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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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Loyola continues road swing at West Virginia Monday night

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at West Virginia Mountaineers

 

Monday, December 2, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.  |  MASN | ROOT Pittsb.

Morgantown, W.Va.  |  WVU Coliseum

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola wraps up its three-game road trip with a 7 p.m. game on Monday, December 2 at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Loyola wrapped up 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.

At 4-1, the Greyhounds are tied for the second-best start in school Division I history (since 1981-1982), matching the start of the 1985-1986, 1993-1994, , 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 teams. Those squads are behind the 2005-2006 team that won its first five.

Dylon Cormier has five 20-point games in as many contests, and three 30-plus efforts.
Last Time Out

The Greyhounds lost their first game of the season, falling on the road to then-No. 13 University of Connecticut, 76-66, on Tuesday, November 26.

Loyola cut the Huskies’ eight-point halftime lead to three on a trio of occasions in the first four minutes of the second half.

Dylon Cormier scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and was one of three Greyhounds to score in double figures. Eric Laster added 12, 10 in the first half, and R.J. Williams tallied 10 to go with six assists and a game-best four steals.

Loyola outrebounded Connecticut, 40-39, and the Greyhounds had 29 offensive boards.

 

 

Turn On The Television

Monday’s game is the third of three-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. ROOT Sports Pittsburgh will originate the game, and it will air live on MASN, the MId-Atlantic Sports Network in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic areas. Rob King will call the play-by-play, while Warren Baker will handle color analysis duties. Robby Incmilkoski will provide reports from the sideline.

 

Series History Versus West Virginia

Loyola and West Virginia will meet for the second time in series history on Tuesday.

In the first meeting, on November 15, 2009, in Morgantown, the teams were tied, 31-31, at halftime before the Mountaineers scored the first 11 points of the second half.

Loyola shot 52 percent from the field in the game, but then-No. 8 West Virginia made nine 3-pointers and had a 27-12 advantage going to the line, and the Mountaineers won, 83-60.

De’Shaun Butler led all scorers with 26 points.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 28.4 points per game through five. As of games of Friday, November 29, Cormier is second in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (31.2). Mason’s Purple Eagles, however, are 1-5 through six games, while Loyola is 4-1 behind Cormier.

Cormier has scored 20 or more points in all five of the Greyhounds’ 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.

 

 

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.

 

Slowing A Leading Scorer

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 and was the reigning AAC Player of the Week, 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.

 

Improved Rebounding Performance

After being outrebounded by 25 and 19 in its two previous games – Fairfield and at UMBC – Loyola outrebounded then-No. 13 Connecticut, 40-39, last Tuesday in Hartford.

The Greyhounds had combined for just 54 rebounds in their previous two games, logging a season-low 23 against Fairfield and 31 versus the Retrievers. The 39 rebounds collected by UConn were the second fewest a Loyola opponent finished with this season (32 at Binghamton).

 

Need Better Second Chance Conversion

Part of Loyola’s outrebounding of Connecticut was the fact that the Greyhounds grabbed 20 offensive boards to the Huskies’ 10.

Loyola, however, converted the 20 offensive rebounds into just 16 second-chance points.

 

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 9.8 points in Loyola’s first five contests, and he is shooting 45.7 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.

 

Making A Point

R.J. Williams has continued his solid play at point guard for the Greyhounds, scoring 10 points in each of the last two games.

The junior also had six assists and a game-high four assists versus Connecticut.

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 29.0 times per game this season while converting 20.4 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 70.3 percent from the charity stripe, making 102-of-145.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation). The Greyhounds thus far have raised their free-throw percentage by three percent from 68.3 last year.

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 58 free throws through four games, making 40 (69.0 percent). He is averaging 11.6 free-throw attempts per game this season, fourth-most in the nation through November 29. 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 348 free throws.

The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 527 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 373 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.

 

Down The Stretch

In its first five games, Loyola has trailed at the 10-minute mark in regulation during three of its four wins and four games overall, but the Greyhounds have excelled down the stretch.

The Greyhounds have outscored their opponents 27.4-19.6 (137-98) in the final 10 minutes of games (final 10 minutes of regulation or final five of regulation and five overtime minutes). During that span, Loyola is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds’ defense has held opponents to 35.7 percent from the field and just 29.2 percent from behind the arc. Loyola has forced 23 opponent turnovers, 15 by way of Greyhounds steals.

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 55 points, just 43 points less than Loyola’s opponents have scored in that stretch.

 

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’ 77.2 points per game  in their first five is almost 10 points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 74.8, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots at UMBC  brought his Loyola career total to 62, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time at the school. He is now tied with former teammate Julius Brooks (2009-2013). With 13 more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

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.

 

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

He is 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
13th 1,355 points
Next Joel Hittelman 1,360
Field Goals Made
18th 448 field goals made
Next Erik Etherly, 450
3-Pointers Made
16th 86 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 373 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
23rd 176 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 149 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 returns to Reitz Arena for the first time during the month of December for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday night against Catholic University of American. The game will air live on the Patriot League Network.

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Undefeated Loyola faces major test at UConn Tuesday night

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Connecticut Huskies

Tuesday, November 26, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.  |  SNY

Hartford, Conn.  |  XL Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds continue their current three-game swing away from Reitz Arena with a visit to The Nutmeg State for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Nov. 26, against the University of Connecticut.

Loyola’s 4-0 start is its best since it opened the 2005-2006 season with six-consecutive victories.

With two overtime contests in its first four games, Loyola has marked the earliest in program history its needed extra time to settle games. Previously, the Greyhounds played their second overtime of the year in their fifth game of the 1991-1992 season.

Dylon Cormier has four 20-point games in as many contests, and three 30-plus efforts.

 

Last Time Out

UMBC led Loyola by as many as 17 points, taking a 58-41 lead on two Joey Getz free throws with 9:44 left in regulation, but the Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 89-83, in overtime last Wednesday night.

R.J. Williams’ layup at 8:37 started a 10-0 run that cut the deficit to seven in just over two minutes, but UMBC built its advantage back to 10, 73-63, with 90 ticks left on the clock.

Eric Laster, however, hit four threes in a 41-second span, and a Dylon Cormier free throw with 11 seconds left tied the game, forcing overtime.

Cormier matched his career-best with 34 points, and Laster had 16 in the win.

 

Turn On The Television

Tuesday’s game is the second of three-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. SNY will air the broadcast in the New York and Connecticut area. ESPN3 will show it online, as well. Gary Apple will call the play-by-play, while Tim Welsh will handle color analysis duties. Kerith Burke will provide reports from the sideline.

 

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 last Wednesday night, 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.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 29.8 points per game through four. As of games of Thursday, November 21, Cormier is third in the nation in scoring, trailing Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson (30.3) and Niagara’s Antoine Mason (30.0).

Cormier has scored 20 or more points in all four of the Greyhounds’ games, and he already has three 30-plus point efforts.

On Wednesday 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 four-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.

 

20-Plus, Four In A Row

The last Loyola player to score 20 or more points in four-straight games was Jamal Barney who accomplished the feat by tallying 21, 40, 21 and 22 in games from January 11-18, 2009.

Gerald Brown is 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.

 

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.

Through four games this year, Laster is shooting 71.4 percent from 3-point range, knocking down 10-of-14. His 16 points at UMBC were a career-high, raising his season scoring average to 9.3.

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

 

Making A Point

R.J. Williams has continued his solid play at point guard for the Greyhounds, scoring a season-high 10 points in the win at UMBC. He also dished out six assists, tying his season-best from the Cornell game, and had three steals.

Williams made 5-of-7 free throws in the game and is 18-of-23 from the line this season (78.3 percent).

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 32.3 times per game this season while converting 23.3 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 72.1 percent from the charity stripe, making 93-of-129.

The 23.3 free-throws made per game are tied for 26th in the nation, while the 32.3 attempts per game are tied for 32nd.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation). The Greyhounds thus far have raised their free-throw percentage by almost four percent from 68.3 last year.

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 53 free throws through four games, making 37 (69.8 percent). Through games of November 21, Cormier’s 53 attempts are tied for fourth in the nation.

He is averaging 13.25 free-throw attempts per game this season. 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 397 free throws.

The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 523 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 370 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.

 

Down The Stretch

Loyola has trailed at the 10-minute mark in regulation during three of its four win to start the season, but the Greyhounds have excelled down the stretch.

The Greyhounds have outscored their opponents 30.3-20.8 (121-83) in the final 10 minutes of games (final 10 minutes of regulation or final five of regulation and five overtime minutes). During that span, Loyola is shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds’ defense has held opponents to 35.7 percent from the field and just 28.6 percent from behind the arc. Loyola has forced 19 opponent turnovers, 11 by way of Greyhounds steals.

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 53 points, just 30 points less than Loyola’s opponents have scored in that stretch.

Cormier has shot 57.1 percent from the field, knocking down 4-of-7 threes in the final 10. R.J. Williams has be the distributor on offense for Loyola, dishing out seven assists.

 

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’ 80.0 points per game  in their first four is more than 13 points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 74.5, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots at UMBC  brought his Loyola career total to 62, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time at the school. He is now tied with former teammate Julius Brooks (2009-2013). With 13 more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Series History Versus UConn

Loyola and Connecticut will meet for the first time in series history on Tuesday.

The Greyhounds are 2-11 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference. Most recently, Loyola played Memphis on December 30, 2013, falling 78-64 at the FedEx Fourm.

 

Quick Start

Loyola’s 4-0 record through the first week of the year marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the season with a pair of wins.

It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds started 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.

G. G. Smith is the first Loyola head coach to start his tenure on the Greyhounds’ bench with four-straight wins since Walter   did so in 1928-1929 when Loyola opened 6-0.

 

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.

 

Making It A Tradition

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the four-plus minutes of Saturday’s games, but then a Loyola-Fairfield broke out.

The 59-52 final score was indicative of recent games played between the former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents. No team has scored more than 70 points in a game between the two since Fairfield edged the Greyhounds, 73-69, on January 28, 2010, a span of nine meetings.

In fact, it has been since a March 3, 2007, contest that both teams scored 70 or more (Loyola won, 76-72), a span of 16 games.

 

Cormier Earns League Acclaim

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.

Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.

Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

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

He is 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.

 

Dog Debuts

Three players made their Greyhound debuts at Binghamton with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.

Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate 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.

 

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
13th 1,332 points
Next Joel Hittelman 1,360
Field Goals Made
18th 439 field goals made
Next Erik Etherly, 450
3-Pointers Made
16th 84 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 370 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
23rd 176 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 148 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 will wrap up its three-game swing away from Reitz Arena on Monday, December 2, at the University of West Virginia.

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Loyola visits UMBC for crosstown showdown Wednesday

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at UMBC Retrievers

Wednesday, November 20, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.  |  MASN

Catonsville, Md.  |  RAC Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds make the cross-town trek to Catonsville for a 7:30 p.m. game at UMBC on Wednesday, November 20.

Wednesday’s game will be the second-straight for Loyola that will be aired on MASN.

Loyola’s three wins in as many games marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the year with a 3-0 record.

Dylon Cormier has led Loyola in scoring in each of its games this season, finishing with 20 or more points in all three contests.

With his next two points, Cormier will become the 16th play in Loyola history to score 1,300 or more in a career.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola jumped out to a 13-3 lead and eventually led by 12 in the first half, but Fairfield held the Greyhounds without a field goal for more than 11 minutes of the second half, and the Stags took a 1-point lead on three occasions.

The Greyhounds, however, did not allow their deficit to grow to more than a single digit, and Dylon Cormier put Loyola in front with a layup at 6:48.

Cormier, finished with 20 points, while R.J. Williams added eight, and Jarred Jones and Tyler Hubbard each scored seven off the Loyola bench.

Fairfield controlled a 48-23 advantage on the boards, but Loyola had just seven turnovers to the Stags’ 20.

 

Turn On The Television

Wednesday game is the second of four-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. MASN will air the broadcast in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, and Troy Green will handle color analysis duties. Knapp’s voice will become familiar to Loyola fans, as he will call Patriot League contests on CBS Sports Network later this season.

 

No Rebounds, No Problem?

It’s not what a coach wants, but Loyola won Saturday night’s game against Fairfield with just 23 rebounds. Last year’s single-game low in the rebounding column came in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Championship Game when Loyola had 24 in a win, and the last time it posted 23 or fewer was in December 2011 during a loss at St. Bonaventure.

The last time Loyola won a game with 23 rebounds or fewer was on February 7, 2011, when the Greyhounds won at Siena, 76-69. In that game, however, five Loyola players scored in double figures, and the Greyhounds shot 52 percent from the field.

 

Cormier Keeps Scoring

Dylon Cormier posted his third-straight game with 20 or more points to open the 2012-2013 season, finishing with an even 20 against Fairfield. He was 6-of-12 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line in the game. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

Cormier had scored 20 in back-to-back games four times previously in his career, two in each of the last two seasons. Prior to Erik Etherly scoring 26, 23 and 30 in Loyola’s last three regular-season games of 2012-2013, the last Loyola player to accomplish the feat was Jamal Barney who scored 21, 40, 21 and 22 in four consecutive games from January 11-18, 2009.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field on Saturday 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.

 

Little Bit Of Everything

Loyola point guard R.J. Williams had his most productive game of the young 2013-2014 season against Fairfield, leading Loyola with four assists and three steals in 32 minutes of action. He took just two shots, but he went 6-of-6 from the free throw line to finish with eight points.

Williams has maintained a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio this year with 12 assists in the first three games.

 

Making It A Tradition

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the four-plus minutes of Saturday’s games, but then a Loyola-Fairfield broke out.

The 59-52 final score was indicative of recent games played between the former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents. No team has scored more than 70 points in a game between the two since Fairfield edged the Greyhounds, 73-69, on January 28, 2010, a span of nine meetings.

In fact, it has been since a March 3, 2007, contest that both teams scored 70 or more (Loyola won, 76-72), a span of 16 games.

 

Series History Versus UMBC

Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 47th time in series history on Wednesday. Winners of the last six meetings, Loyola holds a 28-18 advantage in the all-time series.

Loyola won the first game of the series in 1971, a 78-48 decision that was during the Greyhounds’ run to the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship. Loyola won the first 10 meetings between the teams before the Retrievers’ first victory in February 1977.

The Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 86-70, on November 14, 2012, in Reitz Arena. Erik Etherly scored a game-high 22 points, while Tyler Hubbard and Dylon Cormier both scored 17.

Hubbard hit 6-of-7 shots, 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc, to set his career-high in points. Fourteen of his points game in the first half, as Loyola led 45-30 at the break. Franz Rassman came off the bench in the game to score eight points and lead Loyola with nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Loyola went on the road to UMBC in 2011 and came away with a 73-63 victory, the 100th of Head Coach Jimmy Patsos’ career.

 

Quick Start

Loyola’s 3-0 record through the first week of the year marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the season with a pair of wins.

It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds started 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.

G. G. Smith is the first Loyola head coach to start his tenure on the Greyhounds’ bench with three-straight wins since Walter Comerford did so in 1928-1929 when Loyola opened 6-0.

 

Bench Contributions

Loyola’s bench players averaged 31 points in the first two games, led by the 17.5 points per game average of Jarred Jones in those contests. The Greyhounds non-starters scored 32 in the opener against Binghamton and then had 30 versus Cornell.

While the Greyhounds’ reserves scored only 20 points against Fairfield, Loyola did receive seven each from Jones and Tyler Hubbard. Jones played just nine minutes due to foul trouble, but he was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the game.

The players coming off the bench have done their scoring in an efficient manner, shooting .491 from the field, and they are playing just 34 percent of the available minutes in the games.

 

Cormier Earns League Acclaim

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.

Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.

Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

 

Down The Stretch

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 38 points, more than half of the Greyhounds’ 73 during that time period.

In the final 10 minutes of each game, Loyola has outscored opponents, 73-54, more than the 16-point combined differential in the three wins.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

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

He is 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.

 

Latham Big In OT

Jordan Latham played all five minutes of the Greyhounds’ overtime period at Cornell, and the senior forward came up with four big points, all off offensive rebounds.

After Cornell scored the first points of the extra period, Latham pulled down a rebound off a Jarred Jones miss and laid it in to tie the score at 81-81, and then with the Greyhounds trailing again by a pair, he tipped in a rebound from five feet out to knot the score at 85-85 with 2:07 to play. Loyola would take the lead for good 23 seconds later.

Latham finished the game with 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds. He also blocked two shots, giving him 59 for his Loyola career to move into a tie with Anthony Smith (1995-1997) for ninth all-time at the school.

 

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 two games.

Loyola’s 79 and 93 point outputs in just two contests would both rank in the top five of single-game scoring totals from the 2012-2013 season when the team averaged 66.9 points per game.

Conversely, it has led the Greyhounds to allowing more points, 74 and 89, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

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.

 

Quality Minutes From Gorski

True freshman Nick Gorski picked some nice spots to contribute in the opening games, particularly in his 13 minutes off the bench at Cornell. The Richmond, Va., product scored seven points and had four rebounds against the Big Red.

In the second half, Gorski knocked down a three from the top of the perimeter at 11:59, pushing Loyola back in front for the first time since the first 30 seconds of the half. He then used a strong post move and scored in the paint almost two minutes later to tie the score at 66-66.

 

Laster In Double Figures

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster saw his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first two 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.

In two games, Laster has shot 5-of-11 from the field an 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Last season, he was just 10-of-31 (.323) overall and 1-of-7 (.143) from behind the arc.

 

Dog Debuts

Three players made their Greyhound debuts at Binghamton with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.

Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate 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.

 

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.

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

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.

 

Turn The TV On

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

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

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

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

 

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
16th 1,298 points
Next Morris Cannon 1,310
Field Goals Made
20th 427 field goals made
Next Robert Olson, 429
3-Pointers Made
16th 86 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92
Free Throws Made
9th 361 free throws made
Next Gerald Brown, 365
Assists
23rd 174 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 146 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

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 stay on the road for its next two games, the first of which will come in Hartford, Conn., on Tuesday, November 26, at 7 o’clock, where the Greyhounds will face the University of Connecticut.

After that game, Loyola will break for Thanksgiving before taking on West Virginia University on Monday, December 2, at 7 o’clock in Morgantown.

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Loyola announces three man hoops recruiting class

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Barnard, Bishop, Gregory Form Men’s Basketball Class of 2018

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball has signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, and the trio will form the Greyhounds’ Class of 2018, Head Coach G.G. Smith announced today.

Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School), Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth Country Day School) and Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephens and St. Agnes School) will join the Loyola program in the fall.

“We are very excited to welcome Chancellor, Colton and Cam to the Greyhound family,” Smith said. “They have shown that they are great players and better people who we are looking forward to joining our program. All three are honor roll students in high school who have shown a great deal of dedication in and out of the classroom.”

Barnard is a local product from Howard County, Md., who helped Glenelg Country win the 2011 MIAA “B” Conference title. As a junior in 2012-2013, Barnard averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game as a combo guard; he also led the Dragons in field-goal percentage, blocked shots, steals and free-throw percentage.

During the 2012-2013 season, Barnard had a six-game stretch in which he averaged 15.8 points per game against MIAA ‘A’ Conference opponents, including outings with 19 and 17 points against eventual A-Conference regular-season champion St. Frances Academy.

Bishop has been a standout point guard at Forsyth Country Day in North Carolina where he averaged 17 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per game as a junior last season. He enters his senior season with 888 career points for the Furies.

He earned All-Northwest North Carolina and NCISAA 3A All-Conference honors in 2013, and he is the two-time Most Valuable Player of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic Pepsi Bracket.

Gregory led the Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) in scoring and rebounding during his junior season in 2012-2013, averaging 16.7 points and 10 rebounds per game at St. Stephen and St. Agnes School (SSSA) in Northern Virginia. He earned All-Met Honorable Mention from The Washington Post after posting more than 10 double-doubles for the Saints.

He was an All-Virginia (VISAA) Second Team honoree while earning SSSA’s Most Outstanding Athlete award as a junior. Gregory helped SSSA win a pair of preseason tournaments – the Potomac Tip-Off Tournament and the Boys Latin Invitational – and he also earned All-Tournament honors at the 2013 Sleepy Thompson Invitational.

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Loyola welcomes former MAAC rival Fairfield to Reitz Arena Saturday

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Information
Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time 8:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
Television MASN (Baltimore/Mid-Atlantic) | SNY (New York/Connecticut)


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland welcomes a familiar foe to Reitz Arena, but this time as a non-conference opponent.
  • The Greyhounds will host their former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Fairfield University on Saturday, November 16, at 8 p.m.
  • The game will air live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, in the Baltimore-Washington and Mid-Atlantic areas, and it will be simulcast on SNY in the New York and Connecticut region.
  • Loyola is off to its first 2-0 start since the 2005-2006 season.
  • G.G. Smith became the first Loyola coach since Skip Prosser in 1993-1994 to win his first two games as the Greyhounds’ head coach.

Last Time Out    

  • Dylon Cormier scored seven unanswered points in a stretch of 54 seconds late in the second half to tie the score at 73-73, and after the teams ended regulation tied at 79-79, Cormier score eight of Loyola’s 14 points in overtime to secure a 93-89 victory over host Cornell University last Sunday.
  • Cormier finished with career-highs of 34 points and 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, whileJarred Jones added 13, and Jordan Latham and Eric Laster each had 10.
  • Loyola’s bench outscored Cornell’s 30-13 in the game.
  • The Greyhounds had a 2:1 assist:turnover ratio, dishing out 14 helpers.

Turn On The Television    

  • Saturday’s game is the first of four-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. MASN will air the broadcast in the Mid-Atlantic region, while SNY will simulcast the broadcast in the New York and Connecticut areas.
  • Mark Viviano will call the play-by-play, and Craig Esherick will handle color analysis duties.

Cormier Earns League Acclaim    

  • 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.
  • Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
  • He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.
  • Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

Series History Versus Fairfield    

  • Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 56th time on the hardwood Saturday night with the Stags entering the game with a 36-19 advantage in the previous meetings.
  • The Greyhounds won both meetings last season, rallying from a late second-half deficit to force overtime in the first game and then pulling away in the second half for a win on the road in the second.
  • In the first game, Loyola held Fairfield scoreless for the final 4:47 of regulation and the first 1:39 of the extra period.
  • Fairfield led 47-41 with 4:47 on the second-half clock, but the Stags would not score again in regulation as Loyola went on an 8-0 run that spanned into overtime where Jordan Latham scored the first basket. Although the Stags tied the game after Latham’s bucket, Dylon Cormier put Loyola in front for good at 2:49. Neither team led by more than six in the game.
  • In the second game, at Fairfield, Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly became the first pair of Greyhounds to score their 1,000th points in the same game. Loyola built a 10-point lead in the second half that the Stags eventually cut to three, but the Greyhounds secured the win with free throws late.
  • The teams split their regular-season meetings in 2011-2012 each winning on the other’s home court, but Loyola won the rubber match, 48-44, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., in the MAAC Championship game.

Quick Start    

  • Loyola’s 2-0 record through the first week of the year marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the season with a pair of wins.
  • It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds started 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.
  • G. G. Smith also became the first Loyola head coach since Skip Prosser to win his first two games at the helm of the Greyhounds program.

Down The Stretch    

  • As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes – last 10 of the second half at Binghamton, final five of regulation and five minutes of overtime at Cornell – of Loyola’s first two contests, Cormier has scored 28 points, more than half of the Greyhounds’ 50 during that time period.
  • In the final 10 minutes of each game, Loyola has outscored opponents, 50-39, more than the nine-point combined differential in the two wins.
  • Loyola has also shown an advantage on the boards during the final 10 minutes of games, outrebounding foes, 29-21.

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games    

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

Bench Contributions    

  • Loyola’s bench players have averaged 31 points in the first two games, led by the 17.5 points per game average of Jarred Jones. The Greyhounds non-starters scored 32 in the opener against Binghamton and then had 30 versus Cornell.
  • The players coming off the bench have done their scoring in an efficient manner, shooting .561 from the field, and they are playing just 39 percent of the available minutes in the games.
  • Meanwhile, Loyola’s opponents’ non-starters are averaging just 11.5 points per game through two contests.

Latham Big In OT    

  • Jordan Latham played all five minutes of the Greyhounds’ overtime period at Cornell, and the senior forward came up with four big points, all off offensive rebounds.
  • After Cornell scored the first points of the extra period, Latham pulled down a rebound off a Jarred Jones miss and laid it in to tie the score at 81-81, and then with the Greyhounds trailing again by a pair, he tipped in a rebound from five feet out to knot the score at 85-85 with 2:07 to play. Loyola would take the lead for good 23 seconds later.
  • Latham finished the game with 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds. He also blocked two shots, giving him 59 for his Loyola career to move into a tie with Anthony Smith (1995-1997) for ninth all-time at the school.

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 has shown up in the statistics through two games.
  • Loyola’s 79 and 93 point outputs in just two contests would both rank in the top five of single-game scoring totals from the 2012-2013 season when the team averaged 66.9 points per game.
  • Conversely, it has led the Greyhounds to allowing more points, 74 and 89, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

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.

Quality Minutes From Gorski    

  • True freshman Nick Gorski picked some nice spots to contribute in the opening games, particularly in his 13 minutes off the bench Sunday at Cornell. The Richmond, Va., product scored seven points and had four rebounds against the Big Red.
  • In the second half, Gorski knocked down a three from the top of the perimeter at 11:59, pushing Loyola back in front for the first time since the first 30 seconds of the half. He then used a strong post move and scored in the paint almost two minutes later to tie the score at 66-66.

Laster In Double Figures    

  • After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster saw his role exand dramatically this season, starting the first two 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.
  • In two games, Laster has shot 5-of-11 from the field an 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Last season, he was just 10-of-31 (.323) overall and 1-of-7 (.143) from behind the arc.

For Starters    

  • Loyola opened its 2013-2014 campaign Friday night with a 79-74 win over Binghamton. The Greyhounds led for just 11 minutes, 3 seconds of the game, but they held the Bearcats without a field goal for the final 2:44.
  • Binghamton scored the first seven points of the game before Dylon Cormier scored out of a timeout at the 17:06 mark. The Bearcats extended their first-half lead to nine, 17-8, on two Jordan Reed free throws at 13:34, but Loyola scored the next seven points to get within a pair on Nick Gorski’s first collegiate points, a layup at 10:19.
  • An Eric Laster three at 5:03 gave the Greyhounds their first lead of the game, 29-26, and his second three of the half, at 3:11, put Loyola up six.
  • Binghamton cut the lead to one at halftime and went back in front early in the second half. It led by six twice in the second half, but Loyola scored seven in a row after the second occurrence to take a lead of its own.

In The Final Five    

  • Loyola outscored Binghamton, 14-4, in the final five minutes of Friday night’s game, holding the Bearcats to 1-of-6 from the field. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds made 3-of-5 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws.
  • Dylon Cormier scored nine of the 14 for Loyola during that stretch, hitting a three, a transition layup and 4-of-5 free throws.
  • Defensively, Loyola forced three Binghamton turnovers, all coming on Greyhounds steals, two by Eric Laster and one by Cormier. R.J. Williams was involved in two of the three turnovers, forcing the action to create steal opportunities.
  • Jarred Jones also had two key blocked shots during the stretch (more later).

Dog Debuts    

  • Three players made their Greyhound debuts at Binghamton with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.
  • Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate 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.

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 Dogs    

  • Seven players will make their Loyola debuts this season with the roster featuring two juniors who transferred from other schools, three redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen.
  • Denzel Brito will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending 2010-2012 at a different Jesuit school with a similar name: Loyola University Chicago. As a sophomore in 2011-2012, Brito started 21 games for the Ramblers and led the team in assists with 3.5 per game, while averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. In their last four games, he averaged 11.0 points.
  • Stefano Mancini joined the team before the fall semester. The former Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Maine spent the 2011-2012 season at the University of Maine.
  • Forward Josh Forney and guards Damion Rashford and Sean Tuohy Jr. all redshirted last season for the Greyhounds and will see their first collegiate action this season.
  • True freshmen Nick Gorski and Jevon Patton were the first signees by the new coaching staff at Loyola and joined the program this fall. Both Gorski and Patton led their respective high school programs to state titles in 2012-2013, Gorski at Benedictine Prep in Richmond, Va., and Patton at Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C.

Gone, But Not Forgotten    

  • Five players earned their Loyola degrees and left the program after exhausting their eligibility last season: forwards Erik Etherly and Julius Brooks, swingman Anthony Winbush and guards Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch.
  • Etherly returned from an early-season shoulder injury to average 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while earning All-MAAC First Team and NABC All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row. He finished with 1,245 points and 669 rebounds in three seasons at Loyola.
  • Olson was the team’s third-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game, and he also averaged 4.2 rebounds as a guard. A 2012 All-MAAC Third Team member, Olson graduated with 1,264 career points and the second-most 3-pointers made in a career (211).
  • Winbush was the quintessential multi-role player for the Greyhounds; he saw action at every position but center last season offensively, and he frequently defended the opponents’ best player, regardless of position. He led the team in overall rebounds (197), was second in overall assists (76) and averaged 7.0 points per game.
  • Brooks provided toughness, rebounding and inside scoring for the Greyhounds, playing in 34 games and starting 10. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and nearly a blocked shot a game as a senior.
  • Wandrusch was a four-year walk-on to the program who was a solid addition to the Greyhounds’ scout team.

New Year, New Coach, New League    

  • Many things associated with the Loyola men’s basketball program have changed, such as first-year head coach G.G. Smith moving up after spending six years as an assistant on the Greyhounds’ bench.
  • Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.
  • The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Preseason Patriot League Picks    

  • Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.
  • As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

Turn The TV On    

  • In a continuing agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), five Loyola men’s basketball games will be broadcast by the regional sports network this season. Additionally, those games will be carried by various other RSNs nationwide.
  • The Greyhounds’ November 16 home-opener against former MAAC foe Fairfield University will be broadcast, as will the November 20 game at UMBC and the December 7 affair at Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will also broadcast the Greyhounds’ February 15 game against Boston University. MASN will also pick up the ROOT Sports Pittsburgh feed of Loyola’s game at West Virginia University on December 2.
  • Two Loyola games will air nationally on CBS Sports Network as part of the Patriot League’s television package. The Greyhounds will be featured on back-to-back Monday nights in January, starting with a January 13 game in Reitz Arena against Lafayette, followed by the January 20 contest at Boston University.
  • Another pair of games will also be televised, with SNY originating the November 26 game at the University of Connecticut and ESPN3 carrying the December 30 contest at the University of Miami.

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
21st    1,244 points
Next    Erik Etherly, 1,245
Field Goals Made
24th    412 field goals made
Next    Tracy Bergan, 416
3-Pointers Made
17th    79 3-Pt. Made
Next    Anthony Walker, 81
Free Throws Made
9th    341 free throws made
Next    Gerald Brown, 365
Assists
23rd    172 assists
Next    Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th    142 steals
Next    Mike Powell, 154

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 another game on the airwaves of MASN when it makes the cross-Baltimore trek to UMBC for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday, November 20.

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Loyola looks for 2-0 start Sunday at Cornell

Posted on 09 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Cornell Big Red

Sunday, November 11, 2013  |  4:00 p.m.

Ithaca, N.Y.  |  Newman Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland wraps up its season-opening road trip on Sunday, November 10, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The game is the first of a two-game series that will see the Big Red visit Loyola’s Reitz Arena next season.

G.G. Smith won his first game of his head coaching career on Friday night at Binghamton. He became the 20th head coach in Loyola history on April 12, 2013, after spending the last six seasons as an assistant on the Greyhounds’ bench.

The win was the Greyhounds’ second-straight in season openers.

Loyola returns eight players from a team that went 23-12 last year.
Last Time Out

Loyola led for just over a quarter of the game (11:02), but came away with a 79-74 season-opening win over Binghamton University on Friday night in Vestal, N.Y.

Dylon Cormier and Jarred Jones scored 33 and 22 points, respectively, career-highs for both.

Cormier gave the Greyhounds the lead for good on a free-throw with 1:58 to play, as Loyola held the Bearcats without a field goal for the final 2:44.

Jones also blocked four shots, two coming on layups that would have given Binghamton the lead in the final 2:10.

The Greyhounds shot 50 percent from the field and held Binghamton to 39.1.

 

For Starters

Loyola opened its 2013-2014 campaign Friday night with a 79-74 win over Binghamton. The Greyhounds led for just 11 minutes, 3 seconds of the game, but they held the Bearcats without a field goal for the final 2:44.

Binghamton scored the first seven points of the game before Dylon Cormier scored out of a timeout at the 17:06 mark. The Bearcats extended their first-half lead to nine, 17-8, on two Jordan Reed free throws at 13:34, but Loyola scored the next seven points to get within a pair on Nick Gorski’s first collegiate points, a layup at 10:19.

An Eric Laster three at 5:03 gave the Greyhounds their first lead of the game, 29-26, and his second three of the half, at 3:11, put Loyola up six.

Binghamton cut the lead to one at halftime and went back in front early in the second half. It led by six twice in the second half, but Loyola scored seven in a row after the second occurrence to take a lead of its own.

 

In The Final Five

Loyola outscored Binghamton, 14-4, in the final five minutes of Friday night’s game, holding the Bearcats to 1-of-6 from the field. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds made 3-of-5 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws.

Dylon Cormier scored nine of the 14 for Loyola during that stretch, hitting a three, a transition layup and 4-of-5 free throws.

Defensively, Loyola forced three Binghamton turnovers, all coming on Greyhounds steals, two by Eric Laster and one by Cormier. R.J. Williams was involved in two of the three turnovers, forcing the action to create steal opportunities.

Jarred Jones also had two key blocked shots during the stretch (more later).

 

Cormier Leads The Way

Dylon Cormier rebounded from a slow start – he was just 3-of-11 from the field in the first half – to score 21 in the second 20 minutes. The senior guard was 7-of-11, and 2-of-3 from 3-point range, after the break.

His 31 points eclipsed his previous career best of 27, set last November in a win at Coppin State University. He also tied his career-high with 10 field goals made, and his 22 attempts were also a career-high.

Twelve of Cormier’s points came in the game’s final 10 minutes, and nine of them were in the last five.

Cormier’s 31 points were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney dropped 40 on NJIT in a January 14, 2009, game at Reitz Arena.

 

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.

Bench Support

Led by Jarred Jones’ 22, Loyola non-starters scored 32 points, and several of them were key during the first half when Binghamton had opened up a lead of nine.

In a three possession stretch, Nick Gorski scored his first career points by grabbing an offensive board and laying it back in, and then Tyler Hubbard hit a three from the top left of the perimeter at 9:40, making it a two-point game. The next trip down the court, R.J. Williams found Denzel Brito who knocked down a three for his first points in a Greyhounds uniform.

The points were the only of the game for Hubbard and Gorski, and Brito added two free throws with less than three seconds left to seal the victory.

The bench players also contributed 17 of the Greyhounds’ 37 rebounds with Jones leading the team with seven and Brito chipping in six, all on the defensive end. Brito also led all players with three assists.

 

Dog Debuts

Three players made their Greyhound debuts on Friday night with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.

Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate 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.

 

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 Dogs

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

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

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Series History Versus Cornell

Loyola and Cornell will play for the second time in series history on Sunday afternoon, the first coming when the teams met in the Preseason NIT on November 18, 2008, at Boston College.

The Big Red won that decision, 82-72, as Ryan Wittman led four players in double figures with 24 points.

Tony Lewis scored a career-high 23 points for Loyola, while Brett Harvey added 18, and Isaac Reid had 13.

 

Turn The TV On

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

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

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

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

 

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
21st 1,244 points
Next Erik Etherly, 1,245
Field Goals Made
24th 412 field goals made
Next Tracy Bergan, 416
3-Pointers Made
17th 79 3-Pt. Made
Next Anthony Walker, 81
Free Throws Made
9th 341 free throws made
Next Gerald Brown, 365
Assists
23rd 172 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 142 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154


Latham On Blocks List

Jordan Latham now has 57 blocked shots in his two-plus seasons at Loyola. He is 11th all-time in that statistical category, one shy of tying Mike Wagner (1987-91) for 10th and two away from Anthony Smith (1995-97) in ninth.

Latham blocked a team-high 37 shots last year.


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

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Cormier, Jones lead way as Loyola wins G.G. Smith’s debut

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Cormier, Jones’ Career-Highs Give G.G. Smith First Win

VESTAL, N.Y. – Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) and Jarred Jones (John Carroll) scored 31 and 22 points, respectively, and Loyola University Maryland held off host Binghamton University, 79-74 for the first head coaching win of G.G. Smith’s career on Friday night.

A Cormier free throw with under two minutes to play gave Loyola (1-0 overall) the lead for good, and two late blocks by Jones on Bearcats layups helped seal the win.

Cormier scored 21 of his points in the second half, while Jones distributed his 22 evenly between stanzas.

Jones also had a game-high four blocked shots and team-best seven rebounds for the Greyhounds.

“Dylon and Jarred really carried us for stretches tonight, and Jarred’s two blocks were very big for us because they came at times that Binghamton had what seemed to be good looks,” said Smith, who was promoted on April 12 after six years as an assistant for the Greyhounds. “We have some things to work on, certainly, but it’s always good to get the first one.”

Binghamton led by as many as six in the second half when Yousef Yacob hit a three with 11:45 to play, but Cormier scored the next four points, and Jones tied the game less than two minutes later.

Three-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Binghamton’s Marlon Beck and Yacob gave the Bearcats a 70-65 advantage with 5:05 left, but after a Jones free throw, Cormier knocked down a baseline three at 4:19 to make it a one-point game.

Cormier made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line on Loyola’s next possession to tie the game at 70-70. Loyola would not trail after that point.

A Cormier layup would give the Greyhounds a 72-70 advantage with 3:07 on the clock, but Robert Mansell responded with a layup on the other end, tying the game for Binghamton.

Loyola could not convert offensively on its ensuing possession, and a long rebound led to a fast-break opportunity for the Bearcats. Jones, however, sprinted back and swatted a Yacob layup off the glass, denying Binghamton the lead.

The Bearcats did, however, get the offensive rebound, but Eric Laster came up with a steal for Loyola, leading to a Cormier breakaway. He was fouled hard, though, by Mansell and made 1-of-2 at the line, putting Loyola up by one, 73-72.

Again, Binghamton had a layup attempt on its next possession, this time by Beck, but Jones’ weak-side block preserved the lead again for Loyola.

This time, Denzel Brito came down with the rebound for Loyola, and after the Greyhounds worked 30 seconds off the game clock, Jones hit a running jumper to make it a 75-72 Loyola lead.

Nick Madray, who had 22 in his collegiate debut for Binghamton, made a pair of free throws to cut it back to one with 59.4 seconds left, but Cormier was fouled on his way to the basket with 31 ticks on the clock, and the senior guard capitalized with both from the stripe.

Binghamton called a timeout with 28 seconds left, but after a shot-fake, Mansell’s three went long, and Brito grabbed his sixth rebound of the game, was fouled and made two sealing free throws.

Cormier and Brio each came up with six rebounds, as the Greyhounds outrebounded Binghamton, 37-32. Fifteen of Loyola’s boards came on the offensive glass.

Binghamton took a quick lead, scoring the game’s first seven points, and the Bearcats stretched it to nine, 17-8, on two Jordan Reed free throws 6:26 into the first half.

Loyola, however, scored the next seven points to cut it to a pair on Nick Gorski’s first collegiate points, and while Binghamton pushed it back to five on a traditional 3-point play by Mandray, Loyola tied it at 24-24 with 6:55 on the clock.

A 7-0 run in the next 90 seconds, capped by a Cormier basket, pushed the Greyhounds up 31-26, a lead that would be trimmed to one, 37-36, at halftime.

Reed, a Preseason All-America East First Team player, led the Bearcats with 23 points and nine rebounds.

The Greyhounds continue their season-opening road trip on Sunday, November 10, in Ithaca, N.Y., where they will face Cornell University at 4 p.m.

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Loyola opens hoops season Friday night at Binghamton

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Binghamton Bearcats

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

Vestal, N.Y.  |  Events Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013.

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

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

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

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

 

Meet The Staff

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Back In The Fold

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Dogs

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

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

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Series History Versus Binghamton

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

The Greyhounds won that decision, 71-45.

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

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

 

Exhibition Recap

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

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

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

 

Turn The TV On

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

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

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

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

 

Introducing The Patriot League Network

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

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

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

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

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

 

Latham On Blocks List

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

Latham blocked a team-high 37 shots last year.

 

Etherly Signs Pro Contract

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

Up Next

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

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

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Loyola picked to finish fifth in Patriot League preseason poll

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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