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Loyola beats Boston U, claims Patriot League regular season title

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Clinches Patriot League Title With Win Over Terriers

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland clinched the 2014 Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Regular-Season Championship on Saturday with a 15-6 victory over visiting Boston University Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The top-ranked Greyhounds, who are in their first season in the conference, will host the Patriot League Championships as the top seed. The semifinals will take place Friday, April 25, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., with the winners meeting Sunday, April 27, at1 p.m. in the title game. All three contests will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Tickets for the Championships will go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. on LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets.

Graham Savio won 17-of-25 faceoffs, picking up six ground balls, for Loyola (11-1 overall, 7-0 Patriot League), while Kevin Ryan and Nikko Pontrello each scored three goals for the Greyhounds. Pontrello also added two assists, while Brian Schultz had two goals and an assist, and Justin Ward passed out three helpers.

With his third assist of the game, Ward set the program’s single-season Division I record with 39, breaking the mark of Sean Heffernan (38, 1994).

Boston University scored the game’s first goal as Alex Paroda scored his first of the year in transition, but Loyola scored four-straight, capped by a Jeff Chase goal out of a two-man game with Kevin Ryan on the left side, 4:27 before halftime.

Chase’s goal, however, was Loyola’s only of the second quarter, sending the teams to the locker room with the Greyhounds in front, 4-1.

The Terriers (1-10, 1-6) made it a two-goal game 1:04 into the second half when Craig Zebrowski got free down the right side for a goal. It broke a scoreless stretch of 30 minutes, 8 seconds for Boston University.

Loyola, however, opened the game back up with a 4-0 run starting when Pontrello fed a crashing Ryan at 11:22. Brian Sherlock then used a sharp split-dodge to get free of his defender and score 57 seconds later, and Romar Dennis face-dodged on the left side, pulled up and ripped a 12-yard shot to make it 7-2 Greyhounds.

Pontrello had his second assist of the quarter at 8:08 when he fed Brian Schultz for a goal from the left side at 8:08. Boston University scored two in a row to get back within four, 8-4, as Chad Bell and Samm Davis tallied goals at 6:30 and 5:48.

With 1:34 left in the third, however, Ward picked up a ground ball near the crease and used a skip pass in an unsettled situation to find Tyler Albrecht on the weak side for a goal.

The Terriers had a possession early in the fourth quarter, but Pat Laconi stripped Cal Dreath of the ball, picked up the grounder, ran a clear and dumped a pass to a trailing Ryan Fournier for a goal at 13:26, pushing the lead to 10-4.

Dearth, however, was involved in the next two goals for the Terriers, feeding Sam Tenney at 12:15 for a man-up score before tallying one of his own at 7:12.

The Greyhounds, however, scored the game’s final five goals, the first two by Schultz and Pontrello coming in the 27 seconds after Dearth’s tally.

Dennis, Laconi and Matt Sawyer each finished with a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds. Savio’s 17 faceoff wins, the majority of which came off the Terriers’ Sam Taklow who was second in the Patriot League with a .596 success rate entering the game, were a career-high.

Loyola also had a significant advantage in ground balls, picking up 47 to Boston University’s 23, led by Savio’s six. Ward, Laconi, Fournier and Jack Runkel each had five, while Pontrello had four.

Joe Fletcher picked up three ground balls and had three caused turnovers, while Laconi caused two turnovers. Runkel posted 10 saves in goal for Loyola, and Pat McEnerney made one in the final 4:16.

Loyola closed Patriot League regular-season action Thursday, April 17, when it hosts Bucknell University in a 7 p.m. game that will also be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

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#1 Loyola looks to extend win streak Saturday against Boston U

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Boston U. Terriers

Saturday, April 12, 2014  |  1:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland opens a three-game regular-season homestand on Saturday, April 12, when it hosts Boston University at 1 p.m.

The Greyhounds are 4-0 this season, and 22-7, all-time at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Loyola has clinched one of the top two seeds in the April 25-27 Patriot League Championships and thus secured a by to the semifinals. The Greyhounds can clinch the Patriot League regular-season title, and earn the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for the semifinal and championship games, with a win over Boston University or Bucknell University (April 17) or a loss by the U.S. Military Academy to the U.S. Naval Academy (Saturday) or Colgate University (April 18).

The Greyhounds have not allowed an extra-man goal in the last three games, holding opponents scoreless on four man-up possessions during the stretch. Boston University, meanwhile leads the Patriot League with 19 extra-man goals this year.

Joe Fletcher leads all close defenders nationally in ground balls per game with 51 total and 4.6 per game.

 

Last Time Out

Brian Sherlock picked up the ground ball off a Graham Savio faceoff win to start the second overtime period, sent a pass to Justin Ward low in the offensive box, and Ward passed cross-crease to Brian Schultz who scored the game-winner last Saturday in a 7-6 win at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Greyhounds took their first lead of the game at the end of a 3-0 third-quarter run when Ward scored with 2:53 left in the stanza.

The Midshipmen, however, evened the score at 6-6 Gabe Voumard’s second of the game 5:28 into the final period of regulation, and the game ended up in overtime.

Jack Runkel made nine saves for Loyola, the last coming midway through the first overtime on a behind-the-head shot by Tucker Hull from the doorstep.  The Midshipmen had another shot go off the pipe in the opening overtime.

Ward led all players with four points, scoring a goal and assisting on three, while Sherlock posted a team-best two goals.

Joe Fletcher had seven ground balls, and Pat Laconi caused three turnovers and had a transition assist.

Follow The Action

Saturday’s game, and all non-televised Patriot League games, will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. Brent Harris of Comcast SportsNet and NBC Sports Network will call the play-by-play action

Log on to PatriotLeague.tv to watch the home games on your computer, web-enabled televisions and most mobile devices.

 

In The Polls

With Saturday’s win at Navy, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls for the third week in a row.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons, most recently in the first polls of the 2012 season. This stretch is the longest the Greyhounds have been ranked first since spending nine-straight at the top from March 15-May 10, 1999.

 

Series History

Loyola will play Boston University, a first-year program, for the first time when the teams take the field Saturday. The Terriers are also in their first year as a member of the Patriot League. They joined the conference in June 2012, and Loyola accepted its membership less than two months later.

 

Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 64 occasions. After defeating Colgate, 10-8, on March 29, Loyola has won 81.3 percent of those games (52-12).

 

Since 2012

Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 39-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 10-1 this season) for a .848 mark. Loyola’s winning percentage of .909 this season is the best nationally.

Only Duke has won more games (41) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by more than seven percent (41-12, .774).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are at or near the top of two offensive categories through games of Tuesday, April 8, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello is second in Division I with 37 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 36 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 91 combined points (Ward, 48; Pontrello, 43). Albany’s Lyle (65) and Miles (60) have a combined 125.

 

Tops Among Close Defenders

Joe Fletcher leads Loyola in ground balls, total (51) and per game (4.64), this season, but more impressive than that, he paces all close defenders nationally in the categories. Fletcher is 42nd overall in ground balls per game, while the 41 players who are ahead of him are either face-off specialists or long-stick midfielders who play on the wings during restarts.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 30 assists in the last eight contests and 36 overall. He is second in the nation in total assists (36), and he is also third in the country and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.27 assists per game this year. His 36 assists are already third-most in school Division I single-season history, one off Brian Duffy’s No. 2 total of 37 in 1995 and two shy of tying Sean Heffernan’s single-season record from 1994.

With four assists against Duke, Ward set Loyola’s career Division I record (since 1982) in total assists, eclipsing the mark of 83 set from 1989-92 by Jim Blanding. His three at Colgate gave him 100 for his career, making him the second player in program history ever to record 100. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also ninth in school Division I history in total points with 153, one away from tying former teammate Mike Sawyer, who was on the receiving end of many of his assists, for eighth.

Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello was held without a goal for the first time this season on Saturday against Navy, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to start the season that Pontrello had two or more goals. Through games of Tuesday, April 8, Pontrello is second in the nation in total goals with 37.

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown, five versus Lafayette and three against Colgate

Two of his goals have been game-winners in one-goal contests. Pontrello scored 19 seconds into overtime to give Loyola a 12-11 win at Penn State, and he then tallied one with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to push the Greyhounds past Georgetown, 10-9.

Pontrello leads the Greyhounds with 37 goals and is second behind Justin Ward for the team-lead with 43 points through 11 games.

He leads the Patriot League and is second nationally in goals per game (3.70), while he is second and 11th in points per game (4.30).

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .639 mark, saving 108 out of 170 shots on goal he’s faced. In a six-game stretch  against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army, Runkel made 61 saves and allowed just 26 goals (.701).

The senior goalkeeper, who earned 2012 NCAA Championships All-Tournament honors, has a goals against average of 7.07 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .607 through 11 games. He is fourth in the nation in both saves percentage and  goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.75 goals against average and .561 saves percentage; he is fifth in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982) with 400 career saves. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 36-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 42 victories. Amato (as of Monday), however, Amato is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

Runkel picked up his fourth-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honor on March 17, becoming the first player in League history to win any of the weekly honors (Offensive, Defensive, Goalkeeper or Rookie) four-consecutive times. His honor on March 31 made him the first player in League history to earn five in a season.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

Against Holy Cross, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls, eclipsing his previous total of seven set on five different occasions. In a pair of games against Towson and the Crusaders, he had 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers.

He later had seven ground balls and causing a turnover against Duke. He also was primarily responsible for holding the Blue Devils’ All-American attacker Jordan Wolf to one goal.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games. He then marked Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, holding him without a point for the first time in 15 games.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week four times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He is second on the Greyhounds with 44 ground balls and caused turnovers (14). His 59 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

As good of a match-up defender as Fletcher is, he is as good off the ground. He leads all close defenders nationally with 51 ground balls and 4.64 per game.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on March 3 after matching his career-high with two goals at Lehigh.

The senior, who is a team co-captain and Preseason All-American, had a goal an assist versus Army, a goal at Georgetown and an assist versus Navy, bringing his season totals to six goals an two assists. He now has 11 goals and 11 assists in his four-year career.

Laconi posted four ground balls, matching his career-high, and three caused turnovers at Colgate, the final of each coming with less than 25 seconds remaining to help seal the win. He caused another three turnovers a week later at Navy. His team-leading 20 caused turnovers this season have brought his career total to 62, third most in school history.

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola continues to lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 10.27 through 1 contests. The Greyhounds have committed 1.37 fewer turnovers per game than the second-place team in the nation, Marquette.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds is the only team to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (13.09) rank fifth, and its goals allowed (7.27) are fourth.

While it is fourth nationally in scoring defense, Loyola is just third in the Patriot League in the category. Army (1st, 5.70) and Lehigh (2nd, 6.50) both rank ahead of the Greyhounds nationally.

 

Man-Up Success

Loyola has converted on just under half of its man-up possessions this year, scoring 15 goals on 32 opportunities. Its .469 success rate is good for 11th in NCAA Division I through games of Monday, April 7.

Nikko Pontrello leads the way with five man-up goals, while Kevin Ryan has four and Matt Sawyer and Brian Schultz each have two.

Nine of Loyola’s extra-man goals have been assisted by Justin Ward.

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 11 of its games this season, and it has had five stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 18 runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent Run Time Covered   Opponent Run Time Covered
at Holy Cross 14-0 38:58   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18

 

 

Five-Plus For Two

Matt Sawyer scored six goals, and Nikko Pontrello tallied five for the Greyhounds on March 9 against Duke, marking the first time in over a decade that two Loyola players have scored five or more in the same game.

The last pair to do so was Gavin Prout (six) and Tim Goettelmann (five) in a 14-9 win on March 25, 2000, at 14th-ranked Brown University.

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has scored 19 goals, second-most on the team through 11 games. He also had the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the second overtime at Navy.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Two of Loyola’s senior co-captains were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List when it was released in February. Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward were among the 50 players nationally to receive recognition.

They were also two of 20 players nationally to be named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award that seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom and who have used their platforms as student-athletes to make positive impacts in the community.

In addition to the senior duo that is on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, junior attacker Nikko Pontrello was also named to the group on March 20.

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Heneveld leads way in Navy’s win over Boston University

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BOSTON, Mass. — Navy senior midfielder Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) notched his first career hat trick, while sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) also turned in a three-goal performance to lead the Midshipmen (4-5, 3-3 Patriot League) to a 13-7 win over Boston University (1-8, 1-4 PL) on Saturday afternoon in what marked the inaugural meeting between the two programs.

“It really felt good to get the win today,” said Navy head coach Rick Sowell, who is just one win shy of scoring his 100th collegiate victory. “The focus has been there and we’ve been practicing hard, so it was nice to see our players reap the rewards today. The path doesn’t get any easier over the next few weeks for our team, but we are looking forward to the challenge and meeting it head-on.”

The two teams exchanged a pair of goals in the opening quarter and was capped by a decisive goal by junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.), who went high to high past BU keeper Christian Carson-Banister with just eight seconds left.

Navy took its first lead of the day three minutes into the second period when senior attackSam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) caught an errant shot by Hanzsche and found Eric Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) cutting up the middle. The Terriers knotted the game at three apiece when rookie middie Cal Dearth targeted a 15-yard shot from up the middle with 7:31 to go in the period.

The Mids’ defense was relentless over the final five minutes of the opening half, as its aggressiveness led to a pair of transition goals. Following a BU turnover, Navy senior co-captain and long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) ran the length of the field and punched in his 12th career goal and third of the season. Kiernan’s goal sparked a 4-0 run by the Mids that the featured three goals in under two minutes.

Hanzsche looked to have scored a goal with roughly three minutes to play in the half, but it was waived off as he stepped in the crease. The trail official, however, called Boston U. for being offside and Navy retained possession. The Mids made the Terriers pay as senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) found Voumard cutting from the middle for the goal at 2:44.

Navy scored its second transition goal of the day when Alex Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.) checked the ball on the defensive end and the loose ball was picked up by fellow short stick d-middie John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.). Trainor found sophomore defenseman Jules Godino (Summit, N.J.) at the top of the box and Godino found enough space to thread his shot past Carson-Banister. It was Godino’s first collegiate goal and Trainor’s first career assist.

The Mids capped off their 4-0 run, as Hanzsche intercepted a hail Mary pass by Dominick Calisto in the middle of the Mids’ box and gave Navy a comfortable 7-3 advantage at the break.

“It was really nice to be able to find other ways to score today,” said Sowell. “Our defense played a really solid game today and led to Pat Kiernan and Jules Godino scoring some goals. When you can score in transition, it naturally takes the pressure off any offense. Quite honestly to rely on your six-on-six offense to score the bulk of your goals is tough, so I give credit to our guys for finding other ways of scoring. It really opens up the game when you can convert those opportunities.”

The two teams would again exchange a pair of goals in the third period, including a each with under 10 seconds to go. Jones made a spectacular wrap-around dive on the left side of the cage with eight seconds left to put the Mids up by five (9-4), but the Terriers answered by winning the faceoff and Sam Tenney beat the buzzer to trim the Navy lead to four at the end of three quarters.

BU used the momentum of Tenney’s buzzer beater to score the first two goals of the fourth quarter to get within two goals. The Mids would buckle down on both ends of the field over the final 10 minutes of action and outscore the Terriers 4-0 to secure the 13-7 win.

The win not only snapped a three-game losing skid by the Mids, but it marked their first road win in 11 contests dating back to 2012.

While Heneveld and Hanzsche paved the way for the Mids with hat tricks, six other Midshipmen contributed goals.

Defensively, Navy produced a season-high 13 caused turnovers, including a career-best three by Heyward.

Meanwhile, freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) edged out BU’s Sam Talkow in the faceoff war, 12-11. Dove, who is just 23 wins out of 10th on Navy’s career faceoff wins list, came into the game ranked 19th nationally, while Talkow, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, was 14th.

Tenney (3), Death (2) and Ryan Johnston were responsible for all seven of BU’s goals, while Carson-Banister anchored the defense with 12 saves.

The Mids will be back in action next Saturday when they play host to the nation’s No. 1-ranked team Loyola. Faceoff is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

 

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Navy, Boston U square off for first time ever Saturday

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 8 Navy (3-5, 2-3 PL) at Boston U. (1-7, 1-3 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 29 at 1:00 pm ET
Location Boston, Mass. | Nickerson Field (10,412)


Game Preview

• Saturday’s contest features the inaugural meeting between one of the game’s most storied programs and one of its newest additions.  Navy is in the midst of its 107th season of men’s lacrosse, while Boston U. is in its first season competing at the Div. I level.  The Mids (3-5, 2-3 Patriot League) and Terriers (1-7, 1-3 PL) will face off at 1:00 pm at Boston U.’s Nickerson Field.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Midshipmen, who have struggled away from the friendly confines of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season, enter the weekend on a three-game skid, dropping decisions to Towson, Lehigh and Colgate.  After giving up double digits just once in its first five games of the year, Navy has surrendered 10-plus goals in each of its last three contests.
• Boston U. dropped six straight games before earning its lone win of the season, a 12-7 victory over Lafayette two weeks ago.  The Terriers, however, are coming off a 7-3 loss at Bucknell last week.  BU has scored double digits just once in its eight games this season, while allowing 10 or more goals five times.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – Starting attackman Sam Jones needs 2 goals to become 1 of 7 Navy players all-time and 1 of 9 current Div. I players to score 80 career goals and dish out 50 assists.
8 – The Mids have given up just 8 extra-man goals this season and are ranked 12th nationally in man-down defense (73.3)
7 – Just 2 teams have won the faceoff battle against the Mids this season, however Navy has lost 7 straight games when the opponent has had more faceoff wins.
6 – Only 6 of Austin Heneveld’s shots in Patriot League play have not been put on goal this season (20 Sh, 14 SOG).
5 – Sophomore attack T.J. Hanzsche has put up multiple points in 5 of the 8 games this seasons … meanwhile, he has produced at least 1 point in 14 consecutive games.
4 – 4 of Patrick Keena’s 9 points this spring have come on extra-man offense, scoring a goal and added 3 assists.
3 – Senior attack Tucker Hull needs 3 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.
2 – Jones needs just 2 points to become only the seventh player in school history to reach the 30-point milestone in each of his four seasons and the first since Nick Mirabito (2005-08).
1 – Navy senior long pole Pat Kiernan stands No. 1 on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 64 over his four-year career.  He leads Navy this season with 13 takeaways and is ranked 28th nationally with 1.63 caused turnovers per game.

Scouting the Terriers
• Boston U. has eased into Div. I men’s lacrosse under first-year head coach Ryan Polley.  While the Terriers have been rewarded with a win in just one of their eight games this season, they have been on the cusp multiple times.  BU’s lone win was a 12-7 victory on the road against Patriot League foe Lafayette on March 15.  Meanwhile, the Terriers have losses against Mercer (17-6), Canisius (9-3), Lehigh (10-7), Providence (10-7), Vermont (13-9), Colgate (7-5) and Bucknell (7-3).
• While Boston U. ranks among the bottom 17 teams in 10 statistical categories, the Terriers are one of the best in extra-man offense.  BU has scored on 44.0 percent (11-25) of its man-up opportunities with rookie attackman Ryan Johnston and freshman middie James Clarke accounting for a combined 7 of the 11 goals this season.
• Johnston has turned in 11 points on a team-best 9 goals and 2 assists this season, while 3 of Clarke’s 4 goals have been on extra-man
• Freshman attackman Pat Myers, meanwhile is pacing the team with 15 points on 7 goals and a team-best 8 assists, while rookie attackman Adam Schaal has posted 13 points on 7 goals and 6 assists.
• Florida native Sam Talkow has been phenomenal at the faceoff “x” where he is ranked 14th nationally with a 61.4 winning percentage (89-145).  He has taken all but 14 draws (Elliott Burr, 3-14) for the Terriers, as BU as a team stands 17th in the country (57.9).
• Although BU is giving up 10.00 goals per game, the defense is averaging 8.38 caused turnovers per contest which is the 17th-best mark in DI lacrosse.  Leading the way are rookie defensemen Greg Wozniak, a starter in 6 of the 8 contests, and Cam Pincus, who has started 7 of the 8 games.  Wozniak owns a team-best 14 takeaways and 15 ground balls, while Pincus has posted 11 caused turnovers and 11 grounders.
• Freshman keeper Christian Carson-Banister owns a 10.11 goals-against average and a 54.7 save percentage.  He is averaging 11.75 saves per game which stands 10th nationally.

Navy vs. Boston U. – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Boston U. marks the inaugural meeting in the series.

Patriot League Tournament
• With the addition of Loyola and Boston U. this season, the Patriot League Tournament will be expanded to six teams and will feature a quarterfinal round where the top two seeds receive a bye.  The 2014 Patriot League Quarterfinals will be played Tuesday, April 22, with the semifinals on Friday, April 25 and the championship on Sunday, April 27.
• The No. 3 and 6 seeds will face one another in one quarterfinal, while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed.
• Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal and championship rounds, played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round.
• Five teams (Army, Boston U., Colgate, Holy Cross, Loyola) have played four of the eight conference games, while the other five teams (Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette, Navy) have already played five Patriot League contests.
• Loyola is atop the standings and is the lone undefeated team at 4-0, while Holy Cross is the only winless team at 0-4.

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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 visits Boston U Monday night for nationally televised contest

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Boston U. Terriers

Monday, January 20, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Boston, Mass. | Agganis Arena | CBS Sports Network

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its sixth Patriot League game of the season on Monday, January 20, when it travels to Boston University at 7:30 p.m. in Agganis Arena.

The game will be Loyola’s second-straight on CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds have won two-straight after dropping six of their previous seven contests.

Loyola has posted two of its three best shooting performances this season in those victories.

Loyola’s 14-point margin of victory over Lafayette was its biggest of the year, as was its 15-rebound advantage versus the Leopards.

R.J. Williams (2.6) and Dylon Cormier (2.2) are 1-2 in the Patriot League in steals per game.

 

Last Time Out

The Greyhounds trailed Lafayette by two, 37-35, at halftime, and the Leopards went up three in the first two minutes of the second half.

Loyola, however, scored the next eight points and did not trail the rest of the way in a 77-63 victory over Lafayette on Monday, January 13.

Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) and R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) recorded double-doubles in the game. Cormier’s was his fourth of the year, while Williams logged the first of his career.

Eric Laster scored 13 of the Greyhounds’ first 17 points in the game’s first five minutes. He finished with 14, and Jordan Latham added 12.

 

CBS Sports Network

Monday’s game will mark the second in a row that Loyola has appeared on CBS Sports Network.

The game will air live nationally with Jason Knapp calling the play-by-play and Chris Spatola handling color analysis duties.

 

Series History Versus Boston U.

Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the third time in as many years and fourth overall when they take the hardwood on Monday night. It will be the first meeting of the programs in Boston.

The Greyhounds hold a 2-1 advantage in the series as winners of the last two.

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.

 

The Difference

The Greyhounds have won their last two games – January 11 against Lehigh and two days later versus Lafayette – after going 1-6 in their previous seven.

They have produced two of their three best shooting performances of the season in the games, shooting an even 50 percent against the Mountain Hawks and a season-best 54.9 versus the Leopards.

Combined, Loyola has made 54-of-103 (52.4 percent) of its shots in the wins after shooting 39.2 percent (150-of-383) in its previous seven.

Similarly, Loyola’s opponents are shooting seven-percent worse (42.3 in the last two versus 49.3).

 

Rebounding On The Boards

Loyola also outrebounded Lehigh and Lafayette by an average of 8.5 in the two victories. In the seven prior games, Loyola was being outrebounded by 7.1 a contest. The Greyhounds outrebounded a team just once (Navy by 2) during that stretch.

Loyola had its biggest positive rebounding margin of the season last Monday against Lafayette, grabbing 38 to the Leopards’ 23.

The Greyhounds improved to 5-2 this season when outrebounding opponents.

 

Senior Efficiency

Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier, the Greyhounds’ two senior starters, have been at the front of the Greyhounds’ wins against Lehigh and Lafayette.

The pair shot 63.3 percent from the field (31-of-49) in the games, averaging a combined 38 points.

Cormier scored 25 in each of the games, while Latham put together the first back-to-back double-figure scoring games of his career, finishing with a season-high 14 against the Mountain Hawks and 12 versus Lafayette.

They have also been the Greyhounds’ top two rebounds in the wins. Latham had six boards in both games, while Cormier had 11 against Lafayette and eight versus Lehigh.

 

Distributing End

While Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier have put up the scoring and rebounding numbers, it has been the excellent play of point guard R.J. Williams that has made the offense go.

Williams had a career-high 10 assists on Monday night versus the Leopards, logging his first career double-double in the process with 12 points.

In the last two games, Williams has a 3:1 assist:turnover ratio (15:5), and he is also averaging 10 points and five rebounds.

He matched his career-high by going to the free-throw line eight times against Lehigh, and he then quickly broke that with nine attempts versus Lafayette. His 17 free-throw attempts in the two games are also tops on the team.

 

Lower Volume, Higher Efficiency

While Dylon Cormier has scored 25 points in each of the Greyhounds’ last two games, he done so with much more efficiency that in the past several games.

Versus Lafayette, Cormier made 73.3 percent of his shot attempts (11-of-15). That came after a 10-fo-18 performance versus the Mountain Hawks.

In Loyola’s four previous games – Miami, Navy, Army and American – Cormier had made just 33.8 percent of his shots (21-of-62). That included a game in which he made 10 at Army, but with 25 attempts.

In the seven games prior to the current two-game winning streak, Cormier was just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. Against Lehigh and Lafayette, however, he has attempted just one from behind the arc.

 

Double Double-Doubles

Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams both posted double-doubles last Monday against Lafayette, as Cormier went for 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams posted 12 points and a career-best 10 assists.

It was the first time since an 88-85 overtime win against Iona College on January 30, 2011, that two Loyola players completed the feat in the same game. Erik Etherly (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Justin Drummond (14 points, 10 rebounds) managed it on that day.

Williams’ 10 assists were the most by a Greyhounds’ player since Brian Rudolph dished out 10 on February 27, 2011, in the regular-season finale at Canisius College.

 

Seems Simple, But…

Loyola’s wins came in no small part to better shooting percentage, and a big key to that was converting on the shortest of shots. The Greyhounds made 72.7 percent (32-of-44) of layups, dunks and tip-ins against Lehigh and Lafayette after making just 59.6 percent (28-of-47) in their previous two games at Army and American. This led to Loyola scoring 74 points in the paint in the two victories.

 

Cormier To The Glass

Dylon Cormier led, or tied for the team lead, for the ninth time this season with 11 rebounds against Lafayette. Six of the Greyhounds’ eight wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.3 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and fifth overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.4 per game, a mark that is 0.9 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 101 total rebounds this year, with a nearly 5:4 ratio (54-47) coming on the offensive end.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they had five versus Lehigh, six versus Lafayette.

The 49 steals in its last five games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 8.9 per game. Through games of January 15, the Greyhounds are ranked 17th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 16 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is tied for 10th nationally in steals per game (2.7), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.2) and tied for 38th.

Williams posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.

Cormier now has 174 in his career, and he is three away from tying Tracy Bergan for second all-time at Loyola in career thefts. With 101 in his career, Williams is tied for 16th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.6 points per game through 16. Through games of Wednesday, January 15, 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 12 20+ point games in 16 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 10at 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 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.

 

Passing 1,500

In the second half at Army, Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history, and the sixth at the Division I level, to score 1,500 career points. Cormier now has 1,575 career points, and next up on the all-time scoring list is Mike Powell who scored 1,580 from 1995-98.

Cormier is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,500 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.

He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).

Through 16 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 150 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 5). His average of 9.4 free throws per game is also fifth 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 281 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 437-of-621 from the free-throw line. He is third in school history in free throws attempted and fourth in free throws made.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s eight victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 19.0-12.0 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 56.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from behind the arc.

In those 40 minutes, Loyola has committed just 13 turnovers to its opponents’ 25. Seventeen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.

With two blocks against Lafayette moved Latham’s career total to 76. Against the Leopards, he moved past Omari Israel and into a tie with Jawaan Wright for fifth all-time at Loyola in career swats.

 

Back In The Win Column

Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy on January 2 was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University; it was the Greyhounds’ first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.

The Greyhounds did several things statistically differently in the win that they had not in the four losses. Loyola shot 42.9 percent from the field (38.5 in four losses), held Navy to 37.5 percent (38.5), took 32 free throws (23.5), blocked seven shots (2.5) and allowed 57 points (76.2).

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its eight victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.

At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

 

Overcoming Overtime

Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.

Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.

This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.

Loyola’s three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.

 

 

Turnover Battle

Through 16 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.6 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 35th in the nation.

Loyola has committed 192 turnovers to its opponents 234, and the margin is even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have 51 more turnovers (125-74).

 

Telling Stat

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

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.7 percent (176-of-467) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.2 points less (77.4 versus 62.2) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.0-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 9.3 points in Loyola’s first 16 contests, and he is shooting 42.6 percent (26-of-61) 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.

 

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.

 

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.

Dylon Cormier was one of five players on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

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
8th 1,575 points
Next Mike Powell, 1,580
Field Goals Made
13th 522 field goals made
Next Morris Cannon, 526
3-Pointers Made
13th 94 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
4th 437 free throws made
Next Kevin Green, 438

 

 

Assists
21st 199 assists
Next Mike Morrison, 200
Steals
3rd 174 steals
Next Tracy Bergan, 177

 

 

 

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 make a quick turnaround during a strange road trip. The Greyhounds fly back to Baltimore on Tuesday morning before heading to Lewisburg, Pa., for aWednesday, January 21, game at Bucknell University.

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Loyola hosts Boston U in CIT Tuesday night

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Boston University Terriers | CIT First Round
Date Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV | Radio CollegeInsider.com | Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Series tied, 1-1
Last Meeting Loyola 69, Boston U. 56 – February 19, 2012 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will begin play in the postseason for the second year in a row on Tuesday, March 19, when it hosts Boston University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) First Round.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

 

Postseason Firsts

The game will mark the first time in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have played in the postseason in consecutive seasons after making the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

It will also be the first Division I men’s basketball postseason game to be hosted on the Evergreen Campus.

Loyola’s berth in the CIT is also its first in the five-year history of the event.

 

Watch Or Listen

CollegeInsider.com will carry Loyola’s broadcast of the game live and free of charge on its website.

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties.

 

CIT Information

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament made its debut in 2009 as a 16-team tournament that included schools from mid-major conferences. In 2011, the tournament expanded to 24 teams, and it grew again this year to 32.

Teams in this year’s event will play in an unbracketed first round, and the tournament will be seeded and bracketed following those 16 games. Second Round play begins March 22 at campus sites.

 

Series History

Loyola and Boston University will meet for the third time when the teams take the floor Tuesday. The series is tied, 1-1, after Loyola picked up a 69-56 victory on February 19, 2012, on its home floor in Bracketbuster play.

The teams will become regular foes beginning in 2013-2014 when Loyola and Boston University become the ninth and 10th members of the Patriot League.

In the 2012 meeting, the Greyhounds shot 71.4-percent from the floor in the second half, and Robert Olson scored 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, all on 3-pointers, and Loyola pulled away after leading 29-28 at halftime. Dylon Cormier added 14 points, and Erik Etherly had a game-best six rebounds.

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

Jason Rowe led the Greyhounds with 16 points and seven assists in the game, and Erik Cooper scored a career-high 15. Tunji Awojobi finished with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Terriers.

 

Last Time Out

Dylon Cormier converted a 3-point play with 2:42 left in regulation to pull Loyola within a point, 53-52, but his points were the Greyhounds’ last of the game, and Manhattan came away with a 55-52 win in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quarterfinals on March 9 in Springfield, Mass., at the MassMutual Center.

Loyola trailed by four at halftime, as many as 13 in the first half and 14 in the second, before Cormier drew the Greyhounds the closest they had been since the game’s opening minutes.

Cormier finished with a game-high 14 points, and Anthony Winbush added 12 points. Cormier also had a team-best seven rebounds, while Winbush pulled down six. Rhamel Brown led the Jaspers, who advanced to the MAAC title game, with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

Postseason History

This year’s bid to the CIT marks the first time in Loyola men’s basketball’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have gone to the postseason (defined as competition following the designated conference tournament) in back-to-back years.

It is just the third time overall in school history that the program has achieved consecutive postseason appearances.

The Emil ‘Lefty’ Reitz-coached teams in 1946-1947, 1947-1948 and 1948-1949 advanced to the NAIA Division I Championships, and the final squad during that period also went 3-1 in the 1949 National Catholic Intercollegiate Tournament.

Two years later, Reitz’s teams had a two-year stretch of postseason competition, playing in the National Catholic Championship following the 1951-1952 season before going 1-1 in the NAIA Division I Championships at the end of 1952-1953.

At the Division I level, Loyola has played in the 1994 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments.

All told, the Greyhounds are 5-8 in postseason play entering the game against the Terriers.

 

All-MAAC Honors

Last week, Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men’s basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.

Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.

He also blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 22 occasions, 20 or more 10 times.

Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the CIT first round with a 16.5 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 28 of the 31 games he’s played this season and led the team in scoring 14 times.

In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (77) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).

 

Etherly’s Career-High

Erik Etherly closed the 2012-2013 regular-season with a career-high 30 points on Sunday against Manhattan, becoming the first Loyola player since Jamal Barney on February 16, 2009, to finish with 30 or more points.

Etherly made a career-best 11 field goals on 18 attempts and could have even more points except for going 8-of-15 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student started the game by missing his first two shots, and three of his first four, but he misfired on just four more shots in the final 35 minutes of action.  He scored 19 in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting.

 

Etherly Over The Last Seven Of The Regular Season

Erik Etherly’s 30-point effort in the regular-season against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last seven outings and three-straight  with 23 or more.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..

During that seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola has increased its point production off opponents’ turnovers over the past 11 games, tallying 232 over that time period, an average of 21.1 per game.

In the first 22 games of the year, the Greyhounds scored just 304 points or 13.8 per game.

During the last 11 games, Loyola’s opponents have committed an average of 14.8 turnovers per game, 163 total. In the first 22 games of the season, opponents turned the ball over 276 times, an average of 12.5 per game.

Loyola’s steals have also risen from 6.6 to 8.7 per game between the first 21 and the last 11 games.

The Greyhounds, however, scored only seven points off turnovers in its MAAC Quarterfinal loss to Manhattan, the fewest they scored in that respect since December 1 in a loss to Florida Gulf Coast.

 

Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points on March 1 at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.

 

Winbush On Target In Career-High

Anthony Winbush’s 20 points at Iona marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.

Prior to that game, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.

His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.

Winbush has now scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Greyhounds are 6-1 in those games.

 

Olson’s Last Eleven

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 11 games, averaging 15.5 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in nine of the 11 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 7-4, Olson has shot 41.6-percent from the field and 39.5-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in four of the 11 games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.8 entering the CIT First Round.

 

Season-High In Assists

Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists against Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing its previous best of 19 on January 17, 2013, at home in a win over Marist. The 23 assists are tied for seventh-most in school single-game history.

R.J. Williams led the way, tying his career-high with seven assists, and Dylon Cormier also tied his career-best with six. Erik Etherly passed out five, Anthony Winbush had three, and Robert Olson distributed two.

Since Williams’ return to the court on January 17 against Marist, Loyola is averaging 13.8 assists per game. In just 14 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 54 assists, and his 3.8 per game top the Greyhounds.

 

20-Win Season

The February 23 victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

 

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

NATO was formed.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

 

Another 20-Point Game For Cormier

Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort at Tennessee State, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line against the Tigers. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 16.6 points per game. Cormier has scored 15 or more 20 times this season.

Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on February 18 after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena the weekend prior. He led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena, and he also tied his season-high with five steals.

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 16.5 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.3). He currently is second in the MAAC in steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).

 

Moving Up Career Charts

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He also moved into 20th all-time at Loyola and enters the MAAC Championships with 1,219 career points.

The MAAC Quarterfinal was the 124th game played of Olson’s career, moving him into a tie with Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (204) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 22nd in field-goals made (415), third in 3-pointers attempted (537), 16th in assists (228) and seventh in steals (117).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Hit On 70

Despite its loss at Iona on March 1, the Greyhounds are 8-3 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 and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-4 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 31 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 215 free throws, an average of 6.9 per game. He has made 73.5-percent of those shots, a total of 158.

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 319-of-454 (70.2-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 both averaging 4.5 per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 12 times.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 13-1 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.

 

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. 142 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.

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Boston U to be Loyola’s opponent Tuesday in CIT

Posted on 14 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola To Host Boston University In CIT First Round

 

BALTIMORE – When Loyola University Maryland hosts the first-ever NCAA Division I postseason men’s basketball game on the Evergreen campus Tuesday night, the Greyhounds will take on an opponent that will soon become a frequent visitor to Reitz Arena.

Loyola will host Boston University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament First Round on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. The Greyhounds and Terriers are both joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014 and will face each other twice during the regular-season in coming years.

Tickets for the game, which marks the first time in program Division I history that Loyola has reached the postseason in consecutive years, are available online at LoyolaGreyhounds.com, by calling 410-617-1420 or by visiting the Loyola Box Office weekdays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Greyhounds are in the midst of their second-straight 20-win season with a 21-11 mark through 32 games. It marks the first time in the program’s Division I history (since 1981-1982) that Loyola has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. Overall, it is the first time since the late 1940s that the team has accomplished the feat. Loyola won 20 or more in three straight seasons, culminating with a school-record 25 victories in 1948-1949.

Boston University enters the CIT with a 17-12 record after going 11-5 during the America East Conference regular-season. The teams played last year in Bracketbuster competition with Loyola coming out on top, 69-56, in Retiz Arena.

This will be the Greyhounds’ first year of participation in the CIT, a tournament that was founded in 2009 and has a 32-team field. Last year, Loyola made its first postseason appearance since 1994 by playing in the NCAA Second Round against The Ohio State University.

Two fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams advanced as far as the semifinals of the event in the last two seasons with Fairfield University falling in the round of four last year and Iona College making it to the title game in 2011.

The CIT is a 32-team tournament that is comprised of teams from 23 Division I mid-major conferences. All games are played at campus sites, and the entire field will be bracketed and seeded after the first round is complete. Second round games will be played March 22-24 with the quarterfinals commencing March 26. Semifinal action takes place March 29-30, and the title game will be played April 2.

 

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UMBC faces Boston U Saturday for final time as conference foes

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team will welcome Boston University to the RAC Arena for the final time with the Terriers as members of the America East Conference on Sat., Feb. 23. Tip-off time between the Retrievers and Terriers is 7:00 p.m.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-9, 6-20) suffered through its poorest contest of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday, when they fell, 83-39 at America East leader Stony Brook. SR G Ryan Cook (team-leading 14.7 ppg) was the lone Retriever in double figures with 15 points. UMBC led, 23-14 at the nine-minute mark of the first half, but managed only five field goals in the final 30 minutes of action.

TERRIER UPDATE:  Boston University is surging and bring a five-game winning streak into this evening’s game. The Terriers just knocked off Albany, 79-69, at home on Wednesday, hitting nearly 52 percent from the floor and committing only four turnovers vs. the Great Danes. JR G D.J. Irving leads the team with 14.4 points per game and JR F Dom Morris is contributing 11.8 ppg and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC completes the regular season next week, facing Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. on Feb.  28 and play the finale vs. Binghamton at home on Sun., March 3 at 2:00 p.m.

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UMBC visits Boston U. Saturday afternoon

Posted on 25 January 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC makes its final trip to Boston, Mass. to take on the Terriers in an America East Conference contest on Sat., Jan. 26. Tip-off time at the Case Gymnasium is set for 1:00 p.m. with Paul Mittermeier on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-4 AE, 4-15) rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit, but could not complete the comeback and fell, 67-60, to Stony Brook at the RAC Arena on Jan. 23. The setback was UMBC’s first at home in conference play (2-1) this season.  Four Retrievers scored in double figures, but UMBC could not overcome a 1-of-14 start to the game from the floor. SR G Ryan Cook (15.7) has scored in double figures in 17 of 19 games this season. JR G Quentin Jones has started the last four games and has 18 assists/9 turnovers in AEC action. 

TERRIER UPDATE:  The Terriers (4-3, 10-10 ) earned their fifth win in six games, an improbable 85-80 overtime win at Albany on Jan. 23. Boston U. trailed by six with 10 seconds left but a pair of threes by JR G D.J. Irving, the second off a steal with 2.5 seconds left, forced overtime. Boston U. then made all six of their shots in the extra session and poured in 22 points in five minutes for the win. FR G Maurice Watson had 21 points and seven assists for the winners. Irving leads a balanced attack with 14.6 ppg while Watston (10.7 ppg) leads the conference with 4.8 apg.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers complete the first half of the conference schedule with a game at Binghamton on Wed., Jan. 30.

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