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Loyola F Rassman named Academic All-Patriot League

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland sophomore forward Franz Rassman (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College H.S.) was one of five players named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team on Tuesday, an honor reserved for the players in the conference who best combine on the court accomplishments and classroom achievement.

Rassman started 29-of-30 games for the Greyhounds who finished their season last night in the Patriot League Championships First Round, and he played some of his best basketball at the end of the regular-season.

Last Wednesday against College of the Holy Cross, Rassman scored a career-high 15 points, making 6-of-7 shots from the field. It not take long for him to equal that output as he scored 15 again on Saturday, hitting 7-of-9 field goals, in a win at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Rassman also grabbed seven rebounds against the Midshipmen, a number he equaled last night against Lafayette College.

He finished the year averaging 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game.

In the classroom, the business major has a grade-point average of better than 3.9, and last month he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team.

American University’s Jesse Reed, Bucknell University’s Brian Fitzpatrick, and Lafayette’s Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski joined Rassman on the Academic All-Patriot League team. Reed was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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Loyola F Rassman recognized for academics

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Rassman Named To Capital One Academic All-District II Team

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland sophomore forward Franz Rassman (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College H.S.) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Team on Thursday, highlighting his work in the classroom.

Rassman was joined on the All-District Team by two fellow Patriot League players, Lafayette College’s Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski. The University of Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear, George Washington University’s John Kopriva and West Virginia University’s Kevin Noreen also were included on the team that is voted on by sports information directors in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and the District of Columbia.

In his second year with the Greyhounds, and first as a starter in the post, Rassman has averaged 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game through 20 contests.

Members of the eight district teams will now view for Academic All-America honors that will be announced later this month.

If Rassman is named an Academic All-American, he would become the first Loyola men’s basketball player to be so honored since Mark DiGiacomo was named to the third team in 1980-1981.

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Loyola returns from finals break to face Stony Brook Thursday

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Stony Brook Seawolves

Thursday, December 19, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md.  |  Reitz Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds return to action after a 12-day layoff for final exams when they host Stony Brook University at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, in Reitz Arena.

Loyola and Stony Brook will be playing for the first time since 2001 and just the third time overall.

After starting out the season 4-0, Loyola is 1-3 in its last three games.

Dylon Cormier, the Greyhounds’ leading scorer, has led Loyola in the points column in every game this year. He was held, however, to 13 points at Mount St. Mary’s. The senior guard was limited to a season-low 23 minutes after drawing a pair of fouls in the first three minutes of the game.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola led by as many as eight, 23-15, after a fast-break layup by Damion Rashford with 4:52 left in the first half, but Mount St. Mary’s scored the next points and never relinquished the lead in a 70-58 non-conference victory on Saturday, December 7.

Julian Norfleet scored seven of his 16 points during that stretch, in which Loyola committed six turnovers.

The Greyhounds cut their deficit to one, 47-46, on a pair of Dylon Cormier free throws with 11:17 left, but The Mount scored the next five to keep the lead at five or more for the rest of the game.

Cormier led the Greyhounds with 13 points, while Franz Rassman added 12 and seven rebounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Thursday’s game against Catholic will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The game, and all of Loyola’s non-televised home games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/pln.

Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers ’05 will provide color analysis.

 

Series History Versus Stony Brook

Loyola and Stony Brook will meet for the third time when the teams take the court on Thursday. The Seawolves have won both of the previous contests.

In the first meeting, Stony Brook held off Loyola, 51-50, on January 26, 2000, in Reitz Arena despite seven blocked shots by Loyola’s all-time leader in swats, Brian Carroll.

The Seawolves then beat the Greyhounds, 72-54, on February 5, 2001, on Long Island.

 

Shooting In First/Last Four

As the Greyhounds opened the season with a 4-0 record, they were shooting 43.8 percent from the field, certainly not shooting the lights out, but better than the last four games.

In their four most recent games, in which they are 1-3, Loyola is making just 39.4 percent of its shots.

Just two of the team’s top seven scorers have seen their shooting percentages go up in the last four games: Dylon Cormier (44.6 to 45.0) and Franz Rassman (38.5 to 50.0).

Loyola has seen a more precipitous drop in 3-point field-goal percentage in the last four games. After starting the season shooting 40.8 percent from behind the arc, the Greyhounds are hitting just 26.9 percent of long-distance attempts since.

Of those who attempted seven or more threes in either of the four-game sets, only Cormier’s percentage has risen (34.8 to 35.3).

 

Rassman Better From Field

Franz Rassman has shown his best scoring form of the season in Loyola’s last two games, combining for 26 points in the Greyhounds contests against Catholic and Mount St. Mary’s.

After tallying a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting against the Cardinals, Rassman finished with 12 points – 10 in the first half – at Mount St. Mary’s.

In Loyola’s first six games of the season, Rassman was making just 31.8 percent of shots (7-of-22), but he has hit 61.9 percent (13-of-21) in the last two contests.

 

Outside Shooting Off The Bench

Tyler Hubbard’s role as an outside shooter off the bench has continued this year, with good success. The sophomore is hitting 45.8 percent (11-of-24) shots from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 16.3 minutes per game.

He is also getting to the free-throw line at a good clip with the ability to draw contract when driving into traffic. He has taken the fourth most free throws on the team this season, making 12-of-15.

After averaging 2.8 points in 9.7 minutes per game last season, Hubbard has raised his scoring to 6.1 this year. He has played 24 minutes, season highs, in each of the last two Greyhound games.

 

Rashford Numbers Increasing

Redshirt freshman Damion Rashford has seen increasing playing time recently, and he has started to put up the numbers to prove it. At Mount St. Mary’s, Rashford played just 14 minutes, but he scored 14 points and had four rebounds, highs thus far for his young career.

After playing five minutes or less in Loyola’s first five games of the season, Rashford has played 10 or more in each of the last three and is averaging 7.3 now for the season.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 23.16points per game through eight. As of games of Tuesday, December 17, Cormier is fifth in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (28.6), Creighton University’s Doug McDermott (25.3), Oregon State University’s Roberto Nelson (24.7) and UCSB’s Alan Williams (24.2).

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 eight 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.

 

1,400 For Cormier

In the second half at Mount St. Mary’s, Dylon Cormier became the 12th player in school history to score 1,400 or more points in a career. Entering Thursday’s game against Stony Brook with 1,402, Cormier is 29 points away from tying Bob Connor (1967-72) for 11th place in school history.

He is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,400 points at the Division I level.

 

Turnovers Trending Lower

Through eight games this season, the Greyhounds have done a relatively good job of taking care of possessions, averaging 10.9 turnovers per game, second best amongst Patriot League teams.

Loyola is ahead of last year’s average of 11.9 turnovers per game (11.4 in the first eight of the season).

Additionally, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League in turnover margin, averaging 3.3 fewer than their opponents this season. Loyola has forced 14.1 turnovers per game this year, 8.3 per game by route of the steal, a stat that is also tops in the conference.

In all, the Greyhounds have committed 87 turnovers to their opponents 113.

 

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.

 

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 24.4 times per game this season while converting 16.6 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 68.2 percent from the charity stripe, making 133-of-195.

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

 

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 in the eight games.

The Greyhounds’ 72.2 points per game  in their first eight, nearly six points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 76.9, 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 1,402 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 466 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 90 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 380 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
T-21st 180 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
6th 153 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 play its final game before Christmas on Saturday, December 21, when it hosts fellow Jesuit school Saint Joseph’s University.

The game is slated to tip off at 3 o’clock, following a 12 noon game between the Loyola women’s team and crosstown foe UMBC.

After the holiday, Loyola will play its final regular-season non-conference game of the year on Monday, December 30, at the University of Miami.

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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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Loyola opens hoops season Friday night at Binghamton

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Binghamton Bearcats

Friday, November 8, 2013  |  8:00 p.m.

Vestal, N.Y.  |  Events Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will open its 103rd season of intercollegiate basketball when it takes the floor against Binghamton University.

Last year, the teams played each other in their season-opener, as well, with Loyola prevailing, 71-45, on November 9, in Reitz Arena.

Friday’s game is the second of a two-game series between the teams.

The game will mark the official start to the head coaching career of G.G. Smith who became the 20th head coach in program history on April 12, 2013. Smith spent the last six years as an assistant to Jimmy Patsos at Loyola.

The Greyhounds return eight players from a team that went 23-12 last year.
Last Time Out

The Greyhounds wrapped-up the 2012-2013 season on March 26, 2013, in Greenville, N.C., at East Carolina University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals. The Pirates outlasted the Greyhounds, 70-58, and went on to win the CIT title.

Robert Olson hit a jumper with 12:26 left in the game to put Loyola in front, 45-44, but it would be the Greyhounds’ last point for 5:47, and East Carolina would turn a one-point deficit into a eight-point lead.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 12 points in the game, while seniors Olson and Anthony Winbush closed their careers with 11 and 10, respectively.
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.

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.

Cormier led the team with 16.4 points and 1.8 steals per game, while Etherly averaged 15.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game.

Ethelry was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District I Second Team for the second year in a row, the first time a Loyola player has been selected to the group on more than one occasion.

 

Back In The Fold

Eight players return to the Greyhounds’ program this year from last year’s team that went 23-12: senior guard Dylon Cormier, senior forwards Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke, junior guard R.J. Williams, sophomore forward Franz Rassman and sophomore guards Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones and Eric Laster.

Cormier was the team’s top scorer a year ago, posting 558 points in 34 games for an average of 16.4 per contest. He was also the top rebounding guard in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, pulling down an average of 4.6 per game, a total of 155.

WIlliams returns for his third season as the Greyhounds’ starter at point guard. Last year he posted a 2:1 assist:turnovber ratio, averaging 4.0 assists in 17 games played. He averaged 31.7 minutes per game and shot 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Latham started 16 games a season ago and shot 48.6 percent from the field. He scored a season-high 17 points at eventual Sweet 16 team Florida Gulf Coast University and was also the team’s top shot-blocker, averaging 1.16 per game.

Jones, Laster and Rassman all earned valuable experience during their first seasons at Loyola, and Hubbard was a stretch-the-defense shooter in his first season on the court after redshirting in 2011-2012. Jones started nine games and averaged 11.0 minutes per game. He shot 56.6 percent from the field, had 17 blocks and the same number of steals. Rassman made six starts during his first campaign; he had eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks in his third collegiate game (UMBC) and then scored 13 in his first start (vs. Saint Peter’s). Hubbard had three double-figure scoring games, knocking down 17 on 4-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 overall against UMBC.

 

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.

 

Series History Versus Binghamton

Loyola and Binghamton will play for the second time in series history on Friday night, the first coming when the teams squared off last year in the season-opener in Baltimore.

The Greyhounds won that decision, 71-45.

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.

 

Exhibition Recap

Loyola hosted NCAA Division II Shippensburg University on Halloween Night and defeated the Raiders, 92-59.

The Greyhounds led by eight at halftime, but they extended that advantage to 20 just over six minutes into the second half and went up by as many as 39.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Laster added 13. R.J. Williams scored nine points and had four steals, while Jordan Latham blocked four shots and scored six points.

 

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.

 

Introducing The Patriot League Network

The remainder of Loyola’s home games, and all non-televised conference road games will be streamed live on the new Patriot League Network.

Launched in August 2013, the network features live and on-demand content from all 10 Patriot League schools on a free, HD platform.

No log-in or subscription is needed, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at www.patriotleague.tv.

 

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
22nd 1,213 points
Next Marquis Sullivan, 1,242
Field Goals Made
25th 402 field goals made
Next Jack Vogt, 410
3-Pointers Made
17th 76 3-Pt. Made
Next Anthony Walker, 81
Free Throws Made
10th-Tie 333 free throws made
Next Erik Etherly, 340
Assists
23rd 172 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
7th 139 steals
Next Tom Gormley, 140

 

Latham On Blocks List

Jordan Latham enters the 2013-2014 season with 56 blocked shots in his two seasons at Loyola. He is 11th all-time in that statistical category, two shy of tying Mike Wagner (1987-91) for 10th and three away from Anthony Smith (1995-97) in ninth.

Latham blocked a team-high 37 shots last year.

 

Etherly Signs Pro Contract

Erik Etherly, a 2013 graduate of Loyola, signed a professional contract to play in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Kazrin/Galil Elyon.

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team forward, Etherly will play in the top basketball league in Israel. Last year, the team won the Balkan International Basketball League, and it captured its first Israeli Championship in 2009-2010.

Through three games (as of Nov. 5), Etherly is the team’s leading scorer (22.7 points per game) for the 2-1 side. He tallied 32 points and nine rebounds in a win over Hapoel Migdal Haemek.

 

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.

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

In recent years, Loyola men’s basketball has put a strong emphasis on local recruiting, and it shows 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.

Four more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5 miles; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6; Franz Rassman, Gonzaga College H.S., 37.2.

 

Up Next

Loyola will continue its road trip to open the season an hour up New York Route 79. The Greyhounds will face Cornell University at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11.

The Greyhounds open the home portion of their 2013-2014 schedule on Saturday, November 16, with an 8 o’clock game against a familiar foe. Loyola hosts former MAAC opponent and fellow Jesuit school Fairfield in a game that will be televised on MASN.

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Loyola plays host to St. Peter’s Sunday

Posted on 06 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Saint Peter’s Peacocks
Date Sunday, January 6, 2013
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena for its second game in less than 48 hours on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 12 noon.

The Greyhounds will host Saint Peter’s University in the first game of a doubleheader. Loyola and the Peacocks will also face each other in a women’s basketball game starting at 2:30 p.m.

 

Follow The Action

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

Fans can also listen to the action on Baltimore’s CBS Radio 1300-AM where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties. The audio can also be heard on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

 

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The game against Saint Peter’s is the second of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. The team’s first meeting was the first JBS game.

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

 

Series History

Sunday’s game will be the 78th all-time meeting by the fellow Jesuit schools with Saint Peter’s holding a 42-35 lead in the series. The series is the second most-played amongst the Greyhounds’ current opponents, trailing only the Greyhounds’ 168 meeting with Mount St. Mary’s.

Loyola and the Peacocks will be facing each other for the second time this season, although it will be just the fourth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the year for both schools.

The Greyhounds played the Peacocks on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and Loyola used a 12-0 second half run to defeat Saint Peter’s, 61-55.

Anthony Winbush scored 16 points, and he matched Julius Brooks for team-high honors with eight rebounds in the victory.

Dylon Cormier made 9-of-13 free throws and finished with 15 points, while Franz Rassman made his first career start and scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

 

Last Time Out

Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both scored 21 points, and Loyola used runs of 11-2 and 16-4 to pull away for a 71-65 win over Rider on Friday night in Reitz Arena.

Etherly scored 12 points in the first half, and Cormier tallied 19 of his 21 in the second. The duo combined to shoot 14-of-28 from the field and make 12-of-16 free throws.

Rider’s Nurideen Lindsey tied the game at 25-25 with a free throw 2:03 before halftime, but Etherly scored on a pair of layups, and Cormier sent an outlet pass to Jarred Jones for a fast-break dunk with 26 ticks left, and Loyola led by six at the break. Cormier then scored the second half’s first five points, and Loyola had its first double-digit advantage of the game, 36-25.

The Broncs got back to within two, 43-41, with 10:59 to play, but Loyola reeled off the next 10 points and 16 of 20. A Cormier layup with 4:26 remaining in regulation made it 59-45 for the Greyhounds.

 

Points & Assists For Cormier

Dylon Cormier not only logged his fourth 20-point game of the season and 12th of his career on Friday night against Rider, he set a career-high with six assists. The six assist game in a game in which he had just one turnover and seven rebounds.

Cormier previously had five helpers as a career-high on January 7, 2012, against Canisius on a day he also scored 23.

In his 12 games with 20 or more points, Cormier has averaged 3.0 assists, nearly double his career average of 1.63 per game.

 

Back-To-Back 20-Point Games

Dylon Cormier’s 21 points against Rider marked his second game in a row topping 20 after logging 25 on December 30, 2012, against Memphis. It was the third time in Cormier’s career that he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games after he scored 20 against both Coppin State (November 14) and UMBC (November 17) and 22 and 26 at Siena (December 3) and at George Washington (December 7), respectively, all during the 2011-2012 season.

 

Close To Form

Erik Etherly hit the 20-point plateau for the first time since injuring his shoulder and missing five games. The post player scored 21 on 7-of-13 shooting and 6-of-9 from the line against Rider, his most since dropping 23 on Albany on November 18, 2012.

Ethelry also led all players with eight rebounds in a game-high 38 minutes of action.

In his last two games, Etherly is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds to increase his season averages to 14.9 and a team-high 7.1.

 

When Winbush Scores 10+

Anthony Winbush scored 10 points for the Greyhounds against Rider, the fourth time this season he has tallied double figures in points. Loyola has won all four of those games.

The Greyhounds have won each of the last six games Winbush has scored 10 or more, dating back to a 59-50 loss against Iona on January 11, 2010. Over his career, he has scored in double figures 16 times, and the Greyhounds are 13-3 in those games.

 

Winning Combinations

Statistically, several things went the Greyhounds’ way against Rider that have been good signs this season.

Loyola shot 46.3-percent from the field, moving it to 6-0 when it shoots 45-percent of better in a game.

The Greyhounds had 10 turnovers in the game and are now 4-0 when coughing up the ball 10 or fewer times.

After scoring 71 points, Loyola is now 7-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.

 

10 From 1,000

Robert Olson enters the January 6 game against Saint Peter’s needing 10 points to become the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points. Olson has 990 points in 107 career games, an average of 9.2 per.

 

Offensive Board Work

A high emphasis was placed on offensive rebounds in the Greyhounds’ practice and shootaround preceding the game at Memphis, and the team responded.

Loyola had a season-high 23 offensive rebounds, 16 in the first half, against Memphis. Dylon Cormier led the team with five offensive rebounds, and Erik Ethelry had four.

The Greyhounds’ 23 offensive boards eclipsed their previous season-high of 21 set on November 23 at Rhode Island.

Loyola pulled down offensive rebounds at a 54.7-percent clip against the Tigers, garnering four more on the offensive glass than Memphis did on the defensive boards (19).

The 23 offensive rebounds are the most by a Loyola team since it had 25 in a December 1, 2011, win over Marist.

 

Converting Second Chance Points

Loyola scored 25 second-chance points at Memphis, its most of the season and the first time this year the Greyhounds have scored 20 or more. The previous high was 19 points against UMBC on November 14, 2012.

 

Overall Rebounding

Loyola outrebounded the Tigers, 42-29, marking just the fourth time in 12 games that Memphis had been outdone on the boards this season.

The 13 rebound differential was the greatest Memphis has encountered this season, as the three previous times it had been outrebounded were by one (Samford, Lipscomb) and two (Virginia Commonwealth). Entering the game, Memphis had been outrebounding opponents by 6.2 per game.

This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.3), rebounds allowed (33.5) and rebounding margin (+3.8).

Including Anthony Winbush and Erik Etherly who share the team lead with 7.0 rebounds per game, seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and with 11 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds five losses this season. Loyola is now 1-5 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-5 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 6.8 assists in the five losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.7-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 47.2-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting nearly nine more free throws (26.4-17.6) per game in the five losses, as well.

 

Sharing The Ball

The Greyhounds also logged a season-high 18 assists against Mount St. Mary’s with six players tallying two or more. Jarred Jones led the way with five, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

Loyola is now 7-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.8 in nine wins.

 

Olson Goes Off Against The Mount

Robert Olson was the catalyst for the Greyhounds’ offense against Mount St. Mary’s, and he performed as such with an economy of shots. The senior guard finished with 22 points, making a career-best nine field goals in just 14 attempts. Three of his baskets were from behind the 3-point arc.

Olson had previously scored 21 twice, the last time coming in a January 2012 loss at Iona College. He first hit on 21 in February 2011 at Marist College.

His 22-point performance came after he scored just eight, making only 2-of-8 from the field on December 8 against Saint Peter’s.

 

Olson After Fewer Than 10 Points

Robert Olson has scored in double digits in nine of 13 games this season, and he has not scored in single digits twice in a row.

He had just eight points on November 18 against the Albany, but he scored a team-best 20 in Loyola’s next game, November 23, at Rhode Island, including the game-tying three with less than four seconds left to force overtime in a win.

He then had seven at Coppin State on November 28 but came back to score 10 at Florida Gulf Coast.

 

Brooks With A Career-High, Too

Julius Brooks scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds after the break against Mount St. Mary’s, a total that would have equaled his career-best. He also had a bucket in the first half, and with his career-high five field goals, the senior post player finished with a career-best 12.

It marked the second time in his career that Brooks has scored 10 or more and the first since he did it against Niagara in his freshman season of 2009-2010.

Brooks has averaged 8.3 points in the Greyhounds’ last three games after scoring six against Niagara on December 5 and seven versus Saint Peter’s on December 8.

 

Etherly Returns To Action

Erik Etherly made his first appearance for Loyola since November 23 against Mount St. Mary’s after recuperating from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five games, a span in which Loyola won three.

The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year came off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s, entering the game in the second minute of play, and he finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

He made 6-of-11 shots, plus 4-of-6 from the line, and also dished out a pair of assists.

The Greyhounds averaged 7.5 points per game fewer (68.3-60.8) in the five games without Etherly, but they also allowed four fewer points (57.2-61.2) in the same span.

Loyola averaged more rebounds (39.8-35.2) during Etherly’s absence, but the team’s field-goal percentage has slipped form .440 to .380 in the respective stretches.

During Etherly’s absence, Anthony Winbush raised his scoring average from 6.7 points to 9.2 points, and the graduate student led the team in rebounds (7.2 per game in those five).

 

On The Defensive

Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half,  both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.

The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.

Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 38.8-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.4 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.6 blocked shots per game.

 

When Olson Scores 20+

Loyola improved to 5-1 in games over the last three-plus years when Robert Olson scores 20 or more points. Just once has the guard reached the 20-point plateau in a loss, a January 2012 setback at Iona.

 

Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)

Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).

He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.

Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

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

 

Cormier’s Career-High

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

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

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

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

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Late Game Heroics

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

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

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

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

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

 

Classy Senior

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Turnaround…Check

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

Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 132 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 wraps up its three-game homestand on Friday, January 11, when it hosts Fairfield University in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

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Loyola tries to snap funk Saturday at Saint Peter’s

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

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

Game Data

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

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


Series History

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

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

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


Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The game against Saint Peter’s is the first of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.

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

 

Last Time Out

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

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

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

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

 

Comeback Falls Just Short

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

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

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

 

Rassman’s Big Role

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

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

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

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

 

Turnover Trend

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

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

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

 

On The Defensive

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

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

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

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

 

Latham Breaks Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier’s Career-High

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

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

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

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

 

Busy November

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

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

 

Charm City Pride

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

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

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

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Second-Half Defense

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

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

 

Guards In Charge

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

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

 

Olson Comes Up Big

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

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

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

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

 

Doubling Up, Part Two

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

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

 

Late Game Heroics

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

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

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

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

 

Steady Performance

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

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

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

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

 

Slowing Scorers

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

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

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

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

 

Hubbard Honored

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

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

 

Freshmen Produce

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

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

Combined the three played 70 minutes against the Retrievers.

 

Brooks’ Big Game

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

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

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

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

 

Classy Senior

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Turnaround…Check

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

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

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

2012 All-MAAC Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 129 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola returns to Retiz Arena and non-conference action on Saturday, December 15, for a televised game against Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will broadcast the game with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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