Loyola University Maryland plays its final game of the 2012-2013 regular-season on Sunday, March 3, when it hosts Manhattan College at 12 noon in Reitz Arena in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.
Follow The Action
The game, along with all of the Greyhounds’ non-televised home games, will be broadcast live and free of charge on ‘Hounds Unleashed, the broadband arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Video is available on computers and most mobile devices platforms.
Fans can also listen to the action on Baltimore’s CBS Sports 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 Manhattan will meet for the 55th time when the teams take the floor Thursday. The Jaspers hold a 31-23 advantage in the all-time series.
In the first meeting this year, Loyola held Manhattan to just 14 field goals, as the Greyhounds blocked seven shots and had six steals, in a 51-41 victory on January 25, 2013, in Riverdale, N.Y.
Manhattan took its only lead of the game 58 seconds into the second half on an Emmy Andujar three, but Robert Olson responded in kind with a three for the Greyhounds 30 seconds later to put Loyola up for good.
The Greyhounds swept the regular-season series with Manhattan last year, but the two wins came by just a combined three points. Loyola has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the schools dating back to the 2007-2008 season.
Last Time Out
Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points, but it was not enough to counteract Lamont Jones’ 25, as Iona pulled out a 90-86 victory on Friday night in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Iona shot 76-percent from the field in the second half, making 19-of-25 shots after the break, and Jones hit all seven of his field goals in the final 20 minutes of action.
Olson tied the game at 36-36 seconds before halftime, and Loyola took its first lead of the game on the opening possession of the second half on a Winbush layup. The Greyhounds led by as many as four in the second half, but an Etherly free throw at 14:34 gave them their last lead of the game.
David Laury III, who scored 14 for Iona, capped a 9-3 run at 10:31 with a layup that gave the Gaels a 68-61 lead.
It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.
Winbush On Target In Career-High
Anthony Winbush’s 20 points marked a career-high for the fifth-year senior and the first 20-point game of his career. He did so while only missing two shots, going 10-of-12 from the field. His 10 field goals and 12 field goal attempts were also career-highs.
Prior to Friday night, Winbush’s career high was 17 points, a total he had reached twice. The last time he scored 17 was on December 18, 2008, at Bucknell during his freshman year at Loyola.
His previous season-high was 16 in a game that he shot made 5-of-8 field goals, including a pair of threes, and 4-of-6 free throws against Saint Peter’s on December 8, 2012, at the IZOD Center.
Winbush has now scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Greyhounds are 6-1 in those games.
Etherly Battles For Double-Double
Erik Etherly was also solid from the field against Iona, making 9-of-16 shots to finish with 23 points. He also pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and 15th of his career.
It was Etherly’s second-straight game with 20 or more points after he finished with a game-high 26 at Tennessee State on February 23.
In addition to his points and rebounds, Ethelry also had five assists and three steals for the Greyhounds.
Etherly Over The Last Six
Erik Etherly’s 23-point effort on Friday night at Iona gave the graduate student four games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last six outings.
He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, had 22 at Marist two days later and 26 at Tennessee State last Saturday.
During the six-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 19.3 points. He is shooting 54.2-percent from the field during those games.
Olson’s Last Nine
Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ leading scorer over the last nine games, averaging 17.0 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in eight of the nine games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.
During the run, in which Loyola is 6-3, Olson has shot 43.6-percent from the field and 40.6-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.
Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in four of the nine games.
His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 13.0 entering the final game of the regular-season.
Season-High In Assists
Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists on Friday night in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing their previous best of 19 on January 17, 2013, at home in a win over Marist. The 23 assists are tied for seventh-most in school single-game history.
Since Williams’ return to the court on January 17 against Marist, Loyola is averaging 13.9 assists per game. In just 12 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 48 assists, and his 4.0 per game top the Greyhounds.
Last Saturday’s victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.
Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.
More Than 60 Years
The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:
Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.
Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.
NATO was formed.
The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.
The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.
Taking Down A Home-Court Winning Streak
Last Saturday night, Loyola snapped a winning streak of 10 or more games for the second year in a row. The Greyhounds broke Tennessee State’s 10-game homecourt winning streak that to February 2012 when then-No. 14 Murray State beat the Tigers in the Gentry Center. Over the last two seasons, Tennessee State is now 20-2 at home.
Last season, Loyola halted Bucknell’s 18-game homecourt streak.
Another 20-Point Game For Cormier
Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort last Saturday, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line at Tennessee State. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 17.1 points per game. Cormier has scored 15 or more 20 times this season.
Cormier earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on February 18 after averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 steals in wins over Canisius and Siena the weekend prior.
He led all players with 24 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line at Siena, and he also tied his season-high with five steals.
After Marist (February 10) was just the second team (Rhode Island) to hold Cormier to fewer than 10 points in a game, he rebounded with a 17-point effort last Thursday night in a win over Canisius, a team that was tied with Loyola for second-place in the league at the time.
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 17.1 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.4, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-2.0) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.4). He currently leads the MAAC in steals (57) and steals per game (2.0).
Defense Down The Stretch
Loyola used suffocating defense to close out the game against Tennessee State after trailing by as many as 13 in the second half.
The Tigers did not score a field goal for the final 10 minutes of the game, and they made just four free throws in that span. All nine of Tennessee State’s field goals went awry as Loyola scored 18 of the final 22 points. The Greyhounds also forced six Tigers turnovers in those 10 minutes.
Brooks Big In Starting Role
Julius Brooks made his first appearance in the Loyola starting lineup since November 28 on Valentine’s Day 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.
He followed that game with his second-straight double-figure scoring outing, the first time he has accomplished that in his tenure at Loyola. Brooks made 5-of-7 shots and finished with 10 points at Siena.
Moving Up Career Charts
In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He also moved into 20th all-time at Loyola and enters the regular-season finale with 1,209.
It was also the 122nd game played of Olson’s career, moving him into second place by himself in that category. With two more games played, Olson will tie Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.
Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (200) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 23rd in field-goals made (401), third in 3-pointers attempted (525), 16th in assists (223) and eighth in steals (116).
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
Loyola’s February 2 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.
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.
Hit On 70
Despite its loss at Iona on March 1, the Greyhounds are 8-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius and Iona.
Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 18-4 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.
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 29 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 202 free throws, an average of 7.0 per game. He has made 72.8-percent of those shots, a total of 147.
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 308-of-441 (69.9-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 4.6 and Cormier, 4.4.
Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 times.
Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 15-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season. Loyola is also 13-0 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.
Loyola will travel this week to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships that will be held in Springfield, Mass., at the MassMutual Center. The Greyhounds will play a MAAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 9.