Nov. 22, 2008
THE GAME: The Greyhounds enter tonight's contest having dropped two straight in Chestnut Hill, Mass., last week. James Madison split its games in Norman, Okla., prior to capturing an 82-69 home win Friday night over Kennesaw State.
THE COACHES: Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos enters his fifth season and has registered a 59-65 (.476) career record. The 1989 Catholic graduate has never coached against James Madison. James Madison head coach Matt Brady is in his first season with the Dukes and sports a 2-1 (.667) record at James Madison and a 75-51 (.595) career record. The 1987 Siena graduate recorded a 5-3 (.625) mark during his four seasons as head coach at Marist against the Greyhounds.
THE TEAMS: Both teams will play host Davidson by Tuesday night, James Madison already having lost 99-64 to the Wildcats in Norman, Okla., to open the NIT Season Tip-Off and Loyola scheduled to play the Wildcats Tuesday night. The Greyhounds are not playing any other CAA teams this season and the Dukes are not playing any other MAAC teams this season.
THE SERIES: Tonight will be the first meeting ever for the two teams.
THE PROGRAM: Loyola is playing its 99th recorded season of basketball this season. The first season was 1908-1909 and this year the College is celebrating the 100th anniversary of that first season. The Greyhounds have posted a 1115-1147 (.493) all-time record during that time.
LAST TIME OUT: Cornell used 50-36 rebounding and 35-15 free throw shooting advantages to post an 82-72 victory over the Greyhounds Tuesday night at Boston College in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off East Region. Sophomore guard Tony Lewis erupted for 17 points in the season half, finishing with a career-high 23 to lead Loyola. Junior guard Brett Harvey added 18, sophomore forward Isaac Reid chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds and sophomore guard Brian Rudolph scored nine points with seven assists and four steals.
HARVEY EXPLODES TO IGNITE TENNESSEE STATE WIN: Junior guard Brett Harvey shattered his career high of 20 points by exploding for 34 to lead the Greyhounds to the win against Tennessee State. His 34 points are the most for a Greyhounds player since Andre Collins posted 36 at Niagara in January 2006 and his six three-pointers equalled the sixth-best single-game performance in school history. He tallied nine field goals and made 10 of his 12 free-throw attempts. Additionally, he scored 12 of the team's final 13 points, scoring a pair of three-pointers and then following those with three pairs of free throws. He is the only Greyhounds player to tally double figures in all four games thus far and is averaging 19.3 points per game.
LEWIS ERUPTS FOR CAREER-HIGH AGAINST CORNELL: Sophomore guard Tony Lewis poured in 17 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and added eight rebounds and two steals against Cornell. His 49 points are second on the team and his 58.3 percent from the field (21-36) leads all Greyhounds. Designated as the team's defensive stopper off the bench at the end of last season, he has moved into a starter's role at the start of this season and responded.
REID REBOUNDING: Sophomore forward Isaac Reid has proved to be Loyola's most consistent rebounder. His 7.3 boards-per-game average leads the team by almost two rebounds a game and he collected 12 caroms in the win over Tennessee State. He is 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) while adding five steals and four blocked shots.
BARNEY SHAKING OFF RUST: Sophomore guard Jamal Barney is gradually working his into game playing shape after playing just four minutes since January 2007 prior to becoming eligible this season. The Baltimore native came off the bench against Mount St. Mary's and scored 14 points, adding five rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. A week ago at Boston College, he tallied a career-best 18 points with two blocks.
WRIGHT PUTS UP THE BLOCKS: Junior forward Jawaan Wright has already collected 10 blocked shots through four games, including six of those last week at Boston College. He is tied for the team lead in steals with six and is second in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.563). He needs just three more blocks to crack into the Top 15 in Loyola's career list, recording 30 in two-plus seasons thus far.
YOUTH IS SERVED: With a total of 10 freshmen and sophomores on the roster, it was expected that the Greyhounds would have young players on the floor much of the time. That was never more evident in the first two games of the year. No senior on the roster played more than 15 minutes in a game and underclassmen played 356 of the 400 minutes. All told, seven Greyhounds who did not play in Loyola's final game last season are seeing minutes. Senior forwards Dan Ficke (18) and Brad Farrell (17) finally topped the 15-minute barrier against Boston College.
COPPIN STATE GAME MOVED TO SEVEN O'CLOCK: The December 10 game with Coppin State has been changed to a 7 o'clock start as the request of MASN, which is televising the game.
HARVEY NAMED MAAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After scoring a career-high 34 points Sunday to lead Loyola to a win over Tennessee State, junior guard Brett Harvey found out Monday he had been named the MAAC's Co-Player of the Week. He shared the award with Niagara's Tyrone Lewis. It was the first career Player award for Harvey after receiving a pair of Rookie of the Week awards as a freshman in 2006-2007.