Nov. 4, 2010
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola University Maryland men's basketball returned to Reitz Arena on Thursday night when the Greyhounds knocked off Division II Shepherd University in exhibition play, 73-50.
"I thought we played well and Shepherd's a great opponent for us to face in an exhibition game to see what we're all about," said Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "I thought we could have rebounded better but it's good to be back."
Erik Etherly led Loyola in scoring and rebounds, racking up a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Shane Walker tallied 10 points and also chipped in on the defensive end, recording three steals and two blocks while pulling down seven rebounds.
The Greyhounds held the Rams to 27.8 percent shooting from the field and 5-for-25 behind the three-point line. Loyola shot 27-for-56 from the field for 48.2 percent.
Dylon Cormier impressed in his first collegiate action, scoring seven points and taking two steals.
"I thought Dylon played well," said Patsos. "He made some freshmen mistakes which were mistakes from being aggressive, but I thought he did some really good things tonight."
J'hared Hall came off the bench and scored 13 points, second on the team in the game.
"I thought J'hared did a good job tonight too," Patsos said. "He came in and gave us a spark."
Robert Olson scored Loyola's first seven points to help the Greyhounds erase an opening 10-1 Rams lead. Loyola rallied from a 12-4 deficit with a 15-0 run that spanned four minutes, highlighted by a Shane Walker three-pointer to give the Greyhounds the lead at 15-12. The home side built on its advantage throughout the first half to lead 25-18 midway through the opening frame.
Erik Etherly put Loyola ahead 30-20 with an impressive dunk but Shepherd battled back to cut the lead in half with six minutes remaining before drawing within one point three minutes later. The Greyhounds regained their shooting touch down the stretch, however, rattling off nine unanswered points to take a 40-30 lead into halftime.
The Greyhounds extended their lead early in the second half, going on a 10-2 run sparked by two Jamal Barney layups. An Etherly dunk and layup on consecutive possessions capped the run and put Loyola ahead, 55-37, with 13:16 to play.
Shane Walker scored his 10th point of the night with a jumper to stretch the Greyhounds' lead to 20, making the score 65-45 with under five minutes left in the game.
Loyola opens the regular season at Reitz Arena next Friday, November 12, when the Greyhounds host Drexel. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.
"Drexel's a really good Colonial Athletic Association team and will provide a great first test for us," Patsos said. "We need our fans to be behind us Friday night and give the support that takes us to the next level."