LOYOLA-DARTMOUTH SERIES HISTORY: Tonight is the first time these teams have ever met on the basketball court. Loyola, however, has twice played New Hampshire-based colleges with both of those coming during in-season tournaments. The University of New Hampshire was the first-round opponent of the Greyhounds in their own Loyola Holiday Tournament with the Wildcats advancing to the championship game with a 74-73 victory on January 2, 1979. Two seasons later, Loyola defeated St. Anselm College in the opening round of the Bentley Invitational Tournament by an 82-62 count on December 28, 1980.
LAST TIME OUT: Loyola could never find its shooting touch and the Mountaineers' backcourt combined for 39 points and 14 rebounds to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 63-44 home-opening win Saturday over the Greyhounds. The Mountaineers' defense held Loyola to 27.1 percent (13-48) from the floor for the game as only senior guard Brett Harvey could crack double digits, scoring 12 points to lead the Greyhounds. Sophomore forward Shane Walker added eight points and tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds.
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 in the contest. Loyola's second-leading scorer a year ago, he now needs 51 points to become the 30th player in the 100-year history of the program to surpass 1,000 career points. His appearance at Mount St. Mary's marked the 100th game of his career.
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. He scored eight points with seven rebounds Saturday at Mount St. Mary's.
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.
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. At West Virginia, 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 also 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 ones 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.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: The Greyhounds have three players who made their Loyola debuts in the season-opener against Vermont and all have found their way into the starting lineup in all four 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 9.5 points and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game. He is being 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 14 rebounds and blocked six shots in 63 minutes of playing time. Olson, a 6-4 guard from nearby Silver Spring, has scored 14 points, including eight Wednesday night in the win at UMBC when he also collected six steals.
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 1128-1166 (.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".
BARNEY RECEIVES SECOND-TEAM NOD: The MAAC coaches selected junior guard Jamal Barney to a spot on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team, the only Loyola player to receive preseason recognition. The leading scorer in the league last year at 18.1 points, Barney was All-MAAC Second Team following his first season in a Greyhounds uniform.
GREYHOUNDS PICKED FIFTH BY COACHES: Loyola was tabbed for fifth in MAAC preseason balloting by the league's coaches announced in October. Two-time defending champion Siena was selected first followed by Niagara. Rider, which received the only first-place vote that didn't go to the Saints, was picked third and Fairfield fourth. The Greyhounds received the same point total as Saint Peter's for a tie for fifth.
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 ADD TWO FOR NEXT SEASON: The Men's Basketball program added two players to the roster during 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.
GREYHOUNDS ON THE TUBE: A minimum of seven Loyola contests will receive national or regional television exposure this season and that number could swell to as many as 11. The Greyhounds' next televised contest is the next home game which comes December 1 when Loyola hosts Morgan State on MASN at 7:30 p.m..
ESPN RADIO 1300 HOME TO GREYHOUNDS AGAIN: For the third consecutive season, Baltimore's ESPN Radio 1300 will be the home for select Loyola radio games. All home games not picked up by ESPN Radio 1300 will be live streamed on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Mark Zinno (play-by-play) is joined by analysts Gary Lambrecht and Jim Chivers. The next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is December 9 when the Greyhounds travel to Coppin State for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
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 four-game road swing over after tonight, Loyola will return home for the first time since November 13 one week from tonight when it hosts Morgan State at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena. The game will be televised live on MASN with Scott Garceau and Kevin Grevey calling the action.