LOYOLA-UMBC SERIES HISTORY: Tonight is the 43rd meeting in the series with Loyola holding a 24-18 advantage. The Greyhounds have won the last two, including a 69-56 victory in this same venue three seasons ago in the last meeting. The Greyhounds won the first 10 matchups played (1970-1977) and UMBC collected every win during the 1980s.
LAST TIME OUT: Nine Greyhounds scored as Loyola shot 57.7 percent in the first half and were tied with eighth-ranked West Virginia, 31-31, Sunday afternoon in Morgantown. But the Mountaineers scored the first 11 points of the second half and made seven three-pointers after the intermission to pull away for an 83-60 season-opening victory. Sophomore forward Shane Walker notched a career-high 14 points to lead the Greyhounds. Junior guard Jamal Barney was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 11.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: The Greyhounds have three players who made their Loyola debuts Friday night and all have found their way into the starting lineup in both games thus far. 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 scored nine points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 26 minutes in the win over Vermont and followed that with 14 points in 30 minutes at West Virginia. He is bring joined in the starting five by freshmen Julius Brooks and Robert Olson, both members of the Class of 2013. Brooks, a 6-9 forward from Greensboro, N.C., collected three rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes against Vermont and then scored his first collegiate points with eight markers in 18 minutes at West Virginia. Olson, a 6-4 guard from nearby Bethesda, scored three points with three rebounds and three assists while playing half the game against the Catamounts and grabbed two rebounds with a blocked shot in 14 minutes vs. the Mountaineers.
HARVEY LEADS THE WAY: After three seasons of playing as much as anyone while others held positions of leadership, senior guard Brett Harvey asserted himself as the team leader from the onset of his senior year. That was never more evident than in the win Friday over Vermont when the 6-1 guard tallied a team-high 23 points with four assists. He connected on five of his seven attempts from three-point range. Loyola's second-leading scorer a year ago, he now needs 72 points to become the 30th player in the 100-year history of the program to surpass 1,000 career points.
WALKER SHOWS SHOOTING TOUCH IN DEBUT: The tallest player on the roster, sophomore forward Shane Walker showed his outside game in his Loyola debut in the win over Vermont. The 6-10 forward made two of his three long-range shots to finish with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds. He played just 26 minutes before fouling out. He followed that by making seven of his nine shots from the floor at West Virginia to lead the team with a career-high 14 points. He also collected a career-best three steals.
RUDOLPH IN A GIVING MOOD: Junior guard Brian Rudolph has been consistent through two games thus far, handing out seven assists in each. That number is ninth in the NCAA for teams having played more than one game. Already ninth all-time in career assists, he is five away from 300 for his career with just under two seasons remaining. He had started 53 of 65 games entering this season, but has flourished in his current role off the bench.
WINBUSH PROVIDES OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Known best for his defensive presence, sophomore forward Anthony Winbush showed his offensive game in the win over Vermont with 16 points. Among his six field goals were two dunks and a three-point field goal. He completed his floor game with four rebounds, two steals and one block. He scored six points with five rebounds and two assists at West Virginia.
WRIGHT IS RIGHT COMING OFF THE BENCH: Forced into a starting role last season when he made the third-most starts (22) of anyone on the roster, senior forward Jawaan Wright seemed to take to coming off the bench in the win over Vermont. He scored seven straight points during a 5:20 stretch in which Loyola scored 12 of 16 points to double its lead to its largest of the game at 76-60 with 4:50 to play. He finished with 11 points and seven rebounds with two blocks and an assist in 20 minutes.
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. This year the 5-11 guard is coming off the bench as three newcomers cracked the starting lineup in the opener.
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 1127-1165 (.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".
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 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 January 2 when Loyola hosts Rider at 1 o'clock. 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.
GREYHOUNDS ADD TWO FOR NEXT SEASON: The Men's Basketball program added two players to the roster with the advent of the early signing period. Justin Drummond, a 6-4 guard from Washington, D.C. who will play at Riverdale Baptist HS, and Dylon Cormier, a 6-1 guard from Baltimore who plays at Cardinal Gibbons HS, each signed National Letters of Intent and will enroll in Loyola next fall.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: With half of the four-game road stretch to conclude November over after tonight, the second pair is on tap beginning Saturday at Mount St. Mary's for a 2 o'clock start. The finale of the four-game stretch comes Tuesday when the Greyhounds visit Dartmouth. Game time in Hanover, N.H., is 7:00 p.m.