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Florida Gulf Coast Visits Reitz Arena After Thanksgiving

Nov. 22, 2011

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Opponent Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Date Sunday, November 27, 2011
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena | Tickets
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Post-Thanksgiving Treat

  • Loyola University Maryland gets back to the court after the Thanksgiving holiday with a Greyhounds' basketball doubleheader on Sunday, November 27, in Reitz Arena.
  • The men's basketball program hosts Florida Gulf Coast at 12 noon, followed by a women's game versus Howard at 2 p.m.


Series History

  • Loyola and Florida Gulf Coast will meet for the first time when the teams take the court on Sunday.
  • The Greyhounds are 2-2 all-time against opponents from the The Sunshine State, going 1-1 against Biscayne College (now St. Thomas), 0-1 versus Florida State and 1-0 in a contest against North Florida in November 2006.


Free Webstreaming & ESPN 1300

  • Fans who can't make it to the game on Saturday have multiple options for catching the action from Reitz Arena.
  • The game will be the first of the year broadcast on ESPN 1300, one of 11 that will be aired this season.
  • Also, all non-televised home contests, will be broadcast free of charge on Hounds Unleashed, the broadcast arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. The games on Hounds Unleashed will be available on computers and most smart phone devices.


Quick Start

  • The Greyhounds' 66-60 win last Sunday New Hampshire sent them into Thanksgiving break with a 3-1 record, their best mark through four games since the 2007-2008 season.
  • That year, the Greyhounds lost their season opener, as well, to Towson, before going on a three-game winning streak against Pennsylvania, American and Vermont. Loyola fell, 94-80, in its fifth game, at Seton Hall.


Three In A Week

  • Loyola won three games last week, defeating Coppin State on Monday, UMBC Thursday and New Hampshire Sunday. It marked the first time since the 2008-2009 season that the team has won three games in a calendar week. The Greyhounds last accomplished the feat with wins over NJIT, Manhattan and Marist, starting Wednesday, January 14, 2009, and culminating Sunday, January 18. Those three victories were the first half of a six-game Loyola winning streak.


Last Time Out

  • Justin Drummond stole a New Hampshire inbound pass, was fouled going to the basket and made the ensuing pair of free throws to put Loyola ahead, 51-49, with 11:41 on Sunday, a lead the Greyhounds would not relinquish.
  • Minutes later, Anthony Winbush pushed the advantage to seven, and with an even six minutes to play, Dylon Cormier knocked down a pull-up jumper at the top of the key to hold the advantage at seven.
  • New Hampshire twice trimmed the Loyola lead to four, but both times the Greyhounds responded. R.J. Williams drained a 17-footer with the shot clock expiring at 3:48, and later Williams and Shane Walker each made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line to make Loyola's lead six.


Century Mark

  • Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.
  • Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).


Two Of A Kind

  • Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.
  • Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.


Consistency Is The Key

  • Three Loyola players - Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds' four games this season. 
  • The Greyhounds have not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola also was 3-1 during that stretch.


Defensively Different

  • Loyola came back from a four-point halftime deficit to outscore New Hampshire by 10 in the second half last Sunday thanks to increased defensive pressure along the perimeter.
  • The Greyhounds did not allow a Wildcat player to score more than five points in the second half, and Loyola also limited New Hampshire's scoring chances by outrebounding the Wildcats 21-14 after the break.


Rebounding Advantage

  • It's only been four games, but Loyola is +42 in the rebounding column this year, averaging 9.5 more than its opponents per game.
  • The Greyhounds have outrebounded two teams by 13 or more, pulling down 22 more than Coppin State and 13 more than New Hampshire.


Two Over Twenty

  • Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both hit, or exceeded, the 20-point plateau at UMBC with Etherly scoring 27 and Cormier chipping in 20.
  • It marked the first time since January 3, 2009, a stretch of 80 games, that a pair of Greyhounds scored 20 in the same game. On that date, Jamal Barney poured in 41 at Canisius, while Brett Harvey had 22.


Must Be The Mask

  • Just over a week after breaking his nose in practice, Erik Etherly scored a career-high 27 points on Thursday night at UMBC. The junior forward made 9-of-15 shots from the field and converted on 9-of-14 free throws while wearing a mask to protect his injured nose.
  • Etherly was injured in practice on Tuesday, November 8, and although he did not practice from that point until prior to the season-opener on November 11, he scored 11 points and had nine rebounds at Wake Forest.
  • He then returned to the starting lineup on Monday against Coppin State and scored 15 points while pulling down 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double. Thursday night at UMBC, Etherly had a game-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a row.
  • Etherly has now scored in double-figures for 14-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 14 games, 11 to close 2010-2011 and three this year, Etherly is averaging 14.9 points per game, tops on the team.


Cormier To The Charity Stripe

  • Although his shot was not falling on Thursday night at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.
  • Cormier's 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter's on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.


Getting To The Line

  • As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.
  • Loyola's 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.


Cleaning The Defensive Glass

  • Loyola outrebounded UMBC by just one, but the Greyhounds continued to keep their opponents off the offensive glass. Through three games, Loyola has 80 defensive rebounds, while its opponents have just 28 offensive boards, meaning that the Greyhounds are getting defensive rebounds more than 74-percent of the time.
  • Over the course of the last two games, wins against local foes Coppin State and UMBC, the Greyhounds have allowed just six second-chance points. The Eagles were held scoreless, while the Retrievers had just six.


Attacking The Offensive Glass

  • Meanwhile, the Greyhounds had 13 offensive rebounds and scored 12 second-chance points against the Retrievers. This season, Loyola has 50 offensive rebounds, led by Justin Drummond's 14, in three games, and the Greyhounds are pulling down boards on the offensive end after more than 40-percent of their missed shots.
  • There was no better example of going to the offensive glass on Thursday night than in the final two minutes. UMBC cut Loyola's lead to seven with 2:44 to play, but after a Loyola timeout, Loyola had an extended possession. Dylon Cormier missed a 3-pointer with the shot-clock winding down that went long, but Anthony Winbush chased down the loose ball to retain possession for Loyola. The Greyhounds again ran the shot-clock to under 10, and another missed three was pulled down by 5-foot-7 R.J. Williams. This time with the shot clock under 10, Cormier was fouled and went to the line, making both shots.


Cormier At His Best Against City Competition

  • Dylon Cormier matched his career-high with 20 points on Monday night in the win over Coppin State, and he matched that total, also finished with that same total on Thursday against UMBC.
  • The pair of 20-point performances match his freshman-year high of 20, also against UMBC, in the second game of his collegiate career.
  • Through three games this season, Cormier is averaging 17.3 points after leading the Greyhounds with 13 in the opener against Wake Forest. He is shooting 51.6-percent (16-of-31) from the field, third on the team.


Who To Guard?

  • Loyola's offensive balance has carried over from last year in the first four 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.


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). Then, on Thursday night against UMBC, he had a plus-minus of +11 (57-46) in 26 minutes of action.


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 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.


Fresh Faces

  • 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.


Preseason Prognostications

  • 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.


Looking Back

  • 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.


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.


What's Next?

  • Loyola opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Thursday when it hosts Marist at 7:30 p.m. The Greyhounds then travel to Albany, N.Y., for a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday against Siena.