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Loyola tries to snap funk Saturday at Saint Peter’s

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Saint Peter’s Peacocks
Date Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location East Rutherford, N.J. | IZOD Center

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland wraps up its first weekend of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competition on Saturday, December 8, 2012, when it faces Saint Peter’s University.

The game, which will tip-off at 12 noon, will be played at the IZOD Center in the Meadowlands Complex in East Rutherford, N.J. It is the first of a doubleheader at the arena with the second game between Duke University and Temple University starting at 4 p.m.


Series History

Saturday’s game will be the 77th all-time meeting by the fellow Jesuit schools with Saint Peter’s holding a 42-34 lead in the series. The series is the second most-played amongst the Greyhounds’ current opponents, trailing only the team Loyola will face next, Mount St. Mary’s.

Loyola won both outings in the season series a year ago, beating the Peacocks 65-54 at home and 66-55 in Jersey City. It was the Greyhounds’ first season sweep in the series since the 2007-2008 season.

Robert Olson and Erik Etherly both averaged 17.0 points per game in the two meetings last season for the Greyhounds. Olson shot .588 from the field and .615 from 3-point range in the two games, while Etherly led the team with an 8.5 rebounds per game average.


Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The game against Saint Peter’s is the first 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.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola trailed Niagara by 10 with 4:13 to play, but the Greyhounds tied the game on a Tyler Hubbard free throw with 1:41 on the clock Wednesday night.

Niagara turned the ball over on its ensuing possession but a Dylon Cormier layup was blocked, and Juan’ya Green made a runner with 56 seconds on the clock to put the Purple Eagles up two.

A Hubbard three went long on Loyola’s next possession, but another Purple Eagles’ turnover game the Greyhounds another chance. Green, however, picked off a Cormier pass with just over six seconds left, and his two free throws sealed the Niagara win.

Green led all players with 19 points, and Cormier had 17 for the Greyhounds.

 

Comeback Falls Just Short

Loyola trailed by 10 with 4:13 to play on Wednesday night, the first time Niagara had stretched its lead to double digits, but the Greyhounds chipped away to tie the score at 58-58 with 1:41 to play.

During the 12-2 run, Loyola held the Purple Eagles without a field goal and went 2-of-3 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.

After the Greyhounds tied the game, they forced three Niagara turnovers and allowed the Purple Eagles to get off just one shot, but Juan’ya Green converted on the runner that would push Niagara in front for good with 56 seconds left.

 

Rassman’s Big Role

Franz Rassman played 17 minutes on Wednesday night against Niagara, the second-highest total of minutes he’s played this year other than seeing 20 minutes of action against UMBC.

He played a key role in the attempted comeback, grabbing a steal, scoring four points and pulling down an offensive rebound.

Rassman picked off a Niagara pass near midcourt for a steal and was fouled with 2:07 on the clock. He made the first of two free throws and then, after missing the second, grabbed the offensive rebound and laid it in five seconds after his free throws. He was fouled on the layup and made the free throw to cut Niagara’s lead to one.

He finished with eight points and four rebounds, three offensive. He also blocked a shot and had a steal.

 

Turnover Trend

In games against Towson (7) and Rhode Island (6), Loyola committed just 13 turnovers, and the six were the fewest the Greyhounds have committed since they had only five in the 2010-2011 season-opener on November 12, 2010, at Drexel.

However, in the three games since playing Towson, the Greyhounds have committed at least 13 in each contest. They coughed up the ball 16 times at Coppin State and tied their season-high with 17 miscues at Florida Gulf Coast. On Wednesday night, Loyola had 13 turnovers against Niagara.

Through 10 games, the team is averaging 12.1 turnovers per game, up from 10.7 after the Towson game.

 

On The Defensive

Through 10 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.8 points per game. The Greyhounds have held half their opponents this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also second in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 39.4-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.5 per game) and steals (7.9).

Jordan Latham leads the MAAC with 1.9 blocked shots per game, and Dylon Cormier is fourth in steals with 1.4 per contest.

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time last Saturday night to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

His strong play of late started when he logged a career-high 27 minutes off the bench before fouling out midway through overtime at Rhode Island on November 23.

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

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

Last Wednesday at Coppin State, Latham scored just four points, but he matched his career-high with 27 minutes and had a particularly strong defensive effort. He grabbed six boards and swatted three shots against the Eagles.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

After scoring 19 on Monday night against Towson, as well, Cormier is averaging 23 points in the Greyhounds’ last two games.

 

Busy November

The game at Coppin State wrapped up a stretch of eight games in 20 days during the month of November for the Greyhounds. The eight games are the most Loyola men’s basketball has ever played in the month, and the seven wins are also the most during the 11th month of the year.

Previously, the team had played seven games during November just twice, 2007-2008 (4-3 record) and 2008-2009 (2-5).

 

Charm City Pride

Baltimore born and raised Dylon Cormier plays at or near his best when the Greyhounds face another team from the Baltimore area. The junior guard, who was in the last graduating class at the now closed Cardinal Gibbons High School, has scored 145 points in eight career games against teams from Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs.

Including his career-high 27 on Wednesday, Cormier has averaged 18.1 points against Coppin State (two games), Towson (two), UMBC (three) and Morgan State (one). He has four games with 20 or more points among the eight contests.

In the last year, Cormier has averaged 20.6 in five games against the teams.

 

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).

 

Second-Half Defense

After ceding 30 points and a 3-point deficit in the first half, Loyola turned up its defensive pressure at Coppin State and held the Eagles to 22.6-percent from the field (7-of-31) after the break. They also missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts after the break.

Loyola held Coppin State without a field goal for the first 5-minutes, 30-seconds and the final 6-minutes 6-seconds of the second half. In between, Loyola kept the Eagles without a field goal for a stretch of 4-minutes, 42-seconds.

 

Guards In Charge

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

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

 

Olson Comes Up Big

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

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

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

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

 

Doubling Up, Part Two

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

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

 

Late Game Heroics

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

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

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

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

 

Steady Performance

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

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

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

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

 

Slowing Scorers

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

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

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

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

 

Hubbard Honored

Redshirt freshman guard Tyler Hubbard was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on November 19 after averaging 10.3 points in three Loyola wins.

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

 

Freshmen Produce

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

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

Combined the three played 70 minutes against the Retrievers.

 

Brooks’ Big Game

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

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

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

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

 

Classy Senior

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Turnaround…Check

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

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

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

2012 All-MAAC Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 129 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 returns to Retiz Arena and non-conference action on Saturday, December 15, for a televised game against Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will broadcast the game with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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Loyola opens MAAC title defense Wednesday against Niagara

Posted on 04 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Niagara Purple Eagles
Date Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland commences Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, when it hosts Niagara University in Reitz Arena for its first of 18 league games.

The Greyhounds and Purple Eagles will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

 

Series History

Niagara holds a 34-17 advantage in the previous 51 meetings between the teams. Loyola has won two in a row, the regular-season game in Western New York last year and a meeting in the MAAC Quarterfinals in Springfield, Mass.

However, prior to those two Greyhound wins, Niagara had won nine of the last 10 games in the series, dating back to the January 12, 2007, when Loyola last won a home game in the series. That was a thrilling, 96-95, overtime victory in Reitz Arena.

In last year’s MAAC Quarterfinals, Dylon Cormier scored 15 of his game-high 23 points after halftime, and the Greyhounds shot a season-best 63-percent from the field to top the Purple Eagles, 86-73. After the teams were tied, 37-37, at the break, Loyola went up by seven less than four minutes in to the second half, only to see Niagara rally to pull within two with 13:39 to play. The Greyhounds, however, gained separation with a 13-3 run capped by a Robert Olson three with 8:52 on the clock.

 

Last Time Out

Florida Gulf Coast never trailed, and the Eagles snapped Loyola’s six-game winning streak with a 65-50 win in Fort Myers on Saturday night.

Jordan Latham scored a career-high 17 points, eclipsing his previous best of nine in less than 11 minutes of play, going 7-of-10 from the field. The rest of the team, however, shot just 26-percent (13-of-50) during the game.

In addition to Latham’s game-best 17, Dylon Cormier scored 12 points and led all players with nine rebounds, while Robert Olson added 10.

The Greyhounds had a 41-37 rebounding advantage in the game, but they committed a season-high 17 turnovers.

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on Saturday night to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

His strong play of late started when he logged a career-high 27 minutes off the bench before fouling out midway through overtime at Rhode Island on November 23.

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

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

Last Wednesday at Coppin State, Latham scored just four points, but he matched his career-high with 27 minutes and had a particularly strong defensive effort. He grabbed six boards and swatted three shots against the Eagles.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State last Wednesday, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

After scoring 19 on Monday night against Towson, as well, Cormier is averaging 23 points in the Greyhounds’ last two games.

 

Through Nine Games

With its seven wins in nine games, the Greyhounds are off to their second-best start in school Division I history at 7-2. Only last year’s team at 8-1 had a better mark through nine games.

 

Busy November

Last Wednesday’s game at Coppin State wrapped up a stretch of eight games in 20 days during the month of November for the Greyhounds. The eight games are the most Loyola men’s basketball has ever played in the month, and the seven wins are also the most during the 11th month of the year.

Previously, the team had played seven games during November just twice, 2007-2008 (4-3 record) and 2008-2009 (2-5).


Charm City Pride

Baltimore born and raised Dylon Cormier plays at or near his best when the Greyhounds face another team from the Baltimore area. The junior guard, who was in the last graduating class at the now closed Cardinal Gibbons High School, has scored 145 points in eight career games against teams from Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs.

Including his career-high 27 on Wednesday, Cormier has averaged 18.1 points against Coppin State (two games), Towson (two), UMBC (three) and Morgan State (one). He has four games with 20 or more points among the eight contests.

In the last year, Cormier has averaged 20.6 in five games against the teams.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career last Wednesday night 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).

 

Second-Half Defense

After ceding 30 points and a 3-point deficit in the first half, Loyola turned up its defensive pressure on Wednesday night at Coppin State and held the Eagles to 22.6-percent from the field (7-of-31) after the break. They also missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts after the break.

Loyola held Coppin State without a field goal for the first 5-minutes, 30-seconds and the final 6-minutes 6-seconds of the second half. In between, Loyola kept the Eagles without a field goal for a stretch of 4-minutes, 42-seconds.

 

Guards In Charge

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

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

 

Cormier All-Around

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

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

This season, Cormier is leading the team in scoring (18.4 points per game) and steals (1.6) and is second in assists per game (2.5) and third in rebounding (5.1).

 

Shooting Start

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

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

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

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola committed just 13 turnovers against Towson (7) and Rhode Island (6). The six were the fewest the Greyhounds have committed since they had only five in the 2010-2011 season-opener on November 12, 2010, at Drexel.

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

 

Olson Comes Up Big

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

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

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

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

 

Back To The Boards

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

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

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

 

Doubling Up, Part Two

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

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

 

Late Game Heroics

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

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

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

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

 

Steady Performance

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

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

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

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

 

Slowing Scorers

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

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

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

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

 

Hubbard Honored

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

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

 

Freshmen Produce

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

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

Combined the three played 70 minutes against the Retrievers.

 

Brooks’ Big Game

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

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

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

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

 

Classy Senior

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Saint Peter’s Game At The Meadowlands

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

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

 

Turnaround…Check

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

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

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

2012 All-MAAC Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 129 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 continue MAAC action with a game on Saturday, December 8, against Saint Peter’s University. The contest will be played in East Rutherford, N.J., at the IZOD Center.

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Loyola G Hubbard named MAAC Freshman of the Week

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Hubbard Earns MAAC Rookie Honors

 

EDISON, N.J. – Loyola University Maryland redshirt freshman guard Tyler Hubbard (Mitchelville, Md./Montrose Christian High School) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday after helping the Greyhounds win three games and capture the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament title last week.

 

Hubbard averaged 10.3 points per game and scored a high of 17 last Wednesday in the Greyhounds’ victory over UMBC. He entered the the game against the Retrievers and sparked a first-half Loyola run with 14 points before the break. In all, he made 6-of-7 shots and 4-of-5 from behind the arc against UMBC.

 

On Saturday afternoon in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, Hubbard went for 11 points against Norfolk State, making three from behind the arc. He then scored just three, but was a part of critical defensive stops down thestretch, in the win over Albany to secure the tournament title.

 

In all, Hubbard averaged 10.3 points and an assist per game in the Greyhounds’ wins. He shot .667 (12-of-15) from the field and the same (.667, 8-of-12) from 3-point range. Earlier this season, Hubbard became thefirst Loyola player to make his collegiate debut and score 10 or more points since 2005 when he tallied 11 in the season opener against Binghamton.

 

The award is the first of Hubbard’s career and the first of the season for a Loyola player. The Greyhounds, who are 4-1, after playing five games in 10 days, return to action on Friday, November 23, when they take on the University of Rhode Island on the Rams’ home floor in a 7 p.m. tip.

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Loyola picked to win MAAC, Etherly Preseason Player of the Year

Posted on 09 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Picked To Win MAAC; Etherly Preseason Player Of The Year

 

EDISON, N.J. – Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball was picked to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches, and senior forward Erik Etherly was named the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, the league announced tonight in its first-ever Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3.

 

Etherly, who was named to the Preseason All-MAAC First Team just over a week ago was picked to be the top player in the conference overfour other players on the first team: Siena College’s O.D. Anoskie, Manhattan College’s George Beamon, Iona College’s Lamont Jones and Fairfield University’s Derek Needham.

 

Last season, he earned All-MAAC First Team honors after leading the Greyhounds in scoring (13.7 points per game), rebounding (7.5 rpg) and blocked shots (50) last season.

 

He 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.

 

As a team, the Greyhounds finished the 2011-2012 season with a school Division I record 24 wins against just nine losses. They went 13-5 in MAAC action, also the best league record in school history, and finished second in the league before winning the MAAC Championships in Springfield, Mass.

 

Loyola advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years and just the second time in school history.

 

The Greyhounds garnered seven first-place votes and 97points in the preseason poll to edge Manhattan for the top spot. The Jaspers had two first-place votes and 89 points and were followed by Iona with one first-place vote and 70 points. Fairfield checked in at fourth (60 points),while Niagara is fifth (58).

 

Siena (55), Rider (39), Marist (37), Canisius (27) and Saint Peter’s (18) rounded out the voting.

 

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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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Three Greyhounds tabbed preseason All-MAAC

Posted on 01 November 2012 by WNST Staff

EDISON, N.J. – Three Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball players who earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors last season were named to the league’s preseason honor rolls on Thursday.

Senior forward Erik Etherly was tabbed to repeat as anAll-MAAC First Team performer in 2012-2013, while senior guard Robert Olson and junior guard Dylon Cormier were selected the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team. Last year, Cormier was a member of the conference’s second team, while Olson garnered mention on the third team.

Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring (13.7 points pergame), 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 andadvanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years. He also wasnamed 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 yesterday 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).

The trio will lead the Greyhounds onto the court in front of an audience for the first time in 2012-2013 on Monday night when the team hosts Seton Hill University in an exhibition game. Admission to the game is free, and tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Loyola commences its regular season on Friday, November 9, when it hosts Binghamton at 7:30 p.m.

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Loyola G Olson named Senior CLASS Award candidate

Posted on 31 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Olson Named One Of 30 Candidates For Senior Class Award

 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Loyola University Maryland senior guard Robert Olson (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Prep) was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, an honor that recognizes student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the court.

Olson is the first Loyola men’s basketball player to be named a candidate in the 13-year history of the award. He is one of two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference players on this year’s list, joining Siena College’s O.D. Anosike.

Last season, Olson averaged 11.1 points per game and emerged as one of the top shooters in college basketball. He shot 45.1-percent from the field and 43.1-percent from 3-point range. Earlier this week, he was named No. 36 on the list of the Top-50 shooters in college basketball by CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman.

“There is no one who is more deserving than Bobby Olson,” said Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. “He has been a leader for us on, and off, the court, since the day he stepped foot onto our campus.”

Olson was named to the All-MAAC Third Team and later the MAAC All-Tournament Team while helping the Greyhounds win the league title and advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in 18 years.

He was third in the MAAC in 3-point field goal percentage as a junior (66-of-153, .431), and his 66 3-pointers made are sixth-most in school single-season history. He matched his career-high with 21 points at Iona onJanuary 15 in the midst of an 11-game stretch in which he scored 11 or morepoints from January 7-February 12, raising his scoring average from 8.8 to 11.9 in the process.

The senior co-captain enters the 2012-2013 season ranked fourth at Loyola in career 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336).

Olson is a finance major in Loyola’s Sellinger School of Busines where he has earned Dean’s List recognition in the classroom and multiple opportunities in the business community. This past summer, he interned for a venture capital firm, Wasabi Ventures, and he has also been a speaker to and involved with the Catholic Business Network of America.

He has been involved in various outreach through Loyola, including working with Beans & Bread, a local shelter and soup kitchen. He also served as a volunteer with the ARC of Montgomery County, an organization that outreaches to area handicapped. Robert has served as a speaker and counselor at the Loyola Basketball Camp and the Georgetown Prep Basketball Camps, and he was a speaker for the Catholic Business Network of America.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

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.

The candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 men’s and 10 women’s finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one men’s finalist and one women’s finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Past winners of the award include Purdue’s Robbie Hummel (2012), Brigham Young’s Jimmer Fredette (2011), North Carolina’s Tyler Hansborough (2009), Duke’s J.J. Reddick (2006) and Shane Battier (2001) and Maryland’s Juan Dixon, a player coached by Patsos while he was an assistant with the Terrapins.

He is the seventh student-athlete from Loyola to be named a candidate in their respective sport. Earlier this year, women’s soccer’s Nichole Schiro was named a candidate.

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Loyola announces MAAC hoops schedule

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Game At Meadowlands Highlights Men’s Basketball’s MAAC Slate

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball will open its 2012-2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule with a home game on Wednesday, December 5, against Niagara University, three days before theGreyhounds will take on Saint Peter’s University in a college hoops doubleheader at the Izod Center.

Loyola and the Peacocks will play the first of two games on Saturday, December 8, in the complex at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford,N.J., prior to a contest between Duke University and Temple University.

The Greyhounds finished the 2011-2012 season with a 13-5 mark in MAAC action its best-ever league record, en route to a school Division I best 24-9 record.

“The MAAC has great coaches and great players, and that is what makes every game tough,” Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “It doesn’t matter if you are home or away, the teams make it so that every game is a great environment, and it makes it so that you look forward to every game as a new challenge.”

After completing 2012 with three non-conference games, the Greyhounds will open the new year with a Friday, January 4, game versus Rider University at Reitz Arena. Last season, the Greyhounds and Broncs played before a sellout crowd in Loyola’s venue, the first of two-straight capacity crowds in Reitz.

Saint Peter’s will make the trip to Baltimore on Sunday, January 6, and Fairfield University will wrap up a three-game homestand for the Greyhounds on Friday, January 11.

The Greyhounds, who won the 2012 MAAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history,will play their first road contest of 2013 on Sunday, January 13, at Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J.

A home game against Marist College on Thursday, January 17, will be on the schedule before Loyola faces Fairfield in Bridgeport, Conn., on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21.

Loyola will hit New York City on Friday, January 25, for a game at Manhattan College before returning to Retiz Arena for a Sunday, January 27, contest versus Iona College.

The Greyhounds make their annual sojourn in Western New York with games at Canisius College on Thursday, January 31, before taking on Niagara on Saturday, February 2. Last year, the Greyhounds swept the road trip in the Buffalo area for the first time in the school’s MAAC history.

Siena College visits the Evergreen Campus on Friday, February 8, just before Loyola travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a Sunday,February 10, game at Marist College.

Canisius is in Baltimore for a Valentine’s Day game on Thursday, February 14, and two days later Loyola will visit Albany, N.Y., for a Saturday, February 16, matchup with Siena.

A step out of conference play during the weekend of February 22-24 for a Bracketbuster road contest will come before the final weekend of league action.

Loyola visits Westchester County on Friday, March 1, for a date with Iona before closing the regular-season at home against Manhattan on Sunday, March 3.

Springfield, Mass., will again host the MAAC Championships, beginning on Friday, March 8, and culminating with the Championship Game onMonday, March 11.

Dates of all Loyola contests are subject to change, and times will be announced at a later date. Television details will also be distributed in the coming weeks.

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Loyola to depart MAAC for Patriot League

Posted on 29 August 2012 by WNST Staff

Loyola University Maryland has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic and athletic year.

“It is an honor to join the Patriot League’s distinguished member institutions, all of which consistently demonstrate a profound commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the field.That commitment is one we share at Loyola, and we see this move as a vital opportunity to continue to elevate our already outstanding athletics programs in keeping with our goal of becoming the nation’s leading Catholic, comprehensive university,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president.

The Patriot League’s full members are AmericanUniversity, Bucknell University, Colgate University, the College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Military Academy, and fellow new addition for 2013 BostonUniversity.

“Loyola University Maryland is an outstanding addition to our membership as a private institution with an excellent academic reputation and rich athletic history,” said Daniel H. Weiss, Ph.D., chair of the Patriot League’s Council of Presidents and president of Lafayette College. “The decision to add Loyola reflects the presidents’ commitment to the stability and long-term positioning of the league.”

Since 1998, the Patriot League has ranked first among all Division I conferences in student-athlete graduation rates in the NCAA Graduation Rates report. In the most recent report, Loyola had 11 teams with perfect graduation rates. A total of 15 Patriot League sports are guaranteed advancement into NCAA postseason competition each year, and all Loyola teams currently eligible for automatic bids will have the same opportunity after the move in 2013.

“Loyola athletics’ primary mission is to support the development of student-athletes who thrive academically, athletically, spiritually, and socially,” said James Paquette, assistant vice president and director of athletics at Loyola. “The Patriot League embraces and supports those values, and we are thrilled to become partners with the league. Its members’ histories of academic and athletic excellence are impressive, and consistent not only with Loyola’s past achievements, but our future ambitions as well.”

“We are delighted to expand the Patriot League membership to 10 full members with the addition of Loyola,” Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich said. “Loyola further strengthens the league in the southern portion of our footprint. With the addition of both Boston University and Loyola University Maryland for the 2013-14 academic year, we believe that the Patriot League has enriched its future both on the field of play and in the classroom.”

Currently, 16 of Loyola’s teams compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while men’s lacrosse plays in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and women’s lacrosse plays in the Big East. All of Loyola’s NCAA Division I athletics teams will make the conference move with the exception of men’s rowing. The Patriot League does not conduct a championship in the sport, but Loyola will continue to row a regionally competitive schedule.

About Loyola University Maryland:

Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, its school of arts and sciences; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 3,800 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students from across the country and around the world.

About the Patriot League:
The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutionsremain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.

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Loyola to raise banner celebrating MAAC title before November 9 opener

Posted on 02 August 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland will open its 2012 men’s basketball slate with a regular-season game on Friday, November 9, at home against Binghamton, the first of five non-conference games that are part of a 13-game schedule.

The Greyhounds’ Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule will be announced this fall. Times and television coverage for non-conference games will also be announced later, and dates are subject to change.

“Last year, we felt that our non-conference games really prepared us for MAAC play,” Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “We grew as a team, learned how to handle travel, get through some adversity, and it made a difference in getting the No. 2 seed in the MAAC tournament and to eventually win the MAAC title.”

Loyola will celebrate its 2012 MAAC title and raise a banner to recognize the accomplishment when the Greyhounds host the Bearcats in the regular-season opener. Prior to that game, Loyola will host an exhibition game against NCAA Division II program Seton Hill on Monday, November 5.

The Greyhounds will also participate in the 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament that culminates at Mohegan Sun Arena in Ucansville, Conn., November 17-18. Loyola will play its first-ever game in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, November 11, when it takes on Washington in the first game of the tournament.

After returning to Baltimore, the Greyhounds host cross-town rival UMBC on Wednesday, November 14. Last season, Patsos won his 100th career game in Loyola’s meeting with the Retrievers.

Loyola will take on fellow NCAA Tournament participant Norfolk State on Saturday, November 17, at Mohegan Sun, and the winner of that game will face the winner of a contest between Missouri-Kansas City and Albany in the Hall of Fame Tournament Springfield Bracket, on Sunday, November 18. Saturday’s losers will meet in a consolation game.

Rhode Island will host Loyola on Friday, November 23, and the Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for a Monday, November 26, date with Towson.

Two days later, on Wednesday, November 28, Loyola will play another Baltimore-area school, Coppin State, on the Eagles’ home court.

The month of December starts in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Greyhounds will take on Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, December 1.

MAAC action will start the following week before the team takes a break for final exams.

Non-conference action resumes on Saturday, December 15, with the 168th all-time meeting between Loyola and Mount St. Mary’s. This year’s tilt will take place in Reitz Arena.

The game against The Mount will be the final contest before Christmas, and Loyola returns from the break on Friday, December 28, to host Patriot League Regular-Season Champion Bucknell. Last year, in Lewisburg, Pa., the Greyhounds snapped the Bison’s 18-game home-court winning streak.

Loyola’s final game before 2013 will take place in Tennessee where it will face Memphis on Sunday, December 30.

MAAC action will start again early in January, and the final non-conference game of the regular-season will take place for the Greyhounds go on the road for a Bracketbuster contest the weekend of February 15-17.

Springfield, Mass., and the MassMutual Center will again host the MAAC Championships. This season’s event will take place Friday-Monday, March 8-11.

Day Date Opponent H/A/N Location
Mon. Nov. 5 Seton Hill (exhibition) H Reitz Arena
Fri. Nov. 9 Binghamton H Reitz Arena
Sun. Nov. 11 Washington A Seattle Wash.
Sat. Nov. 17 Norfolk State N Ucansville, Conn.
Sun. Nov. 18 Missouri-Kansas City or Albany N Ucansville, Conn.
Fri. Nov. 23 Rhode Island A Kingston, R.I.
Mon. Nov. 26 Towson H Reitz Arena
Wed. Nov. 28 Coppin State A Baltimore, Md.
Sat. Dec. 1 Florida Gulf Coast A Fort Myers, Fla.
Sat. Dec. 15 Mount St. Mary’s H Reitz Arena
Fri. Dec. 28 Bucknell H Reitz Arena
Sun. Dec. 30 Memphis A Memphis, Tenn.
Fri.-Sun. Feb. 15-17 Bracketbuster A TBA
Fri.-Mon. March 8-11 MAAC Championships N Springfield, Mass.

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