Nov. 13, 2011
|Opponent||Coppin State Eagles|
|Date||Monday, November 14, 2011|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena | Tickets|
|Online Media||Free Video | Audio | Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Loyola | Coppin State|
Lifting The Lid On Reitz
- Loyola University Maryland opens the doors to Reitz Arena on Monday night for its first home game of 2010-2011. The Greyhounds host Coppin State at 7:30 p.m.
CCSJ Canned Food Drive
- Loyola men's basketball and the athletics department is supporting the Center for Community Service and Justice's Thanksgiving Food Drive on Monday. Bring cans of food to support the effort! Canned and boxed goods will be collected at the door.
- Loyola and Coppin State will meet for the eighth time in series history on Monday night. Coppin State, which won the last meeting in 2009, holds a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series.
- The Greyhounds won the first meeting between the teams, a 90-70 decision in November 1972, but Coppin State won the next four games played in 1973, 1976, 2001 and 2003.
- Loyola snapped the four-game skid with a 73-70 victory on December 10 in the last game between the teams played in Reitz Arena.
Free Web Streaming Available
- Monday's game, and all non-televised home contests, will be broadcast free of charge on Hounds Unleashed, the broadcast arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers `05 will provide color analysis.
- The games on Hounds Unleashed will be available on computers and most smart phone devices.
Last Time Out
- Loyola marked the official start of the 2011-2012 season on Friday when it took on Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Erik Etherly tied the game at 48-48 with a 3-pointer with 10:38 left in the game, but the Demon Deacons went on a 7-0 run and the Greyhounds could not get closer than six in a 75-63 defeat.
- Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds with 13 points, all coming in the second half. Justin Drummond and Shane Walker each added 12, while Etherly scored eight in the second half and finished with 11.
Big On The Boards
- Loyola controlled a 45-39 advantage on the glass at Wake Forest, as three players finished with nine each. Justin Drummond, Erik Etherly and Shane Walker all pulled down one short of double-digits in the loss.
- The Greyhounds turned 19 offensive rebounds into 21 second chance points and limited Wake Forest to just 12 offensive boards.
Etherly Continues Consistency Off Bench
- Erik Etherly snapped a 22-game streak of games started in the season-opener against Wake Forest when he yielded to Jordan Latham. Etherly broke his nose in practice on Tuesday, November 8, and did not practice thereafter prior to Friday's shootaround. His consistency, however, was not limited, as he scored 11 points, reaching double-figures for the 12th-straight game.
- Last year, Etherly was averaging 8.8 points per game on January 22, but his late season stretch raised his average to 10.8 to complete the year, the second-best mark on the team.
- He also tied for team-high honors on Friday night with nine rebounds.
First One A Big One
- Erik Etherly tied the game on Friday night in a statistically unusual way. The four-man knocked down a 3-pointer from the top left of the perimeter in his only attempt from behind the arc of the game.
- The triple was the first of his career and just his third all-time attempt. He was 0-for-2 from long distance last season.
Clearing The Glass
- Loyola had a 45-39 rebounding advantage on Friday night at Wake Forest, pulling down 19 on the offensive glass to the Demon Deacons' 12.
- Three Loyola players - Erik Etherly, Justin Drummond and Shane Walker -led the way with nine rebounds each, marking the first time that three Greyhounds have had nine or more in a game since February 28, 2010, in the regular-season finale against Manhattan.
- Walker had 14 that afternoon, while Julius Brooks and Jamal Barney each pulled nine. Loyola won 71-59 and outrebounded the Jaspers, 49-37.
- The Greyhounds welcome three new players to the roster for 2011-2012: sophomore transfer Jordan Latham and freshmen Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams.
- Latham joins the Greyhounds after spending his first collegiate season at Xavier where he saw action in 16 games for the Musketeers.
- Hubbard led the Washington, D.C., metro area in 3-pointers made as a senior at Montrose Christian High School last year with 80, and he averaged 12.7 points per game. A team captain for Coach Stu Vetter last season, Hubbard helped the Mustangs finish No. 2 in the Powerade Fab 50 National Basketball Rankings after they won the ESPNRise National High School Invitational.
- Williams is another close-to-home product for Loyola, joining Latham and Dylon Cormier as players on the roster who hail from Baltimore City. Williams led St. Frances Academy to the Championship Game of the MIAA and Baltimore Catholic League playoffs, earning Baltimore Catholic League Co-Player of the Year honors. Williams closed his high school career with 1,021 points and 814 assists and earned a spot on last year's Baltimore Sun All-Metro First Team.
- Latham made his first collegiate start against Wake Forest and saw 11 minutes of action. Williams came off the bench and scored three points while grabbing three rebounds in 16 minutes.
Latham Granted NCAA Waiver For Immediate Eligibility
- Sophomore transfer Jordan Latham was granted an NCAA waiver and will be immediately eligible to play for the Greyhounds in 2011-2012 rather than having to sit out the typical year-in-residency.
- Latham returned to his home city when joining the Greyhounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played high school basketball a mere 2.5 miles from Loyola's campus at the storied Baltimore City College, a high school that has produced two sitting U.S. Congressmen (Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.) and a U.S. Senator (Ben Cardin D-Md.).
- Coaches in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference picked Loyola to finish third in the league race this season as the Greyhounds garnered 76 points in the preseason poll. Iona received eight of 10 first-place votes, and 97 overall, to take top honors, while Fairfield nabbed the other two first-place nods and 92 points for second. Loyola was slotted just ahead of Rider (71), while the Broncs had considerable separation over fifth-place Saint Peter's (52), last year's MAAC champion.
Etherly, Walker Draw Praise
- A pair of Loyola post players, senior Shane Walker and junior Erik Etherly, were recognized on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team by the conference's coaches. Walker led Loyola with 11.1 points per game a year ago, while Etherly topped the side with 7.6 rebounds.
- Loyola finished the 2010-2011 season with a 15-15 overall record and finished fifth in conference play with a 10-8 mark in the MAAC. The Greyhounds lost to eventual MAAC champion Saint Peter's in the MAAC Quarterfinals.
- Loyola returns four of its five starts from the 2010-2011 squad, losing only Brian Rudolph to graduation. Rudolph finished his career at Loyola as the school's all-time leader in games played, and he also concluded his time on the Evergreen campus No. 2 all-time in assists.
Strong Off The Bench
- J'hared Hall earned MAAC Sixth-Man of the Year honors in 2011, the fourth time in the last seven years that a Loyola player has won the award.
- Hall missed three December games with an injury, but his play in January was a huge reason the Greyhounds went 7-2 during the first month of the new year. After seeing just six minutes of action against Marist, Hall went on to score in double figures in the next eight contests, averaging 15.6 points while shooting 55.8-percent (43-of-77) from the field, 56.3-percent (27-of-48) from 3-point range and 92.3-percent (12-of-13) form the free-throw line during that stretch of games.
- Against MAAC competition, Hall appeared in 16 games, making one start, and shot 49.2-percent (58-of-118) from the field, 47.1-percent (33-of-70) from behind the arc, while averaging 10.8 points per contest.
- Hall joined Charlie Bell (2005), Michael Tuck (2007) and Marquis Sullivan (2008) in winning the MAAC honor under Jimmy Patsos.
No Walk(er) In The Park For Opponents
- Shane Walker garnered All-MAAC Third Team plaudits from league coaches a year ago after emerging during the season as one of the conference's top big men. Walker was not recognized by the coaches on any of the MAAC's three Preseason teams a year ago and was one of four players with that distinction to earn All-MAAC honors after the year.
- As a junior, Walker was the Greyhounds' leading scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game, and he was second on the team with 7.1 rebounds.
- During MAAC play, Walker upped his per game averages slightly, checking in at 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds a contest. He scored in double figures in 10 of the Greyhounds' 16 conference games in which he played and had four games with 10 or more rebounds.
Justin Drums Up Attention
- Loyola's Justin Drummond was slated to sit out the 2010-2011 season, but once he took off the red shirt, he became one of the Greyhounds' most explosive scorers.
- Drummond eased his way into game shape with a scoreless four minutes of action in a win over Mount St. Mary's on December 11, but he jumped off the stat sheet in his next contest. Playing in front of a home crowd, the Bowie, Md., native scored 21 points in just 18 minutes of action at the Verizon Center against Georgetown.
- Drummond knocked down 7-of-14 shots in that game, 3-of-8 from behind the 3-point arc. Just four days later, on December 22, he scored 17 points at Howard and earned the first of his four MAAC Rookie of the Week honors.
- Drummond would go on to average 9.8 points per game in 21 contests, and he led the team in 3-point percentage, making 25-of-56 (.446).
- Drummond's All-Rookie honor marked the fourth-straight year that a Loyola freshman earned the award, following in the footsteps of Brian Rudolph (Co-Rookie of the Year in 2008) and current teammates Anthony Winbush (2009) and Robert Olson (2010).
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
- As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season. The Greyhounds will play six games against fellow Jesuit schools, beginning with the January 7 contests against Canisius.
- The Greyhounds will also face fellow MAAC Jesuits Fairfield (away, January 13; home, February 12) and Saint Peter's (home, January 22; away, February 5), as well as a return date to Buffalo to take on Canisius on January 29.
- Go to www.ajcunet.edu/jesuitbasketball for more information on the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
Two More To The Century Mark
- With Loyola's first two victories of the season, Head Coach Jimmy Patsos will become the third coach in school history to win 100 or more games. Patsos, who took over a team that finished 1-27 in 2002-2003, has won 98 games at the helm of the Greyhounds' program.
- Patsos is third on the all-time coaching wins list at the school, trailing only Hall of Famers Lefty Reitz who had 349 wins form 1937-1944 and 1945-1961 and Nap Doherty who won 165 from 1961-1974.
- Last season, in the Greyhounds' game at home against Manhattan, Patsos took to the sideline for the 200th time in his Loyola career, and with the Greyhounds' next game at Marist, he moved into third-place in games coached.
- Loyola was one of the most balanced teams, scoring-wise, in the MAAC last season as seven players averaged 8.1 points or better per game in 2010-2011. Additionally nine players dropped 10 or more points in a game, and six of those tallied 20 or more.
- In the Greyhounds' January 30 victory over Iona, six players scored in double-figures, and the team's top two scorers at the time did not even dress for the contest. It was the first time that a Loyola team had six players score in double figures since December 6, 1991, when the Greyhounds matched the feat in a 98-84 overtime home victory against Mount St. Mary's.
- Loyola then had five reach double-digits at Towson in the Bracketbuster game, marking the fourth time in 2010-2011 that the team had five 10-point scorers in a single contest. Not surprisingly, the Greyhounds won all four of those games.
Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby
- Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year's roster. Three players - sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.
- Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.
Dylon Does A Little Of Everything
- Dylon Cormier put together a steady performance throughout his freshman season, appearing in all but two games - missed due to a December illness - and started all 28 in which he played. The Cardinal Gibbons High School graduate averaged 8.1 points per game while playing as the Greyhounds' primary two guard.
- Cormier, however, showed his combo-guard versatility by running the offense when all-time games played leader Brian Rudolph was off the hardwood. He also ranked third on the Greyhounds in offensive rebounds, pulling down 53 during his freshman campaign. Additionally, Cormier showed to be the Greyhounds' top perimeter defender as the season progressed.
- He scored in double figures on 12 occasions as a freshman and finished the regular-season with games of 10, 15 and 11 points. His 15-point performance at Niagara on February 25 came with eight rebounds, as well.