Loyola University Maryland will take a quick trip to Central New York for its next game, a Saturday, February 16, contest against Siena College at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 o’clock.
Saturday’s game will be the 57th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-20 advantage in the all-time series.
The Greyhounds have won the last five in the series – including the final meeting in 2010-2011 and three in 2011-2012 – after defeating the Saints, 63-51, on February 8, in Baltimore. Erik Etherly scored a season-high 25 points, and Robert Olson logged his first career double-double in that game that was played in front of a sold-out Reitz Arena crowd.
Siena, which did not lead by more than two points throughout the game, took a 37-36 lead on a Rob Poole jumper with 11:14 to play, but Etherly found Julius Brooks on the right block, and Brooks spun on his defender, sinking a baby-hook to put Loyola in front for good. Brooks’ basket was the first of a 10-0 Loyola run that expanded to 16-5 on a pair of Dylon Cormier free throws with 5:24 remaining.
Olson led the Greyhounds with 10 rebounds, and he tied Cormier for game-high honors with four assists. Cormier also had four steals, as Loyola posted a season-best 12 steals. O.D. Anosike led the Saints with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
In Loyola’s last four games against Siena, Etherly is averaging 17.3 points per game.
Last Time Out
Robert Olson scored a game-high 18 points, and Julius Brooks made all eight of his shots – five field goals and three free throws – on Thursday night as Loyola topped Canisius, 68-64, in Baltimore.
Loyola led by 10 with more than 11 minutes remaining in the game, but Canisius cut its deficit to four with 3:00 remaining. Winbush hit a three from the top left with 2:37 on the clock, but it was the last field goal Loyola would score in the game.
A Canisius putback by Chris Manhertz at 2:14, and a Billy Baron three with 48 ticks left made it a two-point Loyola lead, but after the Greyhounds layup went off the mark, Baron had another look at a three, but this one went long, and Winbush grabbed the defensive board. He was fouled and made both free throws with 4.8 seconds showing, securing the win.
Brooks Big In Starting Role
Julius Brooks made his first appearance in the Loyola starting lineup since November 28 on Thursday night against Canisius, and his play paid dividends for the Greyhounds. Brooks, who has now started seven games this season, scored 13 points and had a team-high six rebounds while blocking a shot.
The senior forward made all eight of his shots against the Golden Griffins, hitting five from the field and three from the free-throw line.
This season, Brooks is averaging 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games played. In the Greyhounds’ 18 victories, his numbers go slightly higher to 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Brooks has shot 62.2-percent from the field (56-of-90) this season, a career-best percentage.
Olson On Target
Robert Olson led all players with 18 points against Canisius, knocking down 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-8 from 3-point range, against the Golden Griffins.
Two of his threes came during the last 10 minutes of action as answers to Canisius rallies when the Golden Griffins had trimmed the Loyola lead to three and four points on a couple of occasions.
His three field goals that were not from behind the arc all came from 18 feet or longer.
Olson’s defense was also key for Loyola in the win. He had a season-high five steals, one off his career-high.
Moving Up Career Charts
During the Canisius game, Robert Olson moved into 22nd all-time at Loyola with 1,159 career points. With 50 more, he will crack the Top-20 in program history.
It was also the 119th game played of Olson’s career, tying him with Marquis Sullivan for third-most in program history. With five more appearances, Olson will tie Brian Rudolph for most all-time.
Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (190) behind only Sullivan’s 281. He is also tied for 23rd in field-goals made (392), third in 3-pointers attempted (502), tied for 17th in assists (219) and eighth in steals (112).
Free Throws Back On Track For A Night
After a poor showing from the charity stripe on Sunday at Marist, the Greyhounds made 10-of-12 (83.3-percent) on Thursday versus Canisius. Against the Red Foxes, Loyola shot a season-low 46.2-percent (12-of-26) from the free-throw line.
Flipping The Script
When Loyola played at Canisius just two weeks prior (January 31), it was a different story line as the Golden griffins won, 91-79.
In that game, Canisius made 13-of-19 (68.4-percent) from 3-point range and 29-of-48 (60.4-percent) from the field. The Golden Griffins also had a 36-25 advantage in rebounds.
On Thursday, Loyola held Canisius to 6-of-21 (28.6-percent) from 3-point range and 21-of-48 (43.8-percent) from the field. The Golden Griffins managed a slim 28-27 lead on the boards.
Entering the game, Canisius was second in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game with 9.5.
Cormier Back Scoring
Marist was just the second team this season to hold Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s leading scorer, to less than 10 point in a game. The junior guard finished with eight on Sunday in Poughkeepsie. Earlier this year, Rhode Island held Cormier to nine in the Greyhounds’ win on November 23.
He rebounded with a 17-point effort against Canisius, putting up three assists and three steals, as well.
In 26 games played this year, Cormier is averaging 16.7 points per game, a mark that is currently fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 18 games.
Cormier went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Siena with 1,089 career points. This season, he has scored 434, already more than 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 16.7 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.9) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.5).
Back-To-Back In The 20s For Etherly
Erik Etherly scored 22 on Sunday afternoon at Marist, marking the second time this season he has crossed the 20-point threshold in consecutive games. He also had a season-best 25 in a win over Siena.
Earlier this year, the graduate student scored 20 or more in three-straight from January 4-11, recording 21 against Rider, 24 versus Saint Peter’s and 20 against Fairfield.
Etherly scored a season-high 25 points on Friday night against Siena and did so in an efficient fashion. He tied his career-high with nine field goals made in 14 attempts.
Etherly also made 7-of-11 from the free-throw line in the game, and he had three steals to contribute to the Greyhounds’ 12.
All nine of Etherly’s field goals came in the paint, six by layup or dunk.
Olson’s First Double-Double
Robert Olson has been a solid rebounder throughout the season, but he posted a career-high on the boards on February 8 against Siena with 10, notching his first career double-double with 11 points.
Olson has recorded five or more rebounds in 14 of Loyola’s 25 games this season and is averaging 4.6 per game.
The senior guard, who scored his 1,000th career point on January 6 against Saint Peter’s has scored 10 or more 59 times during his career, but Friday was his first career double-double. He has tallied 10 or more 20 times this year.
Loyola had a season-high 12 steals in the first meeting with Siena with six players having at least one. Dylon Cormier, who leads the Greyhounds with 1.9 per game this season, had a game-high four steals, while Erik Etherly had three and Robert Olson tallied one.
The Greyhounds’ previous best was 11 steals on November 17 against Norfolk State.
Overtime Under Patsos
In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.
This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.
When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough
Last Saturday’s double overtime win at Niagara was the first Loyola game in over 11 years that lasted more than 45 minutes. The last time the Greyhounds played double overtime or more was a triple-overtime defeat on January 10, 2002, at Siena. That season, Loyola also played a double overtime game on November 19, 2001, losing at Coppin State.
Three Overtimes In A Season
The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).
The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.
Olson With 20+ Twice
Robert Olson enjoyed the cold, windy weather in Western New York during the Greyhounds’ recent road trip, averaging 25.0 points in Loyola’s games at Canisius and Niagara. The senior guard scored a career-high 27 at Canisius and had 23 versus the Purple Eagles, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games.
Olson, who now has nine 20-plus point efforts at Loyola, led the Greyhounds in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (4) at Canisius, and he then turned in five rebounds and two assists versus Niagara.
Against Niagara, he became the 28th player in school history to score 1,100 career points. With 1,120, he is the active career leader in point scored, and he needs 19 to move into 25th place all-time at Loyola.
Brooks’ Big Shot
Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on February 2 at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.
He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.
Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 14 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 12-2 in those contests.
Bracketbuster Opponent Announced
Loyola will participate in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster event again this year, and the Greyhounds will face an opponent they have previously played in the competition. Loyola will take on Tennessee State in Nashville on Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. (Central). The Greyhounds and Tigers also met in the 2007 version of Bracketbusters.
Iona Game Picked For ESPN2
Loyola’s game on March 1 at Iona has been picked as the MAAC Wild Card broadcast and will air live on ESPN2. Game time is still set for 7 p.m.
70 Not Enough
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 same thing happened on Thursday night at Canisius where the Greyhound scored 79 points in a loss to the Golden Griffins. Loyola is now 17-3 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.
High On Assists
The games against Iona and Canisius saw the Greyhounds record 18 assists twice, one off the season-high of 19 they set against Marist on January 17.
The losses mark 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.
In the Niagara contest, Loyola finished with 15 assists, led by R.J. Williams’ five and Winbush’s four.
These numbers came after the Greyhounds had just 12 combined assists in their previous two games (four at Fairfield, eight at Manhattan).
Scoring Off Turnovers
Loyola scored a season-high 32 points off Canisius turnovers on Thursday night. The Greyhounds tallied points on 14 of the Golden Griffins’ turnovers in the game for a success rate of 87.5-percent.
During the 13-0 Loyola run that cut the Greyhounds’ deficit from 18 to five late in the second half, Loyola forced turnovers on four-straight Canisius possessions, and scored each time thereafter.
Loyola then turned 15 Niagara turnovers in to 27 points, and it then forced 19 Siena turnovers, converting them into 24 points.
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.
The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.
Opponents Under 50
The Manhattan game 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.
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 the Fairfield game, 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.
Holding Opponents Under 60
The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.
Cormier Getting To The Line
Through 26 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 182 free throws, an average of seven times per game. He has made 72-percent of those shots, a total of 131.
He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160. In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 292-of-421 (69.4-percent) from the line.
Guards To The Boards
Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season with Olson averaging 4.7 and Cormier, 4.6.
Olson has pulled down five or more boards 15 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 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.
Loyola is now 10-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 12-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. Loyola is also 12-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.
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.
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 take a step out of conference play for their next contest, traveling to Nashville, for a Saturday, February 23, date at Tennessee State University in a game that will be part of the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster series.