LOYOLA-NIAGARA SERIES HISTORY: Niagara leads the series, 30-14, and has won six straight. The series opened with a game at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in 1955-1956 and the teams renewed acquaintences as members of the MAAC in 1989-1990. The teams alternated home victories in the first three seasons of Greyhounds head coach Jimmy Patsos tenure, but the Purple Eagles have had the better of things of late.
LAST TIME OUT: Canisius used a 13-0 run midway through the second half to snap a 46-all tie and held on for a 70-65 home MAAC season-opening victory Friday night. Loyola's lone bright spot was the play of senior guard Brett Harvey. In addition to leading all scorer's with a season-high 28 points, he became the 30th player in Loyola basketball history to record 1,000 career points with a three-pointer with 29.9 seconds remaining in the contest. Junior guards Brian Rudolph (11 points) and Jamal Barney (10 points) were the only other Greyhounds in double figures.
THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST, PART ONE: 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.
THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST, PART TWO: Having averaged 90.3 points over a three-game road trip that included a nine-point loss at No. 22 Louisville and a 97-94 win at Arkansas, Morgan State was held to 27.8 percent (10-36) first-half shooting and shot just 32.8 percent (20-61) for the game by the Loyola defense in the Greyhounds' 78-66 victory. The Bears were held to 14.5 points below their season average as Loyola toppled the MEAC's defending tournament champion at home for the second straight year. The Greyhounds recorded a 73-70 win over Coppin State in 2008-2009.
HARVEY REACHES MILESTONE: It came during the second-highest scoring effort of his career, but senior guard Brett Harvey became the 30th men's basketball player in Loyola history to surpass 1,000 career points. The milestone came on a three-pointer with 29.9 seconds remaining to pull Loyola within four at 67-63. He added a pair of free throws on the next possession to finish with 28 points, six shy of his career high. It is not his only milestone this season as 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.
FIRST HALF, SECOND HALF MATTERS LITTLE TO BARNEY: En route to scoring a team-high 22 points off the bench in the win over Morgan State Tuesday night, junior guard Jamal Barney split his points evenly, scoring 11 in each half. Of his nine buckets, eight were driving layups and one was a dunk. The performance was reminiscent of his 21-point outing two weeks earlier when he sliced through the UMBC defense for layups during the Greyhounds' 69-66 road win. He scored 10 points Friday night at Canisius.
WALKER POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Shane Walker recorded the first double-double of his career in the win at Dartmouth, matching his career-high with 14 points and grabbing a career-best 11 rebounds. Hampered by foul trouble, he scored eight points and tied for team-high rebounding honors with five. The team's leading rebounder (7.1 rpg), he is third on the squad in scoring (9.7 ppg).
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. Earlier this week, he posted a 13-point performance in the home win over Morgan State where he also tied for team-high honors in rebounding with five.
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 road wins at UMBC and Dartmouth. At West Virginia, he became the ninth player in Loyola history to record 300 career assists and now has 314. He had started 53 of 65 games entering this season, but has flourished in his current role off the bench. He reached double digits for the first time this season with his 11 points Friday night at Canisius.
CRAZY EIGHTS FOR BROOKS: Freshman forward Julius Brooks posted a pair of eights in the win 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 seven games and is third 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. In the recent win over Morgan State, he connected on a pair of free throws then created s steal and assisted on a three-pointer by senior guard Brett Harvey to cap a 7-0 run and put Loyola in control with 12 minutes remaining.
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 seven 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 9.7 points and leads the team with 7.1 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 27 rebounds and blocked seven shots in 106 minutes of playing time. Olson, a 6-4 guard from nearby Silver Spring, has scored 26 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 1130-1167 (.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 56 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. The pair will square off against each other at Cardinal Gibbons on January 19.
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 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.
JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT: Friday was the first of Loyola's appearances as part of the Jesuit Basketball Sp0tlight which uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Loyola and Canisius are Jesuit schools. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highights more than 90 games this season 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 middle of their three-game road stretch today, Loyola wraps the road trip Wednesday at Coppin State. Following that game, the team will break for exams and return with a home game on December 19 against Howard. The game will be televised on MASN and tip-off at 1 o'clock.