After three-straight home games, the Loyola University Maryland hits the road for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road game at Rider University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m.
The three-game homestand was Loyola’s longest of the season. The Greyhounds will not have back-to-back home contests the rest of the year.
Loyola and Rider will meet for the 41st time in series history when the teams take the floor on Friday with the Broncs holding a 23-17 lead in the previous 70 games.
The Greyhounds have won six of the last 10 meetings between the teams, including a 71-65 on January 4, 2013, at Reitz Arena.
Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both scored 21 points, and Loyola used a couple of big runs in last weekend’s win over the Broncs.
Rider tied the game at 25-25 with 3:17 to go in the first half, but it was the Broncs’ last points in the period, and Loyola would start a 13-2 run moments later on a putback layup by Etherly.
The Broncs would get back within two, 43-41, with 10:59 on the clock, but the Greyhounds used a 16-4 spurt over the next six-plus minutes to lead by 14 with just over four minutes on the clock.
Last season, the teams split the season series, each winning on its own home court.
Last Time Out
Down 47-41 with 4:47 to play in regulation, Loyola held Fairfield scoreless for the remainder of the second half, forcing overtime. Dylon Cormier, who scored the last points of regulation at 2:07 to tie the contest at 47-47, scored eight of his 19 in the overtime period, and the Greyhounds pulled out a 63-58 victory.
Erik Etherly, who scored a game-best 20, knocked down an 18-foot jumper with 4:26 to play, sparking an 8-0 Loyola run in which the Greyhounds held Fairfield scoreless for 6:36.
Loyola made 10-of-12 free throws during overtime and 25-of-34 in the game.
Loyola did not allow Fairfield to score for the final 4:47 of regulation and 6:36 overall as the Stags were 0-of-6 during the timeframe.
Overall, the Stags made just seven field goals in the second half (26.9-percent), and Fairfield did not shoot a free throw during the period after going to the line 14 times before the break.
Rebounding On The Boards
At the under-4 timeout in the second half, Fairfield had a 33-26 advantage on the boards, but the Greyhounds rebounded to win the battle on the glass, 39-35.
Fairfield managed just two rebounds, while Loyola had 13 during the final nine minutes of the game, including overtime.
The Stags did not have a single rebound in the last 4:47 of regulation, and one of the overtime rebounds came when the ball deflected off a Loyola player out of bounds. The second rebound was an offensive board for the Stags with just five seconds to go in regulation and Loyola up five.
The Greyhounds moved to 7-2 this season when outrebounding its opponents.
This season, the Greyhounds are leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in rebounds (37.2) and rebounding margin (+3.6).
Seven Greyhounds are averaging more than three rebounds per game.
20 Or More In Three-Straight
Erik Etherly became the first Loyola player in four years to score 20 or more in three-consecutive games when he finished with an even 20 on Friday night against Fairfield.
He scored 21 on January 4 against Rider and 24 two days later versus Saint Peter’s to average 21.6 points over the last three games.
The most recent Loyola player to score 20 or more in at least three-straight games was Jamal Barney who scored 21, 40, 21 and 22 in games from January 11-18, 2009.
Etherly’s three-game stretch has raised his scoring average from 14.2 points per game on December 30, 2012, to 16.1 following the Fairfield game.
Not Far Behind
Over the last four games, Dylon Cormier has scored 25 (at Memphis), 21 (Rider), 18 (Saint Peter’s) and 19 (Fairfield), averaging 20.8 points per game during the stretch.
This season, Cormier has scored in double figures during 16 of the Greyhounds’ 17 games this season (9 at Rhode Island).
Cormier also leads the Greyhounds in steals (31, 1.8) and total assists (42), and he is third on the team in rebounds per game (4.9). His 1.5:1 assist:turnover ratio is also best on the squad.
Doing What He Does, A Little Of Everything
Anthony Winbush continued to contribute in just about every way possible, something he has done throughout the year. On Friday night versus Fairfield, Winbush led Loyola with nine rebounds and five assists, while contributing a pair of steals and a blocked shot.
Winbush is leading the team this season in rebounds per game (7.1), total rebounds (99) and assists per game (2.6). No other player in the MAAC is leading his team in both categories. He is also fourth on the team with a 6.7 points per game average.
Cormier Getting To The Line
Through 17 games this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 130 free throws, an average of 7.6 per game. At this pace, through the Greyhounds 31 scheduled games during the regular season, Cormier would shoot 237 times at the charity stripe. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 (Mike Powell, 1997-1998).
Cormier has also made 74.6-percent of his free throws this season (97 total), good for 32.2-percent of his 301 points this year.
Last season, Cormier went to the free-throw line a total of 160 times, making 108.
In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 258-of-369 (69.9-percent) from the line, totals that are 19th and 17th, respectively in school history.
Guards To The Boards
Robert Olson and Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s starting guards, combined for 15 rebounds against Fairfield. Olson grabbed a career-high eight – he had recorded seven on seven occasions – and Cormier was two off his season and career-high with seven.
This season, Cormier is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, good for 16th in the MAAC, while Olson is just behind with 4.7 per game.
They have each pulled down five or more rebounds nine times this season.
Overtime Under Patsos
In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just nine overtime games, but they have won eight of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.
This year’s squad is 2-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and at home versus Fairfield.
Erik Etherly became the most recent Loyola men’s basketball player to graduate, completing his undergraduate requirements in December for a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in marketing and public relations. He joins Anthony Winbush – who graduated in May 2012 – as a graduate student on the Loyola roster this season. He will start his masters in education leadership this month.
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 against Saint Peter’s on January 6. 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 Rider, he has 1,019 points, 498 of which have come on 3-pointers and 165 on free throws.
Against Fairfield, he tied his career-high with eight free throws made.
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.
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.
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 recently held both Saint Peter’s and Fairfield to 58 points, marking the marking the ninth time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.
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.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Thursday, January 17, for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Marist College that will be televised live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
The Last Meeting
January 4, 2013
Cormier, Etherly Both Score 21 In Win Over Rider
Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly each scored 21, and Loyola University Maryland used runs of 11-2 and 16-4 to defeat Rider University, 71-65, on Friday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.