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Ravens build more offensive depth with fifth-round picks

Posted on 02 May 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — General manager Ozzie Newsome continued an offensive-minded 2015 draft in the fifth round with the selections of Delaware tight end Nick Boyle and Tennessee guard Robert Myers.

The 171st overall selection, Boyle was the second tight end drafted by the Ravens after they took Minnesota’s Maxx Williams with their second-round pick. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lacks speed, but he possesses sound hands and will be counted on to primarily be a blocking tight end.

The selection of Boyle reinforces the idea that the Ravens can’t count on the return of veteran Dennis Pitta, who is still recovering from a second right hip dislocation and fracture suffered last September. Boyle caught 101 passes for 984 yards and 12 touchdowns in his four years with the Blue Hens.

Myers gives the Ravens depth on the interior line where standout guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele are both set to become free agents at the end of the 2015 season. A Senior Bowl participant, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman was a three-year starter at Tennessee State and was a favorite of Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo in the pre-draft evaluation process.

With Boyle and Myers both being taken in the fifth round, the Ravens drafted a total of three FCS-level prospects after selecting Texas Southern cornerback Tray Walker in the fourth round.

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Loyola tops Tennessee State to reach 20 wins for back to back years

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE – Loyola University Maryland trailed by 11 with just over nine minutes to play, but a 13-0 run put the Greyhounds in front, and they held off host Tennessee State University for a 67-65 on Saturday night in Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster action.

The Greyhounds (20-9) held the Tigers (16-14) to just four points in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Loyola’s win was the first defeat for the Tigers at the Gentry Center this season. Prior to Saturday night, Tennessee State was 10-0 in its home arena. Last year, the Tigers lost just one home game – to Murray State, a team that was ranked in the Top 15 at the time – and they were 20-1 since the beginning of 2011-2012 before the Greyhounds’ win.

The win was the Greyhounds 20th of the season, marking the first time in school Division I history that Loyola has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, finished with 24 victories a year ago for its first 20-win season at the Division I level.

Erik Etherly scored a team-high 26 points, and Dylon Cormier added 20, to lead the Greyhounds.

Loyola led just once during the first half when Dylon Cormier scored the Greyhounds’ first points with a layup and hit a free throw after being fouled to put Loyola ahead 3-2.

The Tigers, however, scored 13 of the next 15 points to take a 10-point advantage at the game’s first media timeout.

Loyola clawed back within four, 23-19, with 11:17 on the clock, but another Tennessee State run – this one 16-6 – gave the Tigers a 39-25 lead on a Kellen Thornton jumper with 6:30 to go before the break. The Greyhounds pulled back within seven shortly thereafter, but Tennessee State jumped ahead by 13 once more.

Franz Rassman pulled down a Cormier miss and laid it in just before the first-half buzzer to cut the lead to 49-38 at halftime.

Loyola shot 58.6-percent in the first-half, but the Tigers went 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, and the Greyhounds were just 3-of-8 at the stripe before the break.

Tennessee State went back up 13, 51-38, to start the second half, but a traditional 3-point play by Cormier started a 7-0 Loyola run that made cut the Tigers’ advantage to 53-47 on an Etherly jumper with 13:54 remaining.

The Tigers quickly pushed the lead back to double digits when Jordan Cyphers hit a three and Patrick Miller and Thornton knocked down jumpers. Thornton’s basket gave Tennessee State a 60-47 cushion with 11:12 left in regulation.

Miller converted a 3-point play after being fouled at 10:01, and the lead was 12, but Etherly made 1-of-2 at the line with 9:04 on the clock to make the score 63-52.

Rassman hit a pair of free throw for Loyola at 9:01, but Cyphers did the same for Tennessee State at 8:16, and the lead was back to 11.

Cyphers’ free throws were the last points Tennessee State would score for almost five minutes, however, as Loyola tallied 13 unanswered points.

Etherly completed a 3-point play with a layup and free throw, and less than a minute later, he hit 1-of-2 at the line. Anthony Winbush scored on a layup at 6:40, and Robert Olson canned a three with 6:09 to play.

Olson, who finished with seven points, scored again on a jumper at 4:24, tying the game at 65-65. A Robert Covington turnover led to a Cormier fast-break layup at 3:53, putting Loyola in front for the first time since there was 18:25 left in the first half.

Miller went to the line twice over the next minute, but he made just 1-of-2 both times, his second tying the game at 67-67 with 2:57 to play.

Neither Loyola, nor Tennessee State, could score for more than 2:40, but Cormier drew a foul on Deshawn Dockery with 11 ticks left, and he hit both free throws to provide the final margin.

Loyola held the Tigers to just 18 second-half points on 6-of-22 shooting.

R.J. Williams led Loyola with four assists, and Etherly had a team-best eight rebounds.

Miller scored 17 to lead Tennessee State, and Thornton had 15.

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Loyola visits Tennessee State Saturday for BracketBuster game

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Data
Loyola University Maryland will play its final non-conference game of the 2012-2013 regular-season on Saturday, February 23, when it makes its second appearance this season in the State of Tennessee.
The Greyhounds will take on host Tennessee State University at 7 p.m. (Central)/8 p.m. (Eastern) in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster event.

Follow The Action
Audio of the game will be broadcast live on LoyolaGreyhounds.com with alum Jim Chivers calling the action.

Series History
Loyola and Tennessee State have faced each other twice thanks to previous Bracketbuster pairings with the Greyhounds winning both meetings.
The teams squared off in the 2006 Bracketbuster series with the Greyhounds coming out on top, 62-60, in Nashville at the Gentry Center. Tennessee State visited Baltimore on November 16, 2008, for the return game of the original series, and Loyola squeezed out another close victory, 73-70.
In the first meeting, the Tigers took their only lead of the game with 31 seconds left when on a three-point play by Andrae Belton. Shane James beat his defender off the dribble and hit a fadeaway jumper from the baseline nine seconds later to push the Greyhounds up 61-60. Tennessee State missed a late basket, and Michael Tuck sealed the win by making 1-of-2 at the line after grabbing the rebound.
When Tennessee State visited Reitz Arena, then-junior Brett Harvey scored a career-high 34 points, including 12 of the Greyhounds’ final 13 points, to carry Loyola to a win. He hit two free throws with four seconds remaining to ice the win. Harvey made six 3-pointers, and Brian Rudolph contributed six assists in the win.

Last Time Out
Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson combined for 44 points as four Greyhounds scored in double-figures during an 80-57 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory at Siena last Saturday.
The Greyhounds scored 28 points off 15 Siena turnovers, and Loyola shot 52.8-percent from the field and 53.3-percent from 3-point range against the Saints.
Cormier finished with 24 points, making 9-of-10 free throws while Olson had 20, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
Siena cut its 19-point first-half deficit to six, 37-31, on an O.D. Anoskie putback 1:36 into the second half, but after a Loyola timeout, the Greyhounds scored the next 15 points to lead 52-31 with just under 14 minutes on the clock. The Greyhounds extended their advantage to 29 points with 5:53 remaining on a Julius Brooks tip-in, two of his 10 points.

Return To The Volunteer State
Loyola played is second-ever game in Tennessee – the first being the 2006 game at Tennessee State – on December 30, 2012, at the University of Memphis, a game the Tigers won, 78-64.

Bracketbuster History
Loyola is participating in the Bracketbuster event for the eighth-straight year, and the Greyhounds have a 5-2 record in the previous seven games after defeating Boston University, 69-56, last season in Baltimore.
The Greyhounds have Bracketbuster wins over High Point (2006), Tennessee State (2007), UC-Davis (2008), Towson (2011) and BU and losses to Drexel (2009) and New Hampshire (2010).

Runs Lead The Way
Loyola used two considerable runs last Saturday to pull away from Siena. The Greyhounds went on a 22-5 run that spanned nearly eight minutes of first-half action, to extend a 13-11 lead to 33-14.
During that run, Siena committed four turnovers and missed three field goals and three free throws.
In the second half, Loyola executed a 15-0 run in a span of just over three minutes that took its lead from 37-31 to 52-31. Loyola forced three Siena turnovers, two on Greyhound steals, in that stretch, and all four of the Saints’ shots misfired while two were blocked.

Cormier Named MAAC Player Of The Week
Dylon Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena.
The senior guard led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena. He also tied his season-high with five steals.
After Marist (February 10) was just the second team (Rhode Island) to hold Cormier to fewer than 10 points in a game, he rebounded with a 17-point effort last Thursday night in a win over Canisius, a team that was tied with Loyola for second-place in the league at the time.
In 27 games played this year, Cormier is averaging 17.0 points per game, a mark that is currently fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He has scored 15 or more points in 19 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 458, 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 17.0 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-2.0) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.4). He currently leads the MAAC in steals (54) and steals per game (2.0).

Olson Stretch Scoring
Robert Olson tallied six points in the first half, but he came out of halftime dialed in and connected for nine during the Greyhounds’ 15-0 run in the early going. He scored seven in a row to start the run on a two, a three and a pair of free throws.
The senior guard finished with 20 points, the sixth time this season and the 10th time in his career that he’s tallied 20 or more.
In the Greyhounds’ two games last week, Olson was 13-of-24 from the field and 8-of-14 from 3-point range. He made four threes in both games, wins over Canisius at home and Siena on the road.
Two of his threes against Canisius came during the last 10 minutes of action as answers to rallies when the Golden Griffins had trimmed the Loyola lead to three and four points. His three field goals that were not from behind the arc all came from 18 feet or longer.
Olson’s defense against Canisius was also key for Loyola in the win. He had a season-high five steals, one off his career-high.

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.
He followed that game with his second-straight double-figure scoring outing, the first time he has accomplished that in his tenure at Loyola. Brooks made 5-of-7 shots and finished with 10 points at Siena.
This season, Brooks is averaging 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 28 games played. In the Greyhounds’ 18 victories, his numbers go slightly higher to 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Brooks has shot 62.9-percent from the field (61-of-97) this season, a career-best percentage.

Moving Up Career Charts
After the Siena game, Robert Olson in 22nd all-time at Loyola with 1,179 career points. With 30 more, he will crack the Top-20 in program history.
It was also the 120th game played of Olson’s career, moving him into third-place in school history in that category. With four 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 (194) behind only Sullivan’s 281. He is also 23rd in field-goals made (398), third in 3-pointers attempted (502), tied for 16th in assists (221) and eighth in steals (116).

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.

Back-To-Back In The 20s For Etherly
Erik Etherly scored 22 on February 10 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 60 times during his career, but Friday was his first career double-double. He has tallied 10 or more 21 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.

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.

Hit On 70
With its win at Siena, the Greyhounds improved to 8-2 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius.
Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-3 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.

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 27 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 192 free throws, an average of 7.1 per game. He has made 72.9-percent of those shots, a total of 140.
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 301-of-431 (69.8-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 4.6 and Cormier, 4.5.
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 12-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 14-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 13-0 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.

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby
Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.
Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

What’s Next
Loyola returns to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Friday, March 1, for a 7 p.m. game at Iona College that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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Loyola to visit Tennessee State for Bracketbuster

Posted on 05 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Tennessee State To Be Men’s Basketball’s Bracketbuster Foe


BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland will face Tennessee State University on 2013 Bracketbuster weekend, marking the second time the teams have faced each other in the event.


The Greyhounds traveled to Nashville for the Bracketbuster game on February 17, 2007, and Shane James’ jumper with 22 seconds left gave Loyola a 62-60 victory. The teams met again in Loyola’s Reitz Arena on November 16, 2008, and Brett Harvey scored a career-high 34 points to help the Greyhounds to a 73-70 victory.


This year’s contest will be played during the weekend of February 22-24 at Tennessee State’s Gentry Center.


Tennessee State is 13-10 this season, 7-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Tigers, who are also 9-0 at home in 2012-2013, are ranked 97th in today’s version of the RPI published by the NCAA.


Loyola, which improved to 16-8 overall and 8-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after a double-overtime win Saturday at MAAC-leading Niagara University, is 100th in the RPI.


The Greyhounds continue MAAC action on Friday, February 8, when they host Siena College at 9 o’clock in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

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