The 2013 calendar year opens on Friday, January 4, for the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team as it plays the first of three-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference home games.
Loyola will host Rider University at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
Follow The Action
The game, along with all of the Greyhounds’ non-televised home games, will be broadcast live and free of charge on ‘Hounds Unleashed, the broadband arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Video is available on computers and most mobile devices platforms.
Fans can also listen to the action on Baltimore’s ESPN Radio 1300-AM where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties. The audio can also be heard on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
Loyola and Rider will meet for the 40th time in series history when the teams take the floor on Friday with the Broncs holding a 23-16 lead in the previous 39 games.
The Greyhounds have won five of the last nine meetings between the teams.
The teams split the season series last year, each winning on its own home court in front of national television audiences. On February 3, 2012, in Baltimore on ESPNU, Loyola held Rider to 13-percent shooting from the field in the first half and 12 points before the break, going on to defeat the Broncs, 63-46. Rider, which never led in the game, got back to within 13 points with less than 13 minutes to go in the game, but the Broncs would draw no closer.
Three weeks later, Rider would come from behind late in Lawrenceville, N.J., to beat Loyola, 83-79, on ESPN2.
Last Time Out
Memphis went on an 11-0 run midway through the second half, fueled by seven Shaq Goodwin points, to build a 12-point advantage en route to a 78-64 win at the FedEx Forum on December 30.
Dylon Cormier scored 25 points on 10-of-20 from the floor to lead all scorers.
Loyola tied the game on the second half’s second possession with a Cormier layup, but Memphis quickly went back up by five, 42-37.
Robert Olson hit an 18-foot jumper from the left side off an inbound play, making it a 53-52 Memphis lead with 11:19 to go, but Goodwin converted on the other end to start the 11-0 run.
The Greyhounds logged a season-high 23 offensive rebounds and controlled the glass, outrebounding the Tigers, 42-29.
Offensive Board Work
A high emphasis was placed on offensive rebounds in the Greyhounds’ practice and shootaround preceding Sunday’s game at Memphis, and the team responded.
Loyola had a season-high 23 offensive rebounds, 16 in the first half, against Memphis. Dylon Cormier led the team with five offensive rebounds, and Erik Ethelry had four.
The Greyhounds’ 23 offensive boards eclipsed their previous season-high of 21 set on November 23 at Rhode Island.
Loyola pulled down offensive rebounds at a 54.7-percent clip against the Tigers, garnering four more on the offensive glass than Memphis did on the defensive boards (19).
The 23 offensive rebounds are the most by a Loyola team since it had 25 in a December 1, 2011, win over Marist.
Converting Second Chance Points
Loyola scored 25 second-chance points on Sunday, its most of the season and the first time this year the Greyhounds have scored 20 or more. The previous high was 19 points against UMBC on November 14, 2012.
Loyola outrebounded the Tigers, 42-29, marking just the fourth time in 12 games that Memphis has been outdone on the boards this season.
The 13 rebound differential was the greatest Memphis has encountered this season, as the three previous times it had been outrebounded were by one (Samford, Lipscomb) and two (Virginia Commonwealth). Entering the game, Memphis had been outrebounding opponents by 6.2 per game.
This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.3), rebounds allowed (33.5) and rebounding margin (+3.8).
Including Anthony Winbush and Erik Etherly who share the team lead with 7.0 rebounds per game, seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.
Cormier Drops 25
Dylon Cormier scored a game-high 25 on Sunday at Memphis, making and attempting career-highs in field goals (10-of-20). The junior guard scored 16 in the first half, the most by a Loyola player in the opening 20 minutes this season.
Cormier was also 4-of-5 from the line and had a season-high five offensive rebounds.
All five of his offensive rebounds led directly to putbacks by Cormier.
Swipes A Plenty
Dylon Cormier was also highly active on the defensive end for the Greyhounds, logging a career-high tying five steals. The five matched his total from January 7, 2012, in a win over Canisius.
Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 27 steals this season, and his 1.9 per game are tops in the MAAC.
20 From 1,000
Robert Olson enters the January 4 game against Rider needing 20 points to become the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points. Olson has 980 points in 106 career games, an average of 9.2 per.
26th To 400
Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds, and his final made him the 26th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to grab 400 in his career.
The graduate student, who received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after eight games in 2010-2011, also has scored 455 points in his career.
This season, he leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, and with 16 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.
Loyola had its second sell-out of the season in Reitz Arena against Bucknell with a capacity crowd of 2,100. The Greyhounds also sold out the season-opener against Binghamton.
Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds five losses this season. Loyola is now 1-5 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-5 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 6.8 assists in the five losses.
In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.7-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 47.2-percent clip.
Opponents are shooting nearly nine more free throws (26.4-17.6) per game in the five losses, as well.
Sharing The Ball
The Greyhounds also logged a season-high 18 assists against Mount St. Mary’s with six players tallying two or more. Jarred Jones led the way with five, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.
Loyola is now 6-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.7 in nine wins.
Olson Goes Off Against The Mount
Robert Olson was the catalyst for the Greyhounds’ offense against Mount St. Mary’s, and he performed as such with an economy of shots. The senior guard finished with 22 points, making a career-best nine field goals in just 14 attempts. Three of his baskets were from behind the 3-point arc.
Olson had previously scored 21 twice, the last time coming in a January 2012 loss at Iona College. He first hit on 21 in February 2011 at Marist College.
His 22-point performance came after he scored just eight, making only 2-of-8 from the field on December 8 against Saint Peter’s.
Olson After Fewer Than 10 Points
Robert Olson has scored in double digits in nine of 13 games this season, and he has not scored in single digits twice in a row.
He had just eight points on November 18 against the Albany, but he scored a team-best 20 in Loyola’s next game, November 23, at Rhode Island, including the game-tying three with less than four seconds left to force overtime in a win.
He then had seven at Coppin State on November 28 but came back to score 10 at Florida Gulf Coast.
Brooks With A Career-High, Too
Julius Brooks scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds after the break, a total that would have equaled his career-best. He also had a bucket in the first half, and with his career-high five field goals, the senior post player finished with a career-best 12.
It marked the second time in his career that Brooks has scored 10 or more and the first since he did it against Niagara in his freshman season of 2009-2010.
Brooks has averaged 8.3 points in the Greyhounds’ last three games after scoring six against Niagara on December 5 and seven versus Saint Peter’s on December 8.
Etherly Returns To Action
Erik Etherly made his first appearance for Loyola since November 23 against Mount St. Mary’s after recuperating from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five games, a span in which Loyola won three.
The Preseason MAAC Player of the Year came off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s, entering the game in the second minute of play, and he finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
He made 6-of-11 shots, plus 4-of-6 from the line, and also dished out a pair of assists.
The Greyhounds averaged 7.5 points per game fewer (68.3-60.8) in the five games without Etherly, but they also allowed four fewer points (57.2-61.2) in the same span.
Loyola averaged more rebounds (39.8-35.2) during Etherly’s absence, but the team’s field-goal percentage has slipped form .440 to .380 in the respective stretches.
During Etherly’s absence, Anthony Winbush raised his scoring average from 6.7 points to 9.2 points, and the graduate student led the team in rebounds (7.2 per game in those five).
On The Defensive
Loyola held Mount St. Mary’s to just 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field and 18 total points in the first half, both season-lows for a Greyhounds’ opponent.
The Greyhounds also limited The Mount to 23.5-percent (8-of-34) from 3-point range after the Mountaineers entered the game leading NCAA Division I in percentage of points scored from behind the arc with more than 43-perecnt.
Through 12 games, Loyola is tops in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 59.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have held more than half their opponents (7-of-12) this year to fewer than 60 points.
Loyola is also tops in the league in field-goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 38.8-percent from the field.
The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.4 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.6 blocked shots per game.
When Olson Scores 20+
Loyola improved to 5-1 in games over the last three-plus years when Robert Olson scores 20 or more points. Just once has the guard reached the 20-point plateau in a loss, a January 2012 setback at Iona.
Making Good On Starting Opportunity
Franz Rassman made the most of his first collegiate start on December 8 at the IZOD Center against Saint Peter’s, recording career-highs of 25 minutes and 13 points, going 6-of-8 from the floor.
Rassman made all three of his second-half shots, including his first 3-pointer as a Greyhound, and tallied seven points after the break in 14 minutes of action.
Winbush Goes The Distance (Almost)
Anthony Winbush played all but 21 seconds of the win over Saint Peter’s, logging a career-high in minutes played (he was credited with 40).
He finished one off his career-high in points, as he led the Greyhounds with 16 on 5-of-8 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point attempts and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.
The graduate student also tied Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, seven coming on the defensive glass.
Since missing the first three games of the season, Winbush is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8). He also leads the team in assists per game (2.63) this season and is second in steals per game (1.25).
Cormier To The Charity Stripe
On a day when his shots were not falling in volume (3-of-10), Dylon Cormier found another way to score against Saint Peter’s, getting to the free-throw line 13 times and making nine.
He finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists against the Peacocks.
Cormier leads the team with 83 free throws attempted and 63 made this season. He has gone to the line 10 or more times on three occasions (at Washington, at Coppin State and versus Saint Peter’s), and he has attempted seven or more from the line in four more games.
With his nine makes against the Peacocks, Cormier moved into the top-25 all-time at Loyola in free-throws made. In less than 2.5 years with the Greyhounds, he has made 224, good for 25th place, one behind teammate Erik Etherly for 24th. Etherly’s 331 free-throw attempts are 22nd all-time at Loyola, and Cormier’s 326 are tied for 24th with Mark Rhode (1972-1976).
Latham Breaks Out
Jordan Latham took little time on December 1 to set a career-high in scoring, tallying his 10th point of the game with 9:30 to play in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with a game-high 17 points to easily outdistance his previous high of nine set just a week prior at Rhode Island.
Latham made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line while making his first start since November 11 at the University of Washington.
Dylon Cormier had a career-high scoring night at Coppin State, tallying 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 11-of-12 from the line, 5-of-6 in the final five minutes of the game.
Cormier eclipsed his previous career-best of 26 set last season in a win at George Washington.
The junior guard also was one off his career-high in rebounds, grabbing eight boards for the second-straight game, and he dished out four assists in a career-high 39 minutes of action.
After scoring 19 on Monday night against Towson, as well, Cormier is averaging 23 points in the Greyhounds’ last two games.
Charm City Pride
Baltimore born and raised Dylon Cormier plays at or near his best when the Greyhounds face another team from the Baltimore area. The junior guard, who was in the last graduating class at the now closed Cardinal Gibbons High School, has scored 145 points in eight career games against teams from Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs.
Including his career-high 27 on Wednesday, Cormier has averaged 18.1 points against Coppin State (two games), Towson (two), UMBC (three) and Morgan State (one). He has four games with 20 or more points among the eight contests.
In the last year, Cormier has averaged 20.6 in five games against the teams.
Anthony Winbush notched the first double-double of his career on November 28 at Coppin State, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.
His 12 rebounds represented the 12th time in his tenure at Loyola that he has posted 10 or more rebounds, and it was the fourth time he has scored 10 or more points.
He also set a career-high in rebounds, eclipsing the 11 he posted in his seventh career game on November 29, 2008, at Vermont. Winbush also set a career-high in minutes played (37) and matched his previous best in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).
Late Game Heroics
Loyola’s games against Albany and Rhode Island, both wins, came down to the last four seconds of regulation (and then some).
On November 18, Albany tied the game with 3.1 ticks on the clock, Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos set up an inbound play in a timeout. Graduate student Anthony Winbush threw a baseball pass 80 feet to Dylon Cormier who was inside the opposite foul line. Cormier caught the pass, laid it in with his right hand and was fouled in the process by Albany’s D.J. Evans with 1.5 seconds left.
Cormier made the free throw to provide the final margin, and Albany’s inbound pass went off the hands of Evans and out-of-bounds to secure the win.
Robert Olson then sank a 3-pointer with 3.7 on the clock at Rhode Island to force overtime where the Greyhounds would win by four.
MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches’ poll and the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).
This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.
Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.
Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.
The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2002-2005.
Loyola completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.
Since then, Loyola has gone 131-128 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games in 2011-2012.
Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.
Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year
Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.
Patsos guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 24 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November 2012 and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.
Later in March, Patsos was named the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award for his work on and off the court, an honor presented by CollegeInsider.com.
Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.
Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).
Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.
Loyola will play its second MAAC game in three days when Saint Peter’s University comes to Reitz Arena for a 12 noon game on Sunday, January 6. The contest will be the first of a doubleheader with Loyola’s women hosting the Peacocks at 2:30 p.m.
The Last Meeting
February 24, 2012
Rider Eeks Out Late Win Over Men's Basketball
Rider University scored the last four points of the game in the final 33 seconds to scratch out an 83-79 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Loyola University Maryland on Friday night. R.J. Williams (above) matched his career-high with 11 for the Greyhounds