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Loyola aims to avoid sweep at hands of Canisius Thursday

Posted on 13 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Canisius Golden Griffins
Date Thursday, February 14, 2013
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV  Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Canisius leads, 35-24
Last Meeting Canisius 91, Loyola 79 – January 31, 2013 in Buffalo

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland hosts its next-to-last home game of the 2012-2013 regular-season on Thursday, February 14, when Canisius College visits for a Valentine’s Day game.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

Following the game, the Greyhounds will honor their six seniors — players Julius Brooks, Erik Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush and manager Bryan McCarthy.

 

Series History

Loyola and Canisius will meet for the 58th time in series history on Thursday. The Golden Griffins hold a 35-22 advantage in the series after defeating the Greyhounds, 91-79, on January 31, in Buffalo.

Canisius took a 21-point lead with more than 11 minutes to play on a Billy Baron 3-pointer, and shortly thereafter, the Golden Griffins were up 18 on a Jordan Heath three, but a pair of Robert Olson 3-pointers bookended a 13-0 Loyola run, and the Greyhounds were within five, 80-75, with just over four minutes to play.

The Golden Griffins, however, fended off the challenge to defeat Loyola, 91-79.

Olson scored a career-high 27 points, and he also led the team in rebounds (six), assists (five) and steals (four).

Five Canisius players – Heath (21), Isaac Sosa (19), Baron (16), Harold Washington (13) and Chris Manhertz (11) – all scored in double figures, while Heath contributed a double-double with 11 rebounds.

Last season, Loyola swept the season series.

 

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The game against Canisius is the final of six games the Greyhounds play this regular-season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.

As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola made just 7-of-17 free throws during the second half, and 12-of-26 in the game, on Sunday afternoon, as Marist pulled away for a 69-64 victory in Poughkeepsie.

The Red Foxes made 25-of-37 from the line in the game.

The Greyhounds led by as many as seven in the first half, but Marist cut the deficit to one at halftime and took the lead for good on an Adam Kemp dunk with 12:22 left in regulation.

Marist led by as many as seven down the stretch, but Loyola cut it to one, 63-62, on an R.J. Williams bucket with 59 seconds to play.

 

Back-To-Back In The 20s For Etherly

Erik Etherly scored 22 on Sunday afternoon at Marist, marking the second time this season he has crossed the 20-point threshold in consecutive games. He also had a season-best 25 on Friday night in a win over Siena.

Earlier this year, the graduate student scored 20 or more in three-straight from January 4-11, recording 21 against Rider, 24 versus Saint Peter’s and 20 against Fairfield.

Etherly scored a season-high 25 points on Friday night against Siena and did so in an efficient fashion. He tied his career-high with nine field goals made in 14 attempts.

Etherly also made 7-of-11 from the free-throw line in the game, and he had three steals to contribute to the Greyhounds’ 12.

All nine of Etherly’s field goals came in the paint, six by layup or dunk.

At Marist, he was less efficient, making nine field goals in 21 attempts. He also missed 6-of-10 free-throw attempts.

 

Even Rebounding

Three Greyhounds finished with seven rebounds each on Sunday at Marist, as Loyola and Marist both had 35 boards. Anthony Winbush and Erik Etherly both had seven, while R.J. Williams set a career-best with the same amount. His previous high was four.

Robert Olson and Julius Brooks each chipped in with four rebounds for the Greyhounds.

 

Just The Second Time

Marist was just the second team this season to hold Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s leading scorer, to less than 10 point in a game. The junior guard finished with eight on Sunday in Poughkeepsie.

Earlier this year, Rhode Island held Cormier to nine in the Greyhounds’ win on November 23.

In 25 games played this year, Cormier is averaging 16.7 points per game, a mark that is currently fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 17 games.

Cormier went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Canisius  with 1,072 career points. This season, he has scored 417, just nine points shy of the 428 he tallied in 2011-2012.

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 16.7 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.7, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.2).

 

Olson’s First Double-Double

Robert Olson has been a solid rebounder throughout the season, but he posted a career-high on the boards Friday night with 10, notching his first career double-double with 11 points.

Olson has recorded five or more rebounds in 14 of Loyola’s 25 games this season and is averaging 4.6 per game.

The senior guard, who scored his 1,000th career point on January 6 against Saint Peter’s has scored 10 or more 57 times during his career, but Friday was his first career double-double. He has tallied 10 or more 18 times this year.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola had a season-high 12 steals against 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.

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Despite having 14 turnovers at Marist, the Greyhounds have committed just 41 combined in their last five contests. They posted six against Iona and then had a season-low three in the game at Canisius. In the double overtime contest at Niagara, Loyola had 10 turnovers in 50 minutes of action, and it followed that performance with eight versus Siena.

Loyola’s three turnovers against Canisius were the fewest in a game during Jimmy Patsos’ nine years at the school.

The team games have helped reduce the Greyhounds’ turnovers per game to 11.5 overall, a mark that second-best in the MAAC.

 

Since Williams’ Return

R.J. Williams made his season debut on January 17 against Marist, and since then, the Greyhounds have seen a dip in their turnovers per game, along with a rise in their assists.

Williams has passed out 28 assists while committing just 10 turnovers.

As a team, Loyola is averaging 9.0 turnovers per game while recording 13.1 assists. Prior to Williams’ return, Loyola was averaging 12.7 turnovers (a difference of -3.7) and 10.7 assists (+2.4).

 

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

Last Saturday’s 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 last Saturday’s 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.

 

Second In Threes

Robert Olson made two 3-pointers at Marist now has 186 in his career. With his most recent, he tied Jason Rowe (1996-2000) for second all-time on the school’s 3-pointers made chart. Marquis Sullivan (2005-2009) holds the school record with 281.

 

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 13 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 11-2 in those contests.

 

Bracketbuster Opponent Announced

Loyola will participate in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster event again this year, and the Greyhounds will face an opponent they have previously played in the competition. Loyola will take on Tennessee State in Nashville on Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. (Central). The Greyhounds and Tigers also met in the 2007 version of Bracketbusters.

 

Iona Game Picked For ESPN2

Loyola’s game on March 1 at Iona has been picked as the MAAC Wild Card broadcast and will air live on ESPN2. Game time is still set for 7 p.m.

 

70 Not Enough

Scoring 70 points has been a bit of a magical number for the Greyhounds this season, as they entered the Iona game with a 5-0 record this year when scoring 70 or more points.

Versus the Gaels, Loyola tallied 71 points and suffered just its second loss in the last two years when scoring 70 or more points.

The same thing happened on Thursday night at Canisius where the Greyhound scored 79 points in a loss to the Golden Griffins. Loyola is now 17-3 since the start of the 2011-2012 season when hitting or exceeding that mark. The only other loss came in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.

 

High On Assists

The games against Iona and Canisius saw the Greyhounds record 18 assists twice, one off the season-high of 19 they set against Marist on January 17.

At Canisius, Robert Olson had five assists, and Anthony Winbush passed out four, while three other Greyhounds had two or more.

The losses mark the first time in more than three years that Loyola has lost a game when they finished with 18 or more. Loyola had 19 in a January 4, 2010, loss at home to Siena.

In the Niagara contest, Loyola finished with 15 assists, led by R.J. Williams’ five and Winbush’s four.

These numbers came after the Greyhounds had just 12 combined assists in their previous two games (four at Fairfield, eight at Manhattan).

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola scored a season-high 32 points off Canisius turnovers on Thursday night. The Greyhounds tallied points on 14 of the Golden Griffins’ turnovers in the game for a success rate of 87.5-percent.

During the 13-0 Loyola run that cut the Greyhounds’ deficit from 18 to five late in the second half, Loyola forced turnovers on four-straight Canisius possessions,  and scored each time thereafter.

Loyola then turned 15 Niagara turnovers in to 27 points, and it then forced 19 Siena turnovers, converting them into 24 points.

 

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.

 

Winbush Shows Versatility

Anthony Winbush played 34 minutes at Manhattan 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 10 times and assists on seven occasions.

In the 21 games he’s played, Winbush is averaging 6.7 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds. He is tops on the team in total rebounds (155), third in total assists (54) and fourth in steals (22).

The graduate student logged his second career double-double at Niagara with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He was also a career-best 9-of-12 at the free-throw line. His first double-double came earlier this state at Coppin State.

 

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 24 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 178 free throws, an average of 7.2 per game. He has made 71.3-percent os those shots, a total of 127.

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 288-of-417 (69.8-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are tied for third on the team in rebounding this season, both averaging 4.6 rebounds per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 15 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 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 11-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 12-0 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. 139 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 a quick trip to Central New York on Saturday for a 7 o’clock game against Siena College at the Times-Union Center in Albany.

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Olson’s big night not enough for Loyola in loss to Canisius

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

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Loyola begins New York swing Thursday at Canisius

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Canisius Golden Griffins
Date Thursday, January 31, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Buffalo, N.Y. | Koessler Athletic Center

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays the first game of a two-game swing through Western New York on Thursday, January 31, at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Koessler Athletic Center.

 

On The Tube

Thursday’s game against the Golden Griffins will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis in the Western New York, Albany and Syracuse areas on Time Warner Cable Sports. Ben Wagner will handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast, while Mike MacDonald will provide the analysis.

The game can be seen on Friday, February 1, at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 3, at 12 noon.

 

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The game against Canisius is the fourth of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.

As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season.

 

Series History

Loyola and Canisius will meet for the 57th time in series history on Thursday. The Golden Griffins hold a 34-22 advantage in the series after Loyola swept the pair of games a year ago.

The Greyhounds defeated Canisius, 77-62, on January 7 in Baltimore when Robert Olson scored seven straight points after the Golden Griffins had cut their deficit to just four with more than 10 minutes to play. Olson had 16 points, and Dylon Cormier scored 23 for Loyola.

In Buffalo, the Greyhounds held Canisius scoreless for the final 8:02 of the first half to pull away for a 70-52 victory. The Golden Griffins took a 22-16 lead with 8:02 remaining, but Loyola scored the final 12 points of the half and led the rest of the way. Shane Walker led Loyola with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Erik Etherly scored 15.

 

Last Time Out

Iona stretched an eight-points halftime advantage to 15 with 5:32 remaining on Sunday, and although Loyola cut the Gaels’ advantage to five with just under two minutes remaining, Iona finished off a 79-71 win in Reitz Arena.

Lamont Jones, who had a game-high 23 points for Canisius, converted a layup and free throw at 5:32 to make it 69-54 in Iona’s favor, but Dylon Cormier’s basket 20 seconds later for Loyola started a 12-2 run that pulled the Greyhounds within five.

Cormier scored 18 to lead Loyola, while Robert Olson had 14 and Jordan Latham tallied 11. Anthony Winbush led the Greyhounds with 10 rebounds.

 

70 Not Enough

Scoring 70 points has been a bit of a magical number for the Greyhounds this season, as they entered the Iona game with a 5-0 record this year when scoring 70 or more points.

Versus the Gaels, Loyola tallied 71 points and suffered just its second loss in the last two years when scoring 70 or more points. The Greyhounds are now 16-2 since the start of the 2011-2012 season when hitting or exceeding that mark. The only other loss came in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.

 

Turnovers Not The Issue

The Greyhounds did not have a problem with turnovers against Iona, committing just six, tying their season-low (also November 23 at Rhode Island) in the process. Loyola had only two turnovers in the second half.

 

Williams Continues To Spark Greyhounds

Despite losing on Sunday for the first time since the return of sophomore guard R.J. Williams, Loyola has gone 3-1 during his time on the court. In four games, Williams is averaging 6.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

In the Iona game, Williams matched his career-high with seven assists, tying the mark he set last January at Niagara.

Through four games, Williams has 16 assists and just three turnovers for the Greyhounds.

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 four games, recording a career-high 39 minutes at Fairfield on January 21 and 38 on Friday at Manhattan.

 

Cormier’s Consistency

Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds in scoring for the 12th time in 22 games this season on Sunday afternoon against Iona when he tallied 18 points. It was his return to the court after missing the January 25 game at Manhattan due to food poisoning.

In 21 games played this season, Cormier has scored in double figures all but once. The only time he did not reach 10 or more was on November 23 when he finished with nine at Rhode Island.

Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 16 games.

The junior guard, who is averaging 17.6 points per game, went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Canisius with 1,025 career points. This season, he has scored 370, just 58 points shy of the 428 he tallied in 2011-2012.

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 17.6 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.8, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.5).

 

Stretching The Defense

Jordan Latham continued to show his ability to hit the mid-range jumper against Iona, making 5-of-8 field goals, all from 15 or more feet. Latham finished with 11 points, the second time in three games he has tallied double figures in the scoring category.

Latham also knocked down his first career 3-pointer against the Gaels, and he is now shooting a career-best 50.6-percent (41-of-81) from the field this year.

 

18 Assists In A Loss

Loyola was one shy of its season-high of 19 assists on Sunday, as four players had three or more assists, and the Greyhounds finished with 18 against Iona.

It was the first time in more than three years that Loyola has lost a game when they finished with 18 or more. Loyola had 19 in a January 4, 2010, loss at home to Siena.

 

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.

 

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 at Manhattan 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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

Cormier Tops 20

Dylon Cormier scored 21 points 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

The Greyhounds stay in Western New York for their next game, a 3 p.m. tilt on Saturday, February 2, at Niagara University.

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UMBC welcomes Canisius to RAC Arena Thursday

Posted on 28 November 2012 by WNST Staff

The Canisius Golden Griffins will visit the RAC Arena for the first time ever when they take on the UMBC Retrievers on Thurs., Nov. 29. The two teams met for the first-time ever in Buffalo last season, when the hosts edged UMBC, 73-66, in the Sears Bracket Buster game. Tipoff time is set for 7:00 p.m. (EST)  and will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  Chase Plummer scored a team-high 12 points and the visiting Retrievers hung with the Big East’s Marquette Golden Eagles for quite a while before falling, 79-46, at the Bradley Center on Nov. 26.  UMBC held Marquette to its lowest first-half point total of the season and took a brief 31-30 second half lead, but MU scored 51 second-half points en route to victory. UMBC has dropped three in a row.

GRIFFINS UPDATE:  Canisius, under the direction of first-year, but veteran head coach Jim Baron got off to a 3-0 start, before falling, 82-75 at America East’s Stony Brook on Nov. 24. They opened the season with home wins over Boston U. (83-75), St. Bonaventure (72-69) and Buffalo (71-64). SR G Harold Washington and JR G Billy Baron, son of the bench boss, average 17.8 and 17.5 points per game respectively.

 WHO’S UP NEXT:  It’s a quick turnaround for the Retrievers, who must face local foe Towson at the RAC Arena on Sat., Dec. 1. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

IN-SEASON UPDATES

*The loss to Penn was UMBC’s fourth consecutive setback to start a season…The 48 first-half points scored by UMBC was the most in the first 20 minutes by the Retrieves since tallying 49 in a 91-54 win over Stevenson (Md.) on Nov. 15, 2008.

*UMBC snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers, when they defeate Eastern on Nov. 12.

*The Retrievers led the first two games at the half and have led  three of the first four games with 10:00 remaining in regulation.  They have led four of five games at some point in the second half.

*Brian Neller hit his first four 3-point field goals at Penn, missed his next 13 attempts before hitting four of his final nine vs. Central Connecticut.

*UMBC starting post players of Chase Plummer and Brett Roseboro combined total of one free throw attempted through two games. Plummer attempted 180 (6.0 per game) in 2011-12, the third-highest single-season figure in school history.  He bounced back wtih an 8-of-11 effort at Loyola.

*Both Penn and Loyola hit 50.9 percent from the floor vs. the Retrievers.

*The Retrievers scored 70 points or more in each of the first four games of the season.  The last time they accomplished that feat was in the championship season of 2007-08.  The streak was snapped as UMBC tallied 46 points at Marquette.

*After enjoying healthy rebound margins vs. Penn and Eastern, UMBC was -17 at Loyola, although the Greyhounds were only +3 in second-chance points in the game. UMBC bounced back and was +12 vs. Central Connecticut.

*UMBC hit ten 3-point field goals (10-of-22) vs. Central Conn. State, burying double figures from behnid the arc for the first time since converting in double figures since Jan. 20, 2011 at Hartford. They made 12 in that game and the 10 vs. the Blue Devils halts a streak of 44 straight with single-digit treys.

Ryan Cook and Chase Plummer both recorded double-doubles vs. CCSU, marking the first time a pair of UMBC players stuffed the stat sheet in that manner since Justin Fry and Laurence Joliceour did so vs. VMI on Nov. 14, 2010.

* Central Connecticut had the outright lead over UMBC in appoximately five minutes over the final 25 minutes of play.

* UMBC did manage to hold Marquette to a season-low 28 first-half points on Nov. 26 in Milwaukee.

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Loyola falls to Seton Hill in exhibition opener

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE - Seton Hill University used a 15-5 run midway through the second half to take a nine-point lead with just under nine minutes to play, and the Griffins held off Loyola University Maryland, 72-67, Monday night in an exhibition men’s basketball game.

The Greyhounds led 49-48 on a traditional 3-point play by Erik Etherly with 13:12 to play, but Nate Perry hit two 3-pointers, wrapped around a Maiachi Leonard basket for Seton Hill and a Tyler Hubbard jumper for Loyola, sparking the Griffins’ run.

Loyola got back within three, 70-67, on two Etherly free throws with 1:25 to play, but Seton Hill held the Greyhounds scoreless the rest of the way.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 23 points, while Robert Olson scored 21 and Etherly had 17. Olson added a game-high 13 rebounds.

Five Griffins scored in double figures, led by David Windsor’s 14.

The Greyhounds open the regular season on Friday night with a 7:30 p.m. game against Binghamton University in Reitz Arena.

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Loyola opens hoops season with exhibition against Seton Hill

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Seton Hill University Griffins
Date Monday, November 5, 2012
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena

Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball will hit the hardwood for the first time in front of a crowd against outside competition on Monday night when it hosts Seton Hill University in an free exhibition game that will start at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds, who finished the 2011-2012 season with a school Division I record 24-9 mark, are gearing up for their 2012-2013 regular-season opener on Friday, November 9, against Binghamton University at 7:30 p.m. Last year, the Greyhounds on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years.

Monday’s exhibition, which is free of charge to all fans, will be broadcast live on Hounds Unleashed for those unable to attend. The game, like all non-televised home contests this season, will be streamed free of charge through the video arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com and is available on all computers and most smart mobile devices.

Seton Hill will provide an excellent test for the Greyhounds. The Division II Griffins compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, known as one of the toughest in the nation.

Three Loyola players were named to the Preseason All-MAAC teams yesterday, led by senior forward Erik Etherly who garnered a First Team nod. Senior guard Robert Olson and junior guard Dylon Cormier both were named to the Second Team.

Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring (13.7 points per game), rebound (7.5 rpg) and blocked shots (50) last season and was named the MAAC Championships Most Valuable Player as the Greyhounds won the title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years. He also was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District II Second Team, becoming just the second player in school history to earn district honors from the coaches.

He is now one of five players – joining Siena College’s O.D. Anoskie, Manhattan College’s George Beamon, Iona College’s Lamont Jones and Fairfield University’s Derek Needham – eligible to be named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, an honor that will be announced on Friday, November 9, during the MAAC Preseason Awards Show that will air live on ESPN3. The MAAC Preseason Poll will also be announced at that time.

Cormier finished the year with a 13.4 points per game average and led the Greyhounds with 51 steals. He raised his shooting percentage from .379 to .461 from his freshman to sophomore years and led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times while topping the 20-point mark seven times.

Olson, who Wednesday was named one of 30 candidates for the national Senior CLASS Award, emerged as one of the nation’s top shooters from long range last season. He averaged 11.1 points per game and made 66 3-pointers during the year, the sixth-most in school single season history. He enters his senior season third on the Greyhounds’ all-time 3-point percentage chart (.4107) and sixth in career threes (138).

Joining the three will be a host of veterans that include graduate student Anthony Winbush, a versatile player who can line up at all five positions on the court, and senior Julius Brooks, a tough forward who is a tenacious rebounder and shot blocker.

Winbush came off the bench for much of the season, seeing six starts and playing in all 33 games, and averaged 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds. He also was second on the team in steals with 39, behind only Cormier’s 51.

Brooks, who has started at times in his career, provided valuable minutes off the bench last season as a post player. He enters the season 16th in Loyola history in blocked shots.

Jordan Latham is back for his second year at Loyola and will see more minutes in the post after averaging more than 12 per game last year. The junior saw his minutes rise steadily as the year wore on, and he made his presence known in the MAAC Championship Game when he contributed five points, five rebounds and two emphatic blocked shots.

R.J. Williams returns to the team after starting 29 games last season and leading the team with 85 assists. With those team-leading assists, he committed just 49 turnovers and had 38 steals in the backcourt.

In addition to those players, veterans Luke Wandrusch and Chido Onyiuke return to lend depth to Head Coach Jimmy Patsos’ lineup, along with a slew of newcomers guards Tyler Hubbard - a redshirt freshman who will see his first game action this year - Eric Laster, Jarred Jones and Sean Tuohy, Jr., and post players Franz Rassman and Josh Forney.

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