Loyola University Maryland will take part in the Basketball Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., for a pair of games this weekend.
The Greyhounds will take on Norfolk State on Saturday, November 17, in the first game at 12 noon. The winner of the game will face the winner of Albany and Missouri-Kansas City at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, with the losers of the two games meeting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Loyola and Norfolk State will be meeting for the first time when they take the floor on Saturday.
The Greyhounds are 16-13 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the majority of those games being played against Baltimore foes Coppin State and Morgan State.
Loyola will face two opponents for the first time this weekend, as the Greyhounds have not previously played either Albany or Missouri-Kansas City.
Last Time Out
Four Loyola players scored in double figures, as the Greyhounds eased past UMBC, 86-70, on Wednesday night in a game televised on MASN.
Rassman, who saw the first extended playing time of his collegiate career with 20 minutes, led all players with nine rebounds and tied for game-high honors with three blocked shots.
UMBC led 13-9 in the early going, but the Greyhounds finished the half by scoring 36 of 53 points to lead 45-30 at the break.
Guards Early, Posts Late
A pair of Loyola guards, Dylon Cormier and Tyler Hubbard, each scored first half against UMBC, and Robert Olson chipped in six, leading the Greyhounds to a 45-30 advantage at halftime over the Retrievers.
The Greyhounds then turned to the post in the second half where Erik Etherly scored 17 after the break en route to a team-high 22. He made 5-of-8 from the field, including stepping out for his first three of the season, and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the second half.
Jarred Jones added seven second-half points, knocking down both his shots form inside and going to the line for 3-of-4.
A trio of Loyola freshmen combined for 34 points and 15 rebounds on Wednesday night, as Tyler Hubbard (a redshirt freshman) scored 17, while Jarred Jones and Franz Rassman had eight and nine.
The group also had five assists, six blocked shots and four steals in the win.
Combined the three played 70 minutes against the Retrievers.
Loyola outrebounded UMBC, 45-28, on Wednesday night, marking the second time this season the Greyhounds have outrebounded a team by 14 or more (also, Binghamton, 35-21).
The Greyhounds have outrebounded opponents by an average of nine this season, 38-29, in three games.
On the offensive glass, Loyola has grabbed 45 rebounds, while its opposition has pulled down just 59 defensive boards. The Greyhounds are recording offensive boards in 43-percent of opportunities at that end of the floor, while allowing their foes to get second chances just 28.8-percent of the time.
In the UMBC game, Loyola had more offensive rebounds (15) than the Retrievers had defensive boards (14).
Etherly Plays To Form
Erik Etherly, the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, has averaged 16 points per game in three contests after scoring 22 to go with eight rebounds on Wednesday against UMBC.
His 7.3 rebounds per game also top the team, and he is tied for the lead with five blocked shots, all coming in the last two games, three at Washington and two versus UMBC.
Dylon Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring in two of the first three games and is averaging an 19 through those contests. He has made 20-of-43 (.465) from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
Cormier scored 13 points in the first half of the season opener against Binghamton and finished with 21 points, the ninth time in his career her has reached the 20-point plateau. As a sophomore in 2011-2012, Cormier scored 20 or more seven times en route to earning All-MAAC Second Team honors with a 13.4 points per game average. At Washington, he finished with 19 and was just two off his career-best with seven rebounds. He is also averaging 5.5 boards per game this year.
The junior has been a fast starter this season, averaging a team-high 12.3 points per game during the first half. He has scored 10 or more in all three games (13, 10, 14).
Cormier has led Loyola in scoring 15 times during his career, and the Greyhounds are 11-4 in those games.
Jones Making Early Impact
Freshman Jarred Jones has started the first three games of his collegiate career and made a difference on the court for the Greyhounds. A two-time All-Metro honoree by The Baltimore Sun at John Carroll High School, Jones scored nine points and had six rebounds on Sunday evening at Washington. He followed that with a box-score filling nine points, five rebounds, three blocks, three steals and two assists versus UMBC.
In his first game, he debuted with just one point, but he filled several box-score categories in his effort. Jones tallied three rebounds and two each of blocked shots, steals and assists.
Rassman Versus The Retrievers
Freshman Franz Rassman saw his first extended playing time of the season on Wednesday against UMBC and scored eight points in 20 minutes. He led all players with nine rebounds, and he also swatted three shots.
Hubbard From Behind The Line
Tyler Hubbard knocked down all but one of his 3-point attempts on Wednesday against UMBC and has made 8-of-17 this season from long distance. He scored a career-best 17 points against the Retrievers and also had two assists and a steal.
His eight 3-pointers made lead the team, and he is fourth on the squad in scoring with a 10.3 points per game average.
In his collegiate debut against Binghamton, he made 4-of-9 shots, 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and finished the night with 11 points in his collegiate debut. In the process, he became the first player to reach double figures in his first collegiate game since Jawaan Wright came off the bench to score 10 on November 19, 2005, against Towson University.
Brooks' Big Game
Julius Brooks provided 20 solid minutes in the post off the bench for the Greyhounds, recording eight points and a game-high seven rebounds versus Binghamton. Those numbers were not career-highs for the senior, but they were the best he's put up in some time.
Brooks saw limited action in 29 games last season, averaging just 4.7 minutes per game, but matched his career-high with 28 minutes. His eight points were his most since scoring a career-best 10 on January 31, 2010, as a freshman, and his seven boards were his high since February 25, 2011, when he had eight. Both of those games came against Niagara University.
At Washington, he scored five, had a pair of rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot against the Huskies.
He made his first start since February 2010, his freshman season, on Wednesday night against UMBC.
Four players made their collegiate debuts for Loyola last Friday night, starting with Jarred Jones who made a start in his first game as a Greyhound. Redshirt freshman Tyler Hubbard got into the game early in the first half for his first game action, and Jones' classmates Eric Laster and Franz Rassman both entered the contest in the second half.
Jones played 25 minutes, and while his box score line did not show it, he made a large impact on the game. He scored just one point, but he had three rebounds, handed out two assists, picked up two steals and led all players with two blocked shots.
Laster saw three minutes of action, scored on a 15-foot jumper and grabbed an offensive rebound. Rassman played six minutes, and had a block and a rebound.
Loyola held Binghamton scoreless twice for stretches of eight or more minutes Friday night. The Greyhounds limited the Bearcats to 35.5-percent from the field and forced 16 turnovers. Binghamton also made just 18.2-percent of 3-point attempts.
On the glass, Loyola held the Bearcats to just five offensive rebounds, grabbing 24-of-29 boards on the defensive glass (82.7-percent).
MAAC Preseason Poll & Player of the Year
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference unveiled its preseason coaches' poll and the league's Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night in a live Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3. Loyola was named the team to beat in 2012-2013, and Erik Etherly was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. (Complete poll and All-MAAC teams at left).
This is the first time Loyola has been selected No. 1 in the MAAC preseason poll in 24 years in the league, nor had a Greyhound player been named Preseason Player of the Year prior to Etherly.
Preseason MAAC Honors
Three Loyola players were named to the various Preseason All-MAAC teams as voted on by the coaches of the league.
The MAAC will announce its preseason poll of order of finish in the league on its Preseason Awards Show that will be aired on ESPN3 this Friday at 8:15 p.m.
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.
Saint Peter's Game At The Meadowlands
The Loyola-Saint Peter's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game slated for Saturday, December 8, has been moved from the Peacocks' Jersey City campus to the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., at the Meadowlands complex.
The Greyhounds and Peacocks will tip-off at 12 noon prior to the second game of the doubleheader between Duke and Temple.
Second NCAA Trip
Last year, Loyola made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons, a span of 17 years, 11 months and 23 days. In all, it was 6,569 days between NCAA Tournament Games for the Greyhounds.
Last year's true freshmen - Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams - were less than one year old the last time Loyola played in an NCAA match.
Loyola won its second MAAC Championship in 23 years in the conference on Monday, March 5, 2012, defeating Fairfield University, 48-44, in the lowest scoring championship game in league history.
The Greyhounds held Fairfield to just six second-half field goals and 28.8-percent shooting in the game.
Loyola, which finished second in the conference during the regular season and earned the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, defeated Niagara University and Siena College in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.
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 122-123 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.
Outstanding Performance By Etherly
Erik Etherly was named the MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the three games.
Etherly was in double figures in each of the three games, including back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. He followed that with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the MAAC title game vs. Fairfield. He shot 20-for-38 (.526) from the floor and 11-for-14 (.786) from the foul line, while finishing with nine blocks.
Last season, Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team after averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, both tops for the Greyhounds.
He also became the second player in school history to earn National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District honors, when he joined Mike Powell (1997) and earned Second Team laurels.
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.
2012 All-MAAC Honors
For the first time since the league expanded to three All-MAAC teams in 1998, four Greyhounds received all-league honors, topping all teams in the conference. Erik Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team, Dylon Cormier to the Second, and Justin Drummond and Robert Olson to the Third.
Loyola led all teams in the MAAC with its four selections, just in front of Iona's three.
The Greyhounds' previous high was at the end of the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell (1st), Jason Rowe (2nd) and Roderick Platt (3rd) earned All-MAAC honors.
Etherly led Loyola in scoring (13.7), rebounding (7.5) and blocked shots (50), while finishing second on the team with 63 assists. He shot .530 from the field, good for third in the conference
Cormier was second on the team in scoring, just back of Etherly, with a 13.4 points per game average while improving his field-goal percentage nearly 10 points from his freshman season to .461 as a sophomore.
Drummond has come off the bench in 29 of the Greyhounds' 33 games last year and is fourth on the team with 11.1 points per game. The guard as also third in rebounding (3.9), and he has scored in double figures 17 times this year.
Olson was one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference last year. He shot .431 from behind the arc, third-best in the MAAC, and averaged 11.1 points per game. The guard entered the month of January averaging less than nine points per game, but from that point forward, he was the team's second-leading scorer at nearly 13 a contest.
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.