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Loyola visits Iona Friday in nationally televised battle

Posted on 28 February 2013 by WNST Staff

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


Game Data

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

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

 

On The Tube

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

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

 

Series History

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

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

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

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

 

Last Time Out

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

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

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

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

 

Since We Last Met

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

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

 

20-Win Season

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

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

 

More Than 60 Years

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

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

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

NATO was formed.

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

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

 

Taking Down A Home-Court Winning Streak

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

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

 

Etherly One Off Career-High

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

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

 

Back In The Fold

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

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

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

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defense Down The Stretch

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

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

 

Bracketbuster History

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

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

 

Runs Lead The Way

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

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

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

 

Olson Stretch Scoring

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Big In Starting Role

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

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

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

 

Moving Up Career Charts

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

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

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

 

Sticky Fingers

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

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

 

Overtime Under Patsos

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

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

 

When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough

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

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

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

 

Six Over 10

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

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

 

Olson With 20+ Twice

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

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

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

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

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

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

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

 

Hit On 70

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

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

 

Record-Tying Defense

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

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

 

Opponents Under 50

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

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

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

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

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

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

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

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

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

 

And Olson Makes It Three

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

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

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

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

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

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

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

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

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

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

 

Guards To The Boards

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

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

 

Winning Combinations

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

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

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

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

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Loyola/Iona game to air on ESPN2

Posted on 07 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola-Iona Game On March 1 Selected For ESPN2 Broadcast

 

BRISTOL, Conn. – For the second year in a row, a regular-season Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball game has been selected to air on ESPN2, the network and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Thursday morning.

 

The Greyhounds’ game on March 1 at Iona College will be shown nationally on the network. Tip-off remains at 7 p.m. from New Rochelle, N.Y.

 

Loyola, which played at Rider University in an ESPN2 telecast last season, hosted Iona on January 27, a game the Gaels won 79-71 in Reitz Arena.

 

The Greyhounds continue MAAC action tomorrow night in another game that will be broadcast nationally. Loyola, owners of a 16-8 overall and 8-4 conference record, hosts Siena College on ESPNU at 9 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

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Loyola plays host to Iona Sunday

Posted on 26 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Iona Gaels
Date Sunday, January 27, 2013
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV  Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Iona leads, 41-13
Last Meeting Loyola 87, Iona 81 – Feb. 10, 2012 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena on Sunday, January 27, for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match-up against Iona College.

Tip-off is scheduled for 12 noon, and the game is the first of a men’s-women’s doubleheader. The Loyola women will host the Gaels at 2:30 p.m.

 

Follow The Action

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

Fans can also listen to the action on Baltimore’s CBS Sports Radio 1300-AM where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties. The audio can also be heard on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

 

Series History

Loyola and Iona will meet for the 55th time in series history when the teams take the court on Sunday. The Gaels hold a 41-13 advantage in the series after the teams split the season series a year ago, each winning on its own home floor.

Iona took the first meeting last year, 74-63, in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Greyhounds led by as many as seven in the early going, but Iona used a 9-0 run midway through the first half to take the lead. Robert Olson had 21, at the time his career-high, for Loyola, but four Gaels scored in double figures.

Loyola got the better of the match-up the second time around, that time in a nationally televised game from Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and were up 25 in the second half before holding off a late Iona run for an 87-81 victory.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both scored 22 for the Greyhounds, and Etherly had a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Sean Armand tallied a game-high 25 for the Gaels.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola turned in one of its best defensive performances of the season on Friday night, holding Manhattan to just 14 field goals and a 31.1-percent mark from the field while blocking seven shots and grabbing six steals during a 51-41 win in Riverdale, N.Y.

Erik Etherly was the only Loyola player in double figures with 12 points, while Anthony Winbush scored nine and had a team-best eight rebounds. Robert Olson and R.J. Williams both added eight points and had a combined nine rebounds.

Loyola led by as many as 10 in the first half before Manhattan rallied to tie the game at 23-23 on its final possession of the first half. Williams gave the Greyhounds a two-point advantage going into the locker room with a pair of free throws, but the Jaspers took their first lead of the game with a three just 58 seconds in to the second period.

It was the only lead Manhattan would have, as Olson responded with a three of his own 30 ticks of the clock later, and Loyola was in front for good.

 

Record-Tying Defense

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

 

Defensive Dominance

Loyola held Manhattan to a season-low 41 points on Friday night, while the Jaspers made just 14 field goals, the fewest Loyola has allowed this season.

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

 

Opponents Under 50

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

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

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

 

Winbush Shows Versatility

Anthony Winbush played 34 minutes on Friday night and finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. He was tabbed the ESPNU Player of the Game for his efforts that also included an assist and a steal.

This season, Winbush has led Loyola in rebounds nine times and assists on seven occasions.

In the 18 games he’s played, Winbush is averaging 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. He is tops on the team in total rebounds (121). He is third in total assists (40) and fourth in steals (18).

 

Williams Continues To Spark Greyhounds

Loyola has won all three of its games since the return of sophomore guard R.J. Williams. In those three games, Williams is 6-of-13 from the field and aveaging 7.0 points per game.

Williams has also averaged 3.0 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

On Friday night, Williams had steals on back-to-back Manhattan possessions that led to Loyola baskets, the first a Winbush layup and the second a fast-break Williams layup.

Williams has led the Greyhounds in minutes played twice in the three games, recording a career-high 39 minutes at Fairfield on January 21 and 38 on Friday at Manhattan.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

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

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

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

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

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

 

And Olson Makes It Three

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

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

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

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

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

 

Shooting In Marist, Fairfield Games

The Greyhounds have posted their best back-to-back shooting performances of the season in games against Marist (January 17) and at Fairfield (January 21), making 60.4-percent of shots against Marist and an even 50-percent at Fairfield. It is the first time this year the team has shot 50-percent or better in back-to-back games.

Prior to the Marist and Fairfield games, Loyola had its lowest field-goal output of the year in consecutive games, making just 19 against both Fairfield (at home) and at Rider.

Combined, the Greyhounds have shot 55.8-percent from the field against Marist and Fairfield, making 48-of-86 shots. Loyola’s 19 field goals made came in just 38 shots, their fewest of the season, but the Greyhounds attempted 31 free throws, making 24.

 

Win With Four Assists

Loyola’s win on Monday night at Fairfield came with the Greyhounds assisting on just four of their 19 made baskets. It was also just one game removed from Loyola setting a season-best with 19 assists against Marist.

It is the first time since January 25, 2009, (an overtime victory against Marist) that the Greyhounds won a game with four or fewer assists. Additionally, it is just the third time this season that a MAAC team has won a game with four or fewer assists (Niagara has done it twice).

Over the last five seasons, Loyola is 16-28 when finishing with nine or less assists, and the Greyhounds are 3-6 when that happens this season.

 

Assists Versus Marist

The Greyhounds’ good shooting performance against Marist could be credited in large part to a season-best 19 assists. With 29 field goals, Loyola had assists on 65.5-percent of its made shots.

Dylon Cormier tied his career-high with six assists, marking the second time in five games the junior guard has hit that total (also January 4 against Rider).

R.J. Williams and Robert Olson also had four assists, and Erik Etherly passed out three.

 

Cormier Tops 20

Dylon Cormier scored 21 points on Monday night at Fairfield, the fifth time this season he has scored 20 or more. In 13 career games that he has finished with 20 or more (seven times in 2011-2012 and once in 2010-2011), the Greyhounds are 12-1 with the only loss coming a few weeks ago at Memphis.

 

Brooks Also With Career-High

Julius Brooks tied his career-high with 12 points against Marist, matching the total he scored on December 15 in a win over Mount St. Mary’s.

Brooks also made a career-best six field goals on just eight attempts. Three of his baskets came on dunks. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

 

Scoring In The 70s

Loyola scored 72 points against Marist, marking the fifth time this season and sixth time the team has scored 70 or more points. The Greyhounds are undefeated in those six games.

Dating to the start of the 2011-2012 season, Loyola is 16-1 when scoring 70 or more points, the lone loss coming in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Manhattan to 41 points, the 11th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 11 of those games.

Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 22 times, all victories.

Loyola leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season in scoring defense, allowing an average of 59.9 points per game. Last season, the Greyhounds allowed an average of 64.2 points per game.

 

Olson Sets Career-Highs

Robert Olson led all scorers at Rider, setting a career-high in scoring for the second time in a month. He finished with 25, eclipsing his previous best of 22 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15, 2012.

Olson also set career-highs at Rider in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (22) and 3-pointers attempted (13).

Olson, who became the 32nd player in Loyola history to score his 1,000th point when he reached the mark in the second half against Saint Peter’s on Sunday, January 6.

 

Brooks’ Board Work

Julius Brooks led Loyola and tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds at Rider, matching his season-high for 2012-2013 (also vs. Saint Peter’s, December 8). He then pulled down five to lead the team against Marist.

It was the ninth time this season that Brooks has logged four or more rebounds, and the Greyhounds are now 8-1 in those contests.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 20 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 154 free throws, an average of 7.7 per game.

Cormier has also made 74.0-percent of his free throws this season (114 total), good for 32.3-percent of his 352 points this year.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108 in 160.

In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 275-of-393 (70-percent) from the line, totals that are both 16th in school history.

 

Guards To The Boards

Robert Olson and Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s starting guards, combined for 15 rebounds at home against Fairfield. Olson grabbed a career-high eight – he had recorded seven on seven occasions – and Cormier was two off his season and career-high with seven.

This season, Cormier is averaging 4.7 rebounds per game, good for 16th in the MAAC, while Olson is just behind with 4.5 per game.

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

 

Congratulations Graduate

Erik Etherly became the most recent Loyola men’s basketball player to graduate, completing his undergraduate requirements in December for a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in marketing and public relations. He joins Anthony Winbush – who graduated in May 2012 – as a graduate student on the Loyola roster this season. He will start his masters in education leadership this month.

 

Fourth To 100 Blocks

Erik Etherly matched his career-high with five blocked shots against Saint Peter’s, and in the process he became the fourth player in program history to swat 100 shots.

He joins Brian Carroll (1997-2001, 213 blocks), Shane Walker (2009-2012, 135) and George Sereikas (1989-1993, 117) in the 100-block club.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 9-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 10-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds recently held both Saint Peter’s, Fairfield and Marist to 58 points, marking the marking the 11th time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and he is 20th all-time at Loyola with 439 career rebounds.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds six losses this season. Loyola is now 2-6 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-6 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 7.0 assists in the five losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.2-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 46.4-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting eight more free throws (26.3-18.3) per game in the six losses, as well.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Late Game Heroics

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

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

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

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

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

 

Classy Senior

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Turnaround…Check

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

Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 137 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola makes its annual trip to the Buffalo area next week for a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games at Canisius (January 31) and Niagara (February 2).

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