Nov. 9, 2010
Baltimore, Md. - The 2010-2011 Loyola University Maryland men's basketball team officially gets things started Friday night when the Greyhounds host Drexel University in Reitz Arena at 8 o'clock. The contest will be the first of three straight home games for Loyola to open the season.
The Greyhounds stretched their legs last Thursday in a 73-50 home exhibition win over Division II Shepherd University. Loyola shot 48.2 percent (27-56) for the game and held the Rams to just six second-half field goals and under 30 percent (.291, 16-55) during the contest.
Sophomore forward Erik Etherly led all players with a double-double in his first appearance in a Greyhounds uniform. The Northeastern transfer scored a game-high 16 points and equaled the game-best with 10 rebounds. Just behind him was junior forward Shane Walker who continued his strong play from the end of the last season with an enviable stat line: 10 points, nine rebounds, five assist, three steals and two blocks. Junior guard J'hared Hall (13 points) was the only other player in double digits.
Another player making his Loyola debut was freshman guard Dylon Cormier. He started at point guard and scored seven points with three boards, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes. Sophomore guard Robert Olson showed his consistent play with nine points, an assist and two steals and junior forward Anthony Winbush shook off some of the rust from not playing since January with seven points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Greyhounds held a considerable 45-30 rebounding advantage and make six of their eight shots from three-point range in building a 40-30 halftime lead. In all, 10 players saw action in the exhibition with eight of those playing 16 minutes or more.
Friday's contest with Drexel is a return game from the February 2009 BracketBusters contest played in Philadelphia. Loyola held a one-point lead at the half, but the Dragons shot nearly 70 percent after the intermission, including seven of nine from three-point range, to roar back for a 74-58 victory. The Drexel win evened the series at four games each and gives the Dragons consecutive wins on the heels of three straight Greyhounds victories in the 1980s.
Of players who appeared in that last contest, senior guard Brian Rudolph started alongside senior forward Jamal Barney and Winbush for the Greyhounds. Barney led the Greyhounds with 16 points with four steals while Rudolph added nine. Hall saw just one minute of action. For the Dragons, guard Gerald Colds is the only remaining starter and he finished with 18 points, making four three-pointers and six free throws. Forward Samme Givens added five points and four assists off the bench and forward Yannick Formbor played just one minute.
The contest opens a stretch of three straight home games to open the season, the first time the Greyhounds have held that scheduling advantage since they joined Division I in the early 1980s. After Friday, Loyola hosts UMBC on November 17 at 7 o'clock and ends the stretch with visiting Dartmouth on November 21 at noon. For ticket information to any Loyola Greyhounds athletic event, call 410-617-1420 or click here.