|Date||Wednesday, November 17, 2010|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
|Television||MASN [Scott Garceau and Troy Green]|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 1300 [Mark Zinno and Gary Lambrecht]|
|Online Media||Gametracker | Live Audio|
|Game Notes||Loyola vs. UMBC Game Notes|
|Ticket Information||Loyola Online Ticket Page|
LOYOLA-UMBC SERIES HISTORY: Tonight is the 44th meeting in the series with Loyola holding a 25-18 advantage. The Greyhounds have won the last three, including a 69-66 road victory one year ago. The Greyhounds won the first 10 matchups played (1970-1977) and UMBC collected every win during the 1980s.
LAST TIME OUT: Drexel used 61-percent shooting to race out to a 30-12 first-half lead and the Greyhounds could get no closer than four until three seconds remained as the Dragons posted a 75-72 season-opening win Friday night in Reitz Arena. Loyola battled back early in the second half to close within that four-point margin, but nine straight Dragons points gave Drexel a 66-53 lead with 4:05 left. Senior guard Brian Rudolph scored five points on consecutive possessions to pull within 74-72 with 3.1 left, but Rudolph's three-quarter court heave fell harmlessly as the final buzzer sounded.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: Two of the five players who dressed in a Greyhounds uniform for the first time in the opener Friday started the contest and were the only two to play. Sophomore forward Erik Ethlerly, who is in his second year with the program after transferring from Northeastern prior to last season and serving his year in-residency, and freshman guard Dylon Cormier both started the contest. Freshmen guards Justin Drummond and Pierson Williams both did not dress for the contest and walk-on forward Chido Onyiuke did not play.
BARNEY SHOWS SAME SCORING SPLASH: After finishing both his seasons as the team's leading scorer, senior guard Jamal Barney is back in that spot after the opener following his team-high 21-point performance Friday. His three three-pointers were one shy of his career-high and he went over 900 points for his career, now having 916.
OLSON EQUALS REBOUNDING CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore guard Robert Olson matched his career-best with his team-high seven rebounds Friday against Drexel. He added 11 points with two assists, a blocked shot and a steal before fouling out after just 23 minutes.
HALL FINDS NEW WAYS TO SCORE: Junior guard J'hared Hall has earned a reputation as a three-point shooter, but he found different ways to collect his 12 points off the bench Friday night. He made all three of his two-point attempts and all six of his free-throw tries while rejecting a career-high two shots.
FRESHMAN CORMIER GETS START: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier found himself in the starting lineup Friday night and scored nine points while playing 25 minutes at point guard. He added six rebounds - four off the offensive glass - and a steal while not committing a turnover in 25 minutes.
RUDOLPH LEADS OFF THE BENCH: Senior guard Brian Rudolph provided leadership off the bench Friday, scoring five of his seven points in 10 seconds to get Loyola within two points late in the contest. He led the team with three assists and a steal while playing 18 minutes.
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.
STARTING LINEUP: Last year, 11 of the 13 eligible players on the roster made at least one start during the season. The first starting lineup for this year included two first-year Greyhounds, a senior, a junior and a sophomore.
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 10 through the BracketBusters event and advancement through the MAAC Tournament. The next televised game of the season after tonight is December 8 when the Greyhounds play at George Mason.
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. Mark Zinno (play-by-play) is joined by analysts Gary Lambrecht and Jim Chivers. After tonight, the next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is November 29 at Morgan State.
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 will be Sunday when Loyola hosts Dartmouth at noon. 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.
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 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.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: The three-game home stretch to open the season concludes Sunday when the Greyhounds host Dartmouth at noon. Loyola plays its first game away from Reitz Arena one week from tonight when it visits Vermont at 7 o'clock.