700 career point scorers at NSU.

Taking Care of the Ball: NSU has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of the last 15 games.

Increased Production: Starting guard Jamel Fuentes has posted 8.8 points on 12-of-25 shooting with 4.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the last four games. He has also had at least four assists in the last 10 games. After scoring just six points all year, Kievyn Lila-St. Rose added a career-high 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting at UMES when NSU was down to just nine active players. Lila-St. Rose is averaging 6.0 points in the last four games.

Brandon Goode tallied 12.5 points on 21-of-31 field goals in four games from Dec. 30-Jan. 13. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 and is shooting 19-of-26 from the field over the last four games.

Hot HandsJamel Fuentes has a 61-19 assist-turnover ratio over his last 10 games.

MEAC Rankings: Several NSU players rank in the top 5 in the league, including Malcolm Hawkins, who ranks first in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (41.9). Other top 5 performances include Brandon Goode (2nd – 61.9 field goal percentage; 5th – 2.5 blocks, 6.8 rebounds), Jamel Fuentes (1st – 2.8 assist-turnover ratio; 2nd – 5.7 assists), Pendarvis Williams (5th – 83.9 free throw percentage) and Hawkins (4th – 40.0 3-point field goal percentage).

As a team, NSU ranks first in scoring offense (77.4), field goal percentage (49.0), 3-point field goal percentage (35.6) and opponent rebounding (32.7). The Spartans also stand second in assists (14.4), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and offensive rebound percentage (36.0) and third in scoring margin (+0.6), free throw percentage (71.5), rebounding margin (+1.8) and defensive rebound percentage (66.0).

Hot Shooting: Thanks to a 35-of-53 effort over a five-game stretch from Nov. 26-Dec. 15, Pendarvis Williams is now currently shooting 50.2 percent (102-of-203) from the floor this year, including 62.4 percent (68-of-109) from inside the arc.

Brandon GoodeRiley Maye and RaShid Gaston, meanwhile, have combined to hit 149-of-244 (61.1 percent) from the floor this year. Maye and Anell Alexis have hit a combined 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range as well.

As a team, the Spartans are shooting 49.0 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent from 3-point range this year, the best marks in a season since 1994-95 (49.5 percent) and 1998-99 (35.7 percent), respectively.

Scoring Offense: NSU’s is scoring 77.4 points per game this year, the highest scoring season since averaging 86.3 per game in 1998-99.

Beginning the Climb: Sitting at No. 21 right now in the all-time scoring list at NSU with 1,402, Pendarvis Williams needs two more points to reach 20th all-time. From there he would need more than 130 points to get to the next spot.

Jamel Fuentes now has 353 career assists, which ranks eighth all-time at NSU. He needs six more to reach seventh place.

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Coppin welcomes South Carolina State to CSPEC Monday night

Posted on 12 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD—The South Carolina State men (5-10, 1-1 MEAC), will look to bounce back in the win column when they take on Coppin State (4-11, 1-1 MEAC) in a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic conference doubleheader, Monday at the Coppin Center. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m., immediately following the women’s game.

The Bulldogs dropped a tough, 73-56, decision to the Bears of Morgan State on Saturday to fall to 1-1 in the MEAC, senior All-MEAC forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way with 16 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, freshman guard Jalen White added 12 in the loss.

“We don’t add any extra pressure on ourselves we just have to play Bulldogs basketball and take it one game at a time,” said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. “It’s not going to be easy playing a team that’s well coached by a legend (Coach Fang Mitchell) but we also have a good team and we will play our hearts out and leave it on the floor.

Hezekiah leads the team in scoring this season with 13.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds. Senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams is second on the team behind Hezekiah with 9.5 points per contest. Sophomore forward Daryll Palmer leads the team in rebounds with 6.6 boards, while tossing in 7.7 points.

Coppin State dropped their second conference contest, 75-53, to Savannah State on Saturday. The Eagles is led by Michael Murray with 15.6 ppg, while teammates Sterling Smith and Andre Armstrong added a little over 10.0 points per outing.

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Coppin tries to stay hot Saturday at Richmond

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Coppin State University men’s basketball team will add some more frequent traveler miles to its ledger when it makes the three-hour bus trip down Interstate 95 to meet the University of Richmond at the Robbins Center Saturday night. Tip off for the non-conference contest is at 6 p.m.
The game will be joined in progress on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic Plus.
The Eagles have traveled often this season thanks to a pair of trips across the continent in a four-week period. Coppin State will not play at home again until after the ball drops in Times Square. The game against Richmond begins a stretch of five straight road games to close out 2013.
Coppin State (4-4 overall) will look to extend its winning streak to three games while Richmond (7-3) will try to bounce back from an overtime loss to Wake Forest in its last outing. Coppin State and Richmond have met once and that was on Nov. 30, 2008 with the Spiders coming away with a 78-67 victory.
While the on-court history is basically non-existent, Richmond and Coppin State share a special bond because they have won NCAA tournament games as No. 15 seeds and eliminating highly regarded No. 2 seeds in the process. Richmond beat Syracuse in 1991 and Coppin State took out South Carolina in 1997. Those memories are forever cherished in the NCAA’s “One Shining Moment: 1987-2011” DVD.
The Eagles are flying high entering this matchup. Fresh off of a pair of victories over Delaware State and UMBC, Coppin State’s offense is rolling. In their last two games, the Eagles have recorded 34 assists and made 21 3-pointers. In its 91-71 win over cross-town foe UMBC, all five starters for Coppin State reached double figures in scoring led by senior forward Michael Murray’s 21 points. The reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the week, Murray has scored at least 20 points in consecutive games for Coppin State.
Junior guard Taariq Cephas had 18 points and eight assists. He has 18 assists in Coppin State’s last two games. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith and senior forward Arnold Fripp were efficient as each player took nine shots to finish with 17 and 15 points, respectively against UMBC. Junior forward Brandon St. Louis scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked a season-high five shots.
Murray leads the Eagles in scoring with a 15.3 point per game average despite missing the first four games of the season. Smith has scored in double figures in seven games this season and is second on the team with a 14.8 point per game average. Cephas leads the Eagles in assists with 39 and averages 11.8 points per contest. Fripp chips in 9.9 points per outing for Coppin State, which is 4-0 this season when it records 10 or more assists.
“We have a lot of scorers on our team,” Smith said. “We’re learning to play with each other and we’re making progress with each game we play. However, we know that the key for us in this game is playing defense and getting stops.”
The Eagles will definitely need their defense as the Spiders are a pretty formidable bunch especially at home in Virginia’s capital city along the James River. This is the opener of a three-game homestand for Richmond, which played five of its last six games on the road. The Spiders are 4-1 at home this season and have won 41 of their last 47 non-conference home games.
Richmond’s defense has been stingy this season, allowing 64.5 points per game, which ranks third in the Atlantic 10. The Spiders have held the opposition to 61 points or less in regulation in five straight games. The Spiders are second in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage (.392) and are fourth in the Atlantic 10 and 26th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.274).
Senior guard Cedrick Lindsay leads the Spiders and is second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 18.2 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 20 of the Spiders’ last 24 games. Also averaging double figures for Richmond is junior guard Kendall Anthony (11.5 points per game) and sophomore forward Terry Allen (10.1 ppg.). Allen is also the Spiders’ leading rebounder (6.5).
Coppin State welcomes the opportunity to compete against a Richmond program that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011. The Eagles have already played Pac-12 schools California and Oregon along with Top 25 giants Michigan and Gonzaga this season. Smith believes the Eagles are in a better place heading into this matchup.
“The Michigan and Gonzaga games were humbling experiences for us,” Smith said. “You go into those games thinking you can compete and unfortunately we didn’t compete at all. Not saying that we can’t, but we didn’t in those two games. Those games were a wake-up call for us. Everybody is on the same page now. Right now, we’re playing as a team and we’re looking to keep getting better.”
Coppin State will meet 8-1 Southern Mississippi in the BVI Tropical Shootout Friday at 10 p.m. The other half the bracket in that tournament features Jacksonville State against Arkansas-Little Rock. Meanwhile, Richmond will host Ohio University on Sunday, Dec. 22.
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UMBC tries again for first road win Wednesday at Coppin State

Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC (3-7) will be its seventh attempt to garner its first road win of the season when the Retrievers travel to Coppin State (3-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played three games in six days last week and all three were decided by six points or less. The Retrievers edged UMES, 64-59, at home on Dec. 2, but fell at Duquesne (94-88) two days later and at Lehigh (70-68) on Dec. 7. SR F Chase Plummer has scored 48 points in his last two outings, while FR G Rodney Elliott has scored in double figures in the last three games. Both players are averaging 13.9 points per outing.

EAGLE UPDATE: Coppin State opened MEAC play with a convincing 73-54 victory at Delaware State on Dec. 7. Senior forwarrd Michael Murray was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week Monday morning. He scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 11-of-15 shots from the floor. Murray was selected to the MEAC preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the MEAC in rebounds per game last season (8.9) while averaging 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith leads the squad at 14.6 points per game and has converted 17-of-36 shots (47.2%) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC begins the exam period tomorrow and will not be in action again until Sat., Dec. 21, when they make the short trip to Washington, D.C., to face a red-hot George Washington (8-1) squad. 

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Coppin announces 2013-2014 basketball schedule

Posted on 06 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Coppin State men’s basketball head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell recently announced the Eagles 2013-14 schedule which features five games against NCAA Tournament teams from last season and 12 home games including games versus UMBC, Towson and Morgan State.

The Eagles schedule includes matchups with California, Gonzaga, Akron, North Carolina A&T and last season’s NCAA championship runner-up Michigan.

Coppin State’s home schedule includes dates with Wagner, UMBC, Towson and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Morgan State.

The Eagles will also participate in the British Virgin Islands Tropical Shootout in Tortola, British Virgin Islands which features Southern Mississippi, Arkansas-Little Rock, Jacksonville State and Coppin State.

The Eagles will open the season on the West coast against California on Nov. 8 and at Oregon State on Nov. 10.

Coppin State then opens the home portion of its schedule against Wagner on Nov. 18 followed by a home contest with Ohio Valley on Nov. 25.

The Eagles then hit the road for back-to-back games against Michigan and Gonzaga. CSU visits Michigan on Nov. 29 and then travels to Spokane, Wash., to face the Bulldogs on Dec. 1.

Coppin State opens the MEAC portion of its schedule on the road at Delaware State on Dec. 7 in Dover, Del.

The Eagles lone December game is against local rival UMBC on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

Coppin State travels to Richmond to face the Spiders on Dec. 14 before participating in the BVI Tropical Shootout on Dec. 20-21.

The Eagles close out December with road games at Toledo on Dec. 28 and at Akron on Dec. 31.

Coppin State welcomes Towson to the PEC on Jan. 4, which is the first of a three-game homestand. The Eagles will play Savannah State on Jan. 11 and South Carolina State on Jan. 13 in the PEC.

The Eagles will host the Bears of Morgan State on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the PEC in the first of a home-and-home battle.

Coppin State will host Maryland Eastern Shore on March 1 at 4 p.m. in its homecoming game.

The MEAC Tournament will be held March 10-15 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

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Coppin, Morgan renew rivalry Saturday

Posted on 08 February 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Coppin State and Morgan State will renew their cross-town rivalry on Saturday (Feb 9) at 4 p.m. at the Physical Education Complex.

 

Coppin State enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 5-19 and 2-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

 

Junior Michael Murray is the team’s leading scorer averaging 12.1 points per game and he leads the MEAC in rebounding with 9.0 rebounds per game. Andre Armstrong is averaging 21.3 points in his last seven games and he is shooting 42.0 (29-of-69) percent from the three-point line during that stretch. Armstrong also ranks second in the conference averaging 2.2 three-point field goals made per game.

 

Morgan State has an overall record of 6-13 and a 3-5 in the conference. DeWayne Jackson leads the Bears in scoring averaging 14.4 points per game.

 

Coppin State leads the all-time series 51-22 and has won two of the last three meetings.

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Towson welcomes Coppin State to Towson Center Wednesday

Posted on 18 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS LOCAL RIVAL COPPIN STATE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
The Tigers Have Won Four of the Past Five Meetings With the Eagles

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Wednesday as the Tigers host local rival Coppin State. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the Tigers women’s basketball team and is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Mariner Finance is Wednesday’s game sponsor and the first 1,000 fans in the arena will receive lanyards.

The Tigers (4-7), who will be playing just their second home game of the season, are coming off a 65-48 setback to North Dakota State on Saturday. Junior Mike Burwell posted his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season with a team-high 14 points. The guard hit four of his nine three-point field goal attempts and leads Towson with 18 triples on the year.

Graduate student Bilal Dixon registered six points and grabbed a season-high tying 11 rebounds against the Bison. The Tigers committed a season-low six turnovers in the loss.

Coppin State has lost five of its last six games and enters tonight with a 2-9 overall record. The Eagles are led by Michael Murray, who is averaging a double-double with 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds this season. Coppin State has faced some tough competition this season, losing to USC, Texas, Saint Joseph’s and No. 2 Indiana. The Eagles last win came at UMBC (80-61) on December 12.

Towson leads the series history against Coppin State, 6-4. Although the Eagles won last year’s meeting, the Tigers have won four of the last five battles. Coppin State has not won at Towson since Dec. 12, 1992.

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Coppin visits #1 Indiana Saturday night

Posted on 30 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Coppin State men’s basketball team will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on top-ranked Indiana on Saturday in Assembly Hall in the Eagles first-ever meeting with the number one ranked team in the nation.

Coppin State, which has faced 48 ranked teams in its history, has played five games against teams ranked fourth in the nation, which stood as its highest-ranked opponent to date. The Eagles met Kansas in 1994, Missouri in 2003, Oklahoma in 2009 and Connecticut in 2010 and 2011 who were all ranked fourth at the time of the game.

The Eagles will bring a 1-5 record into the game after having lost to Loyola 67-51 on Wednesday in the Physical Education Complex.

Coppin State has been led offensively by freshman Patrick Cole and senior Troy Franklin and defensively by junior Michael Murray. Cole leads the Eagles averaging 15.3 points per game, while Franklin is averaging 12.8 points per game. The two also rank one-two in assists, steals and three-point baskets. Murray has posted five consecutive double-figure rebounding games and four consecutive double-doubles to lead the CSU defensive effort.

Indiana, which is undefeated at 7-0, is paced by all-America Cody Zeller who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Hoosiers have five players averaging in double figures and are averaging 87.9 points per game.

The Hoosiers routed No. 13 North Carolina 83-59 in their latest game and have allowed only one opponent to score more than 61 points on them this season.

The game, which can be seen on the Big Ten Network, will tip at 7:30 p.m.

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Loyola takes win streak to Wednesday showdown at Coppin

Posted on 28 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Coppin State Eagles
Date Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Physical Education Center

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays its second in three days against a team that is located within five miles of the Evergreen campus when it travels across Baltimore to face Coppin State University on Wednesday, November 28. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Eagles’ Physical Education Center.

The game is one of four the Greyhounds will play during the regular season against teams for the State of Maryland. Loyola has defeated UMBC (86-70) and Towson (65-33) and will also host Mount St. Mary’s on December 15.

 

Series History

Loyola and Coppin State will meet for the ninth time when they take the court on Wednesday night with the Eagles holding a 5-3 advantage in the previous eight contests.

In the last three contests between the schools (2008, 2010 and 2011), the home team has won each time with Loyola settling last year’s contest with a 78-68 victory in Reitz Arena.

Dylon Cormier scored 20 for the Greyhounds in that game, and Erik Etherly had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds as five Loyola players scored in double figures. The Greyhounds held a 47-25 advantage in rebounding as four players, in addition to Etherly, had six or more boards.

 

Listen In

The game can be heard worldwide on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

 

Last Time Out

Towson scored the first four points of the game, but an 8-0 run after that sparked by two Robert Olson threes put Loyola in front for the remainder of the game, as the Greyhounds defeated Towson, 65-53, on Monday night in Reitz Arena.

Olson finished with five 3-pointers, scoring all of his 15 points from behind the arc, and Dylon Cormier led all players with 19. Olson scored 12 in the first half, while Cormier deposited 12 of his 19 in the second.

Cormier also led all players in rebounding with eight, while the Greyhounds matched Towson’s rebounding total, 41-41. Entering the game, Towson had outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 11.6 per game.

 

Guards In Charge

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson teamed for 34 points on Monday night against Towson, and they filled the box score in other ways. The duo combined for 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals while not committing a single turnover in 75 combined minutes of action.

Each had a half with 12 points, Olson knocking down four 3-pointers in the first half and Cormier scoring 12 in the second.

 

Cormier All-Around

In addition to leading all players with 19 points on Monday night against Towson, Dylon Cormier paced the game with eight rebounds and four assists.

His eight rebounds were one short of his career-high set last year at George Washington, and it marked the second time in his career he has led the Greyhounds in rebounding. He also had eight to lead the team as a freshman on November 21, 2010, in a 73-59 win over Dartmouth.

This season, Cormier is leading the team in scoring (17.1 points per game) and steals (1.7) and is second in assists per game (2.3) and third in rebounding (4.7).

 

Shooting Start

Robert Olson came out of the gate firing on Monday night, scoring six the Greyhound’s first eight points on his first two 3-point attempts of the game. He hit two more threes during the first half and was 4-of-6 from behind the arc at the break.

After Towson cut Loyola’s 10-point halftime lead to six just over 90 seconds into the second period, Olson hit a three from the right side to push the Greyhounds’ advantage back to nine.

In the last two games, Olson has averaged 17.5 points and made nine 3-pointers.

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola has committed just 13 turnovers in its last two games after having seven against Towson and six at Rhode Island on November 23.. The six were the fewest the Greyhounds have committed since they had only five in the 2010-2011 season-opener on November 12, 2010, at Drexel.

As a team, the Greyhounds are averaging 10.7 miscues per game this season through seven games.

 

Olson Comes Up Big

Robert Olson scored 20 points last Friday night at Rhode Island, coming up one shy of his career-high in scoring (21 at Iona in January 2012 and at Marist in January 2011).

The senior guard made eight field goals, tying his career-high, and his 16 field-goal attempts represented a career-high. He was good from 4-of-9 behind the arc, also the most 3-pointers he’s attempted in a game, and his 39 minutes were the most he’s played since coming to Loyola.

Olson has now scored 20 or more five times as a Greyhound, the last coming when he recorded 21 at Iona on January 13, 2012. He tallied 20 on two occasions and 21 once as a sophomore in 2010-2011. All four of his previous 20 or 21 point games came in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action, and all but one of his five have come on the road.

His game-tying three at Rhode Island was the second of his Loyola career that sent a game to overtime. He nailed a three, also from the left side, against Iona on January 30, 2011, to tie the game a 78-78 with 7.2 seconds on the clock in a game the Greyhounds would win, 88-85, in overtime.

 

Back To The Boards

After the first three games of the season, Loyola was outrebounding teams by an average of nine per game thanks to +14 and +17 performances against Binghamton and UMBC, respectively.

However, the Greyhounds have been outrebounded in each of their last three games by seven (Norfolk State), four (Albany) and five (Rhode Island), an average of 5.5 per game.

Loyola turned it around against Towson, a team that was outrebounding its opponents by nearly 12 boards per game in its first five contests. The Greyhounds and Tigers both had 41 rebounds, as four Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (8), Anthony Winbush (7), Jarred Jones and Robert Olson (both 5) – had five or more in the game.

 

Latham Looms Large

Jordan Latham had one of his better games as a collegian last Friday night at Rhode Island, playing a career-high 27 minutes off the bench before fouling out midway through overtime.

Latham scored a career-best nine points and also had five rebounds, an assist and a block, and he was at his best late in the tight game.

He scored the first three Loyola points of overtime, on a layup and a free throw, after the Rams had jumped out to a 53-50 lead in the extra frame.

 

Doubling Up

Erik Etherly had his first double-double of the 2012-2013 season, the 14th of his career at Loyola. The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds at Rhode Island.

He leads the team with an 8.0 rebounds per game mark and is second with 15.7 points per game. He is also tops on the team with 10 blocks and 10 steals so far this season.

 

Late Game Heroics

Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, have each come down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).

On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier  who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.

Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.

Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.

 

Winbush Distributing

In his first four games back this season, graduate student Anthony Winbush has already leading the team in assists per game (3.5).

His five assists against both Albany and Rhode Island both tied his career-high, a number he previously reached just once (in a January 22, 2012, win over Saint Peter’s at home).

 

Steady Performance

Erik Etherly turned in another 20-point game, his second of the season, against Albany, scoring 23 points on 7-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-12 at the line. He also tied Anthony Winbush for team-high honors with seven rebounds.

Etherly had his second 20-plus point game of the week and the young season after recording 22 in Loyola’s Wednesday-night win over UMBC on November 14.

He has now scored 20 or more six times during his tenure at Loyola – hitting or eclipsing the plateau four times last year – and the Greyhounds are 6-0 in those games.

In Loyola’s three wins that week, including a Saturday victory over Norfolk State in which he scored 12 and had nine rebounds, Etherly averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. He made 22-of-28 (.786) free throws, as well, during the stretch.

 

Slowing Scorers

Albany guards Mike Black and Jacob Iati entered the November 18 game averaging a combined 34.75 points per game, but Loyola held the duo to just 18, including three on Iati’s desperate heave to tie the game with 3.1 seconds left.

Black, who was averaging 18.25 points in four games was 3-of-8 from the field and scored seven points, while Iati went 3-of-7 after averaging 16.5 prior. They also committed eight turnovers in the game.

In the game following Albany’s contest against Loyola – Tuesday at South Carolina State – Black went off for 23 points, making 9-of-11 shots. As a team, the Great Danes set a NCAA Division I record in that game by making 15 3-pointers, although they hit just five versus Loyola.

The Greyhounds did it again against Towson, limiting the then-reigning Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Jerrelle Benimon to seven. Benimon entered the game averaging 16.2 per contest.

 

Hubbard Honored

Redshirt freshman guard Tyler Hubbard was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week last Monday after averaging 10.3 points in three Loyola wins last week.

Hubbard scored a career-high 17 on Wednesday night against UMBC and followed with 11 versus Norfolk State. While he scored just three in the Albany game, he was involved in several key defensive possessions for the Greyhounds at the end of the game.

This season, Hubbard is fourth on the team with a 9.0 points per game average. He is shooting .500 from both 3-point range (12-of-24) and the field at large (15-of-30).

 

Defensive Stance

Loyola used a strong defensive presence in its win over Norfolk State. The Greyhounds forced 19 turnovers, 11 coming via Greyhounds’ steals, a season-high. Loyola also held Norfolk State to 35.8-percent from the field, 33.3-percent in the second half.

Anthony Winbush and Robert Olson each had three steals, and Dylon Cormier came up with a pair.

The Greyhounds also matched their season-high with eight blocked shots. Jordan Latham and Erik Etherly each swatted three, while Jarred Jones had the other two.

 

Freshmen Produce

A trio of Loyola freshmen combined for 34 points and 15 rebounds against UMBC, as Tyler Hubbard (a redshirt freshman) scored 17, while Jarred Jones and Franz Rassman had eight and nine.

The group also had five assists, six blocked shots and four steals in the win.

Combined the three played 70 minutes against the Retrievers.

 

Jones Making Early Impact

Freshman Jarred Jones has started the first five games of his collegiate career and made a difference on the court for the Greyhounds. A two-time All-Metro honoree by The Baltimore Sun at John Carroll High School, Jones scored nine points and had six rebounds on Sunday evening at Washington. He followed that with a box-score filling nine points, five rebounds, three blocks, three steals and two assists versus UMBC.

In his first game, he debuted with just one point, but he filled several box-score categories in his effort. Jones tallied three rebounds and two each of blocked shots, steals and assists.

 

Hubbard From Behind The Line

Tyler Hubbard knocked down all but one of his 3-point attempts against UMBC and has made 8-of-17 this season from long distance. He scored a career-best 17 points against the Retrievers and also had two assists and a steal.

His 12 3-pointers made lead the team, and he is fourth on the squad in scoring with a 9.0 points per game average.

In his collegiate debut against Binghamton, he made 4-of-9 shots, 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and finished the night with 11 points in his collegiate debut. In the process, he became the first player to reach double figures in his first collegiate game since Jawaan Wright came off the bench to score 10 on November 19, 2005, against Towson University.

 

Brooks’ Big Game

Julius Brooks provided 20 solid minutes in the post off the bench for the Greyhounds, recording eight points and a game-high seven rebounds versus Binghamton. Those numbers were not career-highs for the senior, but they were the best he’s put up in some time.

Brooks saw limited action in 29 games last season, averaging just 4.7 minutes per game, but matched his career-high with 28 minutes. His eight points were his most since scoring a career-best 10 on January 31, 2010, as a freshman, and his seven boards were his high since February 25, 2011, when he had eight. Both of those games came against Niagara University.

At Washington, he scored five, had a pair of rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot against the Huskies.

He made his first start since February 2010, his freshman season, on Wednesday night against UMBC.

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).

This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.

Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.

Erik Etherly earned an All-MAAC First Team nod, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson were named to the Second Team.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2002-2005.

 

Saint Peter’s Game At The Meadowlands

The Loyola-Saint Peter’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game slated for Saturday, December 8, has been moved from the Peacocks’ Jersey City campus to the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., at the Meadowlands complex.

The Greyhounds and Peacocks will tip-off at 12 noon prior to the second game of the doubleheader between Duke and Temple.

 

Turnaround…Check

Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 122-123 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

2012 All-MAAC Honors

For the first time since the league expanded to three All-MAAC teams in 1998, four Greyhounds received all-league honors, topping all teams in the conference. Erik Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team, Dylon Cormier to the Second, and Justin Drummond and Robert Olson to the Third.

Loyola led all teams in the MAAC with its four selections, just in front of Iona’s three.

The Greyhounds’ previous high was at the end of the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell (1st), Jason Rowe (2nd) and Roderick Platt (3rd) earned All-MAAC honors.

Etherly led Loyola in scoring (13.7), rebounding (7.5) and blocked shots (50), while finishing second on the team with 63 assists. He shot .530 from the field, good for third in the conference

Cormier was second on the team in scoring, just back of Etherly, with a 13.4 points per game average while improving his field-goal percentage nearly 10 points from his freshman season to .461 as a sophomore.

Drummond has come off the bench in 29 of the Greyhounds’ 33 games last year and is fourth on the team with 11.1 points per game. The guard as also third in rebounding (3.9), and he has scored in double figures 17 times this year.

Olson was one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference last year. He shot .431 from behind the arc, third-best in the MAAC, and averaged 11.1 points per game. The guard entered the month of January averaging less than nine points per game, but from that point forward, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at nearly 13 a contest.

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 128 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola opens the month of December with a game in the Sunshine State on Saturday, December 1. The Greyhounds travel to Fort Myers, Fla., to take on Florida Gulf Coast Unviersity at 7:05 p.m.

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