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Loyola tries to bounce back Saturday against Boston University

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Boston U. Terriers

Saturday, February 15, 2014  |  8:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  |  MASN

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for a Saturday night game on February 15 against fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University at 8 p.m.

The game will be televised live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. SNY will simulcast the game in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey regions.

Loyola has won five of six Patriot League games in Reitz Arena this season.

The Greyhounds are 7-3 overall at home this season.

Loyola is shooting 7.4 percent better in games at Reitz Arena as compared to those away from home (.456-.382). It also averages nearly two assists more (12.1-10.3) and a turnover less (11.2-12.4).
Last Time Out

Lafayette led Loyola by seven at halftime, but the Leopards hit four 3-pointers during an 18-5 run early in the second half to break open a lead of as many as 24 on Wednesday night in a 61-44 Patriot League win in Easton, Pa.

The Greyhounds opened the game by making eight of their first 12 shots (66.7 percent), but they made just eight more field goals in the game’s final 31 minutes, shooting 16.7 percent (6-of-36) thereafter.

Franz Rassman scored eight points in the first nine minutes and finished tied with R.J. Williams for team-high honors with 10 points.

Loyola outrebounded the Leopards, 34-28.

 

Turn The Television On

Saturday’s game will be the final appearance for Loyola on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, this season. A continuing partnership between the school and the network led to five games being televised this year.

Mark Viviano will call the play-by-play, while Jack Armstrong will handle analyst duties.

The game will also be simulcast live on SNY in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey areas.

 

Series History Versus Boston U.

Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the fourth time in as many years and fifth overall when they take the hardwood on Monday night.

Loyola has won two of the last three, but the Terriers’ 72-58 win on January 20 in Boston evened the all-time series at 2-2.

In that game, Loyola lead 21-12 on a Denzel Brito jumper midway through the first half, but the Terriers closed the half on a 20-6 run and came away with the win.

Prior to both teams joining the Patriot League for the 2013-2014 season, Loyola hosted the Terriers in 2012 as part of the ESPN Bracketbuster series and 2013 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The Terriers won the first meeting, 71-51, in the first round of the Sports Foundation Classic on December 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.

In the February 19, 2012, Bracketbuster game at Reitz Arena, Loyola shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half to distance itself in a 69-56 decision that gave the Greyhounds their 20th win of the season for the first time as a Division I program (since 1981-82). Robert Olson made four 3-pointers after halftime, and five in the game, and finished with 17 to lead Loyola.

Last year, in the CIT First Round on March 19, Loyola trailed the Terriers by as many as 15 points in the second half. The Greyhounds, however, used a 38-16 run over the last 15-plus minutes of the game to beat Boston U., 70-63. Malik Thomas put the Terriers up 15 with 15:32 to play, but the Greyhounds went on their run from there. Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson both scored 16 for Loyola, and R.J. Williams had a then-career-high seven assists.

 

Start Of A New Era

Loyola’s January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

Last week, sophomore forward Franz Rassman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team for his excellence in the classroom.

Rassman, who has started 20-of-21 games and is averaging 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game) fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.

Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

 

First Nine, Last Thirty-One

When Franz Rassman scored on a post move with 11:28 left in the first half Wednesday evening at Lafayette, it gave Loyola a 16-15 lead. It was also the Greyhounds’ eight field goal in 12 attempts to start the game.

Loyola, however, would not be able to sustain its 66.7 percent shooting for the rest of the game as it made just eight more field goals in the game’s final 31:28. After Rassman’s basket, which would give him eight points in the first nine minutes, the Greyhounds were 8-of-36 (16.7 percent), a drop of an even 50 percent from the field.

The second half on Wednesday was the Greyhounds’ worst second stanza of the season. They made just 24 percent of its shots (6-of-25) after halftime. It was also the team’s second worst half of the season, trailing only a 23.1 percent performance in the first half at Holy Cross.

 

Turnover Trouble For A Game

Compounding the shooting woes on Wednesday night at Lafayette, Loyola had 17 turnovers against the Leopards, its second highest total of the season (18 vs. Navy, 1/2/14). Of those 17 giveaways, only five came from Lafayette steals.

It was just the fifth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-3 in those games.

Turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 11.9 giveaways per game this year, third fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.25 fewer per game than its opponents. That is just under 1.0 better than the second place team in the League (BU, +1.27).

Through games of February 13, Loyola is 46th in Division I in turnover margin.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster scored a career-high 17 points on February 8 at Lehigh, eclipsing his previous high of 16 set in November at UMBC.

Laster made six field goals, also a career-high, and three free throws, versus the Mountain Hawks. He had four rebounds and three assists for Loyola, too.

Through 24 games, 22 starts, this year, Laster is second on the team with an 8.0 points per game average. He is shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 39.5 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

In 27 games as a freshman in 2011-2012, Laster averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in 5.3 minutes of action per game.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 13 blocked shots in the last three games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had four versus American last Wednesday, and Jones tallied four at Lehigh.

Jones then had a pair at Lafayette to take over the team lead from Latham. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

 

Latham Lately

Before moving back into the starting five against Lafayette, Jordan Latham had been productive in three games off the bench. In those three games, the senior from Baltimore averaged 10.3 points per game and has back-to-back performances of 10 and 13 against American and Lehigh.

Earlier this season, Latham scored 14 and 12 versus Lehigh and Lafayette, marking the first time in his career he had topped double figures in two-straight games.

This season, Latham is shooting 41.7 percent from the field, but he has made 56.5 percent of his attempts (13-of-23) against Army, American and Lehigh.

He also blocked four shots versus the Eagles, two against the Mountain Hawks. Overall, Loyola is 6-2 this year when Latham blocks two or more shots.

 

Hubbard Hits From Deep

Tyler Hubbard had one of the best 3-point shooting nights in school history last Wednesday against American, making 6-of-7 attempts on his way to a career-high 20 points.

Hubbard’s six threes are tied for sixth-most in school single-game history, and they were the most since Robert Olson and J’hared Hall both hit six in a game at Manhattan on January 7, 2011.

The sophomore out of Washington, D.C., made three in both halves with his only miss coming in the first. He also made both of his free throw attempts after being fouled with 25 seconds left. He eclipsed his previous career-high of 17 scored on 6-of-7 shooting, 4-of-5 from behind the arc, in a November 14, 2012, game against UMBC.

A week earlier, Hubbard scored his previous season-high of 13 at College of the Holy Cross when he made 4-of-6 from deep. He is now 33-of-82 (40.2 percent) from 3-point range this season and has made at least one three in 19-of-22 games.

 

Winning Without Boards

Loyola posted a season-low 17 rebounds on February 5 against American, but the Greyhounds also had the distinction of tying the mark for the fewest rebounds in a win by a NCAA Division I team this season (according to Stats, Inc.)

Delaware and Indiana State also had 17 rebounds in wins over College of Charleston and Pepperdine, respectively, this season. Ironically, Delaware’s win with 17 boards came on the same day as Loyola victory over American.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

While he has scored just seven points in Loyola’s last three games, Jarred Jones has continued to be a solid defensive player for the Greyhounds. In those games, he has blocked eight shots and come up with seven steals.

He had four blocked shots at Lehigh to match his career-high set in the season-opener at Binghamton. He now leads the team with 30 total blocked shots and is sixth in the conference with 1.3 per game.

Jones is also ninth in the Patriot League in steals per game after nabbing four against American. He averages 1.5 per game with a total of 35.

 

Gorski Garners Starting Role

Freshman post player Nick Gorski drew his first starting assignment as a collegian on February 8 against Army, and the Richmond, Va., native scored nine points in 22 minutes of action.

The start came on the heels of his first extended playing time since December. He made all three of his field goals and both of his free-throw attempts last Wednesday, finishing with career-highs of nine points and five rebounds in 18 minutes at Holy Cross.

Prior to the last six games Gorski had seen 10 or more minutes just twice this season. He tallied 13 minutes and scored seven points in an overtime win at Cornell, and he then played 16 minutes on December 21 against Saint Joseph’s.

His 18 points in the two games against Holy Cross and Army nearly doubled his previous output this season. He entered the Holy Cross game with 23 points through 16 contests.

 

Setting Up The Shots

R.J. Williams finished the February 1 game against Army with nine assists, one off his career-high of 10 set on January 13 against Lafayette.

Williams is sixth in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.1). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 53 assists in 12 games for an average of 4.4.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 7.7 points per game, 8.0 against conference opponents.

Williams also grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds on February 1 against Army, bumping his Patriot League average to 3.0 per game.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-2 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-19.9).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 11th straight road game on February 12 at Lafayette after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-11 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.2 percent as opposed to 45.4 percent while going 7-3 at home. Opponents are shooting 46.4 percent in their own facilities, 42.4 percent in Reitz Arena.

Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 31.2 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.0 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.4-11.2), and they also force an additional turnover at home (14.9-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly nine points less per game on the road, 62.7, to their 71.3 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 steals against American on February 5, marking the fifth time in 13 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 14, Loyola leads the League with 8.5 steals overall.

Through games of February 13, the Greyhounds are tied for 16th nationally with 8.5 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 24 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 14th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 24th.

In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night. He now has 185 in his career.

With 117 in his career, Williams is 11th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier has been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 6, Cormier was 13th in the nation in points per game.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well.

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

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

He was also the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Over 1,600

In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier now had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 14 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting more than nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 37.2 percent (299-of-803) in 14 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.2 less (74.8 versus 59.6) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.1-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
7th 1,659 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
10th 552 field goals made
Next Gene Gwiazdowski, 565
3-Pointers Made
13th 96 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 459 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 210 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 185 steals
Next Jason Rowe, 272

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds remain at home for their next game, hosting Bucknell University on Wednesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Following that game, Loyola travels to Hamilton, N.Y., for a Saturday, February 22, game at Colgate University.

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Orioles to televise six Spring Training games

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, will broadcast six Orioles spring training games during the 2014 Grapefruit League campaign. All games will appear on MASN HD, beginning with the Orioles’ March 1 game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Sarasota, Fla.

The network’s spring training coverage also includes five more games from Ed Smith Stadium, the team’s Grapefruit League home: March 7 against the Philadelphia Phillies, March 8 against the Boston Red Sox, March 15 against the New York Yankees, March 17 against the Minnesota Twins and March 24 against the Red Sox.

All afternoon games will be replayed the same day in prime time on MASN HD.

The complete MASN HD spring training schedule for the Orioles is as follows:

* Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m., Toronto Blue Jays vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Friday, March 7 at 1 p.m., Philadelphia Phillies vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m., Boston Red Sox vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m., New York Yankees vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m., Minnesota Twins vs. Orioles
* Monday, March 24 at 1 p.m., Boston Red Sox vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)

(From press release)

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Loyola continues long in-state rivalry Saturday at Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers

Saturday, December 7, 2013  |  2:00 p.m.

Emmitsburg, Md.  |  Reitz Arena  |  MASN  |  SNY

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola will make the trip to Western Maryland to face Mount St. Mary’s for the 169th time in series history on Saturday, December 7, at 2 o’clock.

The Greyhounds bounced back from their first two losses of the season with a win over Catholic University on Wednesday night.

Loyola shot a season-high 53 percent from the field against the Cardinals, including a blistering 66 percent in the second half.

The Greyhounds had a season-high 54 points in the paint, easily outdistancing their previous high of 38 versus UMBC.

Wednesday night’s 12-point margin of victory was Loyola’s largest of the season.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola scored 12 of the first 16 points in the second half to break a 39-39 tie, and the Greyhounds went on to an 87-75 victory over visiting Catholic on Wednesday night.

Five players scored in double figures versus the Cardinals, led by Dylon Cormier’s 23.

Franz Rassman made 7-of-9 shots for a career-high 14 points, while Jarred Jones added 13, Tyler Hubbard had 11, and Jordan Latham scored 10.

The Greyhounds committed just six turnovers in the game, as season-low, and they also controlled a slight, 35-33, advantage on the boards.

Cormier blocked a career-high three shots in the win.

 

 

Turn On The Television

Saturday’s game will air live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, as part of Loyola’s ongoing relationship with the channel. SNY will show the contest live, as well, in the New York market.

Jason Knapp, who will also be the play-by-play voice of the Patriot League on CBS Sports Network later this year, will call the action, and Craig Esherick will provide color analysis.

 

Series History Versus Mount St. Mary’s

Loyola and Mount St. Mary’s will meet for the 169th time when the teams take the floor on Saturday afternoon in Emmitsburg.

In addition to being the oldest series in state history – it predates Loyola-Maryland by two seasons – it is also the most-played. The 166 meetings exceed the 152 between Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland), a series that started in 1930.

The rivalry dates to January 20, 1910, the second season of basketball at Loyola. The Greyhounds won the initial meeting between the teams, 35-24, but The Mount holds a 96-72 advantage all-time.

Loyola was won the last two meetings, including a 79-57 decision on December 15, 2012, in Baltimore. Robert Olson scored nine of his 22 points during a 22-2 run midway through the first half, and Julius Brooks added 12 points for the Greyhounds.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 25.1 points per game through seven. As of games of Thursday, December 5, Cormier is fourth in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (30.0), Oregon State University’s Roberto Nelson (25.4) and Evansville University’s D.J. Balentine (25.3).

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has six 20+ point games in seven contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

In the game at West Virginia, Cormier moved into 12th place all-time at Loyola in points, passing Joel Hittelman (1951-54). Cormier has 1,389 points six games into his senior year; next up on the chart is Bob Connor (1,431 points, 1967-71). With 11 more points, he will be come the 12th player in school history to score 1,400 or more in a career.

 

20-Plus, Five In A Row

Prior to Cormier, Gerald Brown was the most recent Greyhound to score 20 or more in five or more games. He did so in six outings, from December 30-January 15, 2006-2007.

Brown finished that season, his junior campaign, averaging 22.7 points per game.

 

Turnover Trend Turnaround

Loyola committed more turnovers than West Virginia by a slim margin, 11-9, but it was the reversal of a trend from the last four games.

In the four games prior to that against the Mountaineers, the Greyhounds had committed an average of 5.5 fewer turnovers than their opponents. The only other game this season that Loyola had more turnovers than its opponent came in the season-opener at Binghamton University when Loyola had 17 to the Bearcats’ 15.

Loyola righted its trend on Wednesday night against Catholic, committing a season-low six miscues to the Cardinals’ eight.

Through seven games, Loyola is averaging just 10.4 turnovers per game, 3.2 fewer than its opponents’ 13.6.

 

Positive Post Play

Loyola’s starting post players – Franz Rassman and Jordan Latham – both scored in double figures in the same game for the first time this season when they combined for 24 pointsWednesday night against Catholic.

Rassman made 7-of-9 shots from the field to set a career-high with 14 points, and Latham connected on 5-of-9 versus the Cardinals for 10 points.

Throw in Jarred Jones’ 13 points off the bench, also on 5-of-9 from the field, and Nick Gorski’s three, and the Loyola post players had 40 points.

 

On Target

The Greyhounds shot 53 percent from the field on Wednesday night, a season-high. Even better was their shooting performance in the second half when they made 20-of-30 shots (66.7 percent).

All eight Loyola players who attempted a shot in the second half made at least 50 percent of their attempts, led by Franz Rassman’s 5-of-5.

 

Five With 10 Or More

Five Loyola players finished the game with 10 or more points, led by Dylon Cormier’s game-high 23. Frans Rassman had 14, Jarred Jones, 13, Tyler Hubbard, 11, and Jordan Latham, 10.

It was the first time since February 2, 2013, that five or more players reached double digits in the points column. That night, six Greyhounds scored 11 or more in a double-overtime win at Niagara University.

Only once this season had four Loyola players scored 10 or more. That occurred in November 10’s overtime victory at Cornell University.

 

Slowing Leading Scorers

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season. In his next game, December 2 against No. 15 Florida, Napier hit the game-winner as time expired to finish with 26 points.

Loyola also did a solid job defensively on West Virginia’s leading scorers, guard duo Eron Harris and Juwan Staten. Harris finished with 14 after entering with a 21.1 points per game average; Staten scored four, despite averaging 18.1 prior to the contest. Combined the duo shot 6-of-23 from the field.

 

Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 9.1 points in Loyola’s first six contests, and he is shooting 42.6 percent overall from the field, 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.

On Wednesday night against Catholic, Laster scored just seven, but he posted career-highs with seven rebounds and five assists.

 

New Addition To The Family

Less than 24 hours after Loyola’s come-from-behind victory at UMBC, the Greyhounds had a new addition to their family. Head Coach G.G. Smith’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son, Ross Patrick Smith, on Thursday, November 21.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Laster From Deep

Eric Laster’s 3-point shooting made the Greyhounds’ comeback attempt a reality last week at UMBC. The sophomore guard hit four threes in a 41-second span with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

His first three came on a pull-up in transition at the 1:23 mark, and the second was off an R.J. Williams assist at 1:14. Laster knocked down his third from the top left side with 47 ticks left on the clock, and he took a Dylon Cormier pass five seconds later – after Cormier stole the ball in the backcourt – to knock down his final shot that pulled Loyola within a point, 76-75.

Laster finished the game with five threes – he hit one in the first half – a career-high. Entering the game, Laster had hit just six 3-pointers, five this season and one limited action last year.

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 25.1 times per game this season while converting 17.0 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 67.6 percent from the charity stripe, making 119-of-176.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation).

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 65 free throws through five games, making 41 (68.3 percent). He is averaging 9.3 free-throw attempts per game this season, 11th-most in the nation through December 5.

The Greyhounds are guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season and at least one in the Patriot League Championships); at this pace, Cormier would take 279 free throws this year. The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 536 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 377 made are also seventh on the Loyola career charts.

Last year, he was 172-of-232 (74.1 percent) from the line, taking an average of 6.8 free throws per game.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the four games.

The Greyhounds’ 74.3 points per game  in their first seven, more than seven points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 77.9, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots against Catholic brought his Loyola career total to 66, good for seventh place all-time at Loyola in the category With nine more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

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

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

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

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

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

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

 

Meet The Staff

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
12th 1,389 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 461 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 90 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 377 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
T-21st 180 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
6th 151 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will take 12 days off for fall semester final exams before taking the floor next on Thursday, December 19. The Greyhounds will host Stony Brook University at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Ohio State @ Maryland (Wednesday 7pm Comcast Center), Siena @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Comcast Center); NBA: Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Boxing: Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi (Saturday 8pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime); Auto Racing: NASCAR Awards Banquet (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Fox Sports 2)

10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Halestorm (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Panic! at the Disco (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Spacehog & Sponge (Friday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage), Monster Magnet (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Carbon Leaf (Friday 8pm Saturday 3pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Megadeth (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), NOFX (Friday 7:25pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Muse “Live at Rome Olympic Stadium” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I don’t care what face you’re making, it doesn’t change how much I secretly love TSO.

I don’t know if I’ll make it to Soundstage Sunday night, but you should sing along with this tune for me.

I believe by law Carbon Leaf is not allowed to go more than a month without playing around here.

I’ll be the Muse record doesn’t suck.

9. Jeff Dunham (Thursday 7pm Patriot Center); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); The Wolverine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Parade of Lighted Boats (Saturday 6pm Fells Point/Inner Harbor); “A Monumental Occasion” (Thursday 5pm Mount Vernon Place)

I don’t really have a lot to say about any of this. Sorry. I didn’t really have time to study if we’re being fair.

Instead, courtesy of The Robb Report, for Christmas this year I’d like you to buy me a backyard stadium for $30 million. For reals.

I would also settle for this $83 million sky yacht.

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Loyola visits UMBC for crosstown showdown Wednesday

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at UMBC Retrievers

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

Catonsville, Md.  |  RAC Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

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

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

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

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

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

 

Last Time Out

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

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

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

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

 

Turn On The Television

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

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

 

No Rebounds, No Problem?

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

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

 

Cormier Keeps Scoring

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

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

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field on Saturday against Fairfield, but the Greyhounds squeezed out the win, 59-52, thanks to a 24-of-34 night from the free-throw line.

The game was reminiscent in many ways of the another recent game against Fairfield. The last time Loyola won a game when shooting 34.1 percent or lower was when it went 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent) to beat Stags, 48-44, on March 5, 2012, in the MAAC Championship Game. The win advanced Loyola to its first NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons.

 

Little Bit Of Everything

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

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

 

Making It A Tradition

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

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

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

 

Series History Versus UMBC

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quick Start

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

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

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

 

Bench Contributions

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

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

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

 

Cormier Earns League Acclaim

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

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

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

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

 

Down The Stretch

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

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

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

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

He is the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Latham Big In OT

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

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

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

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the two games.

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

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

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Quality Minutes From Gorski

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

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

 

Laster In Double Figures

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster saw his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first two games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

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

 

Dog Debuts

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

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

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

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

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

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

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

 

Meet The Staff

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

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

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

 

Turn The TV On

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

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

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

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

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

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

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

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 19 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios (Saturday 9pm from Macau, China live on HBO PPV); Golf: ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf (Wednesday & Thursday 9pm Friday & Saturday 8pm from Melbourne, AUS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour CME Group Titleholders (Thursday-Sunday 1:30pm from Naples, FL live on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: George Washington @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Towson (Saturday 8pm SECU Arena), Drexel @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on SpikeTV)

10. Kanye West (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), P!nk (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Keith Urban (Saturday 7pm Patriot Center); India.Arie (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Gin Blossoms (Tuesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), Blues Traveler (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Slayer (Tuesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Mazzy Star (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Smash Mouth (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), ?uestlove (Friday 11pm Howard Theatre), Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Sleigh Bells (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Stephen Kellogg (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), M. Doughty (Friday 7pm 9:30 Club), Twenty One Pilots (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Amos Lee (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Elvis Costello (Friday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); Chris Cornell (Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Bela Fleck (Saturday 7pm & 9pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 7pm Carroll County Arts Center); Daughtry “Baptized”, Jake Bugg “Shangri La” and A Perfect Circle “Three Sixty” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

It’s apparently 90′s week in Annapolis. That’s not a problem.

Seriously. Not a problem ONE BIT.

I had no idea Mazzy Star was still a thing. I’m STOKED.

If you haven’t taken any of my 100 previous suggestions to go see Sister Sparrow, take this one. PLEASE.

9. D.L. Hughley (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Delivery Man” out in theaters (Friday); We’re The Millers“, “Planes“, “The World’s End” and “2 Guns” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Elf The Musical (Friday-Sunday Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); “Dazzle Dash Weekend” (Saturday & Sunday Symphony Woods); WNST Canned Good Drive (Thursday 7pm Buffalo Wild Wings White Marsh)

We NEED your cans. No excuses.

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Loyola welcomes former MAAC rival Fairfield to Reitz Arena Saturday

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

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

Last Time Out    

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

Turn On The Television    

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

Cormier Earns League Acclaim    

  • Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.
  • Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
  • He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.
  • Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

Series History Versus Fairfield    

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

Quick Start    

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

Down The Stretch    

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

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games    

  • Dylon Cormier is the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.
  • He is the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

Bench Contributions    

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

Latham Big In OT    

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

The Difference A Year Makes    

  • When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that has shown up in the statistics through two games.
  • Loyola’s 79 and 93 point outputs in just two contests would both rank in the top five of single-game scoring totals from the 2012-2013 season when the team averaged 66.9 points per game.
  • Conversely, it has led the Greyhounds to allowing more points, 74 and 89, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

Jones Breaks Out    

  • Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).
  • The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.
  • Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.
  • While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.
  • He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

Quality Minutes From Gorski    

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

Laster In Double Figures    

  • After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster saw his role exand dramatically this season, starting the first two games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.
  • In two games, Laster has shot 5-of-11 from the field an 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Last season, he was just 10-of-31 (.323) overall and 1-of-7 (.143) from behind the arc.

For Starters    

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

In The Final Five    

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

Dog Debuts    

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

Start Of The Smith Era    

  • G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.
  • The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.
  • Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).
  • As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).
  • Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

Meet The Staff    

  • Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.
  • Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.
  • Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.
  • Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.
  • Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

Look Back At 2012-2013    

  • Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.
  • The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.
  • After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.
  • Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

New Dogs    

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

Gone, But Not Forgotten    

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

New Year, New Coach, New League    

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

Preseason Patriot League Picks    

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

Turn The TV On    

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

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas    

  • Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.
  • Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.
  • Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

Cormier On The Charts    

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

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

High Marks    

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

Up Next    

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

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf: PGA Tour OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Thursday-Sunday 2pm from Riviera Maya, Mexico live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Edwain Rodriguez (Saturday 10pm from Ontario, CA live on HBO); High School Football: MPSSAA Playoffs-4A North Semifinal Howard @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm); The Book Thief” and “The Best Man Holiday” out in theaters (Friday); Man of Steel” and “Turbo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

10. Elton John (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Monday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Manchester Orchestra (Tuesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Eli Young Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Dr. Dog (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); The Lone Bellow (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Zach Myers/Silvertung (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dave Davies (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Gary Clark Jr. (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Skrillex (Thursday 8:30pm 9:30 Club), Sister Hazel (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Widespread Panic (Tuesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); The Mowgli’s (Wednesday 7:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Rick Ross (Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Counting Crows “Echoes of The Outlaw Roadshow” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Lone Bellow HAS to win “Best New Artist” this year, right?

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I’d listen to Sister Hazel sing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.

I’ve tried telling you about Sister Sparrow before. Stop missing the memo.

9. NBA-Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Tuesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Washington Wizards @ San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on Comcast SportsNet), Cleveland Cavaliers @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Meanwhile, JJ Hickson…

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Loyola to get at least nine TV games in 2013-2014 season

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

MASN To Televise Four Men’s Basketball Games

 

BALTIMORE – The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) will broadcast four Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball games during the 2013-2014 season, continuing a relationship between the Greyhounds and the regional sports network.

MASN will air the Greyhounds’ home opener against Fairfield University, on Saturday, November 16, a matchup that will pit two Jesuit schools who were conference rivals for many years prior to Loyola’s move to the Patriot League this season.

A pair of road games – at UMBC on Wednesday, November 20, and at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, December 7 – will be the next games aired by MASN.

The network will then feature a Saturday, February 15, broadcast of the Patriot League’s two newest members, Boston University and the Greyhounds. The teams have played each of the last two seasons ­– in Bracketbuster play during 2011-2012 and in the CollegeInsider.com First Round of 2012-2013 – with the Greyhounds coming out on top narrowly both times.

In addition to the two MASN broadcasts, the Patriot League rights’ holder, CBS Sports Network, will air two Loyola games: Monday, January 13, against Lafayette and Monday, January 20, at Boston University.

At least three other Loyola road games will be broadcast. The Tuesday, November 26, contest at Connecticut is slated for SNY, and theMonday, December 2, affair at West Virginia will air on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. Loyola’s game at Miami (Fla.) on Monday, December 30, is slated for an ESPN3 broadcast.

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Good news: MASN airing six Orioles spring training games. Bad news: They play 33 of them.

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Good news: MASN airing six Orioles spring training games. Bad news: They play 33 of them.

Posted on 04 March 2013 by Drew Forrester

It would be hard to debate that perhaps the greatest invention in sports over the last 50 years has been the “regional sports network”.

Some folks would refer it to more has “highway robbery”.  They’d have a valid point.

The concept is so elementary, a caveman could figure it out:  Start your own TV network, show a “demand” for it, run the network through your local cable operator and then, in the best scam of the last 200 years, have your monthly “fee” be paid by the consumers — even those who don’t ever use your product.

And if you start the network and the government doesn’t agree with your stipulation that demand warrants the inclusion of the fee in monthly cable bill, you just sue the government.  They won’t want to fight you and within 12-18 months, you’ll be milking your very own cash cow.

The list of teams that have pulled this stunt is growing by the year.  The Yankees and Red Sox were the first to perfect it.  The various Los Angeles teams in basketball and hockey have been raking in TV money as far back as a thing called “Prime Ticket” out west, but only now are they starting to see the benefits of owning the network yourself.  The Texas Rangers will be pulling in upwards of $100 million via their RSN in the next couple of years.  So will the Angels.

And, then, of course, we have our beloved Birds.

The Orioles’ owner, Peter Angelos, started the Middle Atlantic Sports Network back in 2006, with the promise of his own RSN establishing enough of a consistent revenue base to do battle with those rat finks in New York and Boston.

This, what I’m writing today, isn’t about the years of money that Peter collected and then didn’t spend on the team.  We’ve all seen that movie and reviewed it a dozen or two times.  We know the club’s roster has been shortchanged over the years as it relates to quality players.  No need to travel there today.

No — what I’m puzzled by is yet another botched marketing and PR opportunity from both MASN and the Orioles.  OK, let’s just admit they’re one and the same and I’ll keep calling them “the Orioles” for purposes of this piece.  Anyway, the Orioles have thirty three “official” spring training games in February and March.  Guess how many the team will air on its own TV network?  Six. That’s it.  Six.  Oh, by the way, three of the six are taped delayed, not live.

Six of thirty-three games will be on TV and they own the network that airs the games.

Unreal.

At least air all of the home games, right?  I can at least almost understand not airing a game from Ft. Myers or Dunedin.  But you have 16 home games in Ed Smith Stadium.  Put all of them on MASN.  And, for sure, you can do some split-feed stuff with the Yankees and Pirates and Phillies when you face them in Tampa or Bradenton or Clearwater througout March.

Last year’s magical season and dramatic 5-game series loss to the Yankees actually left the community as a whole longing for March 2013 and spring training baseball.

For years – about fourteen to be exact – only 149 people in Baltimore even cared about spring training when it rolled around every February.  Grapefruit League games were met with yawns and the fans had little interest in who was doing well, who wasn’t, who was making the team and who needed to go 2-for-3 today to have a chance of sticking around.

Spring training baesball, though, has an allure to it that reaches far past sports.  It’s called spring training for a reason.  It marks the beginning of s-p-r-i-n-g.  People love spring.  It dawns a new year, essentially.  Warm weather is on the way.  Sunshine.  Summer days beckon.  When baseballs are thrown, the days seem brighter and longer.

And after a whopper of a season in 2012, you would think the Orioles would go completely out of their way to capitalize on that energy by airing spring training baseball in March of 2013.

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