Loyola University Maryland will hit the road for its next game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
The Greyhounds will face East Carolina University in the CIT Quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m., in Greenville, N.C.
Last Tuesday’s first-round game against Boston University marked 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 was also be the first Division I men’s basketball postseason game to be hosted on the Evergreen Campus and the Greyhounds first Division I postseason win.
Loyola’s berth in the CIT was also its first in the five-year history of the event.
Watch Or Listen
CollegeInsider.com will carry East Carolina’s broadcast of the game live and free of charge on its website.
Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Jim Chivers will handle play-by-play 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.
Semifinals play will begin Friday, March 29, and the Championship Game will be played Tuesday, April 2.
Loyola and East Carolina will meet for the first time on the basketball court when the teams take the court Tuesday night.
The Greyhounds are 0-7 all-time against current members of Conference USA, although Memphis is the only team the Greyhounds have played since joining Division I in 1981-1982.
Earlier this season, the Greyhounds played at C-USA Champion Memphis and were within a point with just over 11 minutes to play, but the Tigers pulled away for a 78-64 win.
Last Time Out
Erik Etherly recorded a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, making 17-of-19 from the free-throw line, and Loyola defeated Kent State, 73-59, in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
The Greyhounds shot 87.9-percent from the charity stripe, making 29-of-33 foul shots against the Golden Flashes.
Loyola never trailed in the game that was tied just twice in the first four minutes of action. The Greyhounds went up by nine early in the first half before Kent State pulled within six, 31-25, at halftime.
The Greyhounds then expanded their advantage to as many as 15 with less than seven minutes to play.
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 7-8 in postseason play entering the game against the Pirates.
The win over Boston University on Tuesday was Loyola’s first in Division I postseason history.
Charity Stripe Keeps Giving
Loyola hit a season-high 29 free throws on Sunday afternoon against Kent State, scoring nearly 40-percent of its points from the charity stripe.
The Greyhounds needed just 33 attempts at the line to make the 29 shots, the third-most free throws Loyola has attempted this season, behind the 41 it took in double-overtime at Niagara and 34 it attempted versus Fairfield.
Loyola’s 87.9-percent clip from the free-throw line was it second best of the year. The Greyhounds made 15-of-17 (88.2-percent) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quarterfinals against Manhattan.
Entering the Kent State game, Loyola was averaging 22.4 free throws attempted while making 68.3-perecnt at the stripe.
Etherly Leads Way At The Line
Erik Etherly entered the CIT Second Round game as a 65.3-percent free-throw shooter, but the graduate student forward led the way for the Greyhounds at the stripe against Kent State.
Etherly made 17-of-19 free throws en route to scoring 27 points against the Golden Flashes.
His 17 free throws made are tied for second-most in school single-game history, behind only Jamal Barney’s 18 against NJIT in January 2009.
Of the four players who have made 17 or more free throws in a game – Barney, Etherly, Rodney Floyd (17 versus Mount St. Mary’s in 1973) and Maurice Hicks (17 versus Robert Morris in December 1983) – Etherly’s came in the fewest amount of attempts.
In addition to his near-record-setting performance at the free-throw line, Erik Etherly recorded his third double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs, against Kent State. The double-double was the 16th of Etherly’s career.
Etherly also led all players with four assists in 32 minutes played. The game was his 11th of the year with 20 or more points.
Cormier On Top Of Game, Too
Dylon Cormier, who along with Erik Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team, scored 18 points in the second round for the Greyhounds, following his 16-point performance on Tuesday against Boston University.
Cormier made 5-of-12 shots from the field and 7-of-9 free throws, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists.
Defense Does The Job
Loyola’s defense held Kent State to a 27.6-percent clip from the field (16-of-58) on Sunday, the lowest field-goal percentage a Loyola opponent has put up this season.
It was also the Golden Flashes’ lowest field-goal percentage since December 20, 2001, when they shot 26.1-percent in a 62-56 loss at Xavier. It was also more than 10 years since the last time Kent State shot below 30-percent from the field (February 25, 2003, at Marshall).
Loyola blocked six shots in the game, led by a career-high tying four by Jordan Latham.
Winbush Does The Little Things, Again And Again
In the postgame press conference after the Kent State game, Jimmy Patsos credited the all-around game of Anthony Winbush. Patsos is fond of saying, “we don’t know what he does, but he does everything,” and the ‘everything’ portion of Winbush’s game came primarily on the defense end Sunday.
He scored just five points, had five rebounds, a block and steal, but he was the primary defender on Kent State’s Chris Evans.
Evans entered the game averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and he has been mentioned by many as a potential NBA second round draft pick. Against Loyola, however, Evans finished with 13 points and four rebounds, but eight of his points came from the free-throw line. He was just 2-of-11 from the field and had only one offensive board.
Onyiuke On The Board
Late in the game, walk-on forward Chido Onyiuke drove down the lane and was fouled, sending him to the free-throw line for the first time in his three-year career.
Onyiuke made both foul shots for the first points of his tenure with the Greyhounds.
Loyola trailed Boston University, 45-30 with just under 16 minutes to play in regulation last Tuesday, but from that point forward, Loyola shot 61.1-percent from the field (11-of-21), and all but one of the Greyhounds’ baskets were assisted.
Defensively, Loyola forced seven Terriers’ turnovers, four coming by way of Greyhounds steals. Boston University made just seven of its last 18 shots and five of its final 15.
During that run, Loyola knocked down 6-of-8 3-point attempts, while the Terriers converted on just 2-of-8 from behind the arc.
Loyola outrebounded Boston University, 14-7, in the final 16 minutes, and Loyola shot 15 free throws (making 12), while the Terriers missed their only attempt from the stripe during the span.
Erik Etherly pulled down six of his game-high nine rebounds during the stretch, while R.J. Williams (four) and Winbush (three) combined for seven of the Greyhounds’ 10 assists.
Cormier’s Last 11 Minutes
Dylon Cormier did not score for the first 29 minutes of last Tuesday’s game, missing all five of his shots as Loyola trailed by as many as 15 points.
However, he hit 4-of-5 shots from the field and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line in the final 11 minutes and finished with 16 in the seven-point victory.
He made all three of his attempts from 3-point range during the run, and a fourth was initially ruled a three before being reversed to a two on replay. Entering the game, Cormier had made three treys in a game just once this season, at Siena All four of Cormier’s field goals in the final 11 minutes were assisted, three by R.J. Williams and one by Anthony Winbush.
Olson’s Shooting Keeps Greyhounds Close
Robert Olson matched Dylon Cormier’s 16 points last Tuesday night against Boston University, and while Cormier scored all 16 of his points in the final 11 minutes, it was Olson’s nine first-half points that helped the Greyhounds stay within five points at the break.
The senior guard scored all nine of his first-half points on three from behind the arc, and he also led Loyola at the break with five rebounds.
In the second half, Olson knocked down two more 3-pointers, and he also had three assists and a steal in the second half.
Olson Sets Games Played Record
When he took the floor to start the CIT First Round game on Tuesday, Robert Olson became Loyola’s all-time games played leader. Entering the East Carolina contest, Olson has seen action in 126 games for Loyola, two more than previous record-holder Brian Rudolph (2007-2011). Rudolph and Olson played in 59 games together from 2009-2010. Meanwhile, Anthony Winbush is third in games played with 122, going into the East Carolina game.
He also set the single-season games played record against Kent State, appearing in his 34 of the year.
Throughout his four years at Loyola, Olson has missed just one game (at New Hampshire in November 2012).
Olson has played in all 33 games this season – the only Loyola player to do so – and with one more game played, he will also set the school single-season record.
Including Loyola’s win against Boston University, Olson has been a part of more victories (74) than any other Greyhound.
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 is now 19th all-time at Loyola with 1,243 career points and is nine away from tying Aubrey Reveley (1983-1987) for 18th.
Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is second in 3-pointers made (209) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 21st in field-goals made (420), second in 3-pointers attempted (548), 16th in assists (231) and seventh in steals (118).
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 23 occasions, 20 or more 11 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).
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.
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.
Olson’s Last Thirteen
Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 13 games (behind Etherly’s 16.8), averaging 15.2 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the 13 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.
During the run, in which Loyola is 9-4, Olson has shot 40.0-percent from the field and 39.4-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 five of the 12 games.
His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.8 entering the CIT Quarterfinals.
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.
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.
Hit On 70
With their win over Kent State the Greyhounds are 10-3 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 19-4 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.
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.
Holding Opponents Under 60
The Greyhounds limited Kent State to 59 points, the 15th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all but one of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 24 times, going 23-1 in the games.
Cormier Getting To The Line
Through 33 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 229 free throws, an average of 6.9 per game. He has made 73.9-percent of those shots, a total of 170.
His 170 made are fifth-most in Loyola single-season history, and his 330 career free-throws made are 11th most in program history.
Guards To The Boards
Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are tied for third on the team in rebounding this season with both averaging 4.5 per game.
Olson has pulled down five or more boards 17 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 13 times.
Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 17-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season. Loyola is also 14-1 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.