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Loyola hosts Lafayette Monday in Patriot League Tournament opener

Posted on 02 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lafayette Leopards

Monday, March 3, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Patriot League First Round

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena |  PLN

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland makes its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Championships on Monday, March 3, when it hosts a first round contest against Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds finished tied for seventh in the League during the regular-season and enter the Championships as the eighth seed. Lafayette is the ninth seed.

The winner of the game will face top-seeded Boston University in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 5.

By making 13-of-16 shots (81.3 percent) in the last two games, Franz Rassman raised his field-goal percentage to 46.5, now tops on the team. He is shooting 63.6 percent in the last eight games.

Last Time Out

Tyler Hubbard made two free throws with 4.4 seconds left, and R.J. Williams came up with a last-second steal to deliver a 67-65 victory for Loyola on Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Williams and Hubbard each made 1-of-2 at the line at 2:28 and :13 to put Loyola on top by two, but Worth Smith had a layup with 4.8 seconds left to tie the game.

A long inbound pass that went past halfcourt and toward the Loyola bench was deflected by Hubbard when he was fouled, setting up the final free throws.

Franz Rassman led Loyola with 15 points, while Eric Laster scored 14, and Williams and Jarred Jones each had 10.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Monday’s game against Lafayette will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

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

 

Series History Versus Lafayette

Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the fifth time in series history and the third this year. The teams split the regular-season series, each winning on its home court.

In this year’s first match, Loyola knocked off the Leopards, 77-63, on January 13, in a game that was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) and Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) both logged double-doubles as the Greyhounds outscored Lafayette, 42-26, in the second half.

Lafayette returned the favor on its home court with a 61-44 win on February 12. The Leopards made four 3-pointers during an 18-5 run to start the second half, spurring the victory. Dan Trist scored 14, and Seth Hinrichs had 13 for the Leopards. Franz Rassman and R.J. Williams each had 10 for Loyola.

The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.

It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

 

Tournament Time

Loyola is playing the Patriot League Championships for the first time after competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships for each of the last 24 years.

The Greyhounds compiled an 11-22 record in the MAAC Championships, winning the 1994 and 2012 titles.

 

Rassman On Target

Sophomore forward Franz Rassman had the best offensive game of his Loyola career Wednesday night versus Holy Cross, scoring a personal-best 15 points on 6-of-7 from the field. He made his lone 3-point attempt and converted 2-of-3 free throws, too. As a result, he played a career-high 30 minutes.

He followed that game by matching his career-best in Loyola’s next game, scoring 15 on Saturday afternoon in a win at Navy. He knocked down 7-of-9 shots in that game and also had seven rebounds against the Midshipmen.

In his last two games, Rassman is shooting 81.3 percent from the field, making 13-of-16 shots, raising his field-goal percentage to 46.5 percent for the season, best on the team.

Rassman has shot 63.6 percent from the field in Loyola’s last eight games (28-of-44), and he is shooting 92.3 percent from the free-throw line in that stretch, too. In Loyola’s first 21 games of the year, Rassman made just 39.8 percent of his shots (45-of-113) from the field.

 

The End That Matters

Navy led Loyola, or the score was tied, for 34-minutes, 13-seconds of the game on Saturday, but two Tyler Hubbard free throws with 4.4 seconds left broke the game’s seventh tie, and Loyola went on to win, 67-65.

The Greyhounds were in front for 2:06 in the first half before Navy took the lead with 13:41 to go before the break. The Midshipmen went ahead by as many as nine before halftime, but Loyola came back to trail just one at intermission.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

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

Rassman, who has started 27-of-28 games and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

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

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

 

Second-Half Shooting

The Greyhounds made 12-of-21 shots in the second half at Navy, and the 57.1 percent mark from the field after halftime was their third-best of the season.

Loyola shot 66.7 percent after halftime against Catholic on December 3 and 59.3 percent in a February 15 game against Boston University.

This year, the Greyhounds have shot better after halftime than in the first 20 minutes, making 43 percent after the break as opposed to 39.5 percent in the opening stanza.

 

Versus The Leopards

Loyola and Lafayette split the two regular-season meetings this year, each winning on its home court while the other was missing its top scorer (Dylon Cormier for Loyola and Seth Hinrichs for Lafayette).

Lafayette outscored Loyola, 62.0-60.5, but the Greyhounds had a 36.0-25.5 advantage in rebounds in the games.

Cormier scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Loyola’s win, and R.J. Williams averaged 11 points and six assists in the two games, while Jordan Latham averaged 10.

 

R.J. Against The Raiders

In his two games against Colgate this season, Loyola point guard R.J. Williams has set his career-high in scoring twice. He finished with 15 on January 25 in the teams’ first meeting, and he eclipsed that by one with a team-best 16 points on Saturday, February 22, in Hamilton, N.Y.

In the game at Colgate, Williams made 6-of-11 shots from the field, 4-of-7 in the second half.

The 16 points were also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring. Coupled with 13 points against Holy Cross, Williams raised his points per game average to 8.3, second on the team.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.8), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.2).

 

Career Night For Latham

Jordan Latham recorded career-highs in several categories on February 15 against Boston University, logging his first collegiate double-double with bests of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Latham made 10-of-16 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws (career-highs in both made and attempted for both) while also blocking three shots and tying his personal-best with two steals.

The senior forward from Baltimore scored 16 points in the first half, more than any other Loyola player has tallied in the opening 20 minutes this year. He played a career-high 33 minutes, as well in the game.

He followed that game by leading the team in scoring for the second game in a row, tying Jarred Jones with 13 points, on Wednesday night against Colgate. He had career-highs of seven free-throws made and 11 attempted in that contest. It was the first time in his career that he had led the team in scoring in back-to-back games.

His previous scoring high of 17 came in December 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he had a high of seven rebounds earlier this season at Cornell University.

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 18 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham shot 47.0 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he was also better at the free-throw line, making 63.9 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham also rebounded better, 4.1 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game were 1.5, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.5 blocked shots were fifth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are tied for sixth with teammate Jarred Jones.

 

Shouldering More Scoring Load

Jordan Latham’s scoring has also seen a rise since the injury to Loyola’s leading point producer, Dylon Cormier. In the eight games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 12.0 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 27-of-44 over that stretch. His 44 free throws in the eight games are more than the 36 he attempted in Loyola’s first 21 games of the season.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster has set career-highs in scoring in two of the Greyhounds’ last six games. He recorded 18 points on February 15 against Boston University, clipping his previous best of 17 on February 8 at Lehigh.

Laster’s 18 against the Terriers came in a much more efficient manner than the 17 against the Mountain Hawks. He made 6-of-7 from the field, including both of his 3-point attempts, against Boston University after hitting 6-of-15 at Lehigh.

Through 29 games, 27 starts, this year, Laster is third on the team with an 8.2 points per game average. He is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 41.1 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27.4 minutes per game.

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

 

Turnover Back In Line

After two games in which the Greyhounds had two of their top three turnover totals of the season – 17 at Lafayette and 22 versus Boston University – they had their lowest mark of the year with just five against Bucknell.

It was the sixth time this season Loyola finished a game with nine or fewer miscues. It is 4-2 in those games with both losses coming at the hands of the Bison.

Loyola has committed more turnovers than its opponents just seven times this year; the Greyhounds are 2-5 in those games.

Overall, turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.1 giveaways per game this year, fourth fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 1.83 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 32 blocked shots, 16 each, in the last eight games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had three at Navy, and Jones had two, bringing them tied at 39 each to close the regular season. They are tied for sixth in the Patriot League at 1.34 blocked shots per game.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Jarred Jones has been one of the Greyhounds’ most productive defensive players, statistically speaking.

In Patriot League action, Jones leads the team with 29 blocked shots, 1.6 per game, and he is second on the team with 31 steals, an average of 1.72 per game. He is fourth in League play in blocked shots per game, fifth in steals. His overall averages of 1.3 and 1.5 are both sixth in the league.

 

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-3 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and at Colgate). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than six fewer times in losses than wins (26.4-20.3).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola snapped a 12-game road losing streak on March 1 with a victory at Navy. At 4-12 on the road this year, the Greyhounds are shooting 39.0 percent as opposed to 44.8 percent while going 7-6 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.0 percent in their own facilities, 43.2 percent in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.5-11.6), and they also force an extra turnovers at home (14.5-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging more than five points less per game on the road, 62.8, to their 67.8 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

Through games of March 1, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League and are 25th nationally at 8.0 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 20 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 26th nationally in steals per game (2.2), while Dylon Cormier was second (2.19) and 26th when he qualified with enough games played.

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

With 122 in his career, Williams is ninth on the career chart. His 57 this season are eighth on the school single-season chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier had been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 27, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game, but he no longer qualifies since he has not played 75 percent of the Greyhounds’ games.

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

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

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 18 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting almost nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their 11 victories.

Loyola has made 47.1 percent (272-of-577) shots in 11 wins versus 38.2 percent (383-of-1,000) in 18 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.6 less (74.1 versus 59.5) points per game.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

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Loyola welcomes Holy Cross to Reitz Arena for Senior Night Wednesday

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Holy Cross Crusaders

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  PLN


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland takes on College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in its final regular-season home game of 2013-2014.

Prior to the game, the Greyhounds will hold a brief senior day ceremony, honoring three players – Dylon Cormier, Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke – and manager Zan Cheema. The event will start at approximately 7:20 p.m.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena where they are shooting more than six percent better than when playing on the road (.449-.384).

Jordan Latham has enjoyed the confines of his home court most of all. In 12 games in Reitz, he is averaging 9.8 points as opposed to 5.6 on the road.

Last Time Out

Denzel Brito’s three with less than seven minutes to play in the first half at Colgate University gave the Greyhounds a 25-24 lead on Sunday, but the Raiders scored 20 of the half’s final 25 points to go on to an 84-60 victory.

Brito’s bucket marked the fourth lead change of the first half, but Murphy Burnatowski quickly gave Colgate the lead back with a three of his own at 6:03, starting a 20-5 run in which the Raiders made 8-of-10 shots.

Colgate shot 60.4 percent, a season-high for a Loyola opponent, from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range.

R.J. Williams scored a career-best 16 points for the Greyhounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday’s game against Holy Cross will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

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

 

Series History Versus Holy Cross

Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the second time as Patriot League foes and the sixth time overall when the teams take the floor on Wednesday night.

In this season’s first meeting, the Crusaders led by 14 in the second half, but the Greyhounds cut their deficit twice to two points, but they could not garner the lead in a 60-51 loss.

A traditional 3-point play by Dylon Cormier, who was playing in what would be his final full game, capped a 23-11 Greyhounds run and drew them within 49-47 with 4:05 left in regulation.

Cormier finished with 15 points, but he was just 4-of-11 from the free-throw line, a problem that plagued Loyola in the game. It was 10-of-19 overall from the charity stripe. Tyler Hubbard added 13 points, and Nick Gorski scored nine.

Dave Dudzinski had 20 of his 24 points, and 10 of his 12 rebounds, in the second half for Holy Cross.

Prior to playing on January 29 in Worcester, Mass., the programs last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.

Holy Cross has won all three games played on its home court. The only time the Crusaders have played in Reitz Arena the Greyhounds dealt them a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984. It was the first-ever men’s basketball game played in the venue.

 

Senior Send-Off

Prior to the game against Holy Cross, Loyola will honor its three senior players and one manager. Here’s a look at the careers of each:

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, Dylon Cormier will go down as one of the top players in program history. Despite breaking his hand in a game three weeks ago, Cormier has scored 1,659 points (7th all-time at Loyola), grabbed 467 rebounds, made 459 free throws (2nd) and accumulated 185 steals (2nd). He was on pace to finish third all-time in points at Loyola.

Jordan Latham transferred to Loyola prior to the 2011-2012 season and made an immediate impact on the Greyhounds 2012 NCAA Tournament Team. His 91 career blocks are fifth all-time at Loyola, and he has averaged 13.0 points in the Greyhounds’ last six games.

Chido Onyiuke was a walk-on to the program in 2010-2011 and was a member of the Greyhounds’ first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years during the 2011-2012 season. He has seen action in 34 games over the course of his career.

Zan Cheema joined the program as a manager before the 2012-2013 season.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

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

Rassman, who has started 26-of-27 games and is averaging 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

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

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

 

R.J. Against The Raiders

In his two games against Colgate this season, Loyola point guard R.J. Williams has set his career-high in scoring twice. He finished with 15 on January 25 in the teams’ first meeting, and he eclipsed that by one with a team-best 16 points on Saturday, February 22, in Hamilton, N.Y.

In the game at Colgate, Williams made 6-of-11 shots from the field, 4-of-7 in the second half.

The 16 points raised his season scoring average to 8.1 points, tied with Eric Laster for second-best on the team. It was also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.9), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.3).

 

Career Night For Latham

Jordan Latham recorded career-highs in several categories on February 15 against Boston University, logging his first collegiate double-double with bests of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Latham made 10-of-16 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws (career-highs in both made and attempted for both) while also blocking three shots and tying his personal-best with two steals.

The senior forward from Baltimore scored 16 points in the first half, more than any other Loyola player has tallied in the opening 20 minutes this year. He played a career-high 33 minutes, as well in the game.

He followed that game by leading the team in scoring for the second game in a row, tying Jarred Jones with 13 points, on Wednesday night against Colgate. He had career-highs of seven free-throws made and 11 attempted in that contest. It was the first time in his career that he had led the team in scoring in back-to-back games.

His previous scoring high of 17 came in December 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he had a high of seven rebounds earlier this season at Cornell University.

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 16 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham has significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he has bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham is shooting 47.4 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he is also better at the free-throw line, making 66.7 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham has also rebounded better, 4.1 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game are 1.4, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.5 blocked shots are fourth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are 6th.

 

Shouldering More Scoring Load

Jordan Latham’s scoring has also seen a rise since the injury to Loyola’s leading point producer, Dylon Cormier. In the six games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 13.0 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 24-of-37 over that stretch. His 37 free throws in the six games are more than the 36 he attempted in Loyola’s first 21 games of the season.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster has set career-highs in scoring in two of the Greyhounds’ last five games. He recorded 18 points on February 15 against Boston University, clipping his previous best of 17 on February 8 at Lehigh.

Laster’s 18 against the Terriers came in a much more efficient manner than the 17 against the Mountain Hawks. He made 6-of-7 from the field, including both of his 3-point attempts, against Boston University after hitting 6-of-15 at Lehigh.

Through 27 games, 24 starts, this year, Laster is tied for second on the team with an 8.1 points per game average. He is shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played a career-high 37 minutes on February 19 against Bucknell to raise his minutes per game to 27.4.

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

 

Turnover Back In Line

After two games in which the Greyhounds had two of their top three turnover totals of the season – 17 at Lafayette and 22 versus Boston University – they had their lowest mark of the year with just five against Bucknell.

It was the sixth time this season Loyola finished a game with nine or fewer miscues. It is 4-2 in those games with both losses coming at the hands of the Bison.

Thirteen of the turnovers against Boston University came via Terriers’ steals in a game Loyola was playing without starting point guard R.J. Williams due to an injury.

The game against Boston University was just the sixth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-4 in those games.

Overall, turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.1 giveaways per game this year, fourth fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.07 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 23 blocked shots in the last five games for the Greyhounds (Latham 12, Jones 11), helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had three against both Boston University and Bucknell to retake  the seasonal team lead from Jones. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

 

Jones-ing For Points

Jarred Jones has scored in double figures each of the last three games – 10 each against Boston University and at Colgate and 13 versus Bucknell – after recording just seven points in a three-game stretch from February 5-12. Prior to that skid, he scored 17, his second highest total of the year, on February 1 versus Army.

He also has six rebounds in three of the last four games.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Although he struggled offensively during a stretch, Jarred Jones has continued to be a solid defensive player for the Greyhounds. In those games, he has blocked seven shots and come up with 10 steals.

Prior to Saturday’s game at Cornell, Jones had at least two steals in each of Loyola’s last seven games, dating back to January 29 against Holy Cross. He also has blocked two or more shots in six of the last eight games with a career-high tying four on February 8 at Lehigh. He is second on the team with 34 blocks and seventh in the League with 1.3 per game.

Jones is also seventh in the Patriot League in steals per game. He averages 1.5 per game with a total of 40.

 

Setting Up The Shots

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

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.9). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 60 assists in 15 games for an average of 4.0.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 8.1 points per game, 8.6 against conference opponents.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-3 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and at Colgate). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-20.4).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 12th straight road game on February 22 at Colgate after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-12 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.4 percent as opposed to 44.9 percent while going 7-5 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.7 percent in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.5-11.6), and they also force nearly two more turnovers at home (15.1-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly seven points less per game on the road, 62.5, to their 69.1 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 10 steals against Bucknell on February 19, marking the sixth time in 16 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 25, Loyola leads the League with 8.3 steals overall.

Through games of February 24, the Greyhounds are 18th nationally at 8.26 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 27 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 16th nationally in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 26th.

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

With 121 in his career, Williams is tied for ninth on the career chart. His 56 this season are tied for eighth on the school single-season chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier had been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 21, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

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

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 17 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 38.0 percent (363-of-956) in 17 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.9 less (74.8 versus 59.9) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.8-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will close the regular-season in nearby Annapolis, Md., where it will take on the U.S. Naval Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

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Loyola tries to bounce back Saturday against Boston University

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Boston U. Terriers

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

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  |  MASN

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loyola outrebounded the Leopards, 34-28.

 

Turn The Television On

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

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

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

 

Series History Versus Boston U.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Start Of A New Era

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

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

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

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

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

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

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

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

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

 

First Nine, Last Thirty-One

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

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

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

 

Turnover Trouble For A Game

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

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

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

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

 

Laster Impression

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

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

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

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

 

Block Party

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

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

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

 

Latham Lately

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

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

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

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

 

Hubbard Hits From Deep

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

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

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

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

 

Winning Without Boards

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

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

 

Jones On The Defensive End

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

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

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

 

Gorski Garners Starting Role

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

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

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

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

 

Setting Up The Shots

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

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

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

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

 

Gotta Get To The Line

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

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

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

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

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

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

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

 

Sticky Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier’s Scoring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

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

 

Telling Stat

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

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

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

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

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

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

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Loyola shifts tip-off times for basketball games Wednesday due to weather

Posted on 11 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Time Changes For Wednesday’s Men’s & Women’s Basketball Games

BALTIMORE – Due to the forecast of a significant snow storm expected to impact the Mid-Atlantic Region on Wednesday, February 12, the Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s basketball games against Lafayette College have both been moved to 5 p.m. start times.

The women will host the Leopards in Reitz Arena at 5 p.m., while the men will tip off against Lafayette in Easton, Pa., at the same time.

Stay tuned to LoyolaGreyhounds.com for any further announcements regarding the games.

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Schedule Changes: 

Loyola Women’s Basketball vs. Lafayette – Wednesday, February 12 – 5 p.m. – Baltimore, Md. – Reitz Arena

Loyola Men’s Basketball at Lafayette – Wednesday, February 12 – 5 p.m. – Easton, Pa. – Kirby Sports Center

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Monster Jam (Friday & Saturday Verizon Center); MISL: Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Rochester Lancers @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube); Golf: PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from La Jolla, CA); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Virginia (Thursday 6:30pm from Charlottesville, VA live on Comcast SportsNet), Notre Dame @ Maryland (Monday 7pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Boxing: Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean (Saturday 9pm from DC Armory live on Showtime), Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO)

10. John Witherspoon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Baltimore Boat Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); World of Pets Expo (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Friday & Saturday Sandy Point); I, Frankenstein” out in theaters (Friday); Captain Phillips“, “Machete Kills” and “Blue Jasmine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Tom Hanks not getting an Academy Award nomination for Captain Phillips is the type of stuff Congress should be spending time investigating.

Also, if you’re at the Boat Show-please get me this boat.

9. Moe. (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); 10 Years (Friday 8:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Little River Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marc Cohn (Saturday 7pm Rams Head on Stage); Ja Rule (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Martha Reeves (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Cowboy Mouth (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club), Reverend Horton Heat (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Brandon Boyd and Sons of the Sea (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), WAR (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Tedeschi Trucks Band (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); New Politics (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Pixies (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Young The Giant “Mind Over Matter” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

moe. are enjoyable music performers.

Oh man. I would totally go see Lyle Lovett…if I had a boat.

Tedeschi Trucks is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Here they do John Prine.

New Politics is the band that does that song you sing along to despite not knowing a single word.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Wake Forest @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Arash Usmanee vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez (Friday 9pm from Tacoma, WA live on ESPN2)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Cracker (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

JCS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of one of the most important records OF MY LIFE.

I would like to go see Dirty Dozen Brass Band, yes, thanks for asking.

Cracker does that one song you kinda remember.

And now here’s Ricky Skaggs.

9. Blue Man Group (Friday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Jim Gaffigan (Friday & Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Warner Theatre); Rob Schneider (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Archer” season five premiere (Monday 10pm FX); Lone Survivor“, “Her” and “August: Osage County” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Obviously the only thing that matters this week is the return of Archer. Enjoy the next eight minutes of your life. They won’t get better.

Also, this is great.

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Loyola opens Patriot League play Thursday against Navy

Posted on 01 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Navy Midshipmen

Thursday, January 2, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds open their first season in the Patriot League on Thursday, January 2, when they host the U.S. Naval Academy at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

Loyola closed non-conference play with a 5-6 record.

The Greyhounds went 4-1 during the month of November, but December was not as kind, as they finished the 2013’s final month with a 1-5 mark.

Monday’s game against the University of Miami marked the first time this season that a player other than Dylon Cormier led the team in scoring. Eric Laster finished with 13 to Cormier’s 11.

Loyola leads the Patriot League in turnover margin, committing an average 3.2 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Last Time Out

Miami used three runs of 10-0 or better during the first half to built a 43-20 halftime lead, and the Hurricanes led by 21 or more throughout the second half in a 71-48 non-conference winon Monday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

Loyola trailed 14-1 less than four minutes into the game, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Eric Laster, a Dylon Cormier putback and a Denzel Brito layup pulled the Greyhounds within three, 14-11, with 13:12 left in the half.

The Greyhounds, however, did not score for the next 6:32, and Miami was up 24-11 after a 10-0 run.

Laster finished with 13 points, leading three Loyola players in double-figures.

 

 

Patriot League Network

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

The game, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road 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 Navy

With campuses located 26 miles apart (as the crow flies), Loyola and Navy will meet for the 24th time on the hardwood when the teams play Thursday night.

The Midshipmen lead the series 19-4 and have won the last three meetings. The teams first met during January 1910 when Navy defeated the Greyhounds, 36-10. Loyola’s most recent win in the series came on January 10, 1994, when the Skip Prosser-coached Greyhounds recorded a 78-68 victory in Reitz Arena.

Loyola and Navy last met on November 10, 2006, on the campus of St. John’s University in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. The Midshipmen overcame a 34-25 halftime deficit, making 20-of-20 free throws and outrebounding the Greyhounds, 20-9, in the second half of a 73-61 decision.

Loyola led by as many as 13 in the second half, but Navy’s free throw shooting – the Midshipmen were 27-of-28 overall – helped it bounce back.

Gerald Brown, in his first game for the Greyhounds, scored a game-high 24 points, and Marquis Sullivan added 16 off the bench. Four Navy starters scored 10 or more, led by Greg Sprink’s 21.

 

 

Start Of A New Era

Thursday’s game marks the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

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

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

 

Jones Joins Starting Five

Loyola Head Coach G.G. Smith used his third starting lineup of the season Monday night at Miami, as Jarred Jones started his first game of the year alongside Dylon Cormier, Eric Laster, Jordan Latham and R.J. Williams.

 

Laster Leads Scoring

Eric Laster led the team in scoring for the first time in his young career on MOnday night, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

The sophomore guard, who has started all 11 games this year and is averaging 9.3 points per game, made three 3-pointers against the Hurricanes.

It was the first time this season that Loyola’s leading scorer, Dylon Cormier, did not lead the team in scoring.

 

Second Half Revivals

Loyola has outscored its last three opponents, Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and Miami, 119-88, in the second half.

In those final 20 minutes, the Greyhounds have shot 45.3 percent from the field, but their defense has been the difference. The Seawolves, Hawks and Hurricanes have been limited to just 22-of-63 (34.59 percent) from the floor during the second halves. Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s made just 11 combined shots and shot 27.5 percent.

Loyola’s opponents have made just three 3-pointer (3-of-18, 16.7 percent), and they have committed 26 turnovers to Loyola’s eight after the breaks.

In the December 21 against Saint Joseph’s, the Greyhounds forced 11 second-half turnovers, and the Hawks made only 4-of-21 (19 percent) shots; none of their nine 3-point attempts found the mark.

Offensively, Dylon Cormier has averaged 15.7 points in the second halves of the last three games for Loyola, including a 23-point performance against the Hawks.

Against Stony Brook, the Greyhounds erased a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score twice in the second half. Versus Saint Joseph’s, Loyola trailed, 60-24, at the half, but it made the contest a three-possession game and lost by 11.

In all 11 games this year, Loyola is outscoring opponents, 37.7-36.2, after halftime.

 

Slow Starts

The Greyhounds’ second half rallies have been necessitated by slow starts that have dug first-half holes against Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and Miami.

In those games, Loyola has allowed its foes to shot 62.2 percent (51-of-82) from the field while shooting just 34.2 percent (25-of-73) itself. The opponents made a combined 17-of-29 shots from behind the arc, as well.

Loyola has also lost the turnover differentials in the first halves of those games, coughing up the ball 27 times while forcing just 18 turnovers.

Loyola has led at the half just three times this year (Binghamton, Cornell and Fairfield), an all three of those games translated into victories.

Cumulatively, in the Greyhounds’ 11 games, Loyola has been outscored, 39.5-30.0, in the first half this season.

 

Second Half Versus Saint Joseph’s

The aforementioned second half against Saint Joseph’s saw Loyola outscore the Hawks, 53-28. The 53 points were the most that the Greyhounds have scored in a half this season, besting the 48 second-half points they tallied versus Catholic University.

Loyola’s top three scorers in the game – Dylon Cormier (27), Jarred Jones (15) and Eric Laster (10) – combined for 41 of Loyola’s 53 points after the break.

Cormier was 9-of-13 from the field for 23 points, and Laster hit 4-of-6 shots for 10. Cormier’s 23 points were the most by a Loyola player in a half this season, as were his nine rebounds.

Loyola committed only two turnovers after the break, while its five steals contributed to 11 Saint Joseph’s miscues.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.9 points per game through 10. Through games of Monday, December 30, Cormier was seventh in the nation in scoring.

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 seven 20+ point games in nine 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.

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 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.

 

Into The Top 10

In the first half at Miami, Dylon Cormier moved into the top-10 all-time at Loyola in scoring. With 1,465 points, he moved in front of B.J. Pendleton (1991-95) and took sole possession of 10th place.

Next up on the all-time scoring list is Maurice Hicks who scored 1,494 from 1981-95.

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

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

Through 11 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 105 times (tied for 18th in Division I through games of December 30). His average of 9.5 free throws per game is sixth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 286 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 404-of-576 from the free-throw line. Against Saint Joseph’s, he moved into fourth-place at Loyola in attempts, and he is now nine away from fifth-place in makes.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola has logged 13 steals in two of its recent (at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook) , raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.5 per game this season. It is also tied for 27th in the nation in steals per game.

The Greyhounds have had 11 or more steals in four games – 12 at UMBC, 11 at Connecticut and 13 at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – through 10 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League, and is tied for 35th nationally, in steals per game (2.2), while Dylon Cormier is tied for sixth (1.9). Cormier had a season-high four thefts against the Seawolves.

Cormier now has 159 in his career at Loyola, fifth-most in school history and two out of fourth place. With 85 in his career, Williams is 24th on the career chart.

 

Turnovers Trending Lower

Through 11 games this season, the Greyhounds have done a relatively good job of taking care of possessions, averaging 11.1 turnovers per game, second best amongst Patriot League teams.

Loyola is slightly ahead of last year’s average of 11.9 turnovers per game (12.0 in the first 11 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 14.3 turnovers per game this year, 8.5 per game by route of the steal, a stat that is also tops in the conference.

In all, the Greyhounds have committed 110 turnovers to their opponents 143.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s six losses this season – at Connecticut, West Virginia, Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s – the Greyhounds are shooting nearly nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their five victories.

Loyola has made 45.9 percent (134-of-292) shots in five wins versus 37.2 percent (129-of-347) in six losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 20.8 points less (81.4 versus 60.8) in the losses.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (48.1-42.4) in the games they’ve won.

 

Jones Returns To Scoring Form

Jarred Jones had his best scoring night since of the month of December against Saint Joseph’s, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field. He hit two 3-pointers, his first two of the season, and also had two steals in the game. His 15 points were the second most of his career.

Jones is the team’s second leading scorer this season, averaging 9.8 points per game while shooting a team-best 54.3 percent from the field. He has also gone to the free-throw line 39 times, making 30 attempts for a 76.9 percentage.

The sophomore 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).

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.

 

Rassman Producing More

Franz Rassman has shown his best scoring form of the season in Loyola’s last five games, averaging 8.8 points in those contests.

After tallying a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Catholic University, 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 54.3 percent (19-of-35) in the last five contests.

 

Doing The Little Things

Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds. The guard, who is in his first year as a starter, has pulled down at least four rebounds in each of the last six games.

On December 19 versus Stony Brook, he blocked a career-best three shots, and earlier this month, he posted a career-high five assists in a win over Catholic.

Laster has 17 assists this year against just six turnovers, and he is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game.

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.

Laster has averaged 8.9 points in Loyola’s first 10 contests, and he is shooting 44.1 percent (15-of-34) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

Williams To The Basket

R.J. Williams has been a true point guard throughout his career at Loyola, but he has taken more opportunities to score this season. He has scored 10 or more three times (the same number he had during his first two years), including tallying 11 versus Stony Brook to match his career-high.

Against the Seawolves, Williams showed his ability to get to the basket for layups or to draw fouls. He leads the team in free-throw percentage (81.1), making 30-of-37 from the charity stripe this season.

 

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 40.0 percent (14-of-35) shots from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 15.7 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 13-of-17.

After averaging 2.8 points in 9.7 minutes per game last season, Hubbard has raised his scoring to 5.5 this year. He has played 24 minutes, season highs, in two of the Greyhounds’ last three games.

 

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.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, 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
11th 1,65 points
Next Maurice Hicks, 1,494
Field Goals Made
17th 484 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
13th 93 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
6th 404 free throws made
Next Maurice Hicks, 412
Assists
21st 186 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
5th 158 steals
Next Kevin Green, 159

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds play their first two Patriot League road games next when they travel to West Point, N.Y., for a Sunday, January 5, contest at the U.S. Military Academy. A Wednesday, January 8, game at American University follows.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)

10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)

People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.

Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.

Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.

Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.

9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I mean…I’m so more than ready.

Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?

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Loyola tries to bounce back Saturday against St. Joseph’s

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Saturday, December 21, 2013  |  3:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md.  |  Reitz Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its second game in three days after a 12-day layoff for final exams when the Greyhounds host fellow Jesuit school Saint Joseph’s University at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

The game is part of a doubleheader that features the Loyola women hosting UMBC in Reitz Arena at 12 noon.

Dylon Cormier logged his seventh 20+ point game of the season, and the 22nd of his career, on Thursday night against Stony Brook University.

Loyola has recorded 13 steals in each of its last two games, raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.8 per game.

The Greyhounds have posted 11 or more steals four times this season.

 

Last Time Out

Stony Brook University took a 17-point lead with 1:17 left in the first half, but Loyola rallied to tie the game twice in the second half on Thursday night in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds could not get over the hump, however, and never led in a 76-69 non-conference loss to the two-time defending America East Conference regular-season champs.

Dylon Cormier made 16-of-21 free throws and finished with a game-high 25 points for the Greyhounds.

After Stony Brook was up 10 with 14:58 left in regulation, Cormier scored eight during a 10-0 run that tied the game for the first time in the second half, 51-51.

 

Patriot League Network

Saturday’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 Saint Joseph’s

Loyola and Saint Joseph’s will meet for the 23rd time in series history, although the first time in the 21st century. The Hawks hold a 16-6 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds won a double overtime thriller, 80-78, the last time the teams met on January 4, 1996. Loyola shot 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free-throw line in the game.

The Greyhounds’ win snapped a 12-game winning streak in the series for the Hawks.

The teams first met during the 1915-1916 season, a contest the Hawks won, 40-20. Loyola, however, won the teams’ second meeting that year, 53-24, in the Greyhounds’ last game of the season.

There were 17 games between the programs from 1915-16 through 1937-38, but they did not meet again until the first game of the 1976-77 season.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on Thursday night, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts are second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

Through nine games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 91 times (tied for 18th in Division I through games of December 19). His average of 10.1 free throws per game ranks fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 303 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 396-of-562 from the free-throw line. With five more attempts, he will take over fourth-place in school history, while he is 15 from fifth-place in free throws made.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola has logged 13 steals in each of its last two games, raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.8 per game this season.

The Greyhounds have had 11 or more steals in four games – 12 at UMBC, 11 at Connecticut and 13 at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – through nine contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is fourth (2.0). Cormier had a season-high four thefts against the Seawolves.

Cormier now has 157 in his career at Loyola, fifth-most in school history and three out of fourth place. With 81 in his career, Williams is 26th on the career chart.

 

Turnovers Trending Lower

Through eight games this season, the Greyhounds have done a relatively good job of taking care of possessions, averaging 11.1 turnovers per game, second best amongst Patriot League teams.

Loyola is slightly ahead of last year’s average of 11.9 turnovers per game (12.0 in the first nine of the season).

Additionally, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League in turnover margin, averaging 3.4 fewer than their opponents this season. Loyola has forced 14.6 turnovers per game this year, 8.8 per game by route of the steal, a stat that is also tops in the conference.

In all, the Greyhounds have committed 100 turnovers to their opponents 131.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s four losses this season – at Connecticut, West Virginia, Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – the Greyhounds are shooting a full 10 percent worse from the floor than they are in their five victories.

Loyola has made 45.9 percent (134-of-292) shots in five wins versus 35.6 percent (84-of-236) in four losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 21.4 points less (81.4 versus 60.0) in the losses.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.3-42.4) in the games they’ve won.

 

Getting To The Line

Hopefully, the ability Loyola showed against Stony Brook to get to the free-throw line (35 attempts on Thursday) is a sign of things to come. When Loyola opened the season with a 4-0 record, it was going tot he free-throw line 32.5 times (129 total).

Since then, however, Loyola has gone to the line an average of just 20.2 times (101 total) in its last five games. Take out the 35 attempts against Stony Brook, and the Greyhounds were averaging just 16.5 free throws attempted over a four-game stretch.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 23.8 points per game through nine. Through games of Thursday, December 19, Cormier is fourth in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (28.6), Creighton University’s Doug McDermott (25.3) and Texas Southern’s Aaric Murray (24.5).

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 seven 20+ point games in nine 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 Saturday’s  game against Saint Joseph’s with 1,427, Cormier is four 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.

 

Rassman Producing More

Franz Rassman has shown his best scoring form of the season in Loyola’s last three games, averaging 11.0 points in those three contests.

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 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the last three contests.

 

Doing The Little Things

Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds. The guard, who is in his first year as a starter, has pulled down at least four rebounds in each of the last six games.

On Thursday night versus Stony Brook, he blocked a career-best three shots, and earlier this month, he posted a career-high five assists in a win over Catholic.

Laster has 15 assists this year against just six turnovers, and his 4.2 rebounds per game are tied for third on the team.

 

Williams To The Basket

R.J. Williams has been a true point guard throughout his career at Loyola, but he has taken more opportunities to score this season. He has scored 10 or more three times (the same number he had during his first two years), including tallying 11 versus Stony Brook to match his career-high.

Against the Seawolves, Williams showed his ability to get to the basket for layups or to draw fouls. He is tied for Jarred Jones for team-high honors in free-throw percentage (83.9), as they both have made 26-of-31 this year.

 

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 42.9 percent (12-of-28) shots from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 16.6 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 13-of-17.

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.

 

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 8.8 points in Loyola’s first nine contests, and he is shooting 44.8 percent (13-of-29) 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.

 

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.

 

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 1,427 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 470 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 91 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
6th 396 free throws made
Next Maurice Hicks, 412
Assists
21st 181 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
5th 157 steals
Next Kevin Green, 159

 

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 regular-season non-conference game of the year on Monday, December 30, at the University of Miami.

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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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