Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena for its second game in less than 48 hours on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 12 noon.
The Greyhounds will host Saint Peter’s University in the first game of a doubleheader. Loyola and the Peacocks will also face each other in a women’s basketball game starting at 2:30 p.m.
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 CBS 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.
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
The game against Saint Peter’s is the second of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. The team’s first meeting was the first JBS game.
As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season.
Sunday’s game will be the 78th all-time meeting by the fellow Jesuit schools with Saint Peter’s holding a 42-35 lead in the series. The series is the second most-played amongst the Greyhounds’ current opponents, trailing only the Greyhounds’ 168 meeting with Mount St. Mary’s.
Loyola and the Peacocks will be facing each other for the second time this season, although it will be just the fourth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the year for both schools.
The Greyhounds played the Peacocks on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and Loyola used a 12-0 second half run to defeat Saint Peter’s, 61-55.
Dylon Cormier made 9-of-13 free throws and finished with 15 points, while Franz Rassman made his first career start and scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Last Time Out
Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both scored 21 points, and Loyola used runs of 11-2 and 16-4 to pull away for a 71-65 win over Rider on Friday night in Reitz Arena.
Etherly scored 12 points in the first half, and Cormier tallied 19 of his 21 in the second. The duo combined to shoot 14-of-28 from the field and make 12-of-16 free throws.
Rider’s Nurideen Lindsey tied the game at 25-25 with a free throw 2:03 before halftime, but Etherly scored on a pair of layups, and Cormier sent an outlet pass to Jarred Jones for a fast-break dunk with 26 ticks left, and Loyola led by six at the break. Cormier then scored the second half’s first five points, and Loyola had its first double-digit advantage of the game, 36-25.
The Broncs got back to within two, 43-41, with 10:59 to play, but Loyola reeled off the next 10 points and 16 of 20. A Cormier layup with 4:26 remaining in regulation made it 59-45 for the Greyhounds.
Points & Assists For Cormier
Dylon Cormier not only logged his fourth 20-point game of the season and 12th of his career on Friday night against Rider, he set a career-high with six assists. The six assist game in a game in which he had just one turnover and seven rebounds.
Cormier previously had five helpers as a career-high on January 7, 2012, against Canisius on a day he also scored 23.
In his 12 games with 20 or more points, Cormier has averaged 3.0 assists, nearly double his career average of 1.63 per game.
Back-To-Back 20-Point Games
Dylon Cormier’s 21 points against Rider marked his second game in a row topping 20 after logging 25 on December 30, 2012, against Memphis. It was the third time in Cormier’s career that he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games after he scored 20 against both Coppin State (November 14) and UMBC (November 17) and 22 and 26 at Siena (December 3) and at George Washington (December 7), respectively, all during the 2011-2012 season.
Close To Form
Erik Etherly hit the 20-point plateau for the first time since injuring his shoulder and missing five games. The post player scored 21 on 7-of-13 shooting and 6-of-9 from the line against Rider, his most since dropping 23 on Albany on November 18, 2012.
Ethelry also led all players with eight rebounds in a game-high 38 minutes of action.
In his last two games, Etherly is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds to increase his season averages to 14.9 and a team-high 7.1.
When Winbush Scores 10+
Anthony Winbush scored 10 points for the Greyhounds against Rider, the fourth time this season he has tallied double figures in points. Loyola has won all four of those games.
The Greyhounds have won each of the last six games Winbush has scored 10 or more, dating back to a 59-50 loss against Iona on January 11, 2010. Over his career, he has scored in double figures 16 times, and the Greyhounds are 13-3 in those games.
Statistically, several things went the Greyhounds’ way against Rider that have been good signs this season.
Loyola shot 46.3-percent from the field, moving it to 6-0 when it shoots 45-percent of better in a game.
The Greyhounds had 10 turnovers in the game and are now 4-0 when coughing up the ball 10 or fewer times.
After scoring 71 points, Loyola is now 7-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.
10 From 1,000
Robert Olson enters the January 6 game against Saint Peter’s needing 10 points to become the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points. Olson has 990 points in 107 career games, an average of 9.2 per.
Offensive Board Work
A high emphasis was placed on offensive rebounds in the Greyhounds’ practice and shootaround preceding the 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 at Memphis, 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 had 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.
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 11 more rebounds, he will move into 25th all-time at Loyola.
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 7-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.8 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 against Mount St. Mary’s, 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.
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).
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.
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 wraps up its three-game homestand on Friday, January 11, when it hosts Fairfield University in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
The Last Meeting
December 8, 2012
East Rutherford, N.J.
Winbush Leads Men's Basketball In Win Over Saint Peter's
Anthony Winbush finished one off his career-high with 16 points, and he added eight rebounds, as Loyola University Maryland took control of a 61-55 victory over Saint Peter's University with a 12-0 second-half run on Saturday in the IZOD Center.