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Loyola hosts UMBC in crosstown battle Wednesday

Posted on 13 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena for its second home game of the 2012-2013 season and the first the Greyhounds will be in front of a televised audience.

The Greyhounds will host UMBC at 9 o’clock on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

 

Tune In

The game will be broadcast live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Johnny Holliday will handle play-by-play duties, while Troy Green will provide the color analysis.

Two more Loyola games will be broadcast on MASN this season, the December 15 home contest against Mount St. Mary’s, and the January 17 home game against Marist.

 

Series History

Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 46th time in series history on Wednesday. Winners of the last five meetings, Loyola holds a 27-18 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds have won five-straight against UMBC, dating back to a 2004 loss in Jimmy Patsos’ first season with the Greyhounds.

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.

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

Erik Etherly scored a career-high 27 points on 9-of-15 from the field and 9-of-14 from the free-throw line. Dylon Cormier gave the Greyhounds two 20-point scorers that night, tallying an even 20 while making 15-of-17 free throws. Brian Neller matched Etherly’s 27 to lead UMBC.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola traveled to the Pacific Northwest for its second game of the season, falling at Washington, 85-63, on Sunday evening in a game that was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament.

Loyola tied the game on a Jarred Jones putback just 13 ticks into the second half, but Washington turned a three-point lead into nine over the course of two minutes, going ahead 48-39 on a C.J. Wilcox three with 15:24 remaining.

Wilcox made 4-of-5 threes and 9-of-13 overall and led all players with 22 points, while Abdul Gaddy tallied 17 for the host Huskies.

Dylon Cormier scored 19 points and was two off his career-high with seven rebounds to pace the Greyhounds, and Etherly added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Robert Olson scored 12. Jones chipped in with nine points and six rebounds, highs for his young career.

 

Cormier Leads

Dylon Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring in each of the first two games and is averaging an even 20 through those contests. He has made 14-of-30 (.467) from the field and 11-of-15 (.733) from the line.

Cormier scored 13 points in the first half Friday night against the Bearcats and finished with 21 points, the ninth time in his career her has reached the 20-point plateau. As a sophomore in 2011-2012, Cormier scored 20 or more seven times en route to earning All-MAAC Second Team honors with a 13.4 points per game average. That night, Cormier made 8-of-14 shots from the field, 1-of-2 from behind the 3-point line and 4-of-5 at the free-throw line. He also had three assists, a block, a steal and four rebounds.

At Washington, he finished with 19 and was just two off his career-best with seven rebounds. He is also averaging 5.5 boards per game this year.

Cormier has led Loyola in scoring 15 times during his career, and the Greyhounds are 11-4 in those games.

 

Etherly Plays To Form

Erik Etherly, the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, has averaged 13 points per game in two contests after scoring 15 to go with a team-high eight rebounds on Sunday at Washington.

He also swatted three shots against the Huskies to give him 88 in his two-plus season at Loyola.

 

Cormier & Etherly Against The Retrievers

Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly have both played two games against UMBC in their careers at Loyola, and each has fared well against the crosstown opponent.

Cormier has recorded two 20-point games, the first and second, respectively, of his career.

Etherly, meanwhile scored 16 as a sophomore in 2010 and then set a career-high with 27 points last season in Catonsville. He also had 10 rebounds last season to bring his career averages against UMBC to 21.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

 

Jones Making Early Impact

Freshman Jarred Jones has started the first two games of his collegiate career and made a difference on the court for the Greyhounds. A two-time All-Metro honoree by The Baltimore Sun at John Carroll High School, Jones scored nine points and had six rebounds on Sunday evening at Washington.

In his first game, he debuted with just one point, but he filled several box-score categories in his effort. Jones tallied three rebounds and two each of blocked shots, steals and assists.

 

Brooks’ Big Game

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

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

At Washington, he scored five, had a pair of rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot against the Huskies.

 

First Impressions

Four players made their collegiate debuts for Loyola on Friday night, starting with Jarred Jones who made a start in his first game as a Greyhound. Redshirt freshman Tyler Hubbard got into the game early in the first half for his first game action, and Jones’ classmates Eric Laster and Franz Rassman both entered the contest in the second half.

Jones played 25 minutes, and while his box score line did not show it, he made a large impact on the game. He scored just one point, but he had three rebounds, handed out two assists, picked up two steals and led all players with two blocked shots.

Laster saw three minutes of action, scored on a 15-foot jumper and grabbed an offensive rebound. Rassman played six minutes, and had a block and a rebound.

 

Hubbard Goes For 11

Tyler Hubbard made 4-of-9 shots, 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and finished Friday night with 11 points in his collegiate debut. In the process, he became the first player to reach double figures in his first collegiate game since Jawaan Wright came off the bench to score 10 on November 19, 2005, against Towson University.

 

Defensive Work

Loyola held Binghamton scoreless twice for stretches of eight or more minutes Friday night. The Greyhounds limited the Bearcats to 35.5-percent from the field and forced 16 turnovers. Binghamton also made just 18.2-percent of 3-point attempts.

On the glass, Loyola held the Bearcats to just five offensive rebounds, grabbing 24-of-29 boards on the defensive glass (82.7-percent).

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

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

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

 

What’s Back

Loyola returns eight of 12 players who saw game action, including four players – forward Erik Etherly and guards Dylon Cormier, Robert Olson and R.J. Williams – who started in the NCAA Tournament game last season.

In all, the eight returning players accounted for 73-percent of Loyola’s minutes last year, 70-percent of rebounds, 80-perecnt of assists, 79-percent of steals, 65-percent of blocked shots and 71-percent of points.

 

So Long

Four players departed from last year’s roster, including J’hared Hall and Shane Walker who graduated from Loyola in May and two players who elected to transfer – Justin Drummond (Toldeo) and Pierson Williams (Cal State-Dominguez Hills).

Walker started all 33 games in the post for Loyola last year and averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while dishing out 50 assists and blocking 42 shots. Drummond was an All-MAAC Third Team honoree and MAAC Sixth Player of the Year while scoring 10.7 points per game a year ago.

 

Preseason MAAC Honors

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

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

The MAAC will announce its preseason poll of order of finish in the league on its Preseason Awards Show that will be aired on ESPN3 this Friday at 8:15 p.m.

 

Classy Senior

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

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336).

Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

High Marks

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

 

Saint Peter’s Game At The Meadowlands

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

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

 

Second NCAA Trip

Last year, Loyola made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons, a span of 17 years, 11 months and 23 days. In all, it was 6,569 days between NCAA Tournament Games for the Greyhounds.

Last year’s true freshmen – Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams – were less than one year old the last time Loyola played in an NCAA match.

 

MAAC Title

Loyola won its second MAAC Championship in 23 years in the conference on Monday, March 5, 2012, defeating Fairfield University, 48-44, in the lowest scoring championship game in league history.

The Greyhounds held Fairfield to just six second-half field goals and 28.8-percent shooting in the game.

Loyola, which finished second in the conference during the regular season and earned the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, defeated Niagara University and Siena College in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.

 

Turnaround…Check

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

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

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

 

Outstanding Performance By Etherly

Erik Etherly was named the MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the three games.

Etherly was in double figures in each of the three games, including back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. He followed that with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the MAAC title game vs. Fairfield. He shot 20-for-38 (.526) from the floor and 11-for-14 (.786) from the foul line, while finishing with nine blocks.

Last season, Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team after averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, both tops for the Greyhounds.

He also became the second player in school history to earn National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District honors, when he joined Mike Powell (1997) and earned Second Team laurels.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

2012 All-MAAC Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 123 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola will make a trip to Uncasville, Conn., for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament this weekend. The Greyhounds will take on Norfolk State at 12 noon on Saturday, November 17, at Mohegan Sun Arena, and then take on either Albany or Missouri-Kansas City on Sunday.

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Loyola visits Washington for Hall of Fame Tournament battle

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland takes its first, and longest, road trip of the season to play the University of Washington on Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Seattle.

The Greyhounds and Huskies will play in a game that is part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Loyola will play in the Springfield Bracket of the tournament, taking on Norfolk State University on Saturday, November 18, before facing either the University of Albany or the University of Missouri-Kansas City the following day at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

 

Far From Home

Loyola’s Baltimore campus is 2,326 miles from Alaska Airlines Arena, as the crow flies, making this the third-furthest from home the Greyhounds have played in the contiguous United States (the Greyhounds played in a holiday tournament at the University of Hawaii in December 1987).

The two locations of Loyola’s furthest games from home are Stanford (2,444) and UC-Davis (2,402).

 

Tune In

Sunday’s game will be televised by the new Pac-12 Network. Kevin Calabro will call the play-by-play, while Basketball Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens will provide the color analysis.

 

Series History

Loyola and Washington will meet for the first time when the teams take the court on Sunday.

The Greyhounds are 0-3 all-time against teams currently affiliated with the Pac-12 Conference. The last time Loyola played a current Pac-12 team was when it faced the University of Arizona in the NCAA First Round on March 18, 1994, in Sacramento, Calif. The Wildcats won the meeting – Loyola’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game – 81-55 en route to the Final Four.

 

For Openers

Loyola won its season-opener on Friday night with a 71-45 decision against Binghamton University in a sold-out Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds’ 26-point margin of victory was their largest since it defeated Howard University by 34, 85-51, on December 19, 2009.

Binghamton scored the game’s first two points, but Loyola held the Bearcats scoreless for 10-minutes, 30-seconds as part of a 19-0 run that helped the Greyhounds build a 17-point advantage. They would hold that same margin at the half, 39-22. Binghamton cut it to 14, 41-27, with 17:25 to play, but an Erik Etherly dunk spurred a 22-5 run that covered nearly nine minutes and put Loyola ahead, 61-32, with 8:58 left in the game.

Dylon Cormier led all scorers with 21 points, one of four Loyola players to reach double figures. Erik Etherly, Tyler Hubbard and Robert Olson all scored 11. Julius Brooks finished with eight points and a game-best seven rebounds.

 

Cormier Leads

Dylon Cormier scored 13 points in the first half Friday night against the Bearcats and finished with 21 points, the ninth time in his career her has reached the 20-point plateau. As a sophomore in 2011-2012, Cormier scored 20 or more seven times en route to earning All-MAAC Second Team honors with a 13.4 points per game average.

On Friday, Cormier made 8-of-14 shots from the field, 1-of-2 from behind the 3-point line and 4-of-5 at the free-throw line. He also had three assists, a block, a steal and four rebounds.

Cormier has led Loyola in scoring 14 times, and the Greyhounds are 11-3 in those games.

 

Brooks’ Big Game

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

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

 

First Impressions

Four players made their collegiate debuts for Loyola on Friday night, starting with Jarred Jones who made a start in his first game as a Greyhound. Redshirt freshman Tyler Hubbard got into the game early in the first half for his first game action, and Jones’ classmates Eric Laster and Franz Rassman both entered the contest in the second half.

Jones played 25 minutes, and while his box score line did not show it, he made a large impact on the game. He scored just one point, but he had three rebounds, handed out two assists, picked up two steals and led all players with two blocked shots.

Laster saw three minutes of action, scored on a 15-foot jumper and grabbed an offensive rebound. Rassman played six minutes, and had a block and a rebound.

 

Hubbard Goes For 11

Tyler Hubbard made 4-of-9 shots, 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and finished Friday night with 11 points in his collegiate debut. In the process, he became the first player to reach double figures in his first collegiate game since Jawaan Wright came off the bench to score 10 on November 19, 2005, against Towson University.

 

Defensive Work

Loyola held Binghamton scoreless twice for stretches of eight or more minutes Friday night. The Greyhounds limited the Bearcats to 35.5-percent from the field and forced 16 turnovers. Binghamton also made just 18.2-percent of 3-point attempts.

On the glass, Loyola held the Bearcats to just five offensive rebounds, grabbing 24-of-29 boards on the defensive glass (82.7-percent).

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

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

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

 

What’s Back

Loyola returns eight of 12 players who saw game action, including four players – forward Erik Etherly and guards Dylon Cormier, Robert Olson and R.J. Williams – who started in the NCAA Tournament game last season.

In all, the eight returning players accounted for 73-percent of Loyola’s minutes last year, 70-percent of rebounds, 80-perecnt of assists, 79-percent of steals, 65-percent of blocked shots and 71-percent of points.

 

So Long

Four players departed from last year’s roster, including J’hared Hall and Shane Walker who graduated from Loyola in May and two players who elected to transfer – Justin Drummond (Toldeo) and Pierson Williams (Cal State-Dominguez Hills).

Walker started all 33 games in the post for Loyola last year and averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while dishing out 50 assists and blocking 42 shots. Drummond was an All-MAAC Third Team honoree and MAAC Sixth Player of the Year while scoring 10.7 points per game a year ago.

 

Preseason MAAC Honors

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

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

The MAAC will announce its preseason poll of order of finish in the league on its Preseason Awards Show that will be aired on ESPN3 this Friday at 8:15 p.m.

 

Classy Senior

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

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336).

Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

High Marks

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

 

Saint Peter’s Game At The Meadowlands

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

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

 

Second NCAA Trip

Last year, Loyola made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons, a span of 17 years, 11 months and 23 days. In all, it was 6,569 days between NCAA Tournament Games for the Greyhounds.

Last year’s true freshmen – Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams – were less than one year old the last time Loyola played in an NCAA match.

 

MAAC Title

Loyola won its second MAAC Championship in 23 years in the conference on Monday, March 5, 2012, defeating Fairfield University, 48-44, in the lowest scoring championship game in league history.

The Greyhounds held Fairfield to just six second-half field goals and 28.8-percent shooting in the game.

Loyola, which finished second in the conference during the regular season and earned the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, defeated Niagara University and Siena College in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.

 

Defense Wins Championships

The Greyhounds played outstanding defense in the MAAC title game, holding Fairfield to 44 points and 28.8-percent shooting for the game. The 44 points were the fewest Loyola had allowed in a game this season. It was the fewest points a Loyola opponent had scored since the Greyhounds held Dartmouth to 41 in a 58-41 decision on November 24, 2009.

Loyola allowed the Stags to shoot just 6-for-31 (.194) in the second half, scoring only 22 points, the fewest points against the Greyhounds in any half this season.

After trailing by four points (30-26) at halftime, Loyola held Fairfield without a point for the first 7:48 of the second half, and without a field goal for the first 8:48. In that period, the Greyhounds outscored the Stags 11-1 to take a 37-31 lead.

 

Turnaround…Check

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

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

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

 

Outstanding Performance By Etherly

Erik Etherly was named the MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the three games.

Etherly was in double figures in each of the three games, including back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

He followed that with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the MAAC title game vs. Fairfield.

He shot 20-for-38 (.526) from the floor and 11-for-14 (.786) from the foul line, while finishing with nine blocks.

Last season, Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team after averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, both tops for the Greyhounds.

He also became the second player in school history to earn National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District honors, when he joined Mike Powell (1997) and earned Second Team laurels.

 

Cormier Continues Upswing

Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds in scoring 13 times during the 2011-2012 season and scored 20 or more points on seven occasions as a sophomore, earning All-MAAC Second Team honors.

The Baltimore native made a huge jump in production from his freshman year when he averaged 8.1 points per game and started 28 games for Loyola. He showed a marked improvement in shooting as a sophomore, hitting 46.1-percent of his shots form the field after making just 37.9-percent as a freshman.

 

20-Win Season

The Greyhounds’ victory over Boston University on February 19, 2012, was their 20th of the season, setting a school Division I record.

Loyola, which moved to NCAA Division I in 1981-1982, had won 19 games in 2007-2008 and 18 in 2006-2007.

The overall school record for victories, 25, came in 1948-1949.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

2012 All-MAAC Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 123 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

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Loyola opens hoops season Friday against Binghamton

Posted on 08 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Binghamton Bearcats
Date Friday, November 9, 2012
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena

 

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland opens the 2012-2013 regular-season on Friday, November 9, when it hosts Binghamton University at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The game is the first of 31 during the regular-season for the Greyhounds in the 103rd season of men’s basketball at Loyola.

 

Tune In

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

 

Series History

Loyola and Binghamton will meet for the first time when they take the court Friday.

The Greyhounds went 3-0 last season against teams in the America East Conference, defeating UMBC and Boston University at home and New Hampshire on the road.

Loyola is 33-26 all-time against teams currently in the league with the vast majority (44) of those games coming against crosstown foe UMBC.

 

What’s Back

Loyola returns eight of 12 players who saw game action, including four players – forward Erik Etherly and guards Dylon Cormier, Robert Olson and R.J. Williams – who started in the NCAA Tournament game last season.

In all, the eight returning players accounted for 73-percent of Loyola’s minutes last year, 70-percent of rebounds, 80-perecnt of assists, 79-percent of steals, 65-percent of blocked shots and 71-percent of points.

 

So Long

Four players departed from last year’s roster, including J’hared Hall and Shane Walker who graduated from Loyola in May and two players who elected to transfer – Justin Drummond (Toldeo) and Pierson Williams (Cal State-Dominguez Hills).

Walker started all 33 games in the post for Loyola last year and averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while dishing out 50 assists and blocking 42 shots. Drummond was an All-MAAC Third Team honoree and MAAC Sixth Player of the Year while scoring 10.7 points per game a year ago.

 

Preseason MAAC Honors

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

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

The MAAC will announce its preseason poll of order of finish in the league on its Preseason Awards Show that will be aired on ESPN3 this Friday at 8:15 p.m.

 

Classy Senior

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

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336).

Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

High Marks

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

 

Saint Peter’s Game At The Meadowlands

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

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

 

Second NCAA Trip

Last year, Loyola made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons, a span of 17 years, 11 months and 23 days. In all, it was 6,569 days between NCAA Tournament Games for the Greyhounds.

Last year’s true freshmen – Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams – were less than one year old the last time Loyola played in an NCAA match.

 

MAAC Title

Loyola won its second MAAC Championship in 23 years in the conference on Monday, March 5, 2012, defeating Fairfield University, 48-44, in the lowest scoring championship game in league history.

The Greyhounds held Fairfield to just six second-half field goals and 28.8-percent shooting in the game.

Loyola, which finished second in the conference during the regular season and earned the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, defeated Niagara University and Siena College in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.

 

Defense Wins Championships

The Greyhounds played outstanding defense in the MAAC title game, holding Fairfield to 44 points and 28.8-percent shooting for the game. The 44 points were the fewest Loyola had allowed in a game this season. It was the fewest points a Loyola opponent had scored since the Greyhounds held Dartmouth to 41 in a 58-41 decision on November 24, 2009.

Loyola allowed the Stags to shoot just 6-for-31 (.194) in the second half, scoring only 22 points, the fewest points against the Greyhounds in any half this season.

After trailing by four points (30-26) at halftime, Loyola held Fairfield without a point for the first 7:48 of the second half, and without a field goal for the first 8:48. In that period, the Greyhounds outscored the Stags 11-1 to take a 37-31 lead.

 

Turnaround…Check

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

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

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

 

Outstanding Performance By Etherly

Erik Etherly was named the MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the three games.

Etherly was in double figures in each of the three games, including back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

He followed that with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the MAAC title game vs. Fairfield.

He shot 20-for-38 (.526) from the floor and 11-for-14 (.786) from the foul line, while finishing with nine blocks.

Last season, Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team after averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, both tops for the Greyhounds.

He also became the second player in school history to earn National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District honors, when he joined Mike Powell (1997) and earned Second Team laurels.

 

Cormier Continues Upswing

Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds in scoring 13 times during the 2011-2012 season and scored 20 or more points on seven occasions as a sophomore, earning All-MAAC Second Team honors.

The Baltimore native made a huge jump in production from his freshman year when he averaged 8.1 points per game and started 28 games for Loyola. He showed a marked improvement in shooting as a sophomore, hitting 46.1-percent of his shots form the field after making just 37.9-percent as a freshman.

 

20-Win Season

The Greyhounds’ victory over Boston University on February 19, 2012, was their 20th of the season, setting a school Division I record.

Loyola, which moved to NCAA Division I in 1981-1982, had won 19 games in 2007-2008 and 18 in 2006-2007.

The overall school record for victories, 25, came in 1948-1949.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

2012 All-MAAC Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Big Buckets By Bush

Anthony Winbush scored just 16 points in the Greyhounds’ MAAC Championships run, but five of his field goals have come at critical junctures in the victories.

Winbush hit two 3-pointers midway through the first half of the MAAC title game that were part of a 10-3 Loyola run, giving the Greyhounds a 16-9 lead with 10:12 left in the half. Prior to the two 3-pointers, Winbush was 3-for-15 (.167) from downtown on the season.

In the Semifinal game vs. Siena, he tallied Loyola’s fifth and sixth points of the game, scoring in the paint at 12:13 to stop an 11-0 Siena run that had the Saints ahead 11-4. He then made a jumper at 6:31 that put the Greyhounds ahead 17-16 in the first half.

In the Quarterfinal victory over Niagara, Winbush’s first half basket with 2:32 on the clock broke a 31-31 tie.

 

More Than 60 Years

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

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

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

NATO was formed.

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

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

Billy Joel, Joe Theismann, Bruce Springsteen & Meryl Streep were born.

 

Milestones And Firsts

Loyola accomplished several milestones and firsts throughout the 2011-2012 season. Here is a sample of a few:

First 20-win season in Division I history.

Second MAAC title in school history and first since 1994.

Second NCAA Tournament appearance.

Program MAAC record with 13 league wins and best conference finish (2nd).

Tied school Division I record with eight non-conference wins (1993-1994).

Longest winning streak in school Division I history (8, Nov. 14-Dec. 10). Also, second longest winning streak in D-I history (7, Jan. 19-Feb. 10).

First back-to-back sellouts of Reitz Arena since the venue opened in 1984 (Feb. 3 and 10).

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 122 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

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Loyola opens hoops season with exhibition against Seton Hill

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Loyola G Olson named Senior CLASS Award candidate

Posted on 31 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Olson Named One Of 30 Candidates For Senior Class Award

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

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

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

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

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Loyola announces MAAC hoops schedule

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former Greyhound Walker signs to play in Greece

Posted on 20 August 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Former Loyola University Maryland forward Shane Walker has signed a professional contract with AS Apollon Patras and will begin his career this week in Greece’s A1 League.

Walker, who graduated with his degree in communications in May, helped lead the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. He was the only player to start all 33 games for Head Coach Jimmy Patsos and averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a senior.

“We are thrilled for Shane as he’s starting his pro career in Europe,” Patsos said. “Shane was a great leader for us and did all of the little things necessary for us to win a championship and reach the NCAA Tournament. He made things happen for us on offense and defense, and he molded himself into someone that is going to be a very good player over there.”

The native of Northhampton, England, finished his Loyola career ranked second on the all-time blocked shots list with 135 after swatting 42 last season. He also had 50 assists, 23 steals and made 25 3-pointers as the Greyhounds rolled to a 24-9 record.

After beginning his collegiate career at Maryland, Walker transferred to Loyola and stepped onto the court for the first time in 2008-2009. In three seasons, he scored 869 points and made 68 3-pointers.

His 604 career rebounds are 11th most in program history, and his 6.63 rebounds per game is 10th. Walker, who was an All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Third Team honoree in 2010-2011, also recorded three of the top nine single-season blocked shot performances in school history.

Walker is one three former Loyola players under Jimmy Patsos who will soon begin their seasons in Europe. Andre Collins (Turkey) and Michael Tuck (England) will return to the leagues where they have excelled in recent years.

Apollon Patras, which is located in the city of Patras, Greece, finished the 2011-2012 with a 20-10 record in the Greek A2 League, garnering promotion to the A1 Division.

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Loyola to raise banner celebrating MAAC title before November 9 opener

Posted on 02 August 2012 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Loyola adds G Rashford to incoming hoops class

Posted on 26 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Canadian Standout Rashford Joins Men’s Basketball Team

BALTIMORE – Damion Rashford (Pickering, Canada/Westwind Prep [Ariz.]) has joined the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball program for the 2012-2013 season after an outstanding senior season in Arizona.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard played his senior year of high school at Westwind Prep in Phoenix after coming to the Valley of the Sun from the Toronto area.

At Westwind, Rashford earned All-Arizona Division I honors from The Arizona Republic and helped the Warriors to a 17-9 record in 2011-2012. He averaged 18.8 points and 6.5rebounds in 2011-2012.

Prior to making the move to Phoenix, Rashford played AAU basketball in the Toronto area for Triple Balance and was coached by Loyolaalum Shane James ’07. He will be the third Canadian player to suit up for the Greyhounds since Head Coach Jimmy Patsos came to Loyola in 2004, following in the footsteps of James and All-MAAC performer Michael Tuck ’08.

“Damion is a versatile player who can score off the dribble and with a jumper,” Patsos said. “We certainly knew about his abilities from Shane who coached him, and (assistant coach) Greg Manning recruited him in Phoenix. It’s great to bring another player in to the program who has a connection to one of our alumni who helped build a foundation for us.”

Rashford is one of five freshmen who will play for theGreyhounds this year, joining Josh Forney (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy), Jarred Jones (Havre de Grace, Md./John Carroll School), Eric Laster (Smyrna, Del./Polytech H.S.), Will Rassman (Takoma Park, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) and Sean Tuohy Jr. (Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian H.S.).

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Lusby, Sawyer, Etherly Honored at Loyola Awards Banquet

Posted on 01 May 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland graduate student Eric Lusby and senior Ana Heneberry were the 2012 recipients of the John R. Mohler and Ernest Lagna Awards, respectively, as the top male and female senior student-athletes who excel in athletics, scholarship and character.

These awards, and many others, were presented on Monday evening at the 2012 Loyola Athletic Awards Banquet held in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen Campus.

Heneberry, a four-year lacrosse letterwinner, will graduate from Loyola as one of the most decorated and accomplished student-athletes in Greyhound women’s lacrosse history. The Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Heneberry helped the team to its first BIG EAST conference title in 2011 and has led this year’s version to a No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. An All-BIG EAST selection as a sophomore and a junior, she also earned third-team All-America honors following last season.

Lusby returned from an injury that cost him his senior season, but came back to captain the Greyhounds as a graduate student. He has led the Greyhounds to their most successful season in more than 10 years, scoring 34 goals and notching 10 assists thus far. He was a Tewaaraton Award nominee for the nation’s top player, and his leadership, hard work and dedication helped Loyola win the ECAC regular-season title and reach as high as No. 1 in the nation.

Several other awards were handed out to Loyola senior student-athletes, beginning with the Unsung Hero Awards.

The Men’s Unsung Hero Award went to men’s basketball senior Shane Walker. Head coach Jimmy Patsos often describes Walker as a coach among student-athletes, and his skill, willingness to accept his role and desire to win were critical for his team. Walker was the fifth-leading scorer, averaging 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds, while helping the team to its most successful season in Division I history. Walker led the Greyhounds to a 24-9 overall record, a MAAC tournament title and the team’s first NCAA appearance since 1994.

Women’s lacrosse senior Kerry Stoothoff earned the award on the women’s side after being one of the most steady and consistent performers during her four years at Loyola. Stoothoff brought a team-first attitude that has permeated her peers and helped lead the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. She will leave Loyola as one of the top goalies in program history, having earned All-BIG EAST honors on multiple occasions and was named MVP of the BIG EAST Championship in 2011.

Men’s Leadership Award winner J.P. Dalton of the men’s lacrosse team was elected a team captain by his peers, and he took that responsibility and has helped mold the team in his image as hard-working and dedicated to winning. Dalton is a vocal leader on the field, but also inspires with his actions. He stepped into a major role as the main faceoff midfielder this season, winning 55.2-percent of faceoffs for the Greyhounds. Head coach Charley Toomey said that his work ethic is a model for all current and future Greyhounds.

Rachel Janasek of the women’s tennis team won the Women’s Leadership Award, instilling her passion for winning into the team. Janasek set several records at Loyola, including becoming the winningest No. 1 singles player in Greyhound history. She pursued excellence, and achieved it, in her sport as well as in the classroom.

The Men’s Medal of Merit went to lacrosse’s Dylan Grimm, who has been a multiple-year starter and also has been an All-Academic honoree for two seasons from the ECAC. He has helped the Greyhounds to a historic season and has displayed toughness and skill at his position.

Kellye Gallagher of the women’s lacrosse team earned the Women’s Medal of Merit, becoming the second-straight women’s lacrosse player to earn the distinction. Owning a GPA of just over 3.5, she helped the Greyhounds to the 2011 BIG EAST title and an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinal round. She was an all-conference first team selection in 2011 and also was named the team’s MVP this season.

Kevin Farrell was the recipient of the student service award. He was a key contributor to the men’s basketball program over his four years at Loyola as the team’s student-manager. He will graduate with a degree in business management, but as men’s basketball head coach Jimmy Patsos said, he “minored in basketball.” His efforts and organizational skills helped the Loyola men’s basketball team to its best season in school Division I history.

Women’s track & field athlete Brittany Gruber was presented with the Diane Geppi-Aikens Inspiration Award. Gruber recovered from a tragic accident in high school and has been an inspiration to the women’s track and field team in her time at Loyola. Her spirits are always up, motivating others to improve themselves and looking at all challenges in life as an opportunity.

The men’s rowing team and Head Coach Al Ramirez was tabbed for having the highest cumulative grade point average among the Greyhounds’ 18 teams.

In addition to the departmental awards, the following student athletes received awards from their respective teams:

Team Most Valuable Most Dedicated
Men’s Basketball Erik Etherly Shane Walker
Men’s Cross Country Matt Hassett DJ Puleo
Men’s Golf Jay Mulieri Andrew McGill
Men’s Lacrosse Mike Sawyer Pat Byrnes
Men’s Rowing Joe Wawrzynski Christopher Golon
Men’s Soccer Wade McHugh Kevin Curran
Men’s Swimming & Diving Brennan Morris Benjamin Duva
Men’s Tennis Kevin Zingler Keyan Sanai
Women’s Basketball Miriam McKenzie Julie Smith
Women’s Cross Country Gabrielle Cocco Stephanie Gibney
Women’s Lacrosse Kellye Gallagher Ana Heneberry
Women’s Rowing Catriona Miller Julianne Roccuzzo
Women’s Soccer Nichole Schiro Joie McLaughlin
Women’s Swimming & Diving Caitlin Cronin Mary Henkels
Women’s Tennis Rachel Janasek Judy Lite
Women’s Indoor Track & Field Samantha Westley Brittany Gruber
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Jackie D’Antonio Emily Doucette
Women’s Volleyball Jac Bullock Elena Frac
Cheerleading Bridget Ehmann Brianna Jedlicka

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