Nov. 16, 2011
|Date||Thursday, November 17, 2011|
|Location||Catonsville, Md. | RAC Arena | Tickets|
|Online Media||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Loyola | UMBC|
More Cross-Town Action
- For the second time in three days, the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team will take on a team from its own backyard. The Greyhounds make the short jaunt to Catonsville on Thursday for a 7 o’clock game at UMBC.
On The Tube
- Thursday’s game against UMBC will be the second Greyhounds’ contest of the season to be televised. MASN will carry the game live with Jason Knapp doing the play-by-play and Troy Green handling color analysis. Go to masnsports.com to check where you can view the game.
- Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 45th time in series history on Thursday. Winners of the last four meetings, Loyola holds a 26-18 advantage in the all-time series.
- The Greyhounds have won four-straight against UMBC, dating back to a 2004 loss in Jimmy Patsos’ first season with the Greyhounds.
- Loyola won the first game of the series in 1971, a 78-48 decision that was during the Greyhounds’ run to the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship. Loyola won the first 10 meetings between the teams before the Retrievers’ first victory in February 1977.
- Last season, Dylon Cormier scored 20 points, making 9-of-10 from the free-throw line to lead the Greyhounds in an 83-72 win over the Retrievers. He scored seven-straight points during an 11-0 second-half run that pushed Loyola’s lead form three to 14.
- Erik Etherly added 16 points for Loyola, which shot 51.0-percent from the field. Travis King led UMBC with 22 points.
Last Time Out
- Loyola outrebounded Coppin State by 22 and did not allow a second-chance point by the Eagles in a 78-68 victory on Monday night in Reitz Arena.
- Dylon Cormier scored 20 points, leading five Greyhounds in double-figures. Shane Walker and Erik Ethelry each tallied 15, and Etherly had his sixth career double-double with 11 boards. Justin Drummond and Robert Olson each added 10.
- Loyola scored 10 of the second half’s first 11 points to eliminate a 1-point halftime deficit.
Big On The Boards
- Loyola continued its trend of rebounding well early in the season, pulling down 47 boards on Monday night against Coppin State and limiting the Eagles to 25. In the first game of the year, Loyola outrebounded Wake Forest, 45-39.
- The Greyhounds had 29 defensive rebounds and held Coppin State to just five on the offensive glass, and the Eagles went without a second-chance point. At one point in the first half, Coppin State went nearly 12 minutes without an offensive rebound, and it then went more than 13 minutes to start the second half without one.
- Led by Erik Etherly’s 11, five Loyola players had six or more rebounds. Justin Drummond and Shane Walker each had seven, and Robert Olson and Dylon Cormier pulled down six each.
- Against Wake Forest last Friday, three Loyola players – Etherly, Drummond and 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.
Cormier At His Best Against City Competition
- Dylon Cormier scored a team-high 20 points on Monday night in the win over Coppin State. It’s the second time he’s recorded the total, his career-high, against competition from the Baltimore area.
- Last year, Cormier dropped 20 on UMBC in the second game of his collegiate career.
- Through two games this season, Cormier is averaging 16.5 points after leading the Greyhounds with 13 in the opener against Wake Forest. He is shooting 63.6-percent (14-of-22) from the field, tops on the team, as well.
Etherly Returns To Starting Five, Double-Double Form
- Erik Etherly snapped a 22-game streak of appearances in the Loyola starting lineup when he came off the bench at Wake Forest in the season-opener. The junior forward had broken his nose in practice on Tuesday, November 8, and had not practiced thereafter until the shootaround prior to Friday’s game.
- He did manage to score 11 points against the Demon Deacons, but he was back to his end-of-season form from a year ago on Monday night. Etherly made 6-of-9 from the field, and all three of his free throws, against Coppin State to score 15 while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. The double-double was the sixth of his collegiate career.
- Etherly has now scored in double-figures for 13-straight games, dating back to January 30, 2011. Prior to scoring 10 that night against Iona, Etherly was averaging 8.8 points in his first season with the Greyhounds, but he lifted his average to 10.8 by the end of the year.
- In Loyola’s last 13 games, 11 to close 2010-2011 and two this year, Etherly is averaging 13.9 points per game, tops on the team.
One To 100
- With Loyola’s next victory, 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 99 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.
Who To Guard?
- Loyola’s offensive balance has carried over from last year in the first two games of the 2011-2012 season. A year ago, 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.
- This season, the Greyhounds have seen at least four players score in double-figures in both games. Four scored 10 or more at Wake Forest, while five players scored at least 10 versus Coppin State.
- In the two games, Dylon Cormier, Shane Walker, Erik Etherly and Justin Drummond have all scored 10 or more twice, while Robert Olson added a double-figure output against the Eagles.
Color The Paint Green & Grey
- Loyola used an advantage in the paint effectively on Monday night, outscoring Coppin State 42-26 in the lane. In the season-opener, Loyola and Wake Forest each had 36 points in the paint.
Bush Is Back
- Anthony Winbush returned to the court in the season-opener at Wake Forest after missing most of the 2010-2011 season with a medical redshirt. After tearing his right ACL midway through his sophomore season in 2009-2010, Winbush came back to play in eight games last season before suffering another knee injury.
- Winbush received a medical hardship waiver and retained a year of eligibility – he is currently a fourth-year junior athletically – and his return to the lineup has buoyed the Greyhounds on both ends of the court.
- One of the team’s top defenders, Winbush led the team in plus-minus statistics by a wide margin against Coppin State. During the 20-minutes, 47-seconds he was on the court against the Eagles, Loyola outscored Coppin State, 55-28 (+27).
- He finished with just three points, but he had three assists and played a key role in defending both the perimeter and post Monday night.
Olson Provides Late-Game Punch
- Robert Olson knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions with 5:18 and 4:51 to go in the second half on Monday against Coppin State, extending Loyola’s lead to 11.
- Last season, Olson made it somewhat of a habit to hit bit shots late in games. In an overtime win against Iona, Olson drained a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 7.2 seconds remaining and force overtime. He then made a driving layup with 41.4 left in extra time to give Loyola the lead for good.
- Earlier in the year, he scored 19 points in the final 8:22 of the Greyhounds’ win over Marist, and he scored nine points in 83 ticks of the clock at Morgan State to give Loyola the lead for the remainder of the game.
- 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.).
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.
- 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).
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.
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.
- Loyola travels to Durham, N.H., for a Sunday non-conference game at New Hampshire at 1 o’clock. The Greyhounds then take a week off for Thanksgiving break before hosting Florida Gulf Coast at 12 noon on Sunday, November 27. That game is part of a Loyola basketball doubleheader with the women hosting Howard at 2 p.m.