|Opponent||Marist College Red Foxes|
|Date||Monday, January 3, 2011|
|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. Marist Game Notes|
|Ticket Information||Loyola TicketMaster Ticket Page|
LOYOLA-MARIST SERIES HISTORY: Marist leads the series, 27-20, although the Greyhounds have won the last four and five of the last six. Loyola is 6-1 against the Red Foxes in Reitz Arena over the last seven years. The Greyhounds' win in January 2004 snapped a 10-game Marist winning streak, the longest in the history of the series that dates back to 1978.
LAST TIME OUT: Bucknell made 11 of 16 shots to end the first half after missing its first five attempts to erase a 12-2 Loyola lead and post a 36-27 halftime advantage en route to a 70-59 non-conference road win to close out 2010 for the Greyhounds. The Bison reeled off stretches of 14-3 and 15-2 over the final 14 minutes of the first half and then opened the second half with an 11-2 run to build their largest lead of the game at 47-31 with just under 15 minutes remaining. Three times Loyola got within eight points, but Bucknell answered with baskets each time and the Greyhounds could get no closer. Junior forward Shane Walker was one rebound shy of a double-double with team highs for points (14) and rebounds (9) and senior guard Jamal Barney added 10 points off the bench for the only other Loyola player in double figures.
WALKER DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE, TWICE: Junior forward Shane Walker collected the fourth and fifth double-doubles of his career in early December. 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. After just missing the sixth double-double of his career with 14 points and nine rebounds Tuesday against Bucknell, he is averaging 12.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 87.5 percent from the foul line (21-24) over his last six games. He is the team's leading rebounder at 7.3 per game and is third in scoring with 9.8 points per outing. He is also steadily climbing his way up the all-time blocked shots list. He already has recorded 22 this season, giving him 68 for his Loyola career to rank fifth all-time.
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 1,027 for his career after coming off the bench to tally 10 Tuesday night against Bucknell. He has scored 996 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.
ETHERLY POSTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Erik Etherly collected the first double-double of his career 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 this season he had corralled 10 or more rebounds. He followed that with six points, eight rebounds and matched his career high with three blocked shots. In his last four games, he is averaging 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 67.7 percent from the field (16-24). 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 13 steals and is second on the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and blocked shots (14).
HEALTHY HALL GETS START: After missing the first three games of December with an injury, a healthy junior guard J'hared Hall ended the month in the starting lineup, scoring seven points in 22 minutes against Bucknell. He tallied five of those points in the game's first four minutes to help the Greyhounds build a 12-2 lead. For the game, he matched his career highs with three assists and two steals. The start was his first of the season and seventh of his career. His first start last season was a career-high 16-point outing in the home game with Marist on January 15, 2010, as he connected on five three-pointers in the game.
RUDOLPH PROVIDING LEADERSHIP: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership as both a starter and a reserve while playing some of the best basketball of his career. He did not miss a shot from the floor in the home win over UMBC, scoring eight points off the bench 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 came off the bench and 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 off the bench and his six assists moved him into third place all-time on the Loyola career assists list. He now has 442. 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 six games, averaging 11,3 points during the stretch.
DRUMMOND EXPLODES ON THE SCENE: After not dressing for the first eight games of the season awaiting medical clearance, freshman guard Justin Drummond was the team's leading scorer in back-to-back road games in Washington, D.C. He played just four scoreless minutes in his debut against Mount St. Mary's, but followed that to post 21 points at No. 15 Georgetown and 17 points at Howard. He earned MAAC Rookie of the Week accolades following each of those efforts. The 21 points matches the second-highest point total of the season for a Greyhounds player this year through 12 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 MISSES GAMES: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier did not make the trip to Howard, missing the first game of his career with an illness. He then did not dress Wednesday for the game with Bucknell. 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, AGAIN: For the second straight week, freshman guard Justin Drummond was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced December 27 by the conference office. He followed up his career-high 21-point performance at No. 15 Georgetown by scoring a team-high 17 points at Howard. He is the first MAAC rookie to be honored on consecutive weeks and the first rookie to receive recognition twice through seven weeks of the season. Following the Co-Player of the Week honor garnered by junior forward Shane Walker on December 13, Greyhounds were feted by the MAAC for three consecutive weeks. 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.
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 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, Greyhounds 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 2009, 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 independent 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 five different starting lineups this season with the starts rotating among eight 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 the next home game when Loyola hosts Fairfield on January 14.
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 when Loyola hosts Manhattan on January 20. 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 make their first conference weekend road trip of the season beginning Friday when they visit Manhattan at 7 o'clock. Loyola ends the weekend with a trip to Iona on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Greyhounds are home again on Friday, January 15, when they host Fairfield in Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock. The game will be part of a nationally broadcast doubleheader on ESPNU involving Loyola and Fairfield's women's teams which gets underway at 4:30 p.m.