|Opponent||Howard University Bison|
|Date||Wednesday, December 22, 2010|
|Location||Washington, D.C. | Burr Gymnasium|
|Live Audio||Greyhounds All Access [Mark Zinno & Jim Chivers]|
|Game Notes||Loyola vs. Howard Game Notes|
|Ticket Information||Howard Online Ticket Page|
LOYOLA-HOWARD SERIES HISTORY: Loyola leads the series, 3-1, and has won the last three. The two split home games to open the series and the Greyhounds won an opening round game of the Philly Hoop Group Classic at The Palestra in November 2007. Last year, Loyola shot the second-best shooting percentage in school history en route to an 85-51 home win.
LAST TIME OUT: After leading 4-3, fortunes changed quickly as No. 15 Georgetown went on to shoot the second-best percentage for a half in school history while holding Loyola without a field goal for 9:37 en route to a 99-75 non-conference win in the Verizon Center. The Greyhounds scored 48 second-half points largely behind freshman guards Justin Drummond and Dylon Cormier. Drummond scored 20 of his game-high 21 points after the intermission and Cormier scored all 11 of his points in the second half. Sophomore forward Erik Etherly tallied 12 points and matched the game-high eight rebounds of junior forward Shane Walker.
DRUMMOND NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman guard Justin Drummond was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced Monday by the conference office. After not scoring in his four minutes of playing time in his debut two Saturdays ago, he tallied a game-high 21 points in 18 minutes at No. 15 Georgetown. He connected on one of two free throws in the first half and then scored 20 second-half points while playing 15 minutes. He shot 50.0 percent from the field (7-14), 37.5 percent from three-point range (3-8) and 80.0 percent from the foul line (4-5). His recognition makes him the fifth current Greyhound to be so honored and second this season joining classmate Dylon Cormier. The three prior to this season 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.
DRUMMOND EXPLODES ON THE SCENE: After not dressing for the first eight games of the season awaiting medical clearance, freshman guard Justin Drummond entered Saturday's game at Georgetown without any stats in four minutes of court time. That all changed two hours later. After making one of two free throws in the first half, the 6-4 freshman found his mark after the intermission. He made his first collegiate field goal five minutes into the second half and when the dust cleared he had scored 21 points in 18 minutes of court time. Included in the run was a 46-second stretch where he scored seven points with a pair of layups and his third three-pointer of the game. In all, he made seven of his 14 attempts from the floor, three of his eight shots from behind the arc and four of five foul shots. The 21 points matches the second-highest point total of the season for a Greyhounds player this year through 10 games and he is the second freshman to reach the 20-point plateau after guard Dylon Cormier scored 20 in the win over UMBC.
CORMIER FINDS SHOOTING STROKE: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier bounced back from his first scoreless performance by scoring 11 second-half points Saturday at Georgetown. It was the fourth time this season he has reached double digits. Half of his four field goals were three-pointers and four of his five rebounds were off the offensive glass while adding four assists and a steal in 23 minutes. He put on quite the shooting display in the home win over UMBC, leading Loyola to its first victory 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 previous 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 the win over Dartmouth.
WALKER DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE, TWICE: Junior forward Shane Walker collected the fourth and fifth double-doubles of his career in the two games prior to Saturday's contest at Georgetown. A 14-point effort at George Mason was his first double-figure scoring outing of the season and he grabbed 10 or more rebounds in three straight games after collecting eight Saturday. The double-double effort against Mount St. Mary's was his first at home after his previous four had come on the road. His latest efforts have vaulted him into the spot as the team's leading rebounder at 7.0 per game. He is also steadily climbing his way up the all-time blocked shots list. He already has recorded 20 this season, giving him 66 for his Loyola career to rank fifth all-time. Since making his first three-pointer of the season in the game at Vermont, he made at least one in every game for the next six games.
ETHERLY IS PERFECT: Moved back into the starting lineup after not starting the game at George Mason, sophomore forward Erik Etherly responded in the win over Mount St. Mary's. In reaching 17 points, he was a perfect seven-for-seven from the field, matching the second-best shooting performance in Greyhounds history. He also corralled nine rebounds to just miss his first career double-double, handed out an assist, blocked a shot and snagged a steal. He is the second-leading rebounder with 6.7 boards per game and is second on the team in blocked shots with 11 through 10 games.
BARNEY SURPASSES MILESTONE: With his layup seven minutes into the second half of the win over Mount St. Mary's, senior guard Jamal Barney tallied the 1,000th point of his career. He finished that game with 10 points and now has 1,007 for his career. He has scored 976 of those in a Greyhounds uniform. When he reaches the Loyola milestone, he will become the 31st player in Loyola history to reach 1,000 career points in the century-old history of Greyhounds basketball. Earlier this season, he posted his fourth career double-double in the win over UMBC, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.
OLSON IS A STARTER AGAIN: After starting the opener, sophomore guard Robert Olson moved out because of an injury and then found success coming off the bench. That success put him back in the starting lineup at Fairfield. He responded with a season-high 16 points as the only Loyola player in double figures and then followed that with 14 points at George Mason, making six of his nine shots. After playing just four minutes and being held scoreless in the win over UMBC following the injury, he has reached double figures four times in seven games, averaging 10.9 points during the stretch. He has connected on two or more three-pointers in five of his last seven games.
RUDOLPH LEADS OFF THE BENCH: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership off the bench and playing some of his basketball. 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 the win over Dartmouth, he made four late free throws with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes played. In the win over Mount St. Mary's, he matched his season high with 30 minutes played and his six assists moved him into third place all-time on the Loyola career assists list. He now has 429. When he took the floor against Saint Peter's, he became the 41st person in Greyhounds history to play in 100 career games. He is 17 appearances away from becoming the school's all-time leader in games played.
GREYHOUNDS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Since the Associated Press began its weekly rankings of teams in 1948-1949, Loyola has had a limited number of appearances against ranked opponents, despite having been involved in more than 2,200 games. The Greyhounds do not have a win in any of their 22 games against ranked teams.
WALKER NAMED MAAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a pair of double-doubles in a pair of games last week, junior forward Shane Walker was honored by the conference office as the MAAC Co-Player of the Week for games through December 12. It was his first conference acknowledgement and he shared the award with Iona's Mike Glover. He averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (12-21), 62.5 percent from three-point range (5-8) and 87.5 percent from the foul line (7-8). He added two steals at George Mason and three blocked shots in the win over Mount St. Mary's.
THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST: Despite some mediocre scoring outings, the Greyhounds have been playing consistently good defense. That was never more evident than in the win over Mount St. Mary's when Loyola held an opponent below 50 points for the first time this season. The 42 points are the fewest for a Greyhounds opponent since holding Dartmouth to 41 points in a 58-41 win on November 24, 2009. Since allowing both of the first two opponents to reach 70, Loyola has held three of the next seven to in the 60s, three to in the 50s and the Mount St. Mary's total of 42.
PATSOS REACHES MILESTONE: With the win at Morgan State, seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos moved into sole possession of third place on Loyola's all-time wins list. That 86th career win allowed him to pass Mark Amatucci who put together 85 wins during his seven-year career (1982-1989).
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 the 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).
THE FIVE `W'S: Any good newsman knows the five "W's". At Loyola, they are Walker, Wandrusch, Wiegand, Williams and Winbush. According to research, the Greyhounds are one of two teams in NCAA Division I with five players possessing last names that start with "W". The other is Texas-San Antonio. Barring some unique recruiting at other places or attrition in either program, both will hold the same claim next year as all five players on both teams are underclassmen.
STARTING LINEUP: Last year, 11 of the 13 eligible players on the roster made at least one start during the season. The first starting lineup for this year included two first-year Greyhounds, a senior, a junior and a sophomore and of late has included a senior, two juniors and two newcomers to the program.
BARNEY RECEIVES SECOND-TEAM NOD: For the second consecutive season, the MAAC coaches selected senior guard Jamal Barney to a spot on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team. Again, he was the only Loyola player to receive preseason recognition. The leading scorer in the league at 18.1 points as a sophomore, Barney was All-MAAC Second Team following that first season in a Greyhounds uniform.
GREYHOUNDS PICKED SIXTH BY COACHES: Loyola was tabbed for sixth in MAAC preseason balloting by the league's coaches announced in October. Last year's runner-up Fairfield collected six of the first-place votes to rank first followed by three-time defending champion Siena and its three votes while one vote was cast for Saint Peter's. Iona placed four points behind the Peacocks to land fourth and the Greyhounds trailed fifth-place Rider by four votes as well.
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 the home game with Fairfield on January 14. The matchup will be carried live on ESPNU.
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. The next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is Tuesday when Loyola hosts Bucknell.
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 is Loyola's next home game, Tuesday against Bucknell. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
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 next of seven contests in which the Greyhounds will compete against a fellow Jesuit institution is the rematch with Fairfield on Friday, January 14. 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.
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.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: The Greyhounds will break for Christmas following tonight's game and be back in action Tuesday when they host Bucknell University in Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock. That game will be the penultimate non-conference game for the season and last until the February BracketBusters matchup. Conference play reconvenes on Monday, January 3 when Loyola entertains Marist at 7:00 p.m. in Reitz Arena.