Loyola University Maryland plays the first game of a two-game swing through Western New York on Thursday, January 31, at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Koessler Athletic Center.
On The Tube
Thursday’s game against the Golden Griffins will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis in the Western New York, Albany and Syracuse areas on Time Warner Cable Sports. Ben Wagner will handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast, while Mike MacDonald will provide the analysis.
The game can be seen on Friday, February 1, at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 3, at 12 noon.
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
The game against Canisius is the fourth of six games the Greyhounds play this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
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 Canisius will meet for the 57th time in series history on Thursday. The Golden Griffins hold a 34-22 advantage in the series after Loyola swept the pair of games a year ago.
The Greyhounds defeated Canisius, 77-62, on January 7 in Baltimore when Robert Olson scored seven straight points after the Golden Griffins had cut their deficit to just four with more than 10 minutes to play. Olson had 16 points, and Dylon Cormier scored 23 for Loyola.
In Buffalo, the Greyhounds held Canisius scoreless for the final 8:02 of the first half to pull away for a 70-52 victory. The Golden Griffins took a 22-16 lead with 8:02 remaining, but Loyola scored the final 12 points of the half and led the rest of the way. Shane Walker led Loyola with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Erik Etherly scored 15.
Last Time Out
Iona stretched an eight-points halftime advantage to 15 with 5:32 remaining on Sunday, and although Loyola cut the Gaels’ advantage to five with just under two minutes remaining, Iona finished off a 79-71 win in Reitz Arena.
Lamont Jones, who had a game-high 23 points for Canisius, converted a layup and free throw at 5:32 to make it 69-54 in Iona’s favor, but Dylon Cormier’s basket 20 seconds later for Loyola started a 12-2 run that pulled the Greyhounds within five.
Scoring 70 points has been a bit of a magical number for the Greyhounds this season, as they entered the Iona game with a 5-0 record this year when scoring 70 or more points.
Versus the Gaels, Loyola tallied 71 points and suffered just its second loss in the last two years when scoring 70 or more points. The Greyhounds are now 16-2 since the start of the 2011-2012 season when hitting or exceeding that mark. The only other loss came in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.
Turnovers Not The Issue
The Greyhounds did not have a problem with turnovers against Iona, committing just six, tying their season-low (also November 23 at Rhode Island) in the process. Loyola had only two turnovers in the second half.
Williams Continues To Spark Greyhounds
Despite losing on Sunday for the first time since the return of sophomore guard R.J. Williams, Loyola has gone 3-1 during his time on the court. In four games, Williams is averaging 6.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
In the Iona game, Williams matched his career-high with seven assists, tying the mark he set last January at Niagara.
Through four games, Williams has 16 assists and just three turnovers for the Greyhounds.
On Friday night, Williams had steals on back-to-back Manhattan possessions that led to Loyola baskets, the first a Winbush layup and the second a fast-break Williams layup.
Williams has led the Greyhounds in minutes played twice in the four games, recording a career-high 39 minutes at Fairfield on January 21 and 38 on Friday at Manhattan.
Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds in scoring for the 12th time in 22 games this season on Sunday afternoon against Iona when he tallied 18 points. It was his return to the court after missing the January 25 game at Manhattan due to food poisoning.
In 21 games played this season, Cormier has scored in double figures all but once. The only time he did not reach 10 or more was on November 23 when he finished with nine at Rhode Island.
Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 16 games.
The junior guard, who is averaging 17.6 points per game, went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Canisius with 1,025 career points. This season, he has scored 370, just 58 points shy of the 428 he tallied in 2011-2012.
He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 17.6 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.8, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.5).
Stretching The Defense
Jordan Latham continued to show his ability to hit the mid-range jumper against Iona, making 5-of-8 field goals, all from 15 or more feet. Latham finished with 11 points, the second time in three games he has tallied double figures in the scoring category.
Latham also knocked down his first career 3-pointer against the Gaels, and he is now shooting a career-best 50.6-percent (41-of-81) from the field this year.
18 Assists In A Loss
Loyola was one shy of its season-high of 19 assists on Sunday, as four players had three or more assists, and the Greyhounds finished with 18 against Iona.
It was the first time in more than three years that Loyola has lost a game when they finished with 18 or more. Loyola had 19 in a January 4, 2010, loss at home to Siena.
The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.
Loyola held Manhattan to a season-low 41 points on Friday night, while the Jaspers made just 14 field goals, the fewest Loyola has allowed this season.
The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.
Opponents Under 50
Friday night was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).
Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.
Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.
Winbush Shows Versatility
Anthony Winbush played 34 minutes at Manhattan and finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. He was tabbed the ESPNU Player of the Game for his efforts that also included an assist and a steal.
This season, Winbush has led Loyola in rebounds nine times and assists on seven occasions.
In the 18 games he’s played, Winbush is averaging 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. He is tops on the team in total rebounds (121). He is third in total assists (40) and fourth in steals (18).
Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points
On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.
Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.
1,000 Points In the Same Game
Prior to Monday night, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008
However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.
Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History
Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.
Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.
Win With Four Assists
Loyola’s win on Monday night at Fairfield came with the Greyhounds assisting on just four of their 19 made baskets. It was also just one game removed from Loyola setting a season-best with 19 assists against Marist.
It is the first time since January 25, 2009, (an overtime victory against Marist) that the Greyhounds won a game with four or fewer assists. Additionally, it is just the third time this season that a MAAC team has won a game with four or fewer assists (Niagara has done it twice).
Over the last five seasons, Loyola is 16-28 when finishing with nine or less assists, and the Greyhounds are 3-6 when that happens this season.
Cormier Tops 20
Dylon Cormier scored 21 points at Fairfield, the fifth time this season he has scored 20 or more. In 13 career games that he has finished with 20 or more (seven times in 2011-2012 and once in 2010-2011), the Greyhounds are 12-1 with the only loss coming a few weeks ago at Memphis.
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.
Holding Opponents Under 60
The Greyhounds limited Manhattan to 41 points, the 11th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 11 of those games.
Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 22 times, all victories.
Loyola leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season in scoring defense, allowing an average of 59.9 points per game. Last season, the Greyhounds allowed an average of 64.2 points per game.
Olson Sets Career-Highs
Robert Olson led all scorers 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.
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.
Cormier Getting To The Line
Through 20 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 154 free throws, an average of 7.7 per game.
Cormier has also made 74.0-percent of his free throws this season (114 total), good for 32.3-percent of his 352 points this year.
He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108 in 160.
In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 275-of-393 (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 at home 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 4.7 rebounds per game, good for 16th in the MAAC, while Olson is just behind with 4.5 per game.
Olson has pulled down five or more boards 11 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.
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.
Loyola is now 9-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 10-0 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 11th time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.
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.
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.
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.