|Opponent||Bucknell University Bison|
|Date||Tuesday, December 28, 2010|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
|Streaming Video||Greyhounds All Access|
|Local Radio||ESPN Radio 1300 [Mark Zinno & Gary Lambrecht]|
|Live Audio||Greyhounds All Access|
|Game Notes||Loyola vs. Bucknell Game Notes|
|Ticket Information||Loyola TicketMaster Ticket Page|
LOYOLA-BUCKNELL SERIES HISTORY: Bucknell leads the series, 4-1, although the Greyhounds won the matchup last year in Lewisburg, Pa., 55-49. The teams alternated home games in the 1986-1987 and 1987-1988 seasons and played a home-and-home during the 1992-1993 campaign. In last year's contest, Anthony Winbush matched his career high with 17 points and Jamal Barney added 10 to lead Loyola.
LAST TIME OUT: Howard ended the game on a 13-3 run to erase a six-point deficit with three minutes remaining for a come-from-behind 69-65 non-conference home win Wednesday night. Loyola led by eight at the intermission and scored the first six points of the second half for its largest lead of the game at 45-31 with 17:39 left, but the Bison outscored the Greyhounds 38-20 the rest of the way for their second win of the season. Freshman guard Justin Drummond led Loyola in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points and sophomore forward Erik Etherly recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
DRUMMOND EXPLODES ON THE SCENE: After not dressing for the first eight games of the season awaiting medical clearance, freshman guard Justin Drummond has been the team's leading scorer in the last two games. He played just four scoreless minutes in his debut against Mount St. Mary's, but since has posted 21 points at No. 15 Georgetown and 17 points Wednesday at Howard. In those two games, he is second on the team at 54.2 percent from the field (13-24), leads the team at 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-12) and is third on the team with 77.8 percent from the foul line (7-9). The 21 points matches the second-highest point total of the season for a Greyhounds player this year through 11 games and he is the second freshman to reach the 20-point plateau after guard Dylon Cormier scored 20 in the win over UMBC.
ETHERLY POSTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Erik Etherly collected the first double-double of his career Wednesday at Howard with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was his third straight double-figure scoring effort and fifth of the season and the second time he has corralled 10 or more rebounds. In his last three games, he is averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 70.0 percent from the field (14-20). Included among those are a pair of perfect performances from the floor - seven-for-seven against Mount St. Mary's and four-for-four at Howard. The effort against the Mountaineers resulted in a career-high 17 points and matched the second-best performance in school history. He leads the team with 12 steals and is second on the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocked shots (11).
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 1,017 for his career. He has scored 986 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.
WALKER DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE, TWICE: Junior forward Shane Walker collected the fourth and fifth double-doubles of his career earlier this month. 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 around that outing. The double-double effort against Mount St. Mary's was his first at home after his previous four had come on the road. For his last five games, he is averaging 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. His latest efforts have vaulted him into the spot as the team's leading rebounder at 7.2 per game. He is also steadily climbing his way up the all-time blocked shots list. He already has recorded 21 this season, giving him 67 for his Loyola career to rank fifth all-time.
RUDOLPH PROVIDING LEADERSHIP: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership as both a starter and off the bench while playing some of his best 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 435. 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 16 appearances away from becoming the school's all-time leader in games played.
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 reached double figures four times in seven games, averaging 10.9 points during the stretch.
CORMIER MISSES GAME: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier did not make the trip to Howard, missing the first game of his career with an illness. He bounced back from his first scoreless performance by scoring 11 second-half points 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.
DRUMMOND NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman guard Justin Drummond was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced December 20 by the conference office. After not scoring in his four minutes of playing time in his debut, 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.
WALKER NAMED MAAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a pair of double-doubles in two games, 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 Mount St. Mary's win.
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. Loyola is 11-2 when holding an opponent under 50 points since 1983-1984.
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: Various injuries have forced the Greyhounds to test out four different starting lineups this season with the starts rotating among seven players. Last year, 11 of the 13 eligible players received starts with only first-year player Paolo Ivis and mid-season walk-on addition Luke Wandrusch not making starts.
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 after tonight is Monday when Loyola hosts Marist.
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 after tonight is Loyola's next home game, Monday against Marist. 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.
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NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: Tonight is the penultimate non-conference game of the season with only February's BracketBusters matchup against a yet-to-be-determined opponent remaining. Conference play resumes Monday when the Greyhounds take on Marist in Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock.