Nov. 12, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - LOYOLA-VERMONT SERIES HISTORY: Tonight marks the fourth meeting in the history of the series and is the third consecutive year that these two teams have met. Loyola won the first two meetings in the series before Vermont captured last year's 64-62 victory in Burlington. The Greyhounds won the only other time these teams met in Reitz Arena, collecting an 83-79 victory on the strength of 27 points from Marquis Sullivan. The first meeting came in the consolation matchup of the 1969 Scranton Invitational with the Greyhounds coming out on top 97-92.TURNING 100: Loyola men's basketball turns 100 this season as it competes in its 100th recorded season. The first season was 1908-1909 and last year was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of that first season. This season is the 100th with two seasons being lost to World War I (1917-1918 and 1918-1919). The Greyhounds enter tonight with a record of 1126-1164 (.492) all-time.
WE ARE LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND: On September 25, the institution officially changed its designation to Loyola University Maryland. The first college in the United States to bear the name of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the change reflects the University's commitment toward becoming the nation's leading Catholic, comprehensive university. So, please, when referring to us, we are "Loyola University Maryland".
LAST TIME OUT: Senior guard Brett Harvey scored a game-high 23 points and newcomers Shane Walker and Robert Olson each added 12 to lead Loyola to a 69-58 exhibition win over Division II Adelphi last Friday night in Reitz Arena. Harvey fueled a 21-5 run to break open a five-point game with 11 points midway through the second half. Last year's NCAA Division I champion in free throw shooting percentage, Harvey was successful on all 12 of his attempts in the game, which would have been the fourth all-time top performance in the history of the school. Harvey and Walker tied senior forward Jawaan Wright and freshman forward Julius Brooks for team-high rebounding honors with five. The Greyhounds' defense allowed the Panthers just eight field goals in each half and connected on 19 of 23 (.879) tries from the foul line for the game.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: The Greyhounds have three players who will be making their Loyola debuts this evening. Sophomore forward Shane Walker is eligible this season after sitting out last year to establish his residency following his transfer from the University of Maryland. He will have three years to play in a Greyhounds uniform. Joining him are freshmen Julius Brooks and Robert Olson, both members of the Class of 2013. Brooks is a 6-9 forward from Greensboro, N.C., who signed with the Greyhounds last May. Olson is a 6-4 guard from nearby Bethesda who signed during the early signing period last November. One additional new player who will sit out this year following his transfer from Northeastern University is 6-7 forward Erik Etherly. Heavily recruited by Loyola coming out of Annandale HS, Etherly will have three years of eligibility when he begins play next season.
HARVEY PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Senior guard Brett Harvey picked right up where he left off in the exhibition win over Adelphi by making all 12 of his free-throw attempts en route to a game-high 23 points. Last year, Harvey led all of NCAA Division I in free throw percentage with 91.0 percent (142-156). Loyola's second-leading scorer a year ago, he enters this season needing 104 points to become the 30th player in the 100-year history of the program to surpass 1,000 career points.
SHANE SHINES IN HIS LOYOLA DEBUT: Sophomore forward Shane Walker put his skills on display for the first time in a Loyola uniform in the exhibition win over Adelphi and produced 12 points, five rebounds, a block and a steal in 28 minutes. He was in the starting lineup and made four of his five two-point attempts from the field and all four of his tries from the foul line.
OLSON PROVIDES BENCH SPARK: Freshman guard Robert Olson provided a spark off the Loyola bench in the exhibition win over Adelphi, playing 22 minutes while scoring 12 points with three assists and three steals. He made three of his shots from the field, including one of Loyola's two three-pointers, and five of his free-throw attempts.
BROOKS GETS START: Freshman forward Julius Brooks found himself in the starting lineup in the exhibition win over Adelphi in his Loyola debut. He played exactly half the game, tying for team-high rebounding honors with five. He also made one of his two attempts from the field and three of his four tries from the charity stripe, adding a block and a steal on the defensive end.
STARTING LINEUP: Last year, every Greyhounds player on the roster with the exception of walk-on Garrett Kelly made at least one start during the season, meaning 12 of the 13 eligible players opened the game on the floor. Guard Brian Rudolph headed the list with starts in 28 of the 32 games.
GREYHOUNDS PICKED FIFTH BY COACHES: Loyola was tabbed for fifth in MAAC preseason ballotting by the league's coaches announced in October. Two-time defending champion Siena was selected first followed by Niagara. Rider, which received the only first-place vote that didn't go to the Saints, was picked third and Fairfield fourth. The Greyhounds received the same point total as Saint Peter's for a tie for fifth.
BARNEY RECEIVES SECOND-TEAM NOD: The MAAC coaches selected junior guard Jamal Barney to a spot on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team, the only Loyola player to receive preseason recognition. The leading scorer in the league last year at 18.1 points, Barney was All-MAAC Second Team following his first season in a Greyhounds uniform.
LONG-TIME AD BOYLAN TO RETIRE: After guiding Greyhounds athletics for nearly two decades, Athletic Director Joe Boylan announced his retirement in October, effective June 30, 2010. An associate men's basketball head coach to Tom Young at Rutgers for 12 seasons that included a Final Four berth in 1976 prior to becoming an administrator, Boylan has been the driving force behind Loyola's athletic growth since his arrival. The Greyhounds have captured 55 MAAC titles and counting during his tenure.
GREYHOUNDS ON THE TUBE: A minimum of seven Loyola contests will receive national or regional television exposure this season and that number could swell to as many as 11. The Greyhounds' first televised contest is Wednesday night when Loyola visits UMBC for a 7:30 p.m. start on MASN.
ESPN RADIO 1300 HOME TO GREYHOUNDS AGAIN: For the third 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 on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Mark Zinno (play-by-play) is joined by analysts Gary Lambrecht and Jim Chivers. The first broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is Wednesday night when the Greyhounds travel to UMBC for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
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. Tonight is the first regular-season offering. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
FOLLOW LOYOLA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: Loyola Athletics launched new Facebook and Twitter sites with the advent of the new school year. Now Greyhounds followers can get immediate news via Facebook.com/LoyolaHounds and Twitter.com/LoyolaHounds.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: Having opened their season at home, the Greyhounds will be on the road for their next four contests starting Sunday afternoon at No. 9 West Virginia. The game with the Mountaineers is followed by contests at UMBC (Nov. 18), Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 21) and Dartmouth (Nov. 24) before the next home game on December 1 against Morgan State.