Loyola University Maryland visits Bridgeport, Conn., for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day game in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Monday, January 21, 2013.
The Greyhounds will tip-off against Fairfield University at 7 o’clock at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
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.
Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 55th time on the hardwood Monday night with the Stags entering the game with a 36-18 advantage in the previous meetings.
The Greyhounds won this season’s first meeting between the teams, rallying from a late second-half deficit to force overtime. Loyola held Fairfield scoreless for the final 4:47 of regulation and the first 1:39 of the extra period.
Fairfield led 47-41 with 4:47 on the second-half clock, but the Stags would not score again in regulation as Loyola went on an 8-0 run that spanned into overtime where Jordan Latham scored the first basket. Although the Stags tied the game after Latham’s bucket, Dylon Cormier put Loyola in front for good at 2:49.
The Greyhounds outrebounded Fairfield, 13-2, in the final 9:47 of the game, and the Stags did not have a board in the final 4:47 of regulation.
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.
Last Time Out
Four Loyola players scored in double figures, and the Greyhounds logged season-highs in field-goal percentage and assists on Thursday night during a 72-58 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win over Marist in Reitz Arena.
Loyola logged 19 assists in the game, led by Cormier’s six. R.J. Williams had four in his season-debut, and Robert Olson tallied the same number.
Marist cut Loyola’s one-time eight-point lead to four, 20-16, with just over 10 minutest to go in the first half, but six Greyhound points in a row put Loyola up 10, and the Red Foxes would not be closer than six the rest of the way.
Shooting Back On Track Thursday
Loyola had its two lowest field-goal outputs in its last two games prior to playing Marist on Thursday night when it made 19 on January 11 against Fairfield and the same number two days later at Rider.
The Greyhounds, however, rewrote the story against the Red Foxes, logging a season-high 29 baskets and a 60.4-percent effort from the field.
In Large Part Because Of Assists
The Greyhounds’ good shooting performance against Marist could be credited in large part to a season-best 19 assists. With 29 field goals, Loyola had assists on 65.5-percent of its made shots.
Dylon Cormier tied his career-high with six assists, marking the second time in five games the junior guard has hit that total (also January 4 against Rider).
Sophomore guard R.J. Williams made his 2012-2013 debut on Thursday night against Marist and played 27 minutes. He hit a pair of 3-pointers, one in each half, and finished with six points and four assists. He also had a steal and blocked the second shot of his career.
All four of Williams’ assists were to post players in the paint.
Cormier Paces Shooting
Dylon Cormier made all but one of his eight shot attempts against Marist and finished with a game-high 19 points. He connected on both of his 3-point attempts, helping Loyola made 29-of-48 from the field and 5-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc.
Brooks Also With Career-High
Julius Brooks tied his career-high with 12 points against Marist, matching the total he scored on December 15 in a win over Mount St. Mary’s.
Brooks also made a career-best six field goals on just eight attempts. Three of his baskets came on dunks. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.
Scoring In The 70s
Loyola scored 72 points against Marist, marking the fifth time this season and sixth time the team has scored 70 or more points. The Greyhounds are undefeated in those six games.
Dating to the start of the 2011-2012 season, Loyola is 16-1 when scoring 70 or more points, the lone loss coming in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.
Holding Opponents Under 60
The Greyhounds limited Marist to 58 points, the 10th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 10 of those games.
Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 21 times, all victories.
Loyola leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season in scoring defense, allowing an average of 60.9 points per game. Last season, the Greyhounds allowed an average of 64.2 points per game.
With the return of R.J. Williams to the rotation, no Loyola player was on the floor for more than 32 minutes against Marist, the first time this season that has happened in a game.
Closing In On 1,000 Points
Erik Ethelry and Dylon Cormier are both within 15 points of 1,000 in their Loyola careers. Etherly (991) leads need nine points to reach 1,000, while Cormier (986) is 14 short of the milestone.
Ethelry crossed the 1,000-point threshold for his collegiate career against Marist. Including the 12 points he scored as a freshman at Northeastern University, Etherly now has 1,003 as a collegian.
Earlier this season, Robert Olson scored his 1,000th career point against Saint Peter’s (January 6).
Should Cormier and Etherly reach 1,000 points, it would be the first time in program history the Greyhounds would have three active 1,000-point scorers.
Olson Sets Career-Highs
Robert Olson led all scorers on Sunday afternoon at Rider, setting a career-high in scoring for the second time in a month. He finished with 25, eclipsing his previous best of 22 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15, 2012.
Olson also set career-highs at Rider in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (22) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
Olson, who became the 32nd player in Loyola history to score his 1,000th point when he reached the mark in the second half against Saint Peter’s on Sunday, January 6, scored 14 points in the first half against Rider. He also had two steals in the game.
Brooks’ Board Work
Julius Brooks led Loyola and tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds at Rider, matching his season-high for 2012-2013 (also vs. Saint Peter’s, December 8). He then pulled down five to lead the team against Marist.
It was the ninth time this season that Brooks has logged four or more rebounds, and the Greyhounds are now 8-1 in those contests.
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.
Doing What He Does, A Little Of Everything
Anthony Winbush has continued to contribute in just about every way possible, something he has done throughout the year. 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 (7.0), total rebounds (105) 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 6.4 points per game average.
Cormier Getting To The Line
Through 19 games this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 141 free throws, an average of 7.4 per game.
Cormier has also made 74.5-percent of his free throws this season (105 total), good for 31.7-percent of his 331 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 266-of-380 (70-percent) from the line, totals that are both 16th 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 4.8 rebounds per game, good for 16th in the MAAC, while Olson is just behind with 4.6 per game.
Olson has pulled down five or more boards 10 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total nine times.
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.
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 8-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and Loyola is now 9-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds recently held both Saint Peter’s, Fairfield and Marist to 58 points, marking the marking the 10th 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 he is 21st all-time at Loyola with 435 career rebounds.
Three stats stand out in the Greyhounds six losses this season. Loyola is now 2-6 when its opponents register a better shooting percentage, and 2-6 when its foes shoot more free throws in a game. Also, Loyola has averaged just 7.0 assists in the five losses.
In the games they have lost, the Greyhounds have shot 36.2-percent from the field, while their opponents hit at a 46.4-percent clip.
Opponents are shooting eight more free throws (26.3-18.3) per game in the six 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 7-0 assists in six losses this year and 13.1 in 13 wins.
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.
Loyola makes another Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road trip on Friday, January 25, to play at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. The game is slated to start at 7 o’clock, and it will be broadcast nationwide on ESPNU.
The Last Meeting
January 11, 2013
Defense Stymies Fairfield Late As Men's Basketball Rallies For Win
Loyola University Maryland held Fairfield University scoreless for over six minutes, including the last 4:47 of regulation to rally from six down, and defeat the Stags, 63-58, on Friday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action. Erik Etherly scored 20 for Loyola.