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Two-Game Road Trip Starts Friday At Rider For Men's Hoops

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Opponent Rider University Broncs
Date Friday, February 4, 2011
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lawrenceville, N.J. | Alumni Gymnasium
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Game Notes Loyola at Rider Game Notes
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LOYOLA-RIDER SERIES HISTORY: Rider leads the series, 20-15. Loyola has won four of the last five in the series and four of the last five played in Alumni Gymnasium.

LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore guard Robert Olson scored a three-pointer to send the game to overtime and then tallied the last four points of the extra session and six Greyhounds scored in double figures as Loyola won for the seventh time in January with an 88-85 overtime victory over Iona. The Gaels scored nine straight to take a 69-63 lead with 4:16 to play, but five different Greyhounds scored points during the regulation-ending 15-9 stretch to force overtime. The last points came courtesy from an Olson three-pointer with 7.2 left. Loyola did not trail for the last 3:49 of the extra session and Olson's driving layup with 41.4 seconds remaining gave the Greyhounds the lead for good and his two free throws with 13.9 to play were the game's final points. Senior guard Brian Rudolph matched his career-high with 19 points while playing 44 minutes. Sophomore forward Erik Etherly (12 points, 11 rebounds) and freshman guard Justin Drummond (14 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles while junior guard J'hared Hall added 15 points. Olson and freshman guard Dylon Cormier rounded out the sextet with 12 points each.

DRUMMOND NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME: For the third time this season, freshman guard Justin Drummond was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced Monday by the conference office. After leading Loyola in scoring with 12 points in the Friday loss to Siena, he posted his first career double-double in the overtime win over Iona, scoring 14 points with career-highs for rebounds (10) and blocked shots (4). He is the first MAAC freshman to be honored three times this season and only Fairfield's Maurice Barrow has been honored twice. He earned consecutive awards in December after scoring a career-high 21 points at No. 15 Georgetown and following that with 17 points at Howard. 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.

BRACKETBUSTERS OPPONENT ANNOUNCED: The Greyhounds found out on Monday that they would be able to sleep in their own beds as a predetermined road team for the annual BracketBusters event, being selected for a game at nearby Towson. The game was not one of those selected for television. The February 19 game will be a 7 o'clock start at the Towson Center. The matchup will be the 70th in the series history with Loyola leading, 42-27. Loyola is 3-2 in five previous February matchups in the event and 1-1 as the road team.

CONTINUING JANUARY SUCCESS: The consecutive wins to open January 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 of the New Year and the Greyhounds' January record is 32-17 (.653) over the last five seasons. Prior to last year, Loyola pieced together six-game winning streaks running through January in the previous two seasons and in 2006-2007 the Greyhounds won six straight conference contests in January.

MORE JANUARY SUCCESS STORIES: Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos engineered one of the best month-to-month turnarounds in NCAA Division I by leading Loyola to a 7-2 record in January. That mark came on the heels of a 1-6 December record that had the Greyhounds 4-8 entering the New Year. Three teams that were winless in December all had better winning percentage differentials for January than the Greyhounds' .635 increase. Loyola's 7-2 January record was second-best in the MAAC, trailing only the 8-1 mark posted by first-place Fairfield. The one Stags loss came at the hands of the Greyhounds.

GREYHOUNDS EXCEL IN OVERTIME UNDER PATSOS: The overtime win Sunday over Iona improved the Greyhounds to 6-1 in extra sessions under seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos. His 85.7 winning percentage in overtime games is tops at Loyola since the program elevated to Division I in 1981-1982. His win total is matched only by Mark Amatucci, who suffered five defeats as well.

GREYHOUNDS POST SIXTH STRAIGHT 10-WIN SEASON: With the win at Marist, Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos recorded his sixth straight season of 10 wins or more, becoming the first Loyola coach to accomplish that feat since Hall of Famer Nap Doherty led Loyola to six straight 10-win seasons between 1968-1969 and 1973-1974. After taking over a 1-27 program, Patsos won six games in his first season and has reached double digits each year since. Hall of Famer Lefty Reitz ran off a string of 15 consecutive double-figure victory seasons during his 23-year career.

RUDOLPH MATCHES CAREER-HIGH: Senior guard Brian Rudolph continues to showcase his leadership skills on and off the court. With Loyola's leading scorer sidelined, he matched his career-high with 19 points while playing a career-best 44 minutes in Sunday's overtime victory over Iona. He also directed an offense that put six Greyhounds in double figures - the first time that has happened under Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos. His penetration drew the defender on the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation on which he got the assist and his defense forced a missed shot by the Gaels. It was the second time in two weeks he was part of the decisive game-ending plays. Despite being held scoreless in the second half at Saint Peter's to that point, he forced a Peacocks' miss by Nick Leon with nine seconds remaining, grabbed the defensive rebound and raced up court to set up and sink the game-winning basket with a floater from the lane with one-half second left. It was his first game-winning bucket at Loyola. Those efforts continued the string of solid outings he has posted in his final season. 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 Mount St. Mary's, he played 30 minutes 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 the home win over Marist, again in the win at Manhattan and a third time last Friday night and now has 482. When he took the floor in December against Saint Peter's, he became the 41st person in Greyhounds history to play in 100 career games. He is seven appearances away from becoming the school's all-time leader in games played.

OLSON PROVIDES LATE-GAME HEROICS AGAIN: For the third time this season, sophomore guard Robert Olson provided late-game heroics to lift Loyola to a win, the latest being his clutch performance in Sunday's overtime win over Iona. After a scoreless first half, he tallied his second three-pointer of the game with 7.2 seconds remaining to tie the game and force overtime. In the extra session, his driving layup with 41.4 remaining gave Loyola the lead for good and his two free throws with 13.9 seconds ended the scoring and provided the final margin. He matched career-bests with seven rebounds and five assists while playing a career-high 36 minutes. Earlier in the month, he scored 19 points over the final 8:22 of Loyola's win at Marist and he ended November with nine points in 83 seconds to give Loyola the lead for good in the win at Morgan State. Eight of his 19 points against the Red Foxes came in four perfect trips to the foul line to seal the game and equal the 16th-best effort in school history.

DRUMMOND DELIVERS DEBUT DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Freshman guard Justin Drummond has come off the bench to score in double figures in five of the last six games and in Sunday's overtime win over Iona he added a career-high 10 rebounds to his 14 points for his first career double-double. He also added a career-best four blocked shots while playing 24 minutes. He is averaging 10.7 points over his last six games and has connected on two three-pointers in each of his last four contests. His effort against the Gaels, combined with his team-leading 12 points against Siena, earned him his third MAAC Rookie of the Week award. He ignited the second-half comeback in the home win over Fairfield as his seven straight points started a 16-5 run that turned a nine-point deficit into a two-point lead. After not dressing for the first eight games of the season awaiting medical clearance, he was the team's leading scorer in back-to-back road games in Washington, D.C., last month to earn consecutive MAAC Rookie of the Week honors. His 21 points at Georgetown is tied for the third-highest point total by a Loyola player this season and he is the second freshman to reach the 20-point plateau after guard Dylon Cormier scored 20 in the win over UMBC.

ETHERLY POSTS THIRD DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Erik Etherly collected the third double-double of his career in Sunday's overtime win over Iona with 14 points and 11 rebounds while playing a career-best 40 minutes. Earlier in the month he scored 14 points with 13 rebounds at Manhattan and his first career double-double came in December with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Howard. He scored in double figures in five of six games including his effort against the Jaspers. After scoring all of his 14 points in the second half in the home win over Marist, he scored 12 of his points after the intermission against the Jaspers. In the home win over Manhattan, he tallied 12 points while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (4-8) and making all four of his free throws, grabbed seven rebounds and snared three steals. In his last 13 games, he is averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 52.3 percent from the field (46-88). Included among those contests 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 shooting performance in school history. He is second on the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and blocked shots (23).

HALL'S SHOOTING LEADING TO WINS: With a reputation as a scorer who can shoot, junior guard J'hared Hall is showcasing those skills off the bench over the last eight games. At Manhattan, he made six field goals - four of them from three-point range - and added a free throw on a conventional three-point play to establish a career high with 17 points in 11 minutes to keep the Greyhounds in the game. He added two three-pointers in the second half to finish with 23, ending eight of 10 from the field and six of eight from three-point range after entering the game making 13.0 percent (3-23) for three-pointers on the season. The six three-pointers knocked down by both he and sophomore guard Robert Olson matched the sixth-best single-game total in school history last turned in by Brett Harvey in November 2008. At Iona, in his only start during the stretch, he responded with a 17-point outing, making six of his 10 shots from the field and four of his six attempts from three-point range. He followed that with a team-high 17 points in the home win over Fairfield, including a three-pointer with 2:01 left to give Loyola the lead for good. At Saint Peter's, he scored all 15 of his points on three-pointers during a stretch of just over 10 minutes during the second half to erase an 11-point deficit. In the home win over the Jaspers, he scored five straight points during the decisive second-half run, finishing with 12. And at Marist, his 11 first-half points helped the Greyhounds build a 40-28 halftime lead, finishing with 16 points on six-of-nine shooting. He had his first off-night from the field of the month, but still finished with 10 points Friday against Siena. He was back to form with 15 points in the overtime win over Iona, including a perfect five-for-five from the foul line. For his last eight games, he is averaging 15.6 points while shooting 55.8 percent from the field (43-77) and 56.3 percent from three-point range (27-48).

CORMIER MAKES HIS RETURN: After missing two straight games with an illness, freshman guard Dylon Cormier made his return to the lineup in the home win over Marist and started and scored 10 points. He followed that with 11 points at Manhattan and 10 points at Iona. The efforts gave him four straight double-figure scoring games since not scoring in the December win over Mount St. Mary's. Omitting that game, he has scored seven points or more in 15 of his 18 other appearances and has reached double digits in half of those after his 12-point outing in the overtime win over Iona. In fact, he has reached double figures in six of his MAAC contests. 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.

WALKER JUST MISSING DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior forward Shane Walker has just missed collecting his sixth career double-double in each of his last three games, lacking either a rebound or a point in each. Against Siena, he was one board shy with 10 points. In the win at Marist, he corralled 12 rebounds, but scored just nine points as he battled second-half foul trouble. And in the home win over Manhattan, he scored 13 points with nine boards. He did not dress for the overtime win over Iona. He has scored eight points or more in his last 12 appearances and has grabbed eight or more rebounds in 11 of 13. He collected the fourth and fifth double-doubles of his career in early December. After his double-double at George Mason, he followed that with a double-double against Mount St. Mary's for his first at home after his previous four had come on the road. The team's leading scorer (11.0 ppg) and rebounder (7.6 rpg), he is averaging 13.3 points in his last 12 games and 8.9 rebounds in his last 13 outings.

WIEGAND GETS START: With junior forward Shane Walker not dressing Sunday against Iona, junior center Josh Wiegand got his first start of the season. He responded with four points and three rebounds in a career-high 19 minutes. He made five starts as a freshman in 2008-2009 with the Greyhounds winning three of the five. His career record as a starter now stands at 4-2 after Sunday's win.

BARNEY RESPONDS TO RESERVE ROLE: A tri-captain, senior guard Jamal Barney showed that leadership by accepting his role off the bench and responded with a 21-point effort at Iona to lead the team and equal his season high. He was held scoreless for the first time since the fourth game of his career in the win at Manhattan, but he shook that off to make eight of 12 shots against the Gaels. He was scoreless again in the win over Fairfield. He has not dressed for a game since then and returned to practice for the first time this week. With a step-back 14-foot jumper with 5:14 left in the first half of the home win over Marist, he 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. In December, he reached 1,000 points for his career with a layup in the win over Mount St. Mary's and now has 1,059 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.

WALKER EARNS SECOND MAAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: For the second time this season, junior forward Shane Walker was named MAAC Co-Player of the Week by the conference office on January 24. Helping the Greyhounds to a 3-0 week, Walker averaged 13.7 points and 9.7 rebounds while leading Loyola in scoring in two of the games and rebounding in all three. He shared the award with Fairfield's Derek Needham. Walker became the third MAAC player this season to be honored two or more times by the conference office, joining Ryan Rossiter of Siena and Iona's Mike Glover. Earlier this season, he posted consecutive double-doubles while averaging 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds to receive his first acknowledgement on December 12, sharing that award with Glover.

GREYHOUNDS RECORD THREE-WIN WEEK: For the first time in 14 seasons, the Greyhounds won three MAAC games in a Monday-Sunday week when they posted wins at Saint Peter's and Marist around the home win over Manhattan last week. During February 1997, Loyola won at Siena on Tuesday the 18th and finished with home wins over Saint Peter's on Friday the 21st and Fairfield on Sunday the 23rd. Prior to that in February 1992, the Greyhounds opened the week with a Monday win at Saint Peter's on the 17th and ended with home victories over Niagara on Friday the 21st and Fairfield on Sunday the 23rd. Loyola last won three games in a week between Wednesday and Sunday with home triumphs over New Jersey Institute and Marist around a win at Manhattan between January 14-18, 2009.

PATSOS JOINS SELECT GROUP: When he took the sidelines for the home game with Manhattan, seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos coached his 200th game at Loyola, becoming just the fourth person in the 101-year history of the program to reach that milestone. He moved into No. 3 at Marist. Already ranking third in career victories with his November win at Morgan State and now owning 93, he trails only Hall of Famers Lefty Reitz and Nap Doherty in games coached at Loyola.

WINNING THEM CLOSE: Loyola's two victories on the mid-January weekend came by one and two points, respectively, the only decisions under three points this season for the Greyhounds. They are the first consecutive narrow victories since January of 2009 when Loyola beat Saint Peter's at home by one (57-56) and followed that with a 73-72 overtime win at Marist. The Greyhounds' current 7-4 MAAC record also is the first time they have been above .500 in the conference since that same time. Loyola won five straight to end that January with a 6-5 conference record.

STREAK-SNAPPING VICTORY: The win over Fairfield snapped a couple of streaks for both teams. The loss was the first for the Stags since November, ending an 11-game winning streak. Also, Fairfield had won 12 straight over the Greyhounds in Reitz Arena before that game as Loyola last posted a home win in the series in January 1998. In the first game of the nationally televised doubleheader, Loyola's women's team ended a nine-game losing streak with its two-point win over Fairfield, making it a streak-ending night for both teams.

FAST TIMES IN REITZ ARENA: The Greyhounds had raced out to fast starts in their three home games before the Fairfield game as they rode hot shooting and 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. In closing the month 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 the 83-67 win over Marist to open 2011, 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. Fairfield turned the tables by jumping ahead 13-4, but Loyola regrouped and posted the one-point win.

ROCKIN' WITH THE EIGHTIES: For the first time since February 2008, Loyola posted consecutive games scoring in the 80s with its wins over Marist and Manhattan to open January. The Greyhounds broke the 80-point mark in three straight MAAC games from February 7-16, 2008, collecting wins over Saint Peter's and Siena sandwiched around a loss to Niagara. After Sunday's 88-point effort in the overtime win over Iona, Loyola now has four 80-point games this season, its most since the 2007-2008 team reached 80 or more nine times with a team than won 19 games and featured four players who scored more than 990 points in their careers.

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.

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 eight and seven 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 eight different starting lineups this season with the starts rotating among nine 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.

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 these seven contests in which the Greyhounds will compete against a fellow Jesuit institution is later this month when they host Canisius. 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.

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 nine via advancement through the MAAC Tournament. The next televised game of the season is later this month when the Greyhounds host Canisius. That matchup will be carried live locally on MASN.

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. The next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is February 11 when Loyola hosts Niagara.

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 February 11 when Loyola welcomes Niagara to Reitz Arena. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

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 road weekend continues Monday night when the Greyhounds visit Siena for a 7 o'clock start. One week from tonight, Loyola begins a three-game home stretch when it hosts Niagara at 7:00 p.m.