Loyola University Maryland will begin play in the postseason for the second year in a row on Tuesday, March 19, when it hosts Boston University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) First Round.
Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
The game will mark the first time in Loyola's Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have played in the postseason in consecutive seasons after making the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
It will also be the first Division I men's basketball postseason game to be hosted on the Evergreen Campus.
Loyola's berth in the CIT is also its first in the five-year history of the event.
Watch Or Listen
CollegeInsider.com will carry Loyola's broadcast of the game live and free of charge on its website.
Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties.
The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament made its debut in 2009 as a 16-team tournament that included schools from mid-major conferences. In 2011, the tournament expanded to 24 teams, and it grew again this year to 32.
Teams in this year's event will play in an unbracketed first round, and the tournament will be seeded and bracketed following those 16 games. Second Round play begins March 22 at campus sites.
Loyola and Boston University will meet for the third time when the teams take the floor Tuesday. The series is tied, 1-1, after Loyola picked up a 69-56 victory on February 19, 2012, on its home floor in Bracketbuster play.
The teams will become regular foes beginning in 2013-2014 when Loyola and Boston University become the ninth and 10th members of the Patriot League.
In the 2012 meeting, the Greyhounds shot 71.4-percent from the floor in the second half, and Robert Olson scored 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, all on 3-pointers, and Loyola pulled away after leading 29-28 at halftime. Dylon Cormier added 14 points, and Erik Etherly had a game-best six rebounds.
The Terriers won the first meeting, 71-51, in the first round of the Sports Foundation Classic on December 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.
Jason Rowe led the Greyhounds with 16 points and seven assists in the game, and Erik Cooper scored a career-high 15. Tunji Awojobi finished with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Terriers.
Last Time Out
Dylon Cormier converted a 3-point play with 2:42 left in regulation to pull Loyola within a point, 53-52, but his points were the Greyhounds' last of the game, and Manhattan came away with a 55-52 win in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quarterfinals on March 9 in Springfield, Mass., at the MassMutual Center.
Loyola trailed by four at halftime, as many as 13 in the first half and 14 in the second, before Cormier drew the Greyhounds the closest they had been since the game's opening minutes.
Cormier finished with a game-high 14 points, and Anthony Winbush added 12 points. Cormier also had a team-best seven rebounds, while Winbush pulled down six. Rhamel Brown led the Jaspers, who advanced to the MAAC title game, with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
This year's bid to the CIT marks the first time in Loyola men's basketball's NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have gone to the postseason (defined as competition following the designated conference tournament) in back-to-back years.
It is just the third time overall in school history that the program has achieved consecutive postseason appearances.
The Emil `Lefty' Reitz-coached teams in 1946-1947, 1947-1948 and 1948-1949 advanced to the NAIA Division I Championships, and the final squad during that period also went 3-1 in the 1949 National Catholic Intercollegiate Tournament.
Two years later, Reitz's teams had a two-year stretch of postseason competition, playing in the National Catholic Championship following the 1951-1952 season before going 1-1 in the NAIA Division I Championships at the end of 1952-1953.
At the Division I level, Loyola has played in the 1994 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments.
All told, the Greyhounds are 5-8 in postseason play entering the game against the Terriers.
Last week, Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men's basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.
Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.
He also blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 22 occasions, 20 or more 10 times.
Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the CIT first round with a 16.5 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 28 of the 31 games he's played this season and led the team in scoring 14 times.
In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (77) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).
Erik Etherly closed the 2012-2013 regular-season with a career-high 30 points on Sunday against Manhattan, becoming the first Loyola player since Jamal Barney on February 16, 2009, to finish with 30 or more points.
Etherly made a career-best 11 field goals on 18 attempts and could have even more points except for going 8-of-15 from the free-throw line.
The graduate student started the game by missing his first two shots, and three of his first four, but he misfired on just four more shots in the final 35 minutes of action. He scored 19 in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting.
Etherly Over The Last Seven Of The Regular Season
Erik Etherly's 30-point effort in the regular-season against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola's last seven outings and three-straight with 23 or more.
He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..
During that seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.
Scoring Off Turnovers
Loyola has increased its point production off opponents' turnovers over the past 11 games, tallying 232 over that time period, an average of 21.1 per game.
In the first 22 games of the year, the Greyhounds scored just 304 points or 13.8 per game.
During the last 11 games, Loyola's opponents have committed an average of 14.8 turnovers per game, 163 total. In the first 22 games of the season, opponents turned the ball over 276 times, an average of 12.5 per game.
Loyola's steals have also risen from 6.6 to 8.7 per game between the first 21 and the last 11 games.
The Greyhounds, however, scored only seven points off turnovers in its MAAC Quarterfinal loss to Manhattan, the fewest they scored in that respect since December 1 in a loss to Florida Gulf Coast.
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 at Iona 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 that game, 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.
Olson's Last Eleven
Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds' second leading scorer over the last 11 games, averaging 15.5 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in nine of the 11 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.
During the run, in which Loyola is 7-4, Olson has shot 41.6-percent from the field and 39.5-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 11 games.
His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.8 entering the CIT First Round.
Season-High In Assists
Loyola dished out a season-high 23 assists against Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona, eclipsing its 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 13.8 assists per game. In just 14 games, he has moved into fourth on the team with 54 assists, and his 3.8 per game top the Greyhounds.
The February 23 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.
Another 20-Point Game For Cormier
Dylon Cormier recorded his second-straight 20-point effort at Tennessee State, making 7-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line against the Tigers. He has led Loyola in scoring throughout the season and is currently sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 16.6 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.
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 16.5 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.3). He currently is second in the MAAC in steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).
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 MAAC Championships with 1,219 career points.
The MAAC Quarterfinal was the 124th game played of Olson's career, moving him into a tie with Brian Rudolph for most games played in school history.
Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (204) behind only Marquis Sullivan's 281. He is also 22nd in field-goals made (415), third in 3-pointers attempted (537), 16th in assists (228) and seventh in steals (117).
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.
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 31 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 215 free throws, an average of 6.9 per game. He has made 73.5-percent of those shots, a total of 158.
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 319-of-454 (70.2-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 both averaging 4.5 per game.
Olson has pulled down five or more boards 16 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 12 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 13-1 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.
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.
Win Over BU Gives Men's Basketball First D-I 20 Win Season
Loyola University Maryland men's basketball set a school Division I record with its 20th victory of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating Boston University, 69-56. Following the game, the Greyhounds honored seniors Kevin Farrell, J'hared Hall and Shane Walker.