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

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks

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

Baltimore, Md.  |  Reitz Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

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

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

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

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

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

 

Last Time Out

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

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

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

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

 

Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Catholic will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The game, and all of Loyola’s non-televised home games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/pln.

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

 

Series History Versus Saint Joseph’s

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sticky Fingers

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

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

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

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

 

Turnovers Trending Lower

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

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

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

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

 

Telling Stat

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

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

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

 

Getting To The Line

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

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

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

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

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

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

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

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

 

1,400 For Cormier

In the second half at Mount St. Mary’s, Dylon Cormier became the 12th player in school history to score 1,400 or more points in a career. Entering Saturday’s  game against Saint Joseph’s with 1,427, Cormier is four points away from tying Bob Connor (1967-72) for 11th place in school history.

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

 

Rassman Producing More

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

After tallying a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting against the Cardinals, Rassman finished with 12 points – 10 in the first half – at Mount St. Mary’s.

In Loyola’s first six games of the season, Rassman was making just 31.8 percent of shots (7-of-22), but he has hit 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the last three contests.

 

Doing The Little Things

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

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

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

 

Williams To The Basket

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

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

 

Outside Shooting Off The Bench

Tyler Hubbard’s role as an outside shooter off the bench has continued this year, with good success. The sophomore is hitting 42.9 percent (12-of-28) shots from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 16.6 minutes per game.

He is also getting to the free-throw line at a good clip with the ability to draw contract when driving into traffic. He has taken the fourth most free throws on the team this season, making 13-of-17.

After averaging 2.8 points in 9.7 minutes per game last season, Hubbard has raised his scoring to 6.1 this year. He has played 24 minutes, season highs, in each of the last two Greyhound games.

 

Slowing Leading Scorers

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season. In his next game, December 2 against No. 15 Florida, Napier hit the game-winner as time expired to finish with 26 points.

Loyola also did a solid job defensively on West Virginia’s leading scorers, guard duo Eron Harris and Juwan Staten. Harris finished with 14 after entering with a 21.1 points per game average; Staten scored four, despite averaging 18.1 prior to the contest. Combined the duo shot 6-of-23 from the field.

 

Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 8.8 points in Loyola’s first nine contests, and he is shooting 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

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

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

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
12th 1,427 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 470 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 91 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
6th 396 free throws made
Next Maurice Hicks, 412
Assists
21st 181 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
5th 157 steals
Next Kevin Green, 159

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will play its final regular-season non-conference game of the year on Monday, December 30, at the University of Miami.

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Loyola visits UMBC for crosstown showdown Wednesday

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at UMBC Retrievers

Wednesday, November 20, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.  |  MASN

Catonsville, Md.  |  RAC Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds make the cross-town trek to Catonsville for a 7:30 p.m. game at UMBC on Wednesday, November 20.

Wednesday’s game will be the second-straight for Loyola that will be aired on MASN.

Loyola’s three wins in as many games marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the year with a 3-0 record.

Dylon Cormier has led Loyola in scoring in each of its games this season, finishing with 20 or more points in all three contests.

With his next two points, Cormier will become the 16th play in Loyola history to score 1,300 or more in a career.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola jumped out to a 13-3 lead and eventually led by 12 in the first half, but Fairfield held the Greyhounds without a field goal for more than 11 minutes of the second half, and the Stags took a 1-point lead on three occasions.

The Greyhounds, however, did not allow their deficit to grow to more than a single digit, and Dylon Cormier put Loyola in front with a layup at 6:48.

Cormier, finished with 20 points, while R.J. Williams added eight, and Jarred Jones and Tyler Hubbard each scored seven off the Loyola bench.

Fairfield controlled a 48-23 advantage on the boards, but Loyola had just seven turnovers to the Stags’ 20.

 

Turn On The Television

Wednesday game is the second of four-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. MASN will air the broadcast in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, and Troy Green will handle color analysis duties. Knapp’s voice will become familiar to Loyola fans, as he will call Patriot League contests on CBS Sports Network later this season.

 

No Rebounds, No Problem?

It’s not what a coach wants, but Loyola won Saturday night’s game against Fairfield with just 23 rebounds. Last year’s single-game low in the rebounding column came in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Championship Game when Loyola had 24 in a win, and the last time it posted 23 or fewer was in December 2011 during a loss at St. Bonaventure.

The last time Loyola won a game with 23 rebounds or fewer was on February 7, 2011, when the Greyhounds won at Siena, 76-69. In that game, however, five Loyola players scored in double figures, and the Greyhounds shot 52 percent from the field.

 

Cormier Keeps Scoring

Dylon Cormier posted his third-straight game with 20 or more points to open the 2012-2013 season, finishing with an even 20 against Fairfield. He was 6-of-12 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line in the game. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

Cormier had scored 20 in back-to-back games four times previously in his career, two in each of the last two seasons. Prior to Erik Etherly scoring 26, 23 and 30 in Loyola’s last three regular-season games of 2012-2013, the last Loyola player to accomplish the feat was Jamal Barney who scored 21, 40, 21 and 22 in four consecutive games from January 11-18, 2009.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field on Saturday against Fairfield, but the Greyhounds squeezed out the win, 59-52, thanks to a 24-of-34 night from the free-throw line.

The game was reminiscent in many ways of the another recent game against Fairfield. The last time Loyola won a game when shooting 34.1 percent or lower was when it went 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent) to beat Stags, 48-44, on March 5, 2012, in the MAAC Championship Game. The win advanced Loyola to its first NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons.

 

Little Bit Of Everything

Loyola point guard R.J. Williams had his most productive game of the young 2013-2014 season against Fairfield, leading Loyola with four assists and three steals in 32 minutes of action. He took just two shots, but he went 6-of-6 from the free throw line to finish with eight points.

Williams has maintained a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio this year with 12 assists in the first three games.

 

Making It A Tradition

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the four-plus minutes of Saturday’s games, but then a Loyola-Fairfield broke out.

The 59-52 final score was indicative of recent games played between the former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents. No team has scored more than 70 points in a game between the two since Fairfield edged the Greyhounds, 73-69, on January 28, 2010, a span of nine meetings.

In fact, it has been since a March 3, 2007, contest that both teams scored 70 or more (Loyola won, 76-72), a span of 16 games.

 

Series History Versus UMBC

Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 47th time in series history on Wednesday. Winners of the last six meetings, Loyola holds a 28-18 advantage in the all-time series.

Loyola won the first game of the series in 1971, a 78-48 decision that was during the Greyhounds’ run to the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship. Loyola won the first 10 meetings between the teams before the Retrievers’ first victory in February 1977.

The Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 86-70, on November 14, 2012, in Reitz Arena. Erik Etherly scored a game-high 22 points, while Tyler Hubbard and Dylon Cormier both scored 17.

Hubbard hit 6-of-7 shots, 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc, to set his career-high in points. Fourteen of his points game in the first half, as Loyola led 45-30 at the break. Franz Rassman came off the bench in the game to score eight points and lead Loyola with nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Loyola went on the road to UMBC in 2011 and came away with a 73-63 victory, the 100th of Head Coach Jimmy Patsos’ career.

 

Quick Start

Loyola’s 3-0 record through the first week of the year marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the season with a pair of wins.

It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds started 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.

G. G. Smith is the first Loyola head coach to start his tenure on the Greyhounds’ bench with three-straight wins since Walter Comerford did so in 1928-1929 when Loyola opened 6-0.

 

Bench Contributions

Loyola’s bench players averaged 31 points in the first two games, led by the 17.5 points per game average of Jarred Jones in those contests. The Greyhounds non-starters scored 32 in the opener against Binghamton and then had 30 versus Cornell.

While the Greyhounds’ reserves scored only 20 points against Fairfield, Loyola did receive seven each from Jones and Tyler Hubbard. Jones played just nine minutes due to foul trouble, but he was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the game.

The players coming off the bench have done their scoring in an efficient manner, shooting .491 from the field, and they are playing just 34 percent of the available minutes in the games.

 

Cormier Earns League Acclaim

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.

Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

 

Down The Stretch

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 38 points, more than half of the Greyhounds’ 73 during that time period.

In the final 10 minutes of each game, Loyola has outscored opponents, 73-54, more than the 16-point combined differential in the three wins.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

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

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

 

Latham Big In OT

Jordan Latham played all five minutes of the Greyhounds’ overtime period at Cornell, and the senior forward came up with four big points, all off offensive rebounds.

After Cornell scored the first points of the extra period, Latham pulled down a rebound off a Jarred Jones miss and laid it in to tie the score at 81-81, and then with the Greyhounds trailing again by a pair, he tipped in a rebound from five feet out to knot the score at 85-85 with 2:07 to play. Loyola would take the lead for good 23 seconds later.

Latham finished the game with 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds. He also blocked two shots, giving him 59 for his Loyola career to move into a tie with Anthony Smith (1995-1997) for ninth all-time at the school.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the two games.

Loyola’s 79 and 93 point outputs in just two contests would both rank in the top five of single-game scoring totals from the 2012-2013 season when the team averaged 66.9 points per game.

Conversely, it has led the Greyhounds to allowing more points, 74 and 89, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Quality Minutes From Gorski

True freshman Nick Gorski picked some nice spots to contribute in the opening games, particularly in his 13 minutes off the bench at Cornell. The Richmond, Va., product scored seven points and had four rebounds against the Big Red.

In the second half, Gorski knocked down a three from the top of the perimeter at 11:59, pushing Loyola back in front for the first time since the first 30 seconds of the half. He then used a strong post move and scored in the paint almost two minutes later to tie the score at 66-66.

 

Laster In Double Figures

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster saw his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first two games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

In two games, Laster has shot 5-of-11 from the field an 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Last season, he was just 10-of-31 (.323) overall and 1-of-7 (.143) from behind the arc.

 

Dog Debuts

Three players made their Greyhound debuts at Binghamton with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.

Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate game.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Five players earned their Loyola degrees and left the program after exhausting their eligibility last season: forwards Erik Etherly and Julius Brooks, swingman Anthony Winbush and guards Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch.

Etherly returned from an early-season shoulder injury to average 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while earning All-MAAC First Team and NABC All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row. He finished with 1,245 points and 669 rebounds in three seasons at Loyola.

Olson was the team’s third-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game, and he also averaged 4.2 rebounds as a guard. A 2012 All-MAAC Third Team member, Olson graduated with 1,264 career points and the second-most 3-pointers made in a career (211).

Winbush was the quintessential multi-role player for the Greyhounds; he saw action at every position but center last season offensively, and he frequently defended the opponents’ best player, regardless of position. He led the team in overall rebounds (197), was second in overall assists (76) and averaged 7.0 points per game.

Brooks provided toughness, rebounding and inside scoring for the Greyhounds, playing in 34 games and starting 10. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and nearly a blocked shot a game as a senior.

Wandrusch was a four-year walk-on to the program who was a solid addition to the Greyhounds’ scout team.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Turn The TV On

In a continuing agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), five Loyola men’s basketball games will be broadcast by the regional sports network this season. Additionally, those games will be carried by various other RSNs nationwide.

The Greyhounds’ November 16 home-opener against Fairfield University was broadcast, as was the November 20 game at UMBC and the December 7 affair at Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will also broadcast the Greyhounds’ February 15 game against Boston University. MASN will also pick up the ROOT Sports Pittsburgh feed of Loyola’s game at West Virginia University onDecember 2.

Two Loyola games will air nationally on CBS Sports Network as part of the Patriot League’s television package. The Greyhounds will be featured on back-to-back Monday nights in January, starting with a January 13 game in Reitz Arena against Lafayette, followed by the January 20 contest at Boston University.

Another pair of games will also be televised, with SNY originating the November 26 game at the University of Connecticut and ESPN3 carrying the December 30 contest at the University of Miami.

 

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
16th 1,298 points
Next Morris Cannon 1,310
Field Goals Made
20th 427 field goals made
Next Robert Olson, 429
3-Pointers Made
16th 86 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92
Free Throws Made
9th 361 free throws made
Next Gerald Brown, 365
Assists
23rd 174 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 146 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

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 stay on the road for its next two games, the first of which will come in Hartford, Conn., on Tuesday, November 26, at 7 o’clock, where the Greyhounds will face the University of Connecticut.

After that game, Loyola will break for Thanksgiving before taking on West Virginia University on Monday, December 2, at 7 o’clock in Morgantown.

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Loyola opens hoops season Friday night at Binghamton

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Binghamton Bearcats

Friday, November 8, 2013  |  8:00 p.m.

Vestal, N.Y.  |  Events Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will open its 103rd season of intercollegiate basketball when it takes the floor against Binghamton University.

Last year, the teams played each other in their season-opener, as well, with Loyola prevailing, 71-45, on November 9, in Reitz Arena.

Friday’s game is the second of a two-game series between the teams.

The game will mark the official start to the head coaching career of G.G. Smith who became the 20th head coach in program history on April 12, 2013. Smith spent the last six years as an assistant to Jimmy Patsos at Loyola.

The Greyhounds return eight players from a team that went 23-12 last year.
Last Time Out

The Greyhounds wrapped-up the 2012-2013 season on March 26, 2013, in Greenville, N.C., at East Carolina University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals. The Pirates outlasted the Greyhounds, 70-58, and went on to win the CIT title.

Robert Olson hit a jumper with 12:26 left in the game to put Loyola in front, 45-44, but it would be the Greyhounds’ last point for 5:47, and East Carolina would turn a one-point deficit into a eight-point lead.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 12 points in the game, while seniors Olson and Anthony Winbush closed their careers with 11 and 10, respectively.
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.

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

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

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

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

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

Cormier led the team with 16.4 points and 1.8 steals per game, while Etherly averaged 15.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game.

Ethelry was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District I Second Team for the second year in a row, the first time a Loyola player has been selected to the group on more than one occasion.

 

Back In The Fold

Eight players return to the Greyhounds’ program this year from last year’s team that went 23-12: senior guard Dylon Cormier, senior forwards Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke, junior guard R.J. Williams, sophomore forward Franz Rassman and sophomore guards Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones and Eric Laster.

Cormier was the team’s top scorer a year ago, posting 558 points in 34 games for an average of 16.4 per contest. He was also the top rebounding guard in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, pulling down an average of 4.6 per game, a total of 155.

WIlliams returns for his third season as the Greyhounds’ starter at point guard. Last year he posted a 2:1 assist:turnovber ratio, averaging 4.0 assists in 17 games played. He averaged 31.7 minutes per game and shot 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Latham started 16 games a season ago and shot 48.6 percent from the field. He scored a season-high 17 points at eventual Sweet 16 team Florida Gulf Coast University and was also the team’s top shot-blocker, averaging 1.16 per game.

Jones, Laster and Rassman all earned valuable experience during their first seasons at Loyola, and Hubbard was a stretch-the-defense shooter in his first season on the court after redshirting in 2011-2012. Jones started nine games and averaged 11.0 minutes per game. He shot 56.6 percent from the field, had 17 blocks and the same number of steals. Rassman made six starts during his first campaign; he had eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks in his third collegiate game (UMBC) and then scored 13 in his first start (vs. Saint Peter’s). Hubbard had three double-figure scoring games, knocking down 17 on 4-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 overall against UMBC.

 

New Dogs

Seven players will make their Loyola debuts this season with the roster featuring two juniors who transferred from other schools, three redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen.

Denzel Brito will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending 2010-2012 at a different Jesuit school with a similar name: Loyola University Chicago. As a sophomore in 2011-2012, Brito started 21 games for the Ramblers and led the team in assists with 3.5 per game, while averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. In their last four games, he averaged 11.0 points.

Stefano Mancini joined the team before the fall semester. The former Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Maine spent the 2011-2012 season at the University of Maine.

Forward Josh Forney and guards Damion Rashford and Sean Tuohy Jr. all redshirted last season for the Greyhounds and will see their first collegiate action this season.

True freshmen Nick Gorski and Jevon Patton were the first signees by the new coaching staff at Loyola and joined the program this fall. Both Gorski and Patton led their respective high school programs to state titles in 2012-2013, Gorski at Benedictine Prep in Richmond, Va., and Patton at Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C.

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Five players earned their Loyola degrees and left the program after exhausting their eligibility last season: forwards Erik Etherly and Julius Brooks, swingman Anthony Winbush and guards Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch.

Etherly returned from an early-season shoulder injury to average 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while earning All-MAAC First Team and NABC All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row. He finished with 1,245 points and 669 rebounds in three seasons at Loyola.

Olson was the team’s third-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game, and he also averaged 4.2 rebounds as a guard. A 2012 All-MAAC Third Team member, Olson graduated with 1,264 career points and the second-most 3-pointers made in a career (211).

Winbush was the quintessential multi-role player for the Greyhounds; he saw action at every position but center last season offensively, and he frequently defended the opponents’ best player, regardless of position. He led the team in overall rebounds (197), was second in overall assists (76) and averaged 7.0 points per game.

Brooks provided toughness, rebounding and inside scoring for the Greyhounds, playing in 34 games and starting 10. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and nearly a blocked shot a game as a senior.

Wandrusch was a four-year walk-on to the program who was a solid addition to the Greyhounds’ scout team.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

Many things associated with the Loyola men’s basketball program have changed, such as first-year head coach G.G. Smith moving up after spending six years as an assistant on the Greyhounds’ bench.

Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Series History Versus Binghamton

Loyola and Binghamton will play for the second time in series history on Friday night, the first coming when the teams squared off last year in the season-opener in Baltimore.

The Greyhounds won that decision, 71-45.

Binghamton scored the game’s first two points, but Loyola held the Bearcats scoreless for 10-minutes, 30-seconds as part of a 19-0 run that helped the Greyhounds build a 17-point advantage. They would hold that same margin at the half, 39-22. Binghamton cut it to 14, 41-27, with 17:25 to play, but an Erik Etherly dunk spurred a 22-5 run that covered nearly nine minutes and put Loyola ahead, 61-32, with 8:58 left in the game.

Dylon Cormier led all scorers with 21 points, one of four Loyola players to reach double figures. Erik Etherly, Tyler Hubbard and Robert Olson all scored 11. Julius Brooks finished with eight points and a game-best seven rebounds.

 

Exhibition Recap

Loyola hosted NCAA Division II Shippensburg University on Halloween Night and defeated the Raiders, 92-59.

The Greyhounds led by eight at halftime, but they extended that advantage to 20 just over six minutes into the second half and went up by as many as 39.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Laster added 13. R.J. Williams scored nine points and had four steals, while Jordan Latham blocked four shots and scored six points.

 

Turn The TV On

In a continuing agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), five Loyola men’s basketball games will be broadcast by the regional sports network this season. Additionally, those games will be carried by various other RSNs nationwide.

The Greyhounds’ November 16 home-opener against former MAAC foe Fairfield University will be broadcast, as will the November 20 game at UMBC and the December 7 affair at Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will also broadcast the Greyhounds’ February 15 game against Boston University. MASN will also pick up the ROOT Sports Pittsburgh feed of Loyola’s game at West Virginia University on December 2.

Two Loyola games will air nationally on CBS Sports Network as part of the Patriot League’s television package. The Greyhounds will be featured on back-to-back Monday nights in January, starting with a January 13 game in Reitz Arena against Lafayette, followed by the January 20 contest at Boston University.

Another pair of games will also be televised, with SNY originating the November 26 game at the University of Connecticut and ESPN3 carrying the December 30 contest at the University of Miami.

 

Introducing The Patriot League Network

The remainder of Loyola’s home games, and all non-televised conference road games will be streamed live on the new Patriot League Network.

Launched in August 2013, the network features live and on-demand content from all 10 Patriot League schools on a free, HD platform.

No log-in or subscription is needed, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at www.patriotleague.tv.

 

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
22nd 1,213 points
Next Marquis Sullivan, 1,242
Field Goals Made
25th 402 field goals made
Next Jack Vogt, 410
3-Pointers Made
17th 76 3-Pt. Made
Next Anthony Walker, 81
Free Throws Made
10th-Tie 333 free throws made
Next Erik Etherly, 340
Assists
23rd 172 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
7th 139 steals
Next Tom Gormley, 140

 

Latham On Blocks List

Jordan Latham enters the 2013-2014 season with 56 blocked shots in his two seasons at Loyola. He is 11th all-time in that statistical category, two shy of tying Mike Wagner (1987-91) for 10th and three away from Anthony Smith (1995-97) in ninth.

Latham blocked a team-high 37 shots last year.

 

Etherly Signs Pro Contract

Erik Etherly, a 2013 graduate of Loyola, signed a professional contract to play in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Kazrin/Galil Elyon.

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team forward, Etherly will play in the top basketball league in Israel. Last year, the team won the Balkan International Basketball League, and it captured its first Israeli Championship in 2009-2010.

Through three games (as of Nov. 5), Etherly is the team’s leading scorer (22.7 points per game) for the 2-1 side. He tallied 32 points and nine rebounds in a win over Hapoel Migdal Haemek.

 

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.

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

In recent years, Loyola men’s basketball has put a strong emphasis on local recruiting, and it shows 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.

Four more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5 miles; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6; Franz Rassman, Gonzaga College H.S., 37.2.

 

Up Next

Loyola will continue its road trip to open the season an hour up New York Route 79. The Greyhounds will face Cornell University at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11.

The Greyhounds open the home portion of their 2013-2014 schedule on Saturday, November 16, with an 8 o’clock game against a familiar foe. Loyola hosts former MAAC opponent and fellow Jesuit school Fairfield in a game that will be televised on MASN.

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Loyola welcomes Siena to Reitz Arena Friday night

Posted on 07 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Siena Saints
Date Friday, February 8, 2013
Time 9:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV  ESPNU
Series Record Siena leads, 36-19
Last Meeting Loyola 70, Siena 60 – March 4, 2012 in Springfield, Mass.

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena for a Friday night contest against Siena College in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on February 8, 2013, at 9 o’clock.

 

On The Tube

The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Doug Sherman calling the play-by-play and Tim McCormick handling color analysis.

It can also been viewed live on the Watch ESPN app.

 

Over The Airwaves

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.

 

Series History

Friday’s game will be the 56th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-19 advantage in the all-time series.

Loyola swept the home-and-home this season with the Saints, winning, 66-59, on December 3, 2011, at the Times-Union Center in Albany, N.Y., and 66-55 on January 19 in Baltimore. The Greyhounds then took a 70-60 decision on March 4 in the MAAC Semifinals in Springfield, Mass.

In the MAAC Tournament game, Erik Etherly scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, helping Loyola pull away from the Saints and advance to the MAAC Championship Game the following day.

Robert Olson hit two threes in a 2-minute, 30-second stretch of the second half that saw the Greyhounds make four shots from behind the arc, and his second triple made it 44-33 Loyola with more than 14 minutes remaining.

The Greyhounds shot 53.8-percent from the field in the second half and 5-of-8 from 3-point range during the period.

In three games last season against Siena, Etherly and Dylon Cormier both averaged 14.7 points per game, while Robert Olson averaged 12.7. R.J. Williams had 14 assists against just five turnovers in the three games.

 

Last Time Out

Julius Brooks laid in the game-winning basket with time expiring in the second overtime period, and Loyola beat MAAC-leading Niagara, 89-87, on Saturday afternoon in Western New York.

Brooks, who finished with a career-high 14 points, caught an Erik Etherly pass who had received a three-quarter court inbound pass from Anthony Winbush. Niagara had tied the game with 2.6 seconds left on a pair of Malcolm Lemmons free throws.

Neither Loyola, nor Niagara, led by more than two in the second overtime, but Loyola had built an eight-point advantage in the first overtime. Niagara, however, chipped away and tied the period on a Juan-ya Green three with less than 10 seconds to go, forcing the second five-minute frame.

Robert Olson scored a team-high 23 points for Loyola, leading six Greyhounds in double-figures. Dylon Cormier added 15, while Winbush had 13 to go with a career-best 13 rebounds. Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams each had 11 for Loyola.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

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

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

 

When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough

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

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

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

 

Six Over 10

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

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

 

Olson With 20+ Twice

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

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

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

 

Nearing Second In Threes

Robert Olson made three 3-pointers at Niagara now has 182 in his career. With four more, he will tie Jason Rowe (1996-2000) for second all-time on the school’s 3-pointers made chart. Marquis Sullivan (2005-2009) holds the school record with 281.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on Saturday 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 11 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 9-2 in those contests.

 

Bracketbuster Opponent Announced

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

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

In its past three games, the Greyhounds have committed just 19 combined turnovers, although their record is just 1-2. They posted six against Iona and then had a season-low three in the game at Canisius. In the double overtime contest at Niagara, Loyola had 10 turnovers in 50 minutes of action.

Loyola’s three turnovers against Canisius were the fewest in a game during Jimmy Patsos’ nine years at the school.

The team games have helped reduce the Greyhounds’ turnovers per game to 11.5 overall, a mark that is tied for best in the MAAC.

 

70 Not Enough

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

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

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

 

High On Assists

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

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

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

Loyola then turned 15 Niagara turnovers in to 27 points.

 

Freshmen Take Step Forward

Freshmen Jarred Jones and Eric Laster each played key roles in the Greyhounds’ near comeback at Canisius. The duo combined for 14 points and two steals and were involved in several defensive stops during a 13-0 run.

Jones made both of his shot attempts and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line for eight points, and he added three rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes. Laster knocked down three shots to scored a career-high six points, and he also posted an assist.

 

Williams Continues To Spark Greyhounds

In six games since returning to the court on January 17, sophomore guard R.J. Williams is averaging 6.5 points, 3.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. Through the six games, Williams has 23 assists and just four turnovers for the Greyhounds.

In the Iona game, Williams matched his career-high with seven assists, tying the mark he set last January at Niagara.

 

Cormier’s Consistency

Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds in scoring for the 12th time in 22 games this season against Iona when he tallied 18 points. It was his return to the court after missing the January 25 game at Manhattan due to food poisoning.

In 22 games played this season, Cormier has scored in double figures all but once. The only time he did not reach 10 or more was on November 23 when he finished with nine at Rhode Island.

Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 17 games.

The junior guard, who is averaging 17.3 points per game, went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Niagara  with 1,038 career points. This season, he has scored 383, just 45 points shy of the 428 he tallied in 2011-2012.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 17.4 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.7, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.4).

 

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.

 

Winbush Shows Versatility

Anthony Winbush played 34 minutes at Manhattan and finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. He was tabbed the ESPNU Player of the Game for his efforts that also included an assist and a steal.

This season, Winbush has led Loyola in rebounds 10 times and assists on seven occasions.

In the 21 games he’s played, Winbush is averaging 6.7 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds. He is tops on the team in total rebounds (145), third in total assists (51) and fourth in steals (20).

The graduate student logged his second career double-double at Niagara with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He was also a career-best 9-of-12 at the free-throw line. His first double-double came earlier this state at Coppin State.

 

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.

 

Win With Four Assists

Loyola’s win at Fairfield came with the Greyhounds assisting on just four of their 19 made baskets. It was also just one game removed from Loyola setting a season-best with 19 assists against Marist.

It is the first time since January 25, 2009, (an overtime victory against Marist) that the Greyhounds won a game with four or fewer assists. Additionally, it is just the third time this season that a MAAC team has won a game with four or fewer assists (Niagara has done it twice).

Over the last five seasons, Loyola is 16-28 when finishing with nine or less assists, and the Greyhounds are 3-6 when that happens this season.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Manhattan to 41 points, the 11th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 11 of those games.

Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 22 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 23 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 166 free throws, an average of 7.2 per game. He has made 72.3-percent os those shots, a total of 120.

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 281-of-405 (69.8-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season, averaging 4.7 and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 13 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 times.

 

Congratulations Graduate

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

 

Fourth To 100 Blocks

Erik Etherly matched his career-high with five blocked shots against Saint Peter’s, and in the process he became the fourth player in program history to swat 100 shots.

He joins Brian Carroll (1997-2001, 213 blocks), Shane Walker (2009-2012, 135) and George Sereikas (1989-1993, 117) in the 100-block club.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 9-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 11-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds recently held both Saint Peter’s, Fairfield and Marist to 58 points, marking the marking the 11th time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

High Marks

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

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 138 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola heads back out on the road for a 2 p.m. game Sunday afternoon at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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Loyola welcomes Marist to Reitz Arena Thursday night

Posted on 16 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Marist Red Foxes
Date Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV  MASN

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena on Thursday, January 17, 2013, for a televised home game against Marist College.

The Red Foxes and Greyhounds will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.

 

On The Tube

Thursday night’s game will be the Greyhounds’ seventh on television this season and their third appearance on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play action while Craig Esherick will handle the color analysis.

 

Tune In

The audio can be heard on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

 

Series History

Thursday will mark the 52nd time that Marist and Loyola have met on the basketball hardwood. The Red Foxes hold a 28-23 advantage in the previous 51 meetings, but Loyola has won the seven of the last eight in the series and eight of the last 10.

The teams split the season series last year, each winning on its own home floor.

The Greyhounds defeated Marist, 76-63, in the teams’ MAAC season-opener on December 1, 2011. Five Loyola players scored in double figures, led Dylon Cormier’s 15 points. Erik Etherly had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Williams dished out six assists.

Marist returned the favor on February 15 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., using a 19-1 run late in the second half to run out to a 72-54 victory.

Dylon Cormier put Loyola up two with a pair of free throws with 7:22 left, but the Red Foxes tied the game on an Adam Kemp basket 19 seconds later, starting the run. Kemp had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots in the game, while Shane Walker scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Greyhounds.

Loyola shot just 28.1-percent from the field in the second half and 31.3-percent during the game.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola led by six, 33-27, after Dylon Cormier scored the first two points of the second half, but Rider launched an 11-1 run that would put the Broncs in front for good.

The Greyhounds, who tied their season-low with a 33.3-percent mark from the field in the game, scored just seven points over the next 12 minutes of the half, as Rider built a 51-40 advantage with just over seven minutes left in regulation.

Loyola got within two, 54-52 on two Erik Etherly free throws with 1:36 remaining, but Rider scored the next six points to seal the win.

Robert Olson tallied a game- and career-high 25 points for the Greyhounds, while Cormier was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 11.

 

Olson Sets Career-Highs

Robert Olson led all scorers on Sunday afternoon at Rider, setting a career-high in scoring for the second time in a month. He finished with 25, eclipsing his previous best of 22 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15, 2012.

Olson also set career-highs at Rider in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (22) and 3-pointers attempted (13).

Olson, who became the 32nd player in Loyola history to score his 1,000th point when he reached the mark in the second half against Saint Peter’s on Sunday, January 6, scored 14 points in the first half against Rider. He also had two steals in the game.

 

Brooks’ Board Work

Julius Brooks led Loyola and tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds at Rider, matching his season-high for 2012-2013 (also vs. Saint Peter’s, December 8).

It was the eighth time this season that Brooks has logged four or more rebounds, and the Greyhounds are now 7-1 in those contests.

 

Late Defense

Loyola did not allow Fairfield to score for the final 4:47 of regulation and 6:36 overall as the Stags were 0-of-6 during the timeframe.

Overall, the Stags made just seven field goals in the second half (26.9-percent), and Fairfield did not shoot a free throw during the period after going to the line 14 times before the break.

 

Rebounding On The Boards

At the under-4 timeout in the second half, Fairfield had a 33-26 advantage on the boards, but the Greyhounds rebounded to win the battle on the glass, 39-35.

Fairfield managed just two rebounds, while Loyola had 13 during the final nine minutes of the game, including overtime.

The Stags did not have a single rebound in the last 4:47 of regulation, and one of the overtime rebounds came when the ball deflected off a Loyola player out of bounds. The second rebound was an offensive board for the Stags with just five seconds to go in regulation and Loyola up five.

The Greyhounds moved to 7-2 this season when outrebounding its opponents.

This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.2) and rebounding margin (+3.6).

Seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.

 

20 Or More In Three-Straight

Erik Etherly became the first Loyola player in four years to score 20 or more in three-consecutive games when he finished with an even 20 on January 11 against Fairfield.

He scored 21 on January 4 against Rider and 24 two days later versus Saint Peter’s to average 21.6 points over the last three games.

The most recent Loyola player to score 20 or more in at least three-straight games was Jamal Barney who scored 21, 40, 21 and 22 in games from January 11-18, 2009.

Etherly’s three-game stretch has raised his scoring average from 14.2 points per game on December 30, 2012, to 16.1 following the Fairfield game.

 

Not Far Behind

Over the last four games, Dylon Cormier scored 25 (at Memphis), 21 (Rider), 18 (Saint Peter’s) and 19 (Fairfield), averaging 20.8 points per game during the stretch.

This season, Cormier has scored in double figures during 17 of the Greyhounds’ 18 games this season (9 at Rhode Island).

Cormier also leads the Greyhounds in steals (33, 1.8) and total assists (43), and he is third on the team in rebounds per game (4.8).

 

Doing What He Does, A Little Of Everything

Anthony Winbush has continued to contribute in just about every way possible, something he has done throughout the year. Versus Fairfield, Winbush led Loyola with nine rebounds and five assists, while contributing a pair of steals and a blocked shot.

Winbush is leading the team this season in rebounds per game (7.0), total rebounds (105) and assists per game (2.6). No other player in the MAAC is leading his team in both categories. He is also fourth on the team with a 6.4 points per game average.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 18 games this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 136 free throws, an average of 7.6 per game. At this pace, through the Greyhounds 31 scheduled games during the regular season, Cormier would shoot 234 times at the charity stripe. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 (Mike Powell, 1997-1998).

Cormier has also made 75-percent of his free throws this season (102 total), good for 32.6-percent of his 312 points this year.

Last season, Cormier went to the free-throw line a total of 160 times, making 108.

In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 263-of-375 (70.1-percent) from the line, totals that are both 17th in school history.

 

Guards To The Boards

Robert Olson and Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s starting guards, combined for 15 rebounds against Fairfield. Olson grabbed a career-high eight – he had recorded seven on seven occasions – and Cormier was two off his season and career-high with seven.

This season, Cormier is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game, good for 16th in the MAAC, while Olson is just behind with 4.7 per game.

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

 

Congratulations Graduate

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

 

Olson Gets To 1,000

Robert Olson became the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points in his career against Saint Peter’s on January 6. He entered the game needing 10 points to reach the plateau, and after scoring eight in the first half, he finished a fast break 2:29 into the second with a layup.

Entering the game against Rider, he has 1,019 points, 498 of which have come on 3-pointers and 165 on free throws.

 

Fourth To 100 Blocks

Erik Etherly matched his career-high with five blocked shots against Saint Peter’s, and in the process he became the fourth player in program history to swat 100 shots.

He joins Brian Carroll (1997-2001, 213 blocks), Shane Walker (2009-2012, 135) and George Sereikas (1989-1993, 117) in the 100-block club.

 

Back-To-Back 20-Point Games

Loyola has seen players score 20 or more in back-to-back games twice over the course of the last three games. Dylon Cormier scored 25 at Memphis and 21 versus Rider, while Erik Etherly had 21 in the Rider game and 24 against Saint Peter’s.

It was the third time in Cormier’s career that he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games after he scored 20 against both Coppin State (November 14) and UMBC (November 17) and 22 and 26 at Siena (December 3) and at George Washington (December 7), respectively, all during the 2011-2012 season.

For Etherly, it was the second time over his tenure at Loyola that he’s scored 20 or more in consecutive appearances. He also did so with 21 against both Niagara and Siena in the 2012 MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively, en route to being named the MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 7-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game. After scoring 71  and 74 points, Loyola is now 8-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds recently held both Saint Peter’s and Fairfield to 58 points, marking the marking the ninth time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and he is tied for 22nd all-time at Loyola with 431 career rebounds.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds six losses this season. Loyola is now 2-6 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-6 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 7.0 assists in the five losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.2-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 46.4-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting eight more free throws (26.3-18.3) per game in the six losses, as well.

 

Sharing The Ball

Loyola is now 8-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 7-0 assists in six losses this year and 12.6 in 12 wins.

 

On The Defensive

Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half,  both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.

The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.

Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 39.9-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.2 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.4 blocked shots per game.

 

Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)

Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s on December 8, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).

He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.

Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Late Game Heroics

Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, came down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).

On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier  who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.

Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.

Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).

This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.

Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.

Erik Etherly earned an All-MAAC First Team nod, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson were named to the Second Team.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

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.

 

Turnaround…Check

Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 134 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola hits the road for its next two games in a pair of trips to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes. The Greyhounds play a 7 p.m. game on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, January 17, at Fairfield University in Bridgeport, Conn. The Greyhounds then face Manhattan College at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 25, in a contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

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Loyola takes win streak to Rider for Sunday showdown

Posted on 12 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Data

After three-straight home games, the Loyola University Maryland hits the road for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road game at Rider University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m.

The three-game homestand was Loyola’s longest of the season. The Greyhounds will not have back-to-back home contests the rest of the year.

 

Series History

Loyola and Rider will meet for the 41st time in series history when the teams take the floor on Friday with the Broncs holding a 23-17 lead in the previous 70 games.

The Greyhounds have won six of the last 10 meetings between the teams, including a 71-65 on January 4, 2013, at Reitz Arena.

Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both scored 21 points, and Loyola used a couple of big runs in last weekend’s win over the Broncs.

Rider tied the game at 25-25 with 3:17 to go in the first half, but it was the Broncs’ last points in the period, and Loyola would start a 13-2 run moments later on a putback layup by Etherly.

The Broncs would get back within two, 43-41, with 10:59 on the clock, but the Greyhounds used a 16-4 spurt over the next six-plus minutes to lead by 14 with just over four minutes on the clock.

Last season, the teams split the season series, each winning on its own home court.

 

Last Time Out

Down 47-41 with 4:47 to play in regulation, Loyola held Fairfield scoreless for the remainder of the second half, forcing overtime. Dylon Cormier, who scored the last points of regulation at 2:07 to tie the contest at 47-47, scored eight of his 19 in the overtime period, and the Greyhounds pulled out a 63-58 victory.

Erik Etherly, who scored a game-best 20, knocked down an 18-foot jumper with 4:26 to play, sparking an 8-0 Loyola run in which the Greyhounds held Fairfield scoreless for 6:36.

Loyola made 10-of-12 free throws during overtime and 25-of-34 in the game.

 

Late Defense

Loyola did not allow Fairfield to score for the final 4:47 of regulation and 6:36 overall as the Stags were 0-of-6 during the timeframe.

Overall, the Stags made just seven field goals in the second half (26.9-percent), and Fairfield did not shoot a free throw during the period after going to the line 14 times before the break.

 

Rebounding On The Boards

At the under-4 timeout in the second half, Fairfield had a 33-26 advantage on the boards, but the Greyhounds rebounded to win the battle on the glass, 39-35.

Fairfield managed just two rebounds, while Loyola had 13 during the final nine minutes of the game, including overtime.

The Stags did not have a single rebound in the last 4:47 of regulation, and one of the overtime rebounds came when the ball deflected off a Loyola player out of bounds. The second rebound was an offensive board for the Stags with just five seconds to go in regulation and Loyola up five.

The Greyhounds moved to 7-2 this season when outrebounding its opponents.

This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.2) and rebounding margin (+3.6).

Seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.

 

20 Or More In Three-Straight

Erik Etherly became the first Loyola player in four years to score 20 or more in three-consecutive games when he finished with an even 20 on Friday night against Fairfield.

He scored 21 on January 4 against Rider and 24 two days later versus Saint Peter’s to average 21.6 points over the last three games.

The most recent Loyola player to score 20 or more in at least three-straight games was Jamal Barney who scored 21, 40, 21 and 22 in games from January 11-18, 2009.

Etherly’s three-game stretch has raised his scoring average from 14.2 points per game on December 30, 2012, to 16.1 following the Fairfield game.

 

Not Far Behind

Over the last four games, Dylon Cormier has scored 25 (at Memphis), 21 (Rider), 18 (Saint Peter’s) and 19 (Fairfield), averaging 20.8 points per game during the stretch.

This season, Cormier has scored in double figures during 16 of the Greyhounds’ 17 games this season (9 at Rhode Island).

Cormier also leads the Greyhounds in steals (31, 1.8) and total assists (42), and he is third on the team in rebounds per game (4.9). His 1.5:1 assist:turnover ratio is also best on the squad.

 

Doing What He Does, A Little Of Everything

Anthony Winbush continued to contribute in just about every way possible, something he has done throughout the year. On Friday night versus Fairfield, Winbush led Loyola with nine rebounds and five assists, while contributing a pair of steals and a blocked shot.

Winbush is leading the team this season in rebounds per game (7.1), total rebounds (99) and assists per game (2.6). No other player in the MAAC is leading his team in both categories. He is also fourth on the team with a 6.7 points per game average.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 17 games this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 130 free throws, an average of 7.6 per game. At this pace, through the Greyhounds 31 scheduled games during the regular season, Cormier would shoot 237 times at the charity stripe. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 (Mike Powell, 1997-1998).

Cormier has also made 74.6-percent of his free throws this season (97 total), good for 32.2-percent of his 301 points this year.

Last season, Cormier went to the free-throw line a total of 160 times, making 108.

In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 258-of-369 (69.9-percent) from the line, totals that are 19th and 17th, respectively in school history.

 

Guards To The Boards

Robert Olson and Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s starting guards, combined for 15 rebounds against Fairfield. Olson grabbed a career-high eight – he had recorded seven on seven occasions – and Cormier was two off his season and career-high with seven.

This season, Cormier is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, good for 16th in the MAAC, while Olson is just behind with 4.7 per game.

They have each pulled down five or more rebounds nine times this season.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

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

This year’s squad is 2-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and at home versus Fairfield.

 

Congratulations Graduate

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

 

Olson Gets To 1,000

Robert Olson became the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points in his career against Saint Peter’s on January 6. He entered the game needing 10 points to reach the plateau, and after scoring eight in the first half, he finished a fast break 2:29 into the second with a layup.

Entering the game against Rider, he has 1,019 points, 498 of which have come on 3-pointers and 165 on free throws.

Against Fairfield, he tied his career-high with eight free throws made.

 

Fourth To 100 Blocks

Erik Etherly matched his career-high with five blocked shots against Saint Peter’s, and in the process he became the fourth player in program history to swat 100 shots.

He joins Brian Carroll (1997-2001, 213 blocks), Shane Walker (2009-2012, 135) and George Sereikas (1989-1993, 117) in the 100-block club.

 

Back-To-Back 20-Point Games

Loyola has seen players score 20 or more in back-to-back games twice over the course of the last three games. Dylon Cormier scored 25 at Memphis and 21 versus Rider, while Erik Etherly had 21 in the Rider game and 24 against Saint Peter’s.

It was the third time in Cormier’s career that he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games after he scored 20 against both Coppin State (November 14) and UMBC (November 17) and 22 and 26 at Siena (December 3) and at George Washington (December 7), respectively, all during the 2011-2012 season.

For Etherly, it was the second time over his tenure at Loyola that he’s scored 20 or more in consecutive appearances. He also did so with 21 against both Niagara and Siena in the 2012 MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively, en route to being named the MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 7-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game. After scoring 71  and 74 points, Loyola is now 8-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds recently held both Saint Peter’s and Fairfield to 58 points, marking the marking the ninth time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and with 11 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds five losses this season. Loyola is now 1-5 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-5 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 6.8 assists in the five losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.7-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 47.2-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting nearly nine more free throws (26.4-17.6) per game in the five losses, as well.

 

Sharing The Ball

Loyola is now 8-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.9 in nine wins.

 

Brooks With A Career-High

Julius Brooks scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds after the break against Mount St. Mary’s, a total that would have equaled his career-best. He also had a bucket in the first half, and with his career-high five field goals, the senior post player finished with a career-best 12.

It marked the second time in his career that Brooks has scored 10 or more and the first since he did it against Niagara in his freshman season of 2009-2010.

Brooks has averaged 8.3 points in the Greyhounds’ last three games after scoring six against Niagara on December 5 and seven versus Saint Peter’s on December 8.

 

Etherly Returns To Action

Erik Etherly made his first appearance for Loyola since November 23 against Mount St. Mary’s after recuperating from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five games, a span in which Loyola won three.

The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year came off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s, entering the game in the second minute of play, and he finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

He made 6-of-11 shots, plus 4-of-6 from the line, and also dished out a pair of assists.

The Greyhounds averaged 7.5 points per game fewer (68.3-60.8) in the five games without Etherly, but they also allowed four fewer points (57.2-61.2) in the same span.

Loyola averaged more rebounds (39.8-35.2) during Etherly’s absence, but the team’s field-goal percentage has slipped form .440 to .380 in the respective stretches.

During Etherly’s absence, Anthony Winbush raised his scoring average from 6.7 points to 9.2 points, and the graduate student led the team in rebounds (7.2 per game in those five).

 

On The Defensive

Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half,  both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.

The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.

Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 39.9-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.2 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.4 blocked shots per game.

 

When Olson Scores 20+

Loyola improved to 5-1 in games over the last three-plus years when Robert Olson scores 20 or more points. Just once has the guard reached the 20-point plateau in a loss, a January 2012 setback at Iona.

 

Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)

Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s on December 8, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).

He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.

Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Late Game Heroics

Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, came down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).

On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier  who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.

Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.

Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).

This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.

Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.

Erik Etherly earned an All-MAAC First Team nod, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson were named to the Second Team.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

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.

 

Turnaround…Check

Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 134 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Thursday, January 17, for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Marist College that will be televised live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

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Loyola welcomes Fairfield to Reitz Arena Friday night

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Friday, January 11, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV ESPNU


Game Data

Loyola University Maryland hosts the final contest of a three-game homestand on Friday, January 11, when Fairfield University comes to Reitz Arena for a 7 o’clock tip-off.

The three-game homestand is Loyola’s longest of the season. The Greyhounds will not have back-to-back home contests the rest of the year.

 

On The Tube

The Greyhounds and Stags will play in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU. The game is the first of three over the next five weeks that Loyola will play on the network.

Doug Sherman will call the play-by-play, and Tim McCormick will handle color analysis duties.

 

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The game against Fairfield is the third of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. The team’s two meetings with Saint Peter’s were also JBS games.

As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season.

 

Follow The Action

The audio can be heard on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

 

Series History

Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 54th time on the hardwood Friday night with the Stags entering the game with a 36-17 advantage in the previous meetings.

The teams split their regular-season meetings last year, each winning on the other’s home court, but Loyola won the rubber match, 48-44, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., in the MAAC Championship game.

Erik Etherly averaged 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game against the Stags, while Robert Olson tallied a 13.0 points per game average in the three games last season.

Two of the games were closely contested contests with Loyola defeating Fairfield, 66-63, in Bridgeport, Conn., on January 13, 2012, and later in the Championship Game. The Stags’ victory in Reitz Arena, however, was not as close with Fairfield coming out on top, 68-51.

In Loyola’s two wins over the Stags, the Greyhounds shot better from the field (.402-.358) and had a significant advantage in 3-point field goal percentage (.455-.292).

 

Last Time Out

Three Greyhounds scored 17 or more points, and Loyola used a pair of lengthy runs to defeat Saint Peter’s, 74-58, on Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena. Erik Etherly finished with 24 points, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson tallied 18 and 17 points, respectively.

The Peacocks never led in the game, but they cut Loyola’s early 11-point advantage to just two, 17-15, with 10:27 to play in the first half. Cormier, however, scored the next five points, sparking a 15-0 run that was capped by a couple of Anthony Winbush free throws at 3:27.

Loyola was up 13 at halftime and led by 19, 55-36, with 11:50 to play on an Etherly layup. Saint Peter’s, however, got back within 11, 62-51 with just under five minutes to play.

 

Olson Gets To 1,000

Robert Olson became the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points in his career last Sunday against Saint Peter’s. He entered the game needing 10 points to reach the plateau, and after scoring eight in the first half, he finished a fast break 2:29 into the second with a layup.

Entering the game against Fairfield, he has 1,007 points, 498 of which have come on 3-pointers and 157 on free throws.

 

Olson’s 3-Pointers

With 166 career 3-pointers, Olson is fourth all-time at Loyola in made baskets from behind the arc. He will tie Brett Harvey (2006-2010) for third with eight more threes.

Nearly half of his field goals made (166-of-342, .48.5-percent of made baskets) have been 3-pointers.

Olson is also fourth at Loyola in 3-pointers attempted (433).

 

Fourth To 100 Blocks

Erik Etherly matched his career-high with five blocked shots against Saint Peter’s, and in the process he became the fourth player in program history to swat 100 shots.

He joins Brian Carroll (1997-2001, 213 blocks), Shane Walker (2009-2012, 135) and George Sereikas (1989-1993, 117) in the 100-block club.

 

Three Over 15

Loyola had three players score 15 or more points against Saint Peter’s, marking the second time this season the Greyhounds have accomplished the feat. Erik Etherly led all players with 24 points, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson had 18 and 17, respectively

The first time it happened, Etherly had 22 against UMBC, while Cormier and Tyler Hubbard each tallied 17.

 

Cormier Keeps Going

Dylon Cormier scored in double figures for the 10th straight game and 15th time in 16 games this season for the Greyhounds, logging 18 against Saint Peter’s.

The junior guard is tops on the team with 17.6 points per game, scoring 15 or more points in 12-of-16 games.

Cormier also leads the Greyhounds in assists (41, 2.6 per game) and steals (31, 1.9) and is third on the team in rebounds per game (4.8). His 1.5:1 assist:turnover ratio is also best on the squad.

 

Back-To-Back 20-Point Games

Loyola has seen players score 20 or more in back-to-back games twice over the course of the last three games. Dylon Cormier scored 25 at Memphis and 21 versus Rider, while Erik Etherly had 21 in the Rider game and 24 against Saint Peter’s.

It was the third time in Cormier’s career that he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games after he scored 20 against both Coppin State (November 14) and UMBC (November 17) and 22 and 26 at Siena (December 3) and at George Washington (December 7), respectively, all during the 2011-2012 season.

For Etherly, it was the second time over his tenure at Loyola that he’s scored 20 or more in consecutive appearances. He also did so with 21 against both Niagara and Siena in the 2012 MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively, en route to being named the MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player.

 

Box Score Filler

Anthony Winbush continued his solid all-around game, leading the Greyhounds in both assists and rebounds versus Saint Peter’s. He scored eight points and logged team-highs of eight rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes of action.

The graduate student has topped the team in rebounds seven times this season and assisted on five occasions.

In 13 game, Winbush has averaged 7.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.8 minutes of action.

 

Winning Combinations

Statistically, several things went the Greyhounds’ way against Rider and Saint Peter’s that have been good signs this season.

Loyola is now 7-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game. After scoring 71  and 74 points, Loyola is now 8-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds also held Saint Peter’s to 58 points, marking the marking the eighth time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.

 

When Winbush Scores 10+

Anthony Winbush scored 10 points for the Greyhounds against Rider, the fourth time this season he has tallied double figures in points. Loyola has won all four of those games.

The Greyhounds have won each of the last six games Winbush has scored 10 or more, dating back to a 59-50 loss against Iona on January 11, 2010. Over his career, he has scored in double figures 16 times, and the Greyhounds are 13-3 in those games.

 

Offensive Board Work

A high emphasis was placed on offensive rebounds in the Greyhounds’ practice and shootaround preceding the game at Memphis, and the team responded.

Loyola had a season-high 23 offensive rebounds, 16 in the first half, against Memphis. Dylon Cormier led the team with five offensive rebounds, and Erik Ethelry had four.

The Greyhounds’ 23 offensive boards eclipsed their previous season-high of 21 set on November 23 at Rhode Island.

Loyola pulled down offensive rebounds at a 54.7-percent clip against the Tigers, garnering four more on the offensive glass than Memphis did on the defensive boards (19).

The 23 offensive rebounds are the most by a Loyola team since it had 25 in a December 1, 2011, win over Marist.

 

Overall Rebounding

Loyola outrebounded the Tigers, 42-29, marking just the fourth time in 12 games that Memphis had been outdone on the boards this season.

The 13 rebound differential was the greatest Memphis has encountered this season, as the three previous times it had been outrebounded were by one (Samford, Lipscomb) and two (Virginia Commonwealth). Entering the game, Memphis had been outrebounding opponents by 6.2 per game.

This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.1) and rebounding margin (+3.6).

Seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and with 11 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds five losses this season. Loyola is now 1-5 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-5 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 6.8 assists in the five losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.7-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 47.2-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting nearly nine more free throws (26.4-17.6) per game in the five losses, as well.

 

Sharing The Ball

Loyola is now 8-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.9 in nine wins.

 

Brooks With A Career-High

Julius Brooks scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds after the break against Mount St. Mary’s, a total that would have equaled his career-best. He also had a bucket in the first half, and with his career-high five field goals, the senior post player finished with a career-best 12.

It marked the second time in his career that Brooks has scored 10 or more and the first since he did it against Niagara in his freshman season of 2009-2010.

Brooks has averaged 8.3 points in the Greyhounds’ last three games after scoring six against Niagara on December 5 and seven versus Saint Peter’s on December 8.

 

Etherly Returns To Action

Erik Etherly made his first appearance for Loyola since November 23 against Mount St. Mary’s after recuperating from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five games, a span in which Loyola won three.

The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year came off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s, entering the game in the second minute of play, and he finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

He made 6-of-11 shots, plus 4-of-6 from the line, and also dished out a pair of assists.

The Greyhounds averaged 7.5 points per game fewer (68.3-60.8) in the five games without Etherly, but they also allowed four fewer points (57.2-61.2) in the same span.

Loyola averaged more rebounds (39.8-35.2) during Etherly’s absence, but the team’s field-goal percentage has slipped form .440 to .380 in the respective stretches.

During Etherly’s absence, Anthony Winbush raised his scoring average from 6.7 points to 9.2 points, and the graduate student led the team in rebounds (7.2 per game in those five).

 

On The Defensive

Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half,  both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.

The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.

Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 39.9-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.2 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.4 blocked shots per game.

 

When Olson Scores 20+

Loyola improved to 5-1 in games over the last three-plus years when Robert Olson scores 20 or more points. Just once has the guard reached the 20-point plateau in a loss, a January 2012 setback at Iona.

 

Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)

Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s on December 8, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).

He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.

Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Late Game Heroics

Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, came down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).

On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier  who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.

Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.

Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).

This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.

Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.

Erik Etherly earned an All-MAAC First Team nod, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson were named to the Second Team.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

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.

 

Turnaround…Check

Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 133 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

The Greyhounds return to the road for the first time in 2013 to take on Rider University for the second time in 10 days. The teams will play Sunday, January 13, at 2 p.m., in Lawrenceville, N.J.

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Loyola plays host to St. Peter’s Sunday

Posted on 06 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Saint Peter’s Peacocks
Date Sunday, January 6, 2013
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena for its second game in less than 48 hours on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 12 noon.

The Greyhounds will host Saint Peter’s University in the first game of a doubleheader. Loyola and the Peacocks will also face each other in a women’s basketball game starting at 2:30 p.m.

 

Follow The Action

The game, along with all of the Greyhounds’ non-televised home games, will be broadcast live and free of charge on ‘Hounds Unleashed, the broadband arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Video is available on computers and most mobile devices platforms.

Fans can also listen to the action on Baltimore’s CBS Radio 1300-AM where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties. The audio can also be heard on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

 

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The game against Saint Peter’s is the second of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. The team’s first meeting was the first JBS game.

As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season.

 

Series History

Sunday’s game will be the 78th all-time meeting by the fellow Jesuit schools with Saint Peter’s holding a 42-35 lead in the series. The series is the second most-played amongst the Greyhounds’ current opponents, trailing only the Greyhounds’ 168 meeting with Mount St. Mary’s.

Loyola and the Peacocks will be facing each other for the second time this season, although it will be just the fourth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the year for both schools.

The Greyhounds played the Peacocks on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and Loyola used a 12-0 second half run to defeat Saint Peter’s, 61-55.

Anthony Winbush scored 16 points, and he matched Julius Brooks for team-high honors with eight rebounds in the victory.

Dylon Cormier made 9-of-13 free throws and finished with 15 points, while Franz Rassman made his first career start and scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

 

Last Time Out

Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both scored 21 points, and Loyola used runs of 11-2 and 16-4 to pull away for a 71-65 win over Rider on Friday night in Reitz Arena.

Etherly scored 12 points in the first half, and Cormier tallied 19 of his 21 in the second. The duo combined to shoot 14-of-28 from the field and make 12-of-16 free throws.

Rider’s Nurideen Lindsey tied the game at 25-25 with a free throw 2:03 before halftime, but Etherly scored on a pair of layups, and Cormier sent an outlet pass to Jarred Jones for a fast-break dunk with 26 ticks left, and Loyola led by six at the break. Cormier then scored the second half’s first five points, and Loyola had its first double-digit advantage of the game, 36-25.

The Broncs got back to within two, 43-41, with 10:59 to play, but Loyola reeled off the next 10 points and 16 of 20. A Cormier layup with 4:26 remaining in regulation made it 59-45 for the Greyhounds.

 

Points & Assists For Cormier

Dylon Cormier not only logged his fourth 20-point game of the season and 12th of his career on Friday night against Rider, he set a career-high with six assists. The six assist game in a game in which he had just one turnover and seven rebounds.

Cormier previously had five helpers as a career-high on January 7, 2012, against Canisius on a day he also scored 23.

In his 12 games with 20 or more points, Cormier has averaged 3.0 assists, nearly double his career average of 1.63 per game.

 

Back-To-Back 20-Point Games

Dylon Cormier’s 21 points against Rider marked his second game in a row topping 20 after logging 25 on December 30, 2012, against Memphis. It was the third time in Cormier’s career that he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games after he scored 20 against both Coppin State (November 14) and UMBC (November 17) and 22 and 26 at Siena (December 3) and at George Washington (December 7), respectively, all during the 2011-2012 season.

 

Close To Form

Erik Etherly hit the 20-point plateau for the first time since injuring his shoulder and missing five games. The post player scored 21 on 7-of-13 shooting and 6-of-9 from the line against Rider, his most since dropping 23 on Albany on November 18, 2012.

Ethelry also led all players with eight rebounds in a game-high 38 minutes of action.

In his last two games, Etherly is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds to increase his season averages to 14.9 and a team-high 7.1.

 

When Winbush Scores 10+

Anthony Winbush scored 10 points for the Greyhounds against Rider, the fourth time this season he has tallied double figures in points. Loyola has won all four of those games.

The Greyhounds have won each of the last six games Winbush has scored 10 or more, dating back to a 59-50 loss against Iona on January 11, 2010. Over his career, he has scored in double figures 16 times, and the Greyhounds are 13-3 in those games.

 

Winning Combinations

Statistically, several things went the Greyhounds’ way against Rider that have been good signs this season.

Loyola shot 46.3-percent from the field, moving it to 6-0 when it shoots 45-percent of better in a game.

The Greyhounds had 10 turnovers in the game and are now 4-0 when coughing up the ball 10 or fewer times.

After scoring 71 points, Loyola is now 7-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.

 

10 From 1,000

Robert Olson enters the January 6 game against Saint Peter’s needing 10 points to become the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points. Olson has 990 points in 107 career games, an average of 9.2 per.

 

Offensive Board Work

A high emphasis was placed on offensive rebounds in the Greyhounds’ practice and shootaround preceding the game at Memphis, and the team responded.

Loyola had a season-high 23 offensive rebounds, 16 in the first half, against Memphis. Dylon Cormier led the team with five offensive rebounds, and Erik Ethelry had four.

The Greyhounds’ 23 offensive boards eclipsed their previous season-high of 21 set on November 23 at Rhode Island.

Loyola pulled down offensive rebounds at a 54.7-percent clip against the Tigers, garnering four more on the offensive glass than Memphis did on the defensive boards (19).

The 23 offensive rebounds are the most by a Loyola team since it had 25 in a December 1, 2011, win over Marist.

 

Converting Second Chance Points

Loyola scored 25 second-chance points at Memphis, its most of the season and the first time this year the Greyhounds have scored 20 or more. The previous high was 19 points against UMBC on November 14, 2012.

 

Overall Rebounding

Loyola outrebounded the Tigers, 42-29, marking just the fourth time in 12 games that Memphis had been outdone on the boards this season.

The 13 rebound differential was the greatest Memphis has encountered this season, as the three previous times it had been outrebounded were by one (Samford, Lipscomb) and two (Virginia Commonwealth). Entering the game, Memphis had been outrebounding opponents by 6.2 per game.

This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.3), rebounds allowed (33.5) and rebounding margin (+3.8).

Including Anthony Winbush and Erik Etherly who share the team lead with 7.0 rebounds per game, seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and with 11 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds five losses this season. Loyola is now 1-5 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-5 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 6.8 assists in the five losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.7-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 47.2-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting nearly nine more free throws (26.4-17.6) per game in the five losses, as well.

 

Sharing The Ball

The Greyhounds also logged a season-high 18 assists against Mount St. Mary’s with six players tallying two or more. Jarred Jones led the way with five, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

Loyola is now 7-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.8 in nine wins.

 

Olson Goes Off Against The Mount

Robert Olson was the catalyst for the Greyhounds’ offense against Mount St. Mary’s, and he performed as such with an economy of shots. The senior guard finished with 22 points, making a career-best nine field goals in just 14 attempts. Three of his baskets were from behind the 3-point arc.

Olson had previously scored 21 twice, the last time coming in a January 2012 loss at Iona College. He first hit on 21 in February 2011 at Marist College.

His 22-point performance came after he scored just eight, making only 2-of-8 from the field on December 8 against Saint Peter’s.

 

Olson After Fewer Than 10 Points

Robert Olson has scored in double digits in nine of 13 games this season, and he has not scored in single digits twice in a row.

He had just eight points on November 18 against the Albany, but he scored a team-best 20 in Loyola’s next game, November 23, at Rhode Island, including the game-tying three with less than four seconds left to force overtime in a win.

He then had seven at Coppin State on November 28 but came back to score 10 at Florida Gulf Coast.

 

Brooks With A Career-High, Too

Julius Brooks scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds after the break against Mount St. Mary’s, a total that would have equaled his career-best. He also had a bucket in the first half, and with his career-high five field goals, the senior post player finished with a career-best 12.

It marked the second time in his career that Brooks has scored 10 or more and the first since he did it against Niagara in his freshman season of 2009-2010.

Brooks has averaged 8.3 points in the Greyhounds’ last three games after scoring six against Niagara on December 5 and seven versus Saint Peter’s on December 8.

 

Etherly Returns To Action

Erik Etherly made his first appearance for Loyola since November 23 against Mount St. Mary’s after recuperating from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five games, a span in which Loyola won three.

The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year came off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s, entering the game in the second minute of play, and he finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

He made 6-of-11 shots, plus 4-of-6 from the line, and also dished out a pair of assists.

The Greyhounds averaged 7.5 points per game fewer (68.3-60.8) in the five games without Etherly, but they also allowed four fewer points (57.2-61.2) in the same span.

Loyola averaged more rebounds (39.8-35.2) during Etherly’s absence, but the team’s field-goal percentage has slipped form .440 to .380 in the respective stretches.

During Etherly’s absence, Anthony Winbush raised his scoring average from 6.7 points to 9.2 points, and the graduate student led the team in rebounds (7.2 per game in those five).

 

On The Defensive

Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half,  both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.

The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.

Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 38.8-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.4 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.6 blocked shots per game.

 

When Olson Scores 20+

Loyola improved to 5-1 in games over the last three-plus years when Robert Olson scores 20 or more points. Just once has the guard reached the 20-point plateau in a loss, a January 2012 setback at Iona.

 

Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)

Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).

He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.

Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

After scoring 19 on Monday night against Towson, as well, Cormier is averaging 23 points in the Greyhounds’ last two games.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Late Game Heroics

Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, came down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).

On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier  who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.

Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.

Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).

This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.

Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.

Erik Etherly earned an All-MAAC First Team nod, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson were named to the Second Team.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

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.

 

Turnaround…Check

Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 132 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola wraps up its three-game homestand on Friday, January 11, when it hosts Fairfield University in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

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Loyola battles Rider Friday at Reitz Arena

Posted on 03 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Rider Broncs
Date Friday, January 4, 2013
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena


Game Data

The 2013 calendar year opens on Friday, January 4, for the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team as it plays the first of three-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference home games.

Loyola will host Rider University at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

 

Follow The Action

The game, along with all of the Greyhounds’ non-televised home games, will be broadcast live and free of charge on ‘Hounds Unleashed, the broadband arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Video is available on computers and most mobile devices platforms.

Fans can also listen to the action on Baltimore’s ESPN Radio 1300-AM where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties. The audio can also be heard on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

 

Series History

Loyola and Rider will meet for the 40th time in series history when the teams take the floor on Friday with the Broncs holding a 23-16 lead in the previous 39 games.

The Greyhounds have won five of the last nine meetings between the teams.

The teams split the season series last year, each winning on its own home court in front of national television audiences. On February 3, 2012, in Baltimore on ESPNU, Loyola held Rider to 13-percent shooting from the field in the first half and 12 points before the break, going on to defeat the Broncs, 63-46. Rider, which never led in the game, got back to within 13 points with less than 13 minutes to go in the game, but the Broncs would draw no closer.

Three weeks later, Rider would come from behind late in Lawrenceville, N.J., to beat Loyola, 83-79, on ESPN2.

 

Last Time Out

Memphis went on an 11-0 run midway through the second half, fueled by seven Shaq Goodwin points, to build a 12-point advantage en route to a 78-64 win at the FedEx Forum on December 30.

Dylon Cormier scored 25 points on 10-of-20 from the floor to lead all scorers.

Loyola tied the game on the second half’s second possession with a Cormier layup, but Memphis quickly went back up by five, 42-37.

Robert Olson hit an 18-foot jumper from the left side off an inbound play, making it a 53-52 Memphis lead with 11:19 to go, but Goodwin converted on the other end to start the 11-0 run.

The Greyhounds logged a season-high 23 offensive rebounds and controlled the glass, outrebounding the Tigers, 42-29.

 

Offensive Board Work

A high emphasis was placed on offensive rebounds in the Greyhounds’ practice and shootaround preceding Sunday’s game at Memphis, and the team responded.

Loyola had a season-high 23 offensive rebounds, 16 in the first half, against Memphis. Dylon Cormier led the team with five offensive rebounds, and Erik Ethelry had four.

The Greyhounds’ 23 offensive boards eclipsed their previous season-high of 21 set on November 23 at Rhode Island.

Loyola pulled down offensive rebounds at a 54.7-percent clip against the Tigers, garnering four more on the offensive glass than Memphis did on the defensive boards (19).

The 23 offensive rebounds are the most by a Loyola team since it had 25 in a December 1, 2011, win over Marist.

 

Converting Second Chance Points

Loyola scored 25 second-chance points on Sunday, its most of the season and the first time this year the Greyhounds have scored 20 or more. The previous high was 19 points against UMBC on November 14, 2012.

 

Overall Rebounding

Loyola outrebounded the Tigers, 42-29, marking just the fourth time in 12 games that Memphis has been outdone on the boards this season.

The 13 rebound differential was the greatest Memphis has encountered this season, as the three previous times it had been outrebounded were by one (Samford, Lipscomb) and two (Virginia Commonwealth). Entering the game, Memphis had been outrebounding opponents by 6.2 per game.

This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.3), rebounds allowed (33.5) and rebounding margin (+3.8).

Including Anthony Winbush and Erik Etherly who share the team lead with 7.0 rebounds per game, seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.

 

Cormier Drops 25

Dylon Cormier scored a game-high 25 on Sunday at Memphis, making and attempting career-highs in field goals (10-of-20). The junior guard scored 16 in the first half, the most by a Loyola player in the opening 20 minutes this season.

Cormier was also 4-of-5 from the line and had a season-high five offensive rebounds.

All five of his offensive rebounds led directly to putbacks by Cormier.

 

Swipes A Plenty

Dylon Cormier was also highly active on the defensive end for the Greyhounds, logging a career-high tying five steals. The five matched his total from January 7, 2012, in a win over Canisius.

Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 27 steals this season, and his 1.9 per game are tops in the MAAC.

 

20 From 1,000

Robert Olson enters the January 4 game against Rider needing 20 points to become the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points. Olson has 980 points in 106 career games, an average of 9.2 per.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and with 16 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.

 

Packed House

Loyola had its second sell-out of the season in Reitz Arena against Bucknell with a capacity crowd of 2,100. The Greyhounds also sold out the season-opener against Binghamton.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds five losses this season. Loyola is now 1-5 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-5 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 6.8 assists in the five losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.7-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 47.2-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting nearly nine more free throws (26.4-17.6) per game in the five losses, as well.

 

Sharing The Ball

The Greyhounds also logged a season-high 18 assists against Mount St. Mary’s with six players tallying two or more. Jarred Jones led the way with five, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

Loyola is now 6-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.7 in nine wins.

 

Olson Goes Off Against The Mount

Robert Olson was the catalyst for the Greyhounds’ offense against Mount St. Mary’s, and he performed as such with an economy of shots. The senior guard finished with 22 points, making a career-best nine field goals in just 14 attempts. Three of his baskets were from behind the 3-point arc.

Olson had previously scored 21 twice, the last time coming in a January 2012 loss at Iona College. He first hit on 21 in February 2011 at Marist College.

His 22-point performance came after he scored just eight, making only 2-of-8 from the field on December 8 against Saint Peter’s.

 

Olson After Fewer Than 10 Points

Robert Olson has scored in double digits in nine of 13 games this season, and he has not scored in single digits twice in a row.

He had just eight points on November 18 against the Albany, but he scored a team-best 20 in Loyola’s next game, November 23, at Rhode Island, including the game-tying three with less than four seconds left to force overtime in a win.

He then had seven at Coppin State on November 28 but came back to score 10 at Florida Gulf Coast.

 

Brooks With A Career-High, Too

Julius Brooks scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds after the break, a total that would have equaled his career-best. He also had a bucket in the first half, and with his career-high five field goals, the senior post player finished with a career-best 12.

It marked the second time in his career that Brooks has scored 10 or more and the first since he did it against Niagara in his freshman season of 2009-2010.

Brooks has averaged 8.3 points in the Greyhounds’ last three games after scoring six against Niagara on December 5 and seven versus Saint Peter’s on December 8.

 

Etherly Returns To Action

Erik Etherly made his first appearance for Loyola since November 23 against Mount St. Mary’s after recuperating from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five games, a span in which Loyola won three.

The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year came off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s, entering the game in the second minute of play, and he finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

He made 6-of-11 shots, plus 4-of-6 from the line, and also dished out a pair of assists.

The Greyhounds averaged 7.5 points per game fewer (68.3-60.8) in the five games without Etherly, but they also allowed four fewer points (57.2-61.2) in the same span.

Loyola averaged more rebounds (39.8-35.2) during Etherly’s absence, but the team’s field-goal percentage has slipped form .440 to .380 in the respective stretches.

During Etherly’s absence, Anthony Winbush raised his scoring average from 6.7 points to 9.2 points, and the graduate student led the team in rebounds (7.2 per game in those five).

 

On The Defensive

Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half,  both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.

The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.

Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 38.8-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.4 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.6 blocked shots per game.

 

When Olson Scores 20+

Loyola improved to 5-1 in games over the last three-plus years when Robert Olson scores 20 or more points. Just once has the guard reached the 20-point plateau in a loss, a January 2012 setback at Iona.

 

Making Good On Starting Opportunity

Franz Rassman made the most of his first collegiate start on December 8 at the IZOD Center against Saint Peter’s, recording career-highs of 25 minutes and 13 points, going 6-of-8 from the floor.

Rassman made all three of his second-half shots, including his first 3-pointer as a Greyhound, and tallied seven points after the break in 14 minutes of action.

 

Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)

Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).

He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.

Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

On a day when his shots were not falling in volume (3-of-10), Dylon Cormier found another way to score against Saint Peter’s, getting to the free-throw line 13 times and making nine.

He finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists against the Peacocks.

Cormier leads the team with 83 free throws attempted and 63 made this season. He has gone to the line 10 or more times on three occasions (at Washington, at Coppin State and versus Saint Peter’s), and he has attempted seven or more from the line in four more games.

With his nine makes against the Peacocks, Cormier moved into the top-25 all-time at Loyola in free-throws made. In less than 2.5 years with the Greyhounds, he has made 224, good for 25th place, one behind teammate Erik Etherly for 24th. Etherly’s 331 free-throw attempts are 22nd all-time at Loyola, and Cormier’s 326 are tied for 24th with Mark Rhode (1972-1976).

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

After scoring 19 on Monday night against Towson, as well, Cormier is averaging 23 points in the Greyhounds’ last two games.

 

Charm City Pride

Baltimore born and raised Dylon Cormier plays at or near his best when the Greyhounds face another team from the Baltimore area. The junior guard, who was in the last graduating class at the now closed Cardinal Gibbons High School, has scored 145 points in eight career games against teams from Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs.

Including his career-high 27 on Wednesday, Cormier has averaged 18.1 points against Coppin State (two games), Towson (two), UMBC (three) and Morgan State (one). He has four games with 20 or more points among the eight contests.

In the last year, Cormier has averaged 20.6 in five games against the teams.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Late Game Heroics

Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, came down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).

On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier  who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.

Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.

Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).

This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.

Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.

Erik Etherly earned an All-MAAC First Team nod, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson were named to the Second Team.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

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.

 

Turnaround…Check

Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 131 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

Loyola will play its second MAAC game in three days when Saint Peter’s University comes to Reitz Arena for a 12 noon game on Sunday, January 6. The contest will be the first of a doubleheader with Loyola’s women hosting the Peacocks at 2:30 p.m.

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Loyola faces tough test Sunday night at Memphis

Posted on 29 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Memphis Tigers
Date Sunday, December 30, 2012
Time 8:00 p.m. (Central) | 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Location Memphis, Tenn. | FedEx Forum
TV | Radio Comcast SportsNet


Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays its final game of 2012 on Sunday, December 30, 2012, when it travels to Memphis, Tenn., to take on the University of Memphis at the FedEx Forum.

The game is slated for an 7 p.m. (Central)/8 p.m. (Eastern) tip-off.

 

On The Tube

Sunday’s game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and is available on several of the network’s affiliates nationwide. It will be shown live on CSN Mid-Atlantic in the Baltimore area.

Greg Gaston will call the play-by-play action, while Brian Oliver will handle color analysis.

 

Mid-Major Top 25

Loyola checks in this week at No. 20 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, the Greyhounds’ fifth-straight week in the poll. It is the highest ranking of the season for the team after spending three weeks at 21 and one at 22.

 

Series History

Loyola and Memphis will meet for the first time when they take the floor on Sunday.

The Greyhounds last played in the State of Tennessee on February 17, 2007, in a Bracketbuster weekend game at Tennessee State. Loyola prevailed in that game, 62-60.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola made eight of its first 10 shots of the game on Friday night in front of a sold-out Reitz Arena crowd, but the Greyhounds went just 12-of-46 in the game’s final 32 minutes, and Bucknell walked away with a 66-46 win.

Dylon Cormier scored eight of his team-best 13 points in the first five minutes, and he helped Loyola build a 14-6 lead in the early going.

Anthony Winbush pulled down one of his game-high nine rebounds and converted it into a layup with 6:22 to play in the first half, giving Loyola a 20-18 lead, but the Bison finished the half on a 16-3 run to lead 34-23 at halftime.

Loyola was then never close than 11 in the second half.

Mike Muscala scored 15 in the first half and finished with 29 points, the most by a Greyhound opponent this season, to lead four Bucknell players in double figures.

 

Starting Hot

Loyola scored on its first five possessions Friday night and did not miss a shot in the process, and the Greyhounds went on to hit eight of their first 10 attempts from the field in the game’s first 7 minutes, 13 seconds.

The Greyhounds also had just one turnover in the game’s first 15 minutes.

However, after starting 8-of-10, Loyola missed its next sit field goals, plus two from the free-throw line. The Greyhounds continued to lead during that stretch, as Bucknell did not score for a period of four minutes.

Jordan Latham broke the cold stretch of 0-of-6 for the Greyhounds with a putback layup to make it 18-14 Loyola with 9:15 to go before the half. Bucknell scored the next four points, however, and tied the game at 18-18 with 7:00 on the clock.

Anthony Winbush rebounded a Dylon Cormier miss and laid it in at 6:22, but it was the Greyhound’s penultimate basket of the half.

 

Run The Wrong Way

Bucknell executed a 16-3 run over the course of the first half’s final 6:11, started by two Steven Kaspar free throws and sparked by a Bryson Johnson deep 3-pointer that put the Bison up for the first time in the game.

It was the largest run the Greyhounds had allowed an opponent this season.

 

Final 32 Minutes

After making eight of its first 10 shots against Bucknell, Loyola finished the game by hitting just 12-of-46 from the field (26.1-percent).

Meanwhile, in the last 32 minutes of the game, Bucknell converted on 20-of-36 (55.5-percent) from the field.

 

26th To 400

Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.

The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.

This season, he leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game, and with 19 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.

 

Packed House

Loyola had its second sell-out of the season in Reitz Arena against Bucknell with a capacity crowd of 2,100. The Greyhounds also sold out the season-opener against Binghamton.

 

Telling Factors

Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds four losses this season. Loyola is now 1-4 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-4 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 6.8 assists in the four losses.

In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.4-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 47.8-percent clip.

Opponents are shooting five more free throws (15.5-10.5) per game in the four losses, as well.

 

Sharing The Ball

The Greyhounds also logged a season-high 18 assists against Mount St. Mary’s with six players tallying two or more. Jarred Jones led the way with five, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

Loyola is now 6-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in four losses this year and 12.7 in nine wins.

 

Olson Goes Off Against The Mount

Robert Olson was the catalyst for the Greyhounds’ offense against Mount St. Mary’s, and he performed as such with an economy of shots. The senior guard finished with 22 points, making a career-best nine field goals in just 14 attempts. Three of his baskets were from behind the 3-point arc.

Olson had previously scored 21 twice, the last time coming in a January 2012 loss at Iona College. He first hit on 21 in February 2011 at Marist College.

His 22-point performance came after he scored just eight, making only 2-of-8 from the field on December 8 against Saint Peter’s.

 

Olson After Fewer Than 10 Points

Robert Olson has scored in double digits in nine of 13 games this season, and he has not scored in single digits twice in a row.

He had just eight points on November 18 against the Albany, but he scored a team-best 20 in Loyola’s next game, November 23, at Rhode Island, including the game-tying three with less than four seconds left to force overtime in a win.

He then had seven at Coppin State on November 28 but came back to score 10 at Florida Gulf Coast.

 

Brooks With A Career-High, Too

Julius Brooks scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds after the break, a total that would have equaled his career-best. He also had a bucket in the first half, and with his career-high five field goals, the senior post player finished with a career-best 12.

It marked the second time in his career that Brooks has scored 10 or more and the first since he did it against Niagara in his freshman season of 2009-2010.

Brooks has averaged 8.3 points in the Greyhounds’ last three games after scoring six against Niagara on December 5 and seven versus Saint Peter’s on December 8.

 

Etherly Returns To Action

Erik Etherly made his first appearance for Loyola since November 23 against Mount St. Mary’s after recuperating from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five games, a span in which Loyola won three.

The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year came off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s, entering the game in the second minute of play, and he finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

He made 6-of-11 shots, plus 4-of-6 from the line, and also dished out a pair of assists.

The Greyhounds averaged 7.5 points per game fewer (68.3-60.8) in the five games without Etherly, but they also allowed four fewer points (57.2-61.2) in the same span.

Loyola averaged more rebounds (39.8-35.2) during Etherly’s absence, but the team’s field-goal percentage has slipped form .440 to .380 in the respective stretches.

During Etherly’s absence, Anthony Winbush raised his scoring average from 6.7 points to 9.2 points, and the graduate student led the team in rebounds (7.2 per game in those five).

 

On The Defensive

Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half,  both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.

The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.

Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.

Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 38.8-percent from the field.

The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.4 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.6 blocked shots per game.

 

When Olson Scores 20+

Loyola improved to 5-1 in games over the last three-plus years when Robert Olson scores 20 or more points. Just once has the guard reached the 20-point plateau in a loss, a January 2012 setback at Iona.

 

Jones’ Productive Minutes

After playing a season-low two minutes on December 8 against Saint Peter’s, Jarred Jones was in the game for 13 against Mount St. Mary’s. The freshman made the most of his playing time, dishing out a career-best five assists while pulling down five rebounds, blocking a shot, logging a steal and scoring three points.

Versus Bucknell, he came off the bench to make all three of his shots, grab two offensive rebounds and block a shot in 10 minutes.

 

Making Good On Starting Opportunity

Franz Rassman made the most of his first collegiate start on December 8 at the IZOD Center against Saint Peter’s, recording career-highs of 25 minutes and 13 points, going 6-of-8 from the floor.

Rassman made all three of his second-half shots, including his first 3-pointer as a Greyhound, and tallied seven points after the break in 14 minutes of action.

Over the last five games, Rassman has averaged 6.6 points and 15.0 minutes per game. He is shooting a team-best .690 (14-of-23) during that stretch.

Against Niagara on December 5, Rassman played a big role in the Greyhounds’ near-comeback late in the game. He finished with eight points and four rebounds, three offensive. He also blocked a shot and had a steal.

 

Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)

Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).

He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.

Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

On a day when his shots were not falling in volume (3-of-10), Dylon Cormier found another way to score against Saint Peter’s, getting to the free-throw line 13 times and making nine.

He finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists against the Peacocks.

Cormier leads the team with 83 free throws attempted and 63 made this season. He has gone to the line 10 or more times on three occasions (at Washington, at Coppin State and versus Saint Peter’s), and he has attempted seven or more from the line in four more games.

With his nine makes against the Peacocks, Cormier moved into the top-25 all-time at Loyola in free-throws made. In less than 2.5 years with the Greyhounds, he has made 224, good for 25th place, one behind teammate Erik Etherly for 24th. Etherly’s 331 free-throw attempts are 22nd all-time at Loyola, and Cormier’s 326 are tied for 24th with Mark Rhode (1972-1976).

 

Latham Breaks Out

Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.

Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.

His strong play of late started when he logged a career-high 27 minutes off the bench before fouling out midway through overtime at Rhode Island on November 23.

Latham scored a then-career-best nine points and also had five rebounds, an assist and a block, and he was at his best late in the tight game.

He scored the first three Loyola points of overtime, on a layup and a free throw, after the Rams had jumped out to a 53-50 lead in the extra frame.

Last Wednesday at Coppin State, Latham scored just four points, but he matched his career-high with 27 minutes and had a particularly strong defensive effort. He grabbed six boards and swatted three shots against the Eagles.

 

Cormier’s Career-High

Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.

Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.

The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.

After scoring 19 on Monday night against Towson, as well, Cormier is averaging 23 points in the Greyhounds’ last two games.

 

Charm City Pride

Baltimore born and raised Dylon Cormier plays at or near his best when the Greyhounds face another team from the Baltimore area. The junior guard, who was in the last graduating class at the now closed Cardinal Gibbons High School, has scored 145 points in eight career games against teams from Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs.

Including his career-high 27 on Wednesday, Cormier has averaged 18.1 points against Coppin State (two games), Towson (two), UMBC (three) and Morgan State (one). He has four games with 20 or more points among the eight contests.

In the last year, Cormier has averaged 20.6 in five games against the teams.

 

Doubling Up

Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.

He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

 

Doubling Up, Part Two

Erik Etherly had his first double-double of the 2012-2013 season, the 14th of his career at Loyola. The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds at Rhode Island.

 

Late Game Heroics

Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, came down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).

On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier  who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.

Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.

Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.

 

MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).

This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.

Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.

Erik Etherly earned an All-MAAC First Team nod, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson were named to the Second Team.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

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.

 

Turnaround…Check

Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 122-123 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games  in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

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

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

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

 

Century Mark

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

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

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 131 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

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

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

 

What’s Next

The Greyhounds open the new year with three consecutive home Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games. Loyola will host Rider University on Friday, January 4, at 7:30 p.m., before Saint Peter’s University comes to Reitz Arena on Sunday, January 6, for a 12 noon game.

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