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MAAC Road Weekend For Men's Basketball Opens At Manhattan

Game Information
Opponent Manhattan College Jaspers
Date Friday, January 7, 2011
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Riverdale, N.Y. | Draddy Gymnasium
Streaming Video JasperVision (subscription)
Online Media Live Stats
Game Notes Loyola vs. Manhattan Game Notes
Ticket Information Manhattan Ticket Information

LOYOLA-MANHATTAN SERIES HISTORY: Manhattan leads the series, 31-18, although the Greyhounds have won five of the last six and six of the last eight in the regular season. The Jaspers rode a 51-point first half to advance to the quarterfinals in last year's MAAC Championship with a 94-79 opening-round victory over Loyola. The Greyhounds have won four straight in Draddy Gymnasium after dropping six road games in a row in the series.

LAST TIME OUT: Loyola made five of its first seven three-point attempts while shooting 76.9 percent (10-13) from the field to build a 25-6 lead with 12:39 remaining in the first half and were never headed en route to an 83-67 MAAC home victory Monday night over Marist. The Red Foxes failed to get their deficit below 10 in the contest as Loyola matched its season-high for points scored. The Greyhounds put five players in double figures for the first time since February 2010 as junior forward Shane Walker recorded game-highs for scoring (19) and rebounding (8). Sophomore guard Robert Olson made four of five three-point attempts in scoring 17 points and sophomore forward Erik Etherly tallied all 14 of his points in the second half. Senior guard Jamal Barney notched his 1,000th point in a Loyola uniform among his 11 points and freshman guard Dylon Cormier returned to the lineup and added 10.

CONTINUING JANUARY SUCCESS: The home win Monday over Marist continued a trend for the Greyhounds during the year's first month. For the fifth time in six seasons, Loyola won its first conference game in January and the Greyhounds extended their January record to 26-15 (.634) over the last five seasons. Prior to last year, Loyola pieced together six-game winning streaks running through January and in 2006-2007 the Greyhounds won six straight conference contests in January.

FAST TIMES IN REITZ ARENA: The Greyhounds have raced out to fast starts in each of their last three home games, riding hot shooting with stingy defense. The stretch started with the December win over Mount St. Mary's when Loyola made eight of its first 11 shots while holding the Mountaineers to 1-10 shooting in sprinting out to an 18-4 lead seven minutes into the 65-42 win. Last week against Bucknell, the Greyhounds jumped ahead 12-2 by making five of their 10 attempts while the Bison misfired on their first five tries six minutes into the contest. And in Monday's 83-67 win over Marist, Loyola connected on 10 of 13 shots while the Red Foxes made just three of nine to lift the Greyhounds to a 25-6 lead six-and-a-half minutes into the game. For that stretch of nearly 20 minutes of play, Loyola shot 67.6 percent from the field (23-34) while holding opponents to 16.7 percent (4-24) and outscoring them 55-12.

WALKER DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE, TWICE: Junior forward Shane Walker collected the fourth and fifth double-doubles of his career in early December. A 14-point effort at George Mason was his first double-figure scoring outing of the season and he grabbed 10 or more rebounds in three straight games around that outing. The double-double effort against Mount St. Mary's was his first at home after his previous four had come on the road. After his 19-point, eight-rebound effort in Monday's win over Marist, he is averaging 13.3 points and 9.6 rebounds while shooting 86.7 percent from the foul line (26-30) over his last seven games. He is the team's leading rebounder at 7.4 per game and is second in scoring with 10.5 points per outing. He is also steadily climbing his way up the all-time blocked shots list. He already has recorded 23 this season, giving him 69 for his Loyola career to rank fifth all-time.

OLSON IS A STARTER AGAIN: After starting the opener, sophomore guard Robert Olson moved out because of an injury and then found success coming off the bench. That success put him back in the starting lineup at Fairfield. He responded with a season-high 16 points as the only Loyola player in double figures and then followed that with 14 points at George Mason, making six of his nine shots. After playing just four minutes and being held scoreless in the win over UMBC following the injury, he reached double figures four times in six games, averaging 11.3 points during the stretch. He found his shooting touch in Monday's win over Marist, connecting on four of five three-point attempts to score a season-high 17 points while matching his season-best with three assists.

ETHERLY POSTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Erik Etherly collected the first double-double of his career at Howard with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was his third straight double-figure scoring effort and the second time this season he had corralled 10 or more rebounds. He scored in double figures for the sixth time this season in Monday's win over Marist as he shook off first-half foul trouble to score all 14 of his points following the intermission while making seven of his 10 tries from the floor. In his last five games, he is averaging 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 67.6 percent from the field (23-34). Included among those are a pair of perfect performances from the floor - seven-for-seven against Mount St. Mary's and four-for-four at Howard. The effort against the Mountaineers resulted in a career-high 17 points and matched the second-best performance in school history. He leads the team with 14 steals and is second on the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocked shots (15).

BARNEY SURPASSES MILESTONE, AGAIN: With a step-back 14-foot jumper with 5:14 left in the first half of Monday's win over Marist, senior guard Jamal Barney scored his 1,000th point in a Loyola uniform, becoming the 31st player in the 101-year history of Greyhounds basketball to reach that milestone. He scored in double figures for the second straight game off the bench after finishing with 11 points. Last month, he reached 1,000 points for his career with a layup in the win over Mount St. Mary's and now has 1,038 points for his career. Earlier this season, he posted his fourth career double-double in the win over UMBC, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.

CORMIER MAKES HIS RETURN: After missing two straight games with an illness, freshman guard Dylon Cormier made his return to the lineup in Monday's win over Marist and started and scored 10 points. It was his second straight game in double figures after not scoring in the December win over Mount St. Mary's. Omitting that game, he has scored eight points or more in his other 10 appearances and has reached double digits in half of those. He put on quite the shooting display in the home win over UMBC, leading Loyola to its first victory of the season. He missed just one shot of all three varieties, making four of five two-point shots, one of two three-point shots and nine of 10 free throws for a career-high 20 points. The last previous Loyola freshman to score 20-plus points in a game was Robert Olson's 20-point outing last January in a win over Marist. Cormier added five assists, two assists and a steal while playing 30 minutes.

RUDOLPH PROVIDING LEADERSHIP: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership as both a starter and a reserve while playing some of the best basketball of his career. He did not miss a shot from the floor in the home win over UMBC, scoring eight points off the bench to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. He became the fourth player in Loyola history to surpass 400 career assists in that outing. In the win over Dartmouth, he came off the bench and made four late free throws with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes played. In the win over Mount St. Mary's, he matched his season high with 30 minutes played off the bench and his six assists moved him into third place all-time on the Loyola career assists list. He matched those six assists in Monday's win over Marist and now has 448. When he took the floor against Saint Peter's, he became the 41st person in Greyhounds history to play in 100 career games. He is 15 appearances away from becoming the school's all-time leader in games played.

HEALTHY HALL GETS START: After missing the first three games of December with an injury, a healthy junior guard J'hared Hall ended the month in the starting lineup, scoring seven points in 22 minutes against Bucknell. He tallied five of those points in the game's first four minutes to help the Greyhounds build a 12-2 lead. For the game, he matched his career highs with three assists and two steals. The start was his first of the season and seventh of his career. He returned to a reserve role in Monday's win over Marist and made a pair of free throws with an assist in eight minutes.

DRUMMOND EXPLODES ON THE SCENE: After not dressing for the first eight games of the season awaiting medical clearance, freshman guard Justin Drummond was the team's leading scorer in back-to-back road games in Washington, D.C. He played just four scoreless minutes in his debut against Mount St. Mary's, but followed that to post 21 points at No. 15 Georgetown and 17 points at Howard. He earned MAAC Rookie of the Week accolades following each of those efforts. The 21 points matches the second-highest point total of the season for a Greyhounds player this year through 13 games and he is the second freshman to reach the 20-point plateau after guard Dylon Cormier scored 20 in the win over UMBC.

DRUMMOND NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK, AGAIN: For the second straight week, freshman guard Justin Drummond was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced December 27 by the conference office. He followed up his career-high 21-point performance at No. 15 Georgetown by scoring a team-high 17 points at Howard. He is the first MAAC rookie to be honored on consecutive weeks and the first rookie to receive recognition twice through eight weeks of the season. Following the Co-Player of the Week honor garnered by junior forward Shane Walker on December 13, Greyhounds were feted by the MAAC for three consecutive weeks. His recognition makes him the fifth current Greyhound to be so honored and second this season joining classmate Dylon Cormier. The three prior to this season all were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team and current senior guard Brian Rudolph was named the MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year following his freshman campaign.

WALKER NAMED MAAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a pair of double-doubles in two games, junior forward Shane Walker was honored by the conference office as the MAAC Co-Player of the Week for games through December 12. It was his first conference acknowledgement and he shared the award with Iona's Mike Glover. He averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (12-21), 62.5 percent from three-point range (5-8) and 87.5 percent from the foul line (7-8). He added two steals at George Mason and three blocked shots in the Mount St. Mary's win.

THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST: Despite some mediocre scoring outings, the Greyhounds have been playing consistently good defense. That was never more evident than in the win over Mount St. Mary's when Loyola held an opponent below 50 points for the first time this season. The 42 points are the fewest for a Greyhounds opponent since holding Dartmouth to 41 points in a 58-41 win on November 24, 2009. Loyola is 11-2 when holding an opponent under 50 points since 1983-1984.

PATSOS REACHES MILESTONE: With the win at Morgan State, Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos moved into sole possession of third place on Loyola's all-time wins list. That 86th career win allowed him to pass Mark Amatucci who put together 85 wins during his seven-year career (1982-1989).

WALK-ONS WALK ON TO THE COURT: Both walk-ons got playing time for the final 37 seconds of the UMBC win and then followed that with 44 seconds of court time in the win over Dartmouth. For sophomore guard Luke Wandrusch, it was his third and fourth appearances since joining the team in late December 2009, but freshman forward Chido Onyiuke received his first playing time in a Loyola uniform. The tandem has appeared in seven and six games, respectively, thus far. In all, each of the 13 dressed Greyhounds saw action in the UMBC contest and 12 played against Dartmouth.

GETTING TO THE LINE AND MAKING THEM: The Greyhounds were able to largely overcome an early eight-point deficit and remain in the game in the win over UMBC by their successes at the free-throw line. Loyola connected on its first 12 foul shots and finished the game with 29 made free throws - tied for the 16th highest total in school history. The success should not come as a huge surprise as the Greyhounds twice in the last three years have ranked among the top seven nationally in team free-throw percentage - seventh in 2007-2008 (.768) and fifth in 2008-2009 (.776).

THE FIVE `W'S: Any good newsman knows the five "W's". At Loyola, they are Walker, Wandrusch, Wiegand, Williams and Winbush. According to independent research, the Greyhounds are one of two teams in NCAA Division I with five players possessing last names that start with "W". The other is Texas-San Antonio. Barring some unique recruiting at other places or attrition in either program, both will hold the same claim next year as all five players on both teams are underclassmen.

STARTING LINEUP: Various injuries and illnesses have forced the Greyhounds to test out six different starting lineups this season with the starts rotating among eight players. Last year, 11 of the 13 eligible players received starts with only first-year player Paolo Ivis and mid-season walk-on addition Luke Wandrusch not making starts.

BARNEY RECEIVES SECOND-TEAM NOD: For the second consecutive season, the MAAC coaches selected senior guard Jamal Barney to a spot on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team. Again, he was the only Loyola player to receive preseason recognition. The leading scorer in the league at 18.1 points as a sophomore, Barney was All-MAAC Second Team following that first season in a Greyhounds uniform.

GREYHOUNDS PICKED SIXTH BY COACHES: Loyola was tabbed for sixth in MAAC preseason balloting by the league's coaches announced in October. Last year's runner-up Fairfield collected six of the first-place votes to rank first followed by three-time defending champion Siena and its three votes while one vote was cast for Saint Peter's. Iona placed four points behind the Peacocks to land fourth and the Greyhounds trailed fifth-place Rider by four votes as well.

GREYHOUNDS ON THE TUBE: Six Loyola contests will receive national or regional television exposure this season and that number could swell to as many as 10 through the BracketBusters event and advancement through the MAAC Tournament. The next televised game of the season is the home game one week from tonight with Fairfield. The matchup will be carried live on ESPNU.

ESPN RADIO 1300 HOME TO GREYHOUNDS AGAIN: For the fourth consecutive season, Baltimore's ESPN Radio 1300 will be the home for select Loyola radio games. All home games not picked up by ESPN Radio 1300 will be live streamed via Greyhounds All Access on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Mark Zinno (play-by-play) is joined by analysts Gary Lambrecht and Jim Chivers. The next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is the home game next Friday when Loyola hosts Fairfield.

GREYHOUNDS ALL-ACCESS: Once again this season, any home game not selected for television will be made available on live video streaming through Greyhounds All Access. The next offering is when these teams meet again in Reitz Arena on January 20. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT: For the third consecutive year, Loyola will participate in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight which uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. The next of seven contests in which the Greyhounds will compete against a fellow Jesuit institution is the rematch with Fairfield on Friday, January 14. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights games between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, go to www.ajcunet.edu.

FOLLOW LOYOLA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: Loyola Athletics continues to provide updates on all the Greyhounds teams via its Facebook and Twitter sites. Greyhounds followers can get immediate news via Facebook.com/LoyolaHounds and Twitter.com/LoyolaHounds.

NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: The Greyhounds wrap their current two-game road trip Sunday with a visit to Iona at 2 o'clock. Loyola is home again one week from tonight when it hosts Fairfield in Reitz Arena in a nationally televised game on ESPNU at 7 o'clock.