LOYOLA-MOUNT ST. MARY'S SERIES HISTORY: Today is the 165th meeting of what is the most-played series in the history of the state of Maryland. The series began in 1909-1910, Loyola's second season of men's basketball. These rivals were powerhouses in the old Mason-Dixon Conference and six times they met for the Tournament title, including four straight seasons (1954-1957). The Mountaineers have won two straight and six of eight.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior guard Jamal Barney scored 14 of his game-high 21 points after the intermission and made a crucial layup with 11 seconds remaining to left the Greyhounds to a 69-66 road win Wednesday night at UMBC. Barney's layup along with four free throws from senior guard Brett Harvey and a pair from junior guard Brian Rudolph kept Loyola with the advantage over the final 1:40 of the contest. Sophomore forward Anthony Winbush scored 14 points, 11 of those coming as the Greyhounds built a 36-26 halftime lead.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: The Greyhounds have three players who made their Loyola debuts last Friday night and all have found their way into the starting lineup in all three 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. The 6-10 forward is averaging 10.0 points and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game. 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., has grabbed 11 rebounds and had blocked five shots in 44 minutes of playing time. Olson, a 6-4 guard from nearby Bethesda, has scored 11 points, including eight Wednesday night in the win at UMBC when he also collected six steals.
BARNEY TAKES WHAT IS GIVEN TO HIM: Presented with a mismatch for most of the second half when UMBC employed four- and five-guard lineups, junior guard Jamal Barney made the most of his opportunities. He scored 14 of his team-high 21 points after the intermission and scored eight straight over a 2:40 stretch late in the game. His layup with 11 seconds remaining pushed the Greyhounds back into a three-point advantage. He is now second on the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.0 rpg).
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 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 63 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. His floor game against UMBC was evident with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
RUDOLPH IN A GIVING MOOD: Junior guard Brian Rudolph handed out seven assists in each of his first two games and followed that with five in the win Wednesday at UMBC. His 19 assists are tied for the eighth-highest total in the NCAA. On Sunday, he became the ninth player in Loyola history to record 300 career assists and now has 307. 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 and continued that with his 14 points in the win at UMBC. In both games, he recorded two dunks and a three-pointer among his field goals. He scored six points with five rebounds and two assists at West Virginia.
OLSON'S A THIEF: One of the most eye-popping numbers coming out of the win Wednesday at UMBC was the six steals recorded by freshman guard Robert Olson. The number tied for fifth all-time in Loyola history and are the most steals in a game for a Loyola player since Gerald Brown collected six in a home win over Pennsylvania in November 2007. Olson also showed a shooting touch in the game, making a pair of first-half three-pointers, the first of his career.
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.
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.
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 today with a record of 1128-1165 (.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".
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.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: The final contest of this four-game stretch of road contests comes Tuesday when the Greyhounds visit Dartmouth for a 7 o'clock tilt. Loyola will be home for the first time since the opener one week later when it hosts Morgan State on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will be carried live on MASN.