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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.