LOYOLA-MORGAN STATE SERIES HISTORY: Loyola leads the series, 9-6, and is currently enjoying the longest winning streak of either team, having won four straight. Only one 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: Sophomore forward Shane Walker posted the first double-double of his career with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Loyola ended the game on a 21-3 run to record a 58-41 win at Dartmouth. The Greyhounds allowed just a field goal and a free throw over the final 12:11 of the contest in holding an opponent to its lowest point total in 25 years. Senior guard Brett Harvey's 10 points was the only other player in double figures and freshman forward Julius Brooks scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in 18 minutes.
THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST: Trailing by one with 12:11 remaining, the Greyhounds turned to their defense in recording the win at Dartmouth. Loyola allowed just one field goal and one free throw for the rest of the game while scoring 21 points of its own to post a 58-41 victory. The Greyhounds held an opponent under 50 points for the first time in seven years and the lowest point total in 26 seasons. As part of that dominance, Loyola outrebounded the Big Green 25-12 in the second half.
WALKER POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Shane Walker recorded the first double-double of his career last week in the win at Dartmouth, matching his career-high with 14 points and grabbing a career-best 11 rebounds. The team's leading rebounder (8.0 rpg), he is tied for second on the squad in scoring (10.4 ppg).
HARVEY APPROACHING MILESTONE: Senior guard Brett Harvey continues to climb his way up Loyola's career scoring charts after his 10-point effort in the win at Dartmouth. He is now 31st all-time in scoring with 959 points and will become the 30th player in history to reach 1,000 career points with 41 more points. His appearance at Mount St. Mary's marked the 100th game of his career, becoming the 38th player in history in reach the century mark in games played.
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. Forced into a slowdown game at Dartmouth, he became a force on the glass, grabbing eight rebounds while scoring seven points.
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 both of Loyola's last two wins. At West Virginia, he became the ninth player in Loyola history to record 300 career assists and now has 312. 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.
CRAZY EIGHTS FOR BROOKS: Freshman forward Julius Brooks posted a pair of eights in the win last week at Dartmouth, matching his career high with eight points and establishing a new career best with eight rebounds while playing just 18 minutes. He has started all five games and is second on the team in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game.
OLSON'S A THIEF: One of the most eye-popping numbers coming out of the win 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 five 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 10.4 points and leads the team with 8.0 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 22 rebounds and blocked six shots in 81 minutes of playing time. Olson, a 6-4 guard from nearby Silver Spring, has scored 18 points, including eight 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 1129-1166 (.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 is playing 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 after tonight is their next home game, the December 19 contest with Howard on MASN at 1 o'clock.
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: After ending a four-game road stretch tonight with the home game against Morgan State, the Greyhounds head back out on the road again for their next three. MAAC play gets started this weekend and Loyola will make its annual trek to Western New York out of the way, visiting Canisius Friday and Niagara on Sunday. The Greyhounds will visit Coppin State a week from Wednesday in their last game before final exams commence. Loyola will be home again on December 19 when it hosts Howard in a 1 o'clock game that will be carried live on MASN.