Loyola University Maryland hosts the final contest of a three-game homestand on Friday, January 11, when Fairfield University comes to Reitz Arena for a 7 o’clock tip-off.
The three-game homestand is Loyola’s longest of the season. The Greyhounds will not have back-to-back home contests the rest of the year.
On The Tube
The Greyhounds and Stags will play in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU. The game is the first of three over the next five weeks that Loyola will play on the network.
Doug Sherman will call the play-by-play, and Tim McCormick will handle color analysis duties.
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
The game against Fairfield is the third of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. The team’s two meetings with Saint Peter’s were also JBS games.
As one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities around the nation, Loyola is a proud participant in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight again this season.
Follow The Action
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.
Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 54th time on the hardwood Friday night with the Stags entering the game with a 36-17 advantage in the previous meetings.
The teams split their regular-season meetings last year, each winning on the other’s home court, but Loyola won the rubber match, 48-44, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., in the MAAC Championship game.
Erik Etherly averaged 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game against the Stags, while Robert Olson tallied a 13.0 points per game average in the three games last season.
Two of the games were closely contested contests with Loyola defeating Fairfield, 66-63, in Bridgeport, Conn., on January 13, 2012, and later in the Championship Game. The Stags’ victory in Reitz Arena, however, was not as close with Fairfield coming out on top, 68-51.
In Loyola’s two wins over the Stags, the Greyhounds shot better from the field (.402-.358) and had a significant advantage in 3-point field goal percentage (.455-.292).
Last Time Out
Three Greyhounds scored 17 or more points, and Loyola used a pair of lengthy runs to defeat Saint Peter’s, 74-58, on Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena. Erik Etherly finished with 24 points, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson tallied 18 and 17 points, respectively.
The Peacocks never led in the game, but they cut Loyola’s early 11-point advantage to just two, 17-15, with 10:27 to play in the first half. Cormier, however, scored the next five points, sparking a 15-0 run that was capped by a couple of Anthony Winbush free throws at 3:27.
Loyola was up 13 at halftime and led by 19, 55-36, with 11:50 to play on an Etherly layup. Saint Peter’s, however, got back within 11, 62-51 with just under five minutes to play.
Olson Gets To 1,000
Robert Olson became the 32nd player in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points in his career last Sunday against Saint Peter’s. He entered the game needing 10 points to reach the plateau, and after scoring eight in the first half, he finished a fast break 2:29 into the second with a layup.
Entering the game against Fairfield, he has 1,007 points, 498 of which have come on 3-pointers and 157 on free throws.
With 166 career 3-pointers, Olson is fourth all-time at Loyola in made baskets from behind the arc. He will tie Brett Harvey (2006-2010) for third with eight more threes.
Nearly half of his field goals made (166-of-342, .48.5-percent of made baskets) have been 3-pointers.
Olson is also fourth at Loyola in 3-pointers attempted (433).
Fourth To 100 Blocks
Erik Etherly matched his career-high with five blocked shots against Saint Peter’s, and in the process he became the fourth player in program history to swat 100 shots.
He joins Brian Carroll (1997-2001, 213 blocks), Shane Walker (2009-2012, 135) and George Sereikas (1989-1993, 117) in the 100-block club.
Three Over 15
Loyola had three players score 15 or more points against Saint Peter’s, marking the second time this season the Greyhounds have accomplished the feat. Erik Etherly led all players with 24 points, while Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson had 18 and 17, respectively
The first time it happened, Etherly had 22 against UMBC, while Cormier and Tyler Hubbard each tallied 17.
Cormier Keeps Going
Dylon Cormier scored in double figures for the 10th straight game and 15th time in 16 games this season for the Greyhounds, logging 18 against Saint Peter’s.
The junior guard is tops on the team with 17.6 points per game, scoring 15 or more points in 12-of-16 games.
Cormier also leads the Greyhounds in assists (41, 2.6 per game) and steals (31, 1.9) and is third on the team in rebounds per game (4.8). His 1.5:1 assist:turnover ratio is also best on the squad.
Back-To-Back 20-Point Games
Loyola has seen players score 20 or more in back-to-back games twice over the course of the last three games. Dylon Cormier scored 25 at Memphis and 21 versus Rider, while Erik Etherly had 21 in the Rider game and 24 against Saint Peter’s.
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.
For Etherly, it was the second time over his tenure at Loyola that he’s scored 20 or more in consecutive appearances. He also did so with 21 against both Niagara and Siena in the 2012 MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively, en route to being named the MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player.
Box Score Filler
Anthony Winbush continued his solid all-around game, leading the Greyhounds in both assists and rebounds versus Saint Peter’s. He scored eight points and logged team-highs of eight rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes of action.
The graduate student has topped the team in rebounds seven times this season and assisted on five occasions.
In 13 game, Winbush has averaged 7.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.8 minutes of action.
Statistically, several things went the Greyhounds’ way against Rider and Saint Peter’s that have been good signs this season.
Loyola is now 7-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game. After scoring 71 and 74 points, Loyola is now 8-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds also held Saint Peter’s to 58 points, marking the marking the eighth time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.
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.
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.
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 (37.1) and rebounding margin (+3.6).
Seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.
26th To 400
Anthony Winbush collected a game-high nine rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s, 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
Loyola is now 8-0 this season when it has 12 or more assists. Conversely, the Greyhounds are averaging just 6.8 assists in five losses this year and 12.9 in nine wins.
Brooks With A Career-High
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 39.9-percent from the field.
The Greyhounds are also tops in the MAAC in blocked shots (5.2 per game)., Jordan Latham is second individually with 1.4 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 on December 8, 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.
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.