March 4, 2013
EDISON, N.J. - Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons H.S.) and Erik Etherly (Alexandria, Va./Annandale H.S.) became the first pair of Loyola University Maryland teammates to earn All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team honors on Monday when the league announced their postseason teams.
The pair became the 11th and 12th Loyola players to earn First Team honors since the Greyhounds joined the MAAC in 1989-1990, the first in the same year.
Etherly is Loyola's first repeat first teamer since Gerald Brown was so honored in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.
The duo helped pace Loyola to a 21-10 regular-season record and the program's first back-to-back 20-win seasons in Division I history (since 1981-1982). The last time Loyola completed consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins was in 1948-1949.
Loyola, which finished tied for second in the MAAC during the regular-season with a 12-6 record, enters next weekend's MAAC Championships as the No. 3 seed. The Greyhounds will face sixth-seeded Manhattan College in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Cormier leads the Greyhounds in scoring with 16.6 points per game entering the MAAC Championships. He scored in double-figures in 27 of the 30 games he played this season, and he led the team in scoring 13 times.
An All-MAAC Second Team honoree last season, Cormier has scored 20 or more points seven times this year, and he has scored 15 or more points in 20 games. He was a top defender for the Greyhounds, as well, leading the team in steals for the second year in a row. Cormier enters the MAAC Championships second in the league with 58 steals, an average of 1.9 per game. He also is tops on the team in total assists with 74, and his 4.4 rebounds per game rank fourth on the squad.
Etherly has raised his scoring average over the last seven games of the regular season while scoring 22 or more points in five times during that stretch. After scoring a career-high 30 in the team's regular-season finale on Sunday versus Manhattan, Etherly is averaging 16.2 points per game, up from 14.5 on February 2.
During the last seven games, Etherly has averaged 20.9 points per game while shooting 55.4-percent from the field. He started the stretch with back-to-back games of 25 (Siena) and 22 (at Marist) before tallying a combined 20 in the next two games (Canisius, at Siena). Since the game in Albany, N.Y., on February 16, however, Etherly has scored 23 or more in three consecutive outings.
The duo also recorded their 1,000th career points in the same game earlier this season, January 21 at Fairfield University, becoming the first teammates in MAAC history to do so.
Cormier and Etherly were joined on the All-MAAC First Team by Iona College's Lamont Jones, Niagara University's Juan'ya Green and Antoine Mason and Canisius College's Billy Baron.