LOYOLA-HOWARD SERIES HISTORY: Loyola leads the series, 2-1, and has won the last two. The two have split home games and the Greyhounds won an opening round game of the Philly Hoop Group Classic at The Palestra in November 2007. Senior guard Brett Harvey and junior guard Brian Rudolph were the starting backcourt for Loyola in that game and senior guard Tony Lewis came off the bench to score nine points, making all four of his shots from the floor and his only free-throw attempt.
LAST TIME OUT: Coppin State's defense limited Loyola to shooting 28.4 percent (19-67) for the game and just 18.5 percent (5-27) from three-point range to get its first win in its newly opened Physical Education Complex, beating the Greyhounds 63-58 in overtime. The Greyhounds scored the final five points of regulation and forced overtime on senior guard Brett Harvey's three-pointer with 48.4 remaining. Loyola held a 58-56 edge with two minutes left in overtime, but the Eagles scored the final seven points for the win. Junior guard Jamal Barney led the Greyhounds with 16 points and Harvey added 10.
BLOCKING IT OUT: One of Loyola's weaknesses last season was its front line. That has been improved dramatically with additions to the roster and is being proven through block shot totals that have been recorded thus far. Sophomore forward Shane Walker leads the team with 14 blocks through nine games and three other players have six or more. Both Walker and senior forward Jawaan Wright collected four blocks at Coppin State. The Greyhounds recorded eight blocks in the season-opening win over Vermont, which tied for ninth best all-time at the time, and recently blocked nine shots at Coppin State, equaling the third-best single-game effort in history. The school record of 10 has been reached twice.
HARVEY REACHES MILESTONE: Senior guard Brett Harvey became the 30th player in the history of Loyola men's basketball to reach 1,000 career points during a 28-point outing at Canisius. 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.
BARNEY ENTERS STARTING LINEUP WITH FLAIR: Junior guard Jamal Barney made his first appearance of the season in the starting lineup and responded with a double-double, the third of his career. He entered the Niagara game averaging 12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds off the bench, but increased those numbers with 18 points and matched his career high with 11 boards. His previous two double-doubles came in home games last season. He followed that by leading the team with 16 points at Coppin State, his sixth double-figure scoring outing in nine games.
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. The team's leading rebounder (6.9 rpg), he is third on the squad in scoring (9.1 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 to showcase th0se skills 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 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 317. He had started 53 of 65 games entering this season, and was flourishing in his role off the bench. He reached double digits for the first time this season with his 11 points at Canisius and earned a start at Niagara in the next game.
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 had started the first seven games of the season before missing the Niagara game with illness 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 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.
BENCH PLAYERS FORCED INTO DUTY: A pair of reserves forced into duty against Niagara posted career numbers. Sophomore forward Paolo Ivis, who did not play last season and had logged just six minutes entering the game, played 14 minutes, scoring three points with five rebounds. He was needed when starting freshman forward Julius Brooks was unable to dress for the game. Other than starting guard Jamal Barney, the only other player to show offensive prowess against the Purple Eagles was sophomore guard J'hared Hall, who reached double figures for the first time this season and third time in his career with 10 points. He made three field goals and three free throws with an assist and a steal in 15 minutes. His most recent double-digit outing prior to that came when he scored 11 points in last year's home win over Coppin State.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: The Greyhounds have three players who made their Loyola debuts in the season-opener against Vermont and all found their way into the starting lineup in the first seven games of the season. Eligible this season after sitting out last year to establish his residency following his transfer from the University of Maryland, sophomore forward Shane Walker remains a starter and is averaging 9.1 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds. He was 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 35 rebounds and blocked seven shots in 117 minutes of playing time. Olson, a 6-4 guard from nearby Silver Spring, has scored 30 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 had been coming off the bench as three newcomers had cracked the starting lineup in the opener and for the first seven games.
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.
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 1130-1169 (.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".
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.
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: The game at Canisius 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 Greyhounds will squeeze in one more game before Christmas, visiting Indiana on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. tilt that will be televised live nationally on the Big Ten Network. Following a game December 28 at Bucknell, Loyola will host a pair of home games against conference foes Rider (Jan. 02) and Siena (Jan. 04).