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Loyola opens MAAC Tournament Saturday against Manhattan

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Manhattan Jaspers | MAAC Quarterfinals
Date Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time 9:30 p.m.
Location Springfield, Mass. | MassMutual Center
TV  ESPN3
Series Record Manhattan leads, 31-24
Last Meeting Loyola 63, Manhattan 61 – March 3, 2013 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland starts play on Saturday night in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships when it takes on Manhattan College in the quarterfinal round.

Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

The Greyhounds open tournament play as the No. 3 seed, while the Jaspers check in with the sixth seed.

 

Watch Or Listen

Saturday’s quarterfinal game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, the broadband arm of ESPN. Doug Sherman will call the play-by-play, and Rob Kennedy will handle the color analysis.

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties.

 

MAAC Championships History

Loyola is competing in the MAAC Championships for the 24th time. The Greyhounds are 11-21 all-time in the championships.

The Greyhounds are 5-9 all-time in the MAAC Quarterfinals after posting an 86-73 win in the round last year against Niagara University.

Loyola enters the Championships as the No. 3 seed for just the second time in program history, the first time coming in 2007.

 

Series History

Loyola and Manhattan will meet for the 56th time when the teams take the floor Thursday. The Jaspers hold a 31-24 advantage in the all-time series.

The teams have met four times previously in MAAC Championships action with Manhattan winning three times. The last time the programs met in the tournament, the Jaspers earned a 94-79 win over Loyola in the 2010 First Round.

The Greyhounds and Jaspers will play for the second time in a week after meeting in the regular-season finale on Sunday, March 3, in Baltimore.

Loyola won both regular-season games between the teams, although the Greyhounds did so by just a combined 12 points.

The Greyhounds built a 13-point second-half lead last Sunday and held off the Jaspers late to post a 63-61 victory in Reitz Arena. Loyola took the lead on a Dylon Cormier layup with 4:18 to play in the first half and never trailed thereafter.

Erik Etherly scored a career-high 30 points, while Cormier added 14 for the Greyhounds.

In the first meeting this year, Loyola held Manhattan to just 14 field goals, as the Greyhounds blocked seven shots and had six steals, in a 51-41 victory on January 25, 2013, in Riverdale, N.Y.

Manhattan took its only lead of the game 58 seconds into the second half on an Emmy Andujar three, but Robert Olson responded in kind with a three for the Greyhounds 30 seconds later to put Loyola up for good.

Erik Etherly led Loyola with 12 points, and Anthony Winbush scored nine and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. Robert Olson and R.J. Williams each scored eight for the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds swept the regular-season series with Manhattan last year, but the two wins came by just a combined three points. Loyola has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the schools dating back to the 2007-2008 season.

 

Last Time Out

Erik Etherly scored 19 points in the first half to help Loyola go up four, 39-35, at the break, and he then contributed to an 11-2 early in the second half that broke open a 52-39 advantage for Loyola at 13:19.

Manhattan battled back to within three on an Emmy Andujar layup at 3:55, but that was as close as the Jaspers could draw until RaShawn Stores scored as time expired, and Loyola finished the regular-season with a 63-61 victory.

 

All-MAAC Honors

Earlier this week, Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men’s basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.

Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.

He also has blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly has led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 22 occasions, 20 or more 10 times.

Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the MAAC Championships with a 16.6 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 27 of the 30 games he’s played this season and led the team in scoring 13 times.

In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (74) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.9).

 

Etherly’s Career-High

Erik Etherly closed the 2012-2013 regular-season with a career-high 30 points on Sunday against Manhattan, becoming the first Loyola player since Jamal Barney on February 16, 2009, to finish with 30 or more points.

Etherly made a career-best 11 field goals on 18 attempts and could have even more points except for going 8-of-15 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student started the game by missing his first two shots, and three of his first four, but he misfired on just four more shots in the final 35 minutes of action.  He scored 19 in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting.

 

Etherly Over The Last Seven

Erik Etherly’s 30-point effort last Sunday against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last seven outings and three-straight  with 23 or more.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..

During the seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola has increased its point production off opponents’ turnovers over the past nine games, tallying 225 over that time period, an average of 25.0 per game.

In the first 22 games of the year, the Greyhounds scored just 304 points or 13.8 per game.

During the last nine games, Loyola’s opponents have committed an average of 16.9 turnovers per game, 152 total. In the first 22 games of the season, opponents turned the ball over 276 times, an average of 12.5 per game.

Loyola’s steals have also risen from 6.6 to 8.9 per game between the first 21 and the last nine games.

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points last Friday night at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Winbush On Target In Career-High

Anthony Winbush’s 20 points at Iona marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.

Prior to that game, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.

His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.

Winbush has now scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Greyhounds are 6-1 in those games.

 

Olson’s Last Ten

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 10 games, averaging 16.3 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in nine of the 10 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 7-3, Olson has shot 42.5-percent from the field and 40.0-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in four of the 10 games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.9 entering the MAAC Championships.

 

Season-High In Assists

Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists against Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing its previous best of 19 on January 17, 2013, at home in a win over Marist. The 23 assists are tied for seventh-most in school single-game history.

R.J. Williams led the way, tying his career-high with seven assists, and Dylon Cormier also tied his career-best with six. Erik Etherly passed out five, Anthony Winbush had three, and Robert Olson distributed two.

Since Williams’ return to the court on January 17 against Marist, Loyola is averaging 13.9 assists per game. In just 13 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 51 assists, and his 3.9 per game top the Greyhounds.

 

20-Win Season

The February 23 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.

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort at Tennessee State, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line against the Tigers. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 16.6 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.

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 16.6 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.4, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.9) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.3). He currently is second in the MAAC in steals (58) and steals per game (1.9).

 

Moving Up Career Charts

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He also moved into 20th all-time at Loyola and enters the MAAC Championships with 1,219 career points.

The regular-season finale was the 123rd game played of Olson’s career, a category he is in second-place all-time at Loyola. With one more game 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 (202) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 22nd in field-goals made (412), third in 3-pointers attempted (531), 16th in assists (227) and seventh 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.

 

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.

 

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

Despite its loss at Iona on March 1, the Greyhounds are 8-3 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 and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-4 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 30 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 209 free throws, an average of 7.0 per game. He has made 73.2-percent of those shots, a total of 153.

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 314-of-448 (70.1-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 4.5 and Cormier, 4.4.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 11 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-3 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 winner of the MAAC Quarterfinal will play Sunday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m. against a to-be-determined foe. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3.

 

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Loyola wraps regular season Sunday against Manhattan

Posted on 02 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Manhattan Jaspers
Date Sunday, March 3, 2013
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena


Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays its final game of the 2012-2013 regular-season on Sunday, March 3, when it hosts Manhattan College at 12 noon in Reitz Arena in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.

 

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.

 

Series History

Loyola and Manhattan will meet for the 55th time when the teams take the floor Thursday. The Jaspers hold a 31-23 advantage in the all-time series.

In the first meeting this year, Loyola held Manhattan to just 14 field goals, as the Greyhounds blocked seven shots and had six steals, in a 51-41 victory on January 25, 2013, in Riverdale, N.Y.

Manhattan took its only lead of the game 58 seconds into the second half on an Emmy Andujar three, but Robert Olson responded in kind with a three for the Greyhounds 30 seconds later to put Loyola up for good.

Erik Etherly led Loyola with 12 points, and Anthony Winbush scored nine and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. Robert Olson and R.J. Williams each scored eight for the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds swept the regular-season series with Manhattan last year, but the two wins came by just a combined three points. Loyola has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the schools dating back to the 2007-2008 season.

 

Last Time Out

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points, but it was not enough to counteract Lamont Jones’ 25, as Iona pulled out a 90-86 victory on Friday night in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both finished with 23 points, and Anthony WInbush had a career-best 20 for Loyola.

Iona shot 76-percent from the field in the second half, making 19-of-25 shots after the break, and Jones hit all seven of his field goals in the final 20 minutes of action.

Olson tied the game at 36-36 seconds before halftime, and Loyola took its first lead of the game on the opening possession of the second half on a Winbush layup. The Greyhounds led by as many as four in the second half, but an Etherly free throw at 14:34 gave them their last lead of the game.

David Laury III, who scored 14 for Iona, capped a 9-3 run at 10:31 with a layup that gave the Gaels a 68-61 lead.

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points on Friday night at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Winbush On Target In Career-High

Anthony Winbush’s 20 points marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.

Prior to Friday night, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.

His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.

Winbush has now scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Greyhounds are 6-1 in those games.

 

Etherly Battles For Double-Double

Erik Etherly was also solid from the field against Iona, making 9-of-16 shots to finish with 23 points. He also pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and 15th of his career.

It was Etherly’s second-straight game with 20 or more points after he finished with a game-high 26 at Tennessee State on February 23.

In addition to his points and rebounds, Ethelry also had five assists and three steals for the Greyhounds.

 

Etherly Over The Last Six

Erik Etherly’s 23-point effort on Friday night at Iona gave the graduate student four games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last six outings.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, had 22 at Marist two days later and 26 at Tennessee State last Saturday.

During the six-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 19.3 points. He is shooting 54.2-percent from the field during those games.

 

Olson’s Last Nine

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ leading scorer over the last nine games, averaging 17.0 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in eight of the nine games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 6-3, Olson has shot 43.6-percent from the field and 40.6-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in four of the nine games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 13.0 entering the final game of the regular-season.

 

Season-High In Assists

Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists on Friday night in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing their previous best of 19 on January 17, 2013, at home in a win over Marist. The 23 assists are tied for seventh-most in school single-game history.

R.J. Williams led the way, tying his career-high with seven assists, and Dylon Cormier also tied his career-best with six. Erik Etherly passed out five, Anthony Winbush had three, and Robert Olson distributed two.

Since Williams’ return to the court on January 17 against Marist, Loyola is averaging 13.9 assists per game. In just 12 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 48 assists, and his 4.0 per game top the Greyhounds.

 

20-Win Season

Last 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

Last 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.

 

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.

 

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

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He also moved into 20th all-time at Loyola and enters the regular-season finale with 1,209.

It was also the 122nd game played of Olson’s career, moving him into second place by himself in that category. With two 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 (200) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 23rd in field-goals made (401), third in 3-pointers attempted (525), 16th in assists (223) 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.

 

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

Despite its loss at Iona on March 1, the Greyhounds are 8-3 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 and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-4 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 29 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 202 free throws, an average of 7.0 per game. He has made 72.8-percent of those shots, a total of 147.

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 308-of-441 (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 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-3 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

Loyola will travel this week to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships that will be held in Springfield, Mass., at the MassMutual Center. The Greyhounds will play a MAAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 9.

 

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Loyola visits Manhattan Friday for televised MAAC showdown

Posted on 25 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Manhattan Jaspers
Date Friday, January 25, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Riverdale, N.Y. | Draddy Gymnasium
TV | Radio ESPNU
Series Record Manhattan leads, 31-22
Last Meeting Loyola 62, Manhattan 60 – Feb. 26, 2012 in Riverdale, N.Y.

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland makes its second trip this week up the New Jersey Turnpike for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road game.

The Greyhounds will face Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., on Friday, January 25, at 7 o’clock.

 

On The Tube

Friday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Doug Sherman calling the play-by-play and Tim McCormick handling the color analysis.

The game is the second of three Loyola is slated to play on ESPNU during the regular-season.

The game will also be available on WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app on many mobile devices.

 

Series History

Loyola and Manhattan will meet for the 54th time when the teams take the floor Thursday. The Jaspers hold a 31-22 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds swept the regular-season series with Manhattan last year, but the two wins came by just a combined three points.

Loyola squeezed out a 61-60 victory in the first meeting between the teams on Thursday, January 5. Manhattan took a two-point lead with under a minute to play on a go-ahead jumper by Michael Alvarado with 58 ticks on the clock and a George Beamon free throw shortly thereafter. Loyola’s Shane Walker inbounded the ball from the baseline, right-to-left, to Cormier who drained a three from the corner to put the Greyhounds ahead with 3.1 seconds left.

The Greyhounds then rallied from a second-half deficit to win, 62-60, in Riverdale on February 26, in the regular-season finale.

Loyola has won nine of the last 11 meetings between the schools dating back to the 2007-2008 season.

 

Last Time Out

Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both scored their 1,000th career points on Monday night in Bridgeport, Conn., as the Greyhounds took the lead on Cormier’s bucket just before the halftime buzzer en route to a 65-60 win over Fairfield.

The Stags took a one-point lead on two Marcus Gilbert free throws with 35 seconds left in the first half, but Cormier made a runner just before the buzzer to put Loyola in front, 33-32, at the half. He then had a steal off Fairfield’s inbound pass to start the second half, and Etherly converted with a dunk at the offensive end for his 1,000th point.

Cormier notched his 1,000th just over eight minutes later, hitting a 3-pointer from the left corner with the shot clock winding down to push the Greyhounds’ lead to 48-38 with 11:38 on the clock.

Loyola would go up by 10 on two occasions after that, but Fairfield trimmed the advantage to three, 61-58, on a Maurice Barrow layup with 74 ticks on the clock. The Greyhounds, however, scored the next four points to seal the win.

Cormier finished with 21 points, while Etherly had 16 and nine rebounds. Jordan Latham added 10 points, and R.J. Williams distributed three assists.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

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 Last Two Games

The Greyhounds have posted their best back-to-back shooting performances of the season in their last two games, making 60.4-percent of shots against Marist on January 17 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.

 

Fewer Threes, Better Results

In the last two games, Loyola has taken its two lowest amounts of 3-point attempts – seven against Marist, six at Fairfield – but the Greyhounds have made eight of those 13 attempts.

Their 61.5-percent output from 3-point range in those games is more than 33 points higher than their season percentage of 28.3.

 

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.

 

Thursday Night’s 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.

 

Latham Tallies 10

Jordan Latham made 4-of-5 shots and scored 10 points at Fairfield, the second time in his career that he has tallied double figures in points. Latham also logged a career-best 28 minutes. His top scoring game came December 1 at Florida Gulf Coast when he finished with 17 points.

 

R.J. Williams Returns To Court

Sophomore guard R.J. Williams made his 2012-2013 debut against Marist and played 27 minutes. He hit a pair of 3-pointers, one in each half, and finished with six points and four assists. He also had a steal and blocked the second shot of his career. All four of Williams’ assists were to post players in the paint.

At Fairfield, Williams played the most minutes of his career, 39, and scored seven points, making a pair of jumpers and all three of his free throws. He also had three rebounds and three assists.

 

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 Marist to 58 points, the 10th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 10 of those games.

Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 21 times, all victories.

Loyola leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season in scoring defense, allowing an average of 60.8 points per game. Last season, the Greyhounds allowed an average of 64.2 points per game.

 

Trimmed Minutes

With the return of R.J. Williams to the rotation, no Loyola player was on the floor for more than 32 minutes against Marist, the first time this season that has happened in a 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.

 

Doing What He Does, A Little Of Everything

Anthony Winbush has continued to contribute in just about every way possible, something he has done throughout the year. Versus Fairfield, Winbush led Loyola with nine rebounds and five assists, while contributing a pair of steals and a blocked shot.

Winbush leads the team in total rebounds (113) and is second in rebounds per game (6.6) and assists per game (2.4). He is also fourth on the team with a 6.5 points per game average.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 20 games 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 10 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 10th 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.

 

Sharing The Ball

Loyola is now 8-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 7-0 assists in six losses this year and 12.7 in 14 wins.

 

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. 136 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 Reitz Arena for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game on Sunday, January 27. Loyola will host Iona in the first game of a men’s-women’s doubleheader at 12 noon. The women’s game against the Gaels will follow at 2:30 p.m.

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