|Date||Monday, November 29, 2010|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Hill Field House|
|Local Radio||ESPN Radio 1300 [Mark Zinno & Gary Lambrecht]|
|National Radio||Sirius Channel 153 [Heritage Sports Radio Network]|
|Live Audio||Loyola Broadcast|
|Game Notes||Loyola vs. Morgan State Game Notes|
|Ticket Information||Morgan State Online Ticket Page|
LOYOLA-MORGAN STATE SERIES HISTORY: Loyola leads the series, 10-6, and is currently enjoying the longest winning streak of either team, having won five straight. Only two of the meetings in the last 35 years has not come in tournament play, squaring off six times during incarnations of the "Battle of Baltimore" which took place on campus sites and once in the 1979 ECAC Southern Regional Tournament, played at and won by Loyola.
LAST TIME OUT: Taking to the road for the first time this season, the Greyhounds' shooting suffered as they scored less than 50 points in a 51-48 loss Wednesday night at Vermont. Neither team shot the ball well in the first 20 minutes and the Catamounts held a 21-20 lead at the break. Vermont found its touch after the intermission, shooting 55.0 percent (11-20) from the field and 88.9 percent (8-9) from the foul line. Senior guard Jamal Barney game Loyola its last lead, 49-48, on a layup with 2:41 remaining, but it would be the last points the Greyhounds would score as the Catamounts connected on pairs of free throws with 1:49 left to retake the lead and 10.2 ticks on the clock for the final score. A Loyola three-point attempt with five seconds remaining hit the back iron and it could not get off another shot after chasing down the offensive rebound. No Greyhound reached double figures, although sophomore forward Erik Etherly grabbed a career- and game-best 13 rebounds.
CORMIER NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced last Monday by the conference office. He posted career and team bests in each of Loyola's two wins during the week to earn the award. In the win over UMBC, he scored a career-high 20 points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal. In last Sunday's win over Dartmouth, he grabbed a career-high eight rebounds with nine points and one assist. For the week, he averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (8-16), 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-7) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (10-14). His recognition makes him the fourth current Greyhound to be so honored. The previous three all were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team and current senior guard Brian Rudolph was named the MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year following his freshman campaign.
ETHERLY REBOUNDS: With all of the missed shots available in Wednesday's game at Vermont, sophomore forward Erik Etherly established a career-high be running down 13 of them. He just missed his first career double-double, finishing with eight points. Having started all four games, he leads the team in rebounding with 7.5 boards per outing and is third in scoring at 8.8 points per effort while averaging 27.0 minutes played.
BARNEY DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE: Senior guard Jamal Barney posted his fourth career double-double in the win over UMBC with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Three of those performances have come in Reitz Arena. He followed that with a game-high 18 points in last Sunday's win over Dartmouth. After his latest outing, he has 926 points in a Greyhounds uniform and now has 957 for his career.
OLSON FINDS BENCH ROLE: Slowed by an injury, sophomore guard Robert Olson has come off the bench in the last three outings and the role seems to suit. In the win over Dartmouth, he scored 11 points with three rebounds and two assists. The point total matched the 11 points he scored when starting the season opener against Drexel. He came off the bench to score eight points at Vermont, adding three rebounds and four steals.
RUDOLPH LEADS OFF THE BENCH: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership off the bench through four games. He did not miss a shot from the floor in the home win over UMBC, scoring eight points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. He became the fourth player in Loyola history to surpass 400 career assists in that outing. In last Sunday's win over Dartmouth, he made four late free throws with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes played. And in his latest effort, he played a season-high 25 minutes at Vermont while scoring eight points with three assists and a steal.
CORMIER SHOOTS STRAIGHT: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier put on quite the shooting display in the home win over UMBC, leading Loyola to its first win of the season. He missed just one shot of all three varieties, making four of five two-point shots, one of two three-point shots and nine of 10 free throws for a career-high 20 points. The last Loyola freshman to score 20-plus points in a game was Robert Olson's 20-point outing last January in a win over Marist. Cormier added five assists, two assists and a steal while playing 30 minutes. He followed that by collecting a career- and game-high eight rebounds with nine points in last Sunday's win over Dartmouth. He scored eight points Wednesday at Vermont.
WINBUSH GETS START: Junior forward Anthony Winbush made his first start since mid-January of last year when he was among the first five in the home win over UMBC. He produced one of his typical steady outings, scoring three points with three rebounds, three assists and two steals without a turnover in 23 minutes. He also was a defensive force, matching up with every Retriever from point guard to center while in the lineup. That outing was followed by his 11-point effort last Sunday against Dartmouth. It was the eighth double-figure scoring performance of his career and the Greyhounds are 6-2 in those contests. He added four rebounds and two assists while playing a season-high 29 minutes.
HALL FINDS NEW WAYS TO SCORE: Junior guard J'hared Hall has earned a reputation as a three-point shooter, but he found different ways to post consecutive double-digit scoring outings off the bench in the season's first two games. He missed just one two-point attempt and one free throw in recording 12- and 11-point efforts in those first two games. In both games, he took six attempts from the foul line.
IVIS MAKES MOST OF MINUTES: Junior forward Paolo Ivis made the most of his opportunity in the home win over UMBC, coming off the bench to log 12 minutes while scoring two points with two rebounds. It was the highest number of minutes he has played at Reitz Arena in his career and comes after not playing at all in either the exhibition game or the season opener.
WALK-ONS WALK ON TO THE COURT: Both walk-ons got playing time for the final 37 seconds of the UMBC win and then followed that with 44 seconds of court time in last Sunday's win over Dartmouth. For sophomore guard Luke Wandrusch it was his third and fourth appearances since joining the team in late December of last year, but freshman forward Chido Onyiuke received his first playing time in a Loyola uniform. In all, each of the 13 dressed Greyhounds saw action in the UMBC contest and 12 played against Dartmouth.
GETTING TO THE LINE AND MAKING THEM: The Greyhounds were able to largely overcome an early eight-point deficit and remain in the game in the win over UMBC by their successes at the free-throw line. Loyola connected on its first 12 foul shots and finished the game with 29 made free throws - tied for the 16th highest total in school history. The success should not come as a huge surprise as the Greyhounds twice in the last three years have ranked among the top seven nationally in team free-throw percentage - seventh in 2007-2008 (.768) and fifth in 2008-2009 (.776).
GREYHOUNDS ON THE TUBE: Six Loyola contests will receive national or regional television exposure this season and that number could swell to as many as 10 through the BracketBusters event and advancement through the MAAC Tournament. The next televised game of the season is December 8 when the Greyhounds play at George Mason.
ESPN RADIO 1300 HOME TO GREYHOUNDS AGAIN: For the fourth 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 via Greyhounds All Access on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Mark Zinno (play-by-play) is joined by analysts Gary Lambrecht and Jim Chivers. After tonight, the next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is Thursday against Saint Peter's.
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 Thursday when Loyola hosts Saint Peter's at 7 o'clock. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
FOLLOW LOYOLA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: Loyola Athletics continues to provide updates on all the Greyhounds teams via its Facebook and Twitter sites. Greyhounds followers can get immediate news via Facebook.com/LoyolaHounds and Twitter.com/LoyolaHounds.
JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT: For the third consecutive year, Loyola will participate in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight which uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights games between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, go to www.ajcunet.edu.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: The two-game road swing ends tonight and Loyola returns home to commence its MAAC schedule by hosting Saint Peter's in the conference opener for both teams. Game time is 7 o'clock. League play continues Sunday when the Greyhounds visit Fairfield at 3:30 p.m. to open a stretch of two road contests.