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Ravens add former Saints offensive lineman Marcel Jones to practice squad

Posted on 01 September 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens finished setting their 10-man practice squad Monday by signing former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Marcel Jones.

A seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft, Jones has yet to play in an NFL game after spending his rookie season on injured reserve and the 2013 campaign as a member of the Saints’ practice squad. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound lineman was cut over the weekend after playing 25 snaps against the Ravens in the preseason finale last Thursday.

The Nebraska product has the ability to play tackle or guard and gives Baltimore more depth in the event of injuries to their current 53-man roster that includes nine offensive linemen.

The Ravens signed nine players to their practice squad on Sunday as offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, cornerbacks Tramain Jacobs and Deji Olatoye, defensive tackles A.J. Pataiali’i and Jamie Meder, linebacker John Simon, tight end Phillip Supernaw, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, and quarterback Keith Wenning rejoined the organization after being waived at the end of the preseason.

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Ravens wouldn’t designate Pitta’s position if franchise tag comes into play

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Ravens wouldn’t designate Pitta’s position if franchise tag comes into play

Posted on 26 February 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens are less than a week away from needing to decide whether to use the franchise tag on tight end Dennis Pitta, but it appears that the potential conflict over the position at which he’ll be tagged won’t be up to them.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport, when a team sends a letter to the league announcing its intention to name a franchise player, it does not designate that player at a specific position. In Pitta’s case, the league — not the Ravens — would then determine whether he is to be tagged as a tight end or wide receiver.

Much like New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Pitta is expected to file a grievance through the NFL Players Association arguing that he should be tagged as a wide receiver after he lined up in the slot on 79.7 percent of his snaps in 2013. The collective bargaining agreement states that a franchise player is to be tendered at the position “at which [he] participated in the most plays during the prior league year.”

The 2014 salary cap hasn’t been officially set — with new reports surfacing that the cap may climb higher than $130 million — but the current estimated franchise tenders for the tight end and wide receiver positions are $6.89 million and $11.86 million, respectively.

Teams have until Monday at 4 p.m. to elect to name a franchise player.

This clarification serves to benefit the Ravens in two important ways while they continue negotiations to lock up the 28-year-old tight end to a long-term agreement.

First, it would seem to eliminate any argument that a player could be deemed an unrestricted free agent if an arbitrator were to find a team had incorrectly tagged a player and, thus, missed the March 3 deadline to designate him properly. There had been some speculation about Graham — and possibly Pitta — using this argument as a way to still be able to cash in on a monster free-agent contract in 2014, but with teams not being the ones to designate a franchise player’s position, it’s assumed that the franchise tender amount would simply be altered from one figure to another with the tag remaining in place.

Secondly, this process would appear to diminish animosity over a franchise-tag fight with the Ravens having no say over Pitta being tagged as a tight end or a wide receiver. Of course, contract negotiations can create plenty of tension already without the added element of a position squabble that could mean a difference of nearly $5 million in salary.

The Ravens are expected to use the franchise tag on Pitta if they can’t sign him prior to March 3, but coach John Harbaugh wasn’t ready to rule out the possibility of the organization allowing the fifth-year tight end to test the open market. Free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. on March 11.

“I think every scenario is possible here,” Harbaugh told reporters in Indianapolis last week. “The franchise tag is very vague right now, so anything could happen.”

Pitta’s age is something to consider as he’s older than most players entering their fifth season after he took a two-year mission trip during his college days at Brigham Young. And that, coupled with the confusion over the franchise tag, has made these negotiations more complicated than many anticipated.

Of course, the Ravens would prefer to get a deal ironed out sooner rather than later, but no agreement was considered imminent at the conclusion of the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis earlier this week.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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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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“The Reality Check” Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 13 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week 32)

The good news? They won. The bad news? So did all of the other bad teams.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31)

Same issue.

30. Oakland Raiders (26)

Pick up Rashad Jennings, they said.

29. Houston Texans (27)

I picked them to go to the Super Bowl. No. Really.

28. Atlanta Falcons (24)

28th, y’all. 28th.

27. Washington Redskins (23)

I mean, that’s just awful.

26. Minnesota Vikings (30)

So Jared Allen is still pretty good.

25. Buffalo Bills (21)

I’m sorry I ever got a good feeling about them.

24. St. Louis Rams (29)

I have no idea what to make of that. None.

23. New York Giants (28)

Totally in the NFC East mix.

22. Tennessee Titans (19)

So…does Jake Locker get another year?

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (25)

I think I’m going to say “Pittsburgher” out loud and giggle again.

20. Miami Dolphins (16)

But they might finish the season at Number 30.

19. San Diego Chargers (15)

Good news-Miami next.

18. Green Bay Packers (12)

J.R.R. Tolkien should make a hell of a quarterback.

17. Baltimore Ravens (22)

KNOCK IT DOWN!

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“The Reality Check” Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 16 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week 32)

When you watch the documentary about the 2013 Jags, the highlight will be halftime of last week’s game.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31)

Does the MRSA outbreak even end up in the Top 5 worst things to happen to them this season?

30. New York Giants (30)

They’re on Monday Night Football because ESPN is dying for you to find out what “The Blacklist” is all about.

29. Minnesota Vikings (27)

Oh-also they really wanted you to see an episode of The Voice, too.

28. Oakland Raiders (26)

They beat the Chargers?

27. Washington Redskins (23)

But their Special Teams Unit is number 6.798,544,213.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (29)

Please tell me this wasn’t the start of them becoming the Steelers again.

25. Carolina Panthers (28)

There’s no in between with them, is there?

24. Atlanta Falcons (24)

Please Harry Douglas. Please Harry Douglas. Please Harry Douglas. Love, former Julio Jones fantasy owner.

23. Buffalo Bills (22)

Matt Flynn will definitely throw for 400 yards at some point this season, right?

22. Houston Texans (21)

They actually can’t get worse, can they?

21. St. Louis Rams (25)

So wait, is Zac Stacy a thing?

20. New York Jets (19)

It would be SOOO Jets for them to beat New England Sunday.

19. Tennessee Titans (18)

Jake Locker’s injury will be an undernoticed major storyline to the season when it’s over.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (20)

Nick Foles definitely starts every game the rest of the way, no?

17. Arizona Cardinals (15)

The good news is that Seattle doesn’t have a Vernon Davis.

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

Posted on 14 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

True story. Tom Hanks only took the starring role in “Captain Phillips” because he was turned down for a similar role in a movie musical version of the 15-7-0. We parted amicably after negotiations, so truthfully I have not cared for some of the things he’s chosen to say in the media during the blitz for the film. I’ll take the high road…as always.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Tom Brady’s final drive was so good Sunday it might actually HAVE involved unicorns and show ponies.

Yes, Tom Brady threw an amazing game winning touchdown…but…ummm…

Let’s check in with Rob Ryan for his thoughts.

Remember that time Brady played John Harbaugh to Julian Edelman’s James Ihedigbo?

Just a guess, but I’d imagine this didn’t happen after THIS play…

2. So long, Virginia. Will be awfully nice to not have to pretend to have any idea what a Wahoo is in the future.

We won’t miss you.

Boston College toyed with Clemson for awhile elsewhere in the SEC, I assume for this reason.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, Syracuse should probably get their medical experts on this.

3. I don’t know if I feel “good” for Penn State, but watching that game Saturday night made me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

I made a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend to see the Coyotes ground the Flyers and was treated surprisingly well. I imagine Michigan fans probably got the same in their visit to the Keystone State?

In the loss, credit Dennis Norfleet for…survival?

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Tevin Coleman is why Indiana can’t have nice things.

4. The Cincinnati Bengals are in first place by themselves. Reports say Satan got the better end of the deal.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gio Bernard.

5. Joseph Fauria > Christian Fauria > overpaying for EA Sports’ most recent underwhelming effort.

But we’re probably getting dangerously close to Fauria jumping the shark…

Remember when Brandon Weeden suddenly remembered he was Brandon Weeden?

I know the Browns lost the game, but is there really any loser when you attend a game and get to witness this?

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“The Reality Check” Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 09 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week 32)

Would they lose 63-0 to Florida State?

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31)

The Miami (Ohio) job is open if Greg Schiano’s agent wants to get cracking.

30. New York Giants (29)

But only two games out of first place.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (28)

They’ll probably be very competitive the rest of the season…in Conference USA.

28. Carolina Panthers (21)

I feel like such a fool for buying into them.

27. Minnesota Vikings (27)

I bet with Josh Freeman as quarterback, they end up as high as #20 on this list at some point.

26. Oakland Raiders (30)

Just when you think you’ve got them figured out.

25. St. Louis Rams (26)

You can only get so much credit for beating Jacksonville.

24. Atlanta Falcons (18)

Just cancel fantasy football season already.

23. Washington Redskins (23)

President Obama also thinks they should consider changing their defense.

22. Buffalo Bills (20)

Starting a quarterback from Duke cannot possibly lead to moving further up this list.

21. Houston Texans (16)

Since it will almost certainly be asked, it CAN get worse. It’s just hard to imagine it will.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (22)

Can only play the Giants twice a season unfortunately.

19. New York Jets (25)

I know they’re 3-2, I just can’t believe they’ll be 6-4 in five weeks.

18. Tennessee Titans (11)

You wouldn’t wish Ryan Fitzpatrick upon anyone.

17. Dallas Cowboys (17)

It’s enough to make you think they’ll be okay in that division.

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“The Reality Check” Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 02 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week 32)

Hey! Thanks for your tackle! Any tight ends or receivers you’d like to send along too?

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31)

You think Greg Schiano called Bobby Petrino for tips on how to sneak out in the middle of a season?

30. Oakland Raiders (30)

More wins than the two teams ahead of them, less good players.

29. New York Giants (22)

My buddy Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com just keeps telling me that if you took the names of the back of the jerseys you’d think they were the Jags.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (24)

They’ll still be winless next week.

27. Minnesota Vikings (29)

Their only win is over one of the worst teams.

26. St. Louis Rams (20)

Sam Bradford kinda makes you long for the days of…I dunno…Marc Bulger?

25. New York Jets (26)

Good news. They’ve left the door open for Matt Sims.

24. Arizona Cardinals (25)

Perhaps they could make a trade to get Brian Hoyer back?

23. Washington Redskins (23)

They beat the Raiders. That doesn’t move them up.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (19)

I’m so stupid I once had them in the Top 10.

21. Carolina Panthers (21)

1-2 doesn’t seem so bad all things considered, does it?

20. Buffalo Bills (27)

Still kinda in denial.

19. Cleveland Browns (28)

Finally NFL Network gets a good game Thursday night.

18. Atlanta Falcons (13)

They’re better than this. They are.

17. Dallas Cowboys (14)

About right.

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Ravens keeping tabs on McKinnie as New Orleans shows interest

Posted on 21 March 2013 by Luke Jones

Just a couple days after saying the Ravens were “very open” to bringing back Bryant McKinnie, head coach John Harbaugh reached out to the 33-year-old on Thursday to say he’d like him to return to Baltimore this season.

Whether it happens remains to be seen as the tackle said in a text message that the New Orleans Saints are showing the most interest in his services with their left tackle position currently unsettled following the free-agent departure of Jermon Bushrod, who signed with the Chicago Bears on the first day of free agency last week. Former Ravens guard Ben Grubbs signed a five-year, $36 million contract with the Saints last offseason after playing his final season in Baltimore next to McKinnie on the left side of the offensive line in 2011.

McKinnie said that Harbaugh was simply checking in with the 6-foot-8 offensive lineman but wanted him to know he wants him back with the Ravens, who have already lost center Matt Birk from their offensive line due to retirement. The Ravens haven’t had any contact with McKinnie’s agent Michael George.

“They have other things they are working on, so it’s no rush,” said McKinnie, who joked with Harbaugh to tell general manager Ozzie Newsome to pick up the phone. “We will see how things go.”

The Bears showed some interest in McKinnie prior to signing Bushrod away from the Saints. However, McKinnie might be the top left tackle remaining on the open market as teams are now focusing on the best right tackle options available such as Eric Winston, Sebastian Vollmer, and Andre Smith.

Many have regarded McKinnie as no more than a backup plan for the Ravens at this point as they could look to the draft to potentially find their left tackle of the future. However, Harbaugh told reporters at the league meetings in Phoenix that Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele would also be considered for the position if they do not add another veteran tackle.

The mention of Osemele’s candidacy for the left tackle position is intriguing after Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network mentioned on AM 1570 WNST earlier this week that new run-game coordinator and former Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo told him the second-year lineman might be a fit to play on the blind side.

“I think Juan is the single-best developer of talent on the offensive line in the entire league,” Baldinger said. “If Juan tells me he thinks that Kelechi Osemele can play left tackle, I want to see it. I want to see what he looks like if he lines up there.”

The 2012 second-round pick was a three-year starter at left tackle for Iowa State and split time between right tackle and left guard last season.

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Loyola continues fight for first place Saturday at Siena

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Siena Saints
Date Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Albany, N.Y. | Times Union Center
Series Record Siena leads, 36-20
Last Meeting Loyola 63, Siena 51 – February 8, 2013 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will take a quick trip to Central New York for its next game, a Saturday, February 16, contest against Siena College at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 o’clock.

 

Series History

Saturday’s game will be the 57th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-20 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds have won the last five in the series – including the final meeting in 2010-2011 and three in 2011-2012 – after defeating the Saints, 63-51, on February 8, in Baltimore. Erik Etherly scored a season-high 25 points, and Robert Olson logged his first career double-double in that game that was played in front of a sold-out Reitz Arena crowd.

Siena, which did not lead by more than two points throughout the game, took a 37-36 lead on a Rob Poole jumper with 11:14 to play, but Etherly found Julius Brooks on the right block, and Brooks spun on his defender, sinking a baby-hook to put Loyola in front for good. Brooks’ basket was the first of a 10-0 Loyola run that expanded to 16-5 on a pair of Dylon Cormier free throws with 5:24 remaining.

Olson led the Greyhounds with 10 rebounds, and he tied Cormier for game-high honors with four assists. Cormier also had four steals, as Loyola posted a season-best 12 steals. O.D. Anosike led the Saints with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

In Loyola’s last four games against Siena, Etherly is averaging 17.3 points per game.

 

Last Time Out

Robert Olson scored a game-high 18 points, and Julius Brooks made all eight of his shots – five field goals and three free throws – on Thursday night as Loyola topped Canisius, 68-64, in Baltimore.

Dylon Cormier added 17, 10 in the second half, and Anthony Winbush scored five of his seven in the closing minutes to help secure the win.

Loyola led by 10 with more than 11 minutes remaining in the game, but Canisius cut its deficit to four with 3:00 remaining. Winbush hit a three from the top left with 2:37 on the clock, but it was the last field goal Loyola would score in the game.

A Canisius putback by Chris Manhertz at 2:14, and a Billy Baron three with 48 ticks left made it a two-point Loyola lead, but after the Greyhounds layup went off the mark, Baron had another look at a three, but this one went long, and Winbush grabbed the defensive board. He was fouled and made both free throws with 4.8 seconds showing, securing the win.

 

Brooks Big In Starting Role

Julius Brooks made his first appearance in the Loyola starting lineup since November 28 on Thursday night against Canisius, and his play paid dividends for the Greyhounds. Brooks, who has now started seven games this season, scored 13 points and had a team-high six rebounds while blocking a shot.

The senior forward made all eight of his shots against the Golden Griffins, hitting five from the field and three from the free-throw line.

This season, Brooks is averaging 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games played. In the Greyhounds’ 18 victories, his numbers go slightly higher to 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Brooks has shot 62.2-percent from the field (56-of-90) this season, a career-best percentage.

 

Olson On Target

Robert Olson led all players with 18 points against Canisius, knocking down 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-8 from 3-point range, against the Golden Griffins.

Two of his threes came during the last 10 minutes of action as answers to Canisius rallies when the Golden Griffins had trimmed the Loyola lead to three and four points on a couple of occasions.

His three field goals that were not from behind the arc all came from 18 feet or longer.

Olson’s defense was also key for Loyola in the win. He had a season-high five steals, one off his career-high.

 

Moving Up Career Charts

During the Canisius game, Robert Olson moved into 22nd all-time at Loyola with 1,159 career points. With 50 more, he will crack the Top-20 in program history.

It was also the 119th game played of Olson’s career, tying him with Marquis Sullivan for third-most in program history. With five more appearances, Olson will tie Brian Rudolph for most all-time.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (190) behind only Sullivan’s 281. He is also tied for 23rd in field-goals made (392), third in 3-pointers attempted (502), tied for 17th in assists (219) and eighth in steals (112).

 

Free Throws Back On Track For A Night

After a poor showing from the charity stripe on Sunday at Marist, the Greyhounds made 10-of-12 (83.3-percent) on Thursday versus Canisius. Against the Red Foxes, Loyola shot a season-low 46.2-percent (12-of-26) from the free-throw line.

 

Flipping The Script

When Loyola played at Canisius just two weeks prior (January 31), it was a different story line as the Golden griffins won, 91-79.

In that game, Canisius made 13-of-19 (68.4-percent) from 3-point range and 29-of-48 (60.4-percent) from the field. The Golden Griffins also had a 36-25 advantage in rebounds.

On Thursday, Loyola held Canisius to 6-of-21 (28.6-percent) from 3-point range and 21-of-48 (43.8-percent) from the field. The Golden Griffins managed a slim 28-27 lead on the boards.

Entering the game, Canisius was second in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game with 9.5.

 

Cormier Back Scoring

Marist was just the second team this season to hold Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s leading scorer, to less than 10 point in a game. The junior guard finished with eight on Sunday in Poughkeepsie. Earlier this year, Rhode Island held Cormier to nine in the Greyhounds’ win on November 23.

He rebounded with a 17-point effort against Canisius, putting up three assists and three steals, as well.

In 26 games played this year, Cormier is averaging 16.7 points per game, a mark that is currently fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 18 games.

Cormier went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Siena with 1,089 career points. This season, he has scored 434, already more than the 428 he tallied in 2011-2012.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 16.7 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.9) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.5).

 

Back-To-Back In The 20s For Etherly

Erik Etherly scored 22 on Sunday afternoon at Marist, marking the second time this season he has crossed the 20-point threshold in consecutive games. He also had a season-best 25 in a win over Siena.

Earlier this year, the graduate student scored 20 or more in three-straight from January 4-11, recording 21 against Rider, 24 versus Saint Peter’s and 20 against Fairfield.

Etherly scored a season-high 25 points on Friday night against Siena and did so in an efficient fashion. He tied his career-high with nine field goals made in 14 attempts.

Etherly also made 7-of-11 from the free-throw line in the game, and he had three steals to contribute to the Greyhounds’ 12.

All nine of Etherly’s field goals came in the paint, six by layup or dunk.

 

Olson’s First Double-Double

Robert Olson has been a solid rebounder throughout the season, but he posted a career-high on the boards on February 8 against Siena with 10, notching his first career double-double with 11 points.

Olson has recorded five or more rebounds in 14 of Loyola’s 25 games this season and is averaging 4.6 per game.

The senior guard, who scored his 1,000th career point on January 6 against Saint Peter’s has scored 10 or more 59 times during his career, but Friday was his first career double-double. He has tallied 10 or more 20 times this year.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola had a season-high 12 steals in the first meeting with  Siena with six players having at least one. Dylon Cormier, who leads the Greyhounds with 1.9 per game this season, had a game-high four steals, while Erik Etherly had three and Robert Olson tallied one.

The Greyhounds’ previous best was 11 steals on November 17 against Norfolk State.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.

This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.

 

When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough

Last Saturday’s double overtime win at Niagara was the first Loyola game in over 11 years that lasted more than 45 minutes. The last time the Greyhounds played double overtime or more was a triple-overtime defeat on January 10, 2002, at Siena. That season, Loyola also played a double overtime game on November 19, 2001, losing at Coppin State.

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).

 

Six Over 10

Prior to the February 2 game at Niagara, Loyola had not placed five players in double figures all season. Against the Purple Eagles, six Greyhounds – Robert Olson (23), Dylon Cormier (15), Julius Brooks (14), Anthony Winbush (13), Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams (11 each) – scored 10 or more points.

The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.

 

Olson With 20+ Twice

Robert Olson enjoyed the cold, windy weather in Western New York during the Greyhounds’ recent road trip, averaging 25.0 points in Loyola’s games at Canisius and Niagara. The senior guard scored a career-high 27 at Canisius and had 23 versus the Purple Eagles, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games.

Olson, who now has nine 20-plus point efforts at Loyola, led the Greyhounds in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (4) at Canisius, and he then turned in five rebounds and two assists versus Niagara.

Against Niagara, he became the 28th player in school history to score 1,100 career points. With 1,120, he is the active career leader in point scored, and he needs 19 to move into 25th place all-time at Loyola.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on February 2 at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.

He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.

Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 14 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 12-2 in those contests.

 

Bracketbuster Opponent Announced

Loyola will participate in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster event again this year, and the Greyhounds will face an opponent they have previously played in the competition. Loyola will take on Tennessee State in Nashville on Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. (Central). The Greyhounds and Tigers also met in the 2007 version of Bracketbusters.

 

Iona Game Picked For ESPN2

Loyola’s game on March 1 at Iona has been picked as the MAAC Wild Card broadcast and will air live on ESPN2. Game time is still set for 7 p.m.

 

70 Not Enough

Scoring 70 points has been a bit of a magical number for the Greyhounds this season, as they entered the Iona game with a 5-0 record this year when scoring 70 or more points.

Versus the Gaels, Loyola tallied 71 points and suffered just its second loss in the last two years when scoring 70 or more points.

The same thing happened on Thursday night at Canisius where the Greyhound scored 79 points in a loss to the Golden Griffins. Loyola is now 17-3 since the start of the 2011-2012 season when hitting or exceeding that mark. The only other loss came in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.

 

High On Assists

The games against Iona and Canisius saw the Greyhounds record 18 assists twice, one off the season-high of 19 they set against Marist on January 17.

At Canisius, Robert Olson had five assists, and Anthony Winbush passed out four, while three other Greyhounds had two or more.

The losses mark the first time in more than three years that Loyola has lost a game when they finished with 18 or more. Loyola had 19 in a January 4, 2010, loss at home to Siena.

In the Niagara contest, Loyola finished with 15 assists, led by R.J. Williams’ five and Winbush’s four.

These numbers came after the Greyhounds had just 12 combined assists in their previous two games (four at Fairfield, eight at Manhattan).

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola scored a season-high 32 points off Canisius turnovers on Thursday night. The Greyhounds tallied points on 14 of the Golden Griffins’ turnovers in the game for a success rate of 87.5-percent.

During the 13-0 Loyola run that cut the Greyhounds’ deficit from 18 to five late in the second half, Loyola forced turnovers on four-straight Canisius possessions,  and scored each time thereafter.

Loyola then turned 15 Niagara turnovers in to 27 points, and it then forced 19 Siena turnovers, converting them into 24 points.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.

Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 26 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 182 free throws, an average of seven times per game. He has made 72-percent of those shots, a total of 131.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160. In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 292-of-421 (69.4-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season with Olson averaging 4.7 and Cormier, 4.6.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 15 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 times.

 

Congratulations Graduate

Erik Etherly became the most recent Loyola men’s basketball player to graduate, completing his undergraduate requirements in December for a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in marketing and public relations. He joins Anthony Winbush – who graduated in May 2012 – as a graduate student on the Loyola roster this season. He will start his masters in education leadership this month.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 10-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 12-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 12-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

High Marks

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 140 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

The Greyhounds take a step out of conference play for their next contest, traveling to Nashville, for a Saturday, February 23, date at Tennessee State University in a game that will be part of the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster series.

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