LOYOLA-INDIANA SERIES HISTORY: Tonight is the first meeting between the schools. Loyola does have history against Big Ten opponents, losing seven straight. The Greyhounds' lone win over Penn State came when the Nittany Lions were members of the Atlantic 10.
LAST TIME OUT: Loyola posted the second-best shooting performances in school history for both field goals (.696) and three-point field goals (.750) and junior guard Jamal Barney scored a season-high 28 points as the Greyhounds snapped their three-game losing streak with an 85-51 win Saturday afternoon over Howard. After the Bison closed within 32-29 early in the second half, the Greyhounds went on a 37-5 run over the next 10 minutes and capped the stretch by scoring 24 straight points. Barney scored 18 of his 28 during the run and finished 11-14 from the field while tying for team-high honors with five rebounds and four assists in just 21 minutes. Senior guards Tony Lewis (14 points) and Brett Harvey (11 points) were the only other Loyola players in double figures as the Greyhounds held a significant 61-9 advantage in bench points.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE 10 DAYS MAKES: Ten days after shooting just 28.4 percent (19-67) in an overtime loss at Coppin State, the Greyhounds made 69.6 percent (32-46) of their attempts Saturday in the win over Howard. The shooting percentage is the second-best effort in school history and the best-ever in Reitz Arena. The last time Loyola topped 60 percent from the floor was a 62.1-percent (36-58) performance in a 95-73 home win over Rider on February 14, 2007. Interestingly, that game also took place on a day that a winter storm paralyzed Baltimore as overnight snow closed Loyola's campus and the game was played only because the Broncs came to town the previous evening. For an 11-minute stretch during the second half, the Greyhounds made 14 consecutive tries from the field.
LONG-DISTANCE SHOOTERS FIND RANGE TOO: The shooting success in Saturday's win over Howard wasn't just on two-point attempts as the Greyhounds made their first six tries from three-point range and finished the game making nine of 12 (.750). That also ranks second in the Loyola annals for three-point percentage in a game and establishes the Reitz Arena record. The effort comes on the heels of making just 18.5 percent (5-27) in Loyola's latest outing, the overtime loss at Coppin State.
RECORD SHOOTING LEADS TO RECORD WIN: When the shooting is clicking along with solid defense, a team can build a comfortable margin of victory. That was the case in Saturday's win over Howard as Loyola's 34-point score differential is its largest over a Division I opponent since elevating the program full-time to Division I in 1981-82. The Greyhounds had previously beaten non-Division I opponents by larger margins in their history.
WINNING ON THE HOME COURT: One of the things head coach Jimmy Patsos has preached about since his arrival six seasons ago was the value of having a home court advantage and winning on that home court. He has certainly back that up. Loyola improved to 40-26 (.606) under Patsos' leadership in Reitz Arena with its home win Saturday over Howard, increasing its mark in non-conference home games to 16-5 (.762). Take away his 6-22 first season, and he is 35-18 (.660) in Reitz Arena overall and has won 15 of 17 non-league games (.882) at home.
BARNEY NAMED MAAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior guard Jamal Barney was recognized Monday afternoon by the MAAC as its Player of the Week following his performance in the home win over Howard over the weekend. After starting the previous two games, he returned to his reserve role and scored a season- and game-high 28 points while playing just 21 minutes. He knocked down 11 of his 14 attempts, including three of four tries from three-point range. He also led the team with five rebounds and four assists. During Loyola's game-breaking 37-5 run during the second half, he scored 16 of his points and did not miss a shot after halftime. The award is the third of his career, having received similar accolades last year.
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 his 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.
LEWIS PROVIDES BENCH SPARK: Senior guard Tony Lewis provided a huge spark off the bench in Saturday's win over Howard, scoring a season-high 14 points in 14 minutes. He missed just one shot from the floor (that being a three-pointer) and added a rebound, and assist, a blocked shot and a steal. He made all four of his attempts in the 2007 win over the Bison, meaning for his career in two wins over Howard he shot 10-11 from the floor with 23 points.
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 (6.6 rpg), he is third on the squad in scoring (9.1 ppg).
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 323. He had started 53 of 65 games entering this season, and is 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. He has returned to a reserve role of late.
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 those 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.
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 eight of his appearances, missing the Niagara game with illness, and is tied for 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 a 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.
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 eight of 10 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 has started every game and is averaging 9.1 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds. 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 50 rebounds and blocked nine shots in 141 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 eight of 10 games.
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.
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 1131-1169 (.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".
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 after tonight is Loyola's visit to Fairfield on January 8.
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 Loyola's next home game when it hosts Rider on January 2 in a 1 o'clock 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: 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: Heading to their respective homes for the holidays after tonight's game, the Greyhounds will next be in action Monday when they visit Bucknell for a 7 o'clock start. Loyola's next home game is January 2 when it hosts Rider in Reitz Arena at 1 p.m.