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Dartmouth Visits To Play Men's Basketball Sunday At Noon
LOYOLA-DARTMOUTH SERIES HISTORY: Tonight is the second meeting in the series with Loyola having won 58-41 in the first matchup played last season at Dartmouth. Shane Walker posted a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Julius Brooks collected eight points and eight rebounds for the Greyhounds.
LAST TIME OUT: The Greyhounds shook off a sluggish start to take a 29-27 lead with 4:30 left in the first half and did not give it up en route to an 83-72 non-conference home win Wednesday over UMBC. Freshman guard Dylon Cormier led Loyola with a career-high 20 points, including seven straight to ignite a 17-4 second-half run to put the game away. Sophomore forward Erik Etherly established career-bests with 16 points and six rebounds, senior guard Jamal Barney added 14 points and junior guard J’hared Hall came off the bench to score 11.
GETTING TO LINE AND MAKING THEM: The Greyhounds were able to largely overcome an early eight-point deficit and remain in the game by their successes at the free-throw line. Loyola connected on its first 12 foul shots and finished the game with 29 made free throws – tied for the 16th highest total in school history. The success should not come as a huge surprise as the Greyhounds twice in the last three years have ranked among the top seven nationally in team free-throw percentage – seventh in 2007-2008 (.768) and fifth in 2008-2009 (.776).
CORMIER SHOOTS STRAIGHT: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier put on quite the shooting display in Wednesday’s win over UMBC, leading Loyola to its first win of the season. He missed just one shot of all three varieties, making four of five two-point shots, one of two three-point shots and nine of 10 free throws for a career-high 20 points. The last Loyola freshman to score 20-plus points in a game was Robert Olson’s 20-point outing last January in a win over Marist. Cormier added five assists, two assists and a steal while playing 30 minutes.
ETHERLY REBOUNDS: After a less-than-memorable Greyhounds debut, sophomore forward Erik Etherly found his game Wednesday in the win over UMBC. A career 33 percent free-throw shooter (5-15), he swished all four of his attempts to go along with six field goals for a career-high 16 points. He also added six rebounds, three steals, an assist and a steal in a team-high 33 minutes.
BARNEY DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE: Senior guard Jamal Barney posted his fourth career double-double in Wednesday’s win over UMBC with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Three of those performances have come in Reitz Arena. After his latest outing, he is one point shy of 900 points in a Greyhounds uniform and now has 930 in his career.
HALL FINDS NEW WAYS TO SCORE: Junior guard J’hared Hall has earned a reputation as a three-point shooter, but he has found different ways to post consecutive double-digit scoring outings off the bench. He has missed just one two-point attempt and just one free throw in recording 12- and 11-point efforts through two games thus far. In both games, he took six attempts from the foul line.
RUDOLPH LEADS OFF THE BENCH: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership off the bench through two games. He did not miss a shot from the floor in Wednesday’s win over UMBC, scoring eight points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. He became the fourth player in Loyola history to surpass 400 career assists in his last outing.
WINBUSH GETS START: Junior forward Anthony Winbush made his first start since mid-January of last year when he was among the first five in the win Wednesday over UMBC. He produced one of his typical steady outings, scoring three points with three rebounds, three assists and two steals without a turnover in 23 minutes. He also was a defensive force, matching up with every Retriever from point guard to power forward while in the lineup.
IVIS MAKES MOST OF MINUTES: Junior forward Paolo Ivis made the most of his opportunity in Wednesday’s win over UMBC, coming off the bench to log 12 minutes while scoring two points with two rebounds. It was the highest number of minutes he has played at Reitz Arena in his career and comes after not playing at all in either the exhibition game or the season opener.
WALK-ONS WALK ON TO THE COURT: Both walk-ons got playing time for the final 37 seconds of the win Wednesday over UMBC. For sophomore guard Luke Wandrusch it was just his third appearance since joining the team in Late December of last year, but freshman forward Chido Onyiuke received his first courttime in a Loyola uniform. In all, each of the 13 dressed Greyhounds saw action in the contest.
STARTING LINEUP: Last year, 11 of the 13 eligible players on the roster made at least one start during the season. The first starting lineup for this year included two first-year Greyhounds, a senior, a junior and a sophomore.
BARNEY RECEIVES SECOND-TEAM NOD: For the second consecutive season, the MAAC coaches selected senior guard Jamal Barney to a spot on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team. Again, he was the only Loyola player to receive preseason recognition. The leading scorer in the league at 18.1 points as a sophomore, Barney was All-MAAC Second Team following that first season in a Greyhounds uniform.
GREYHOUNDS PICKED SIXTH BY COACHES: Loyola was tabbed for sixth in MAAC preseason balloting by the league’s coaches announced in October. Last year’s runner-up Fairfield collected six of the first-place votes to rank first followed by three-time defending champion Siena and its three votes while one vote was cast for Saint Peter’s. Iona placed four points behind the Peacocks to land fourth and the Greyhounds trailed fifth-place Rider by four votes as well.
GREYHOUNDS ON THE TUBE: Six Loyola contests will receive national or regional television exposure this season and that number could swell to as many as 10 through the BracketBusters event and advancement through the MAAC Tournament. The next televised game of the season is December 8 when the Greyhounds play at George Mason.
ESPN RADIO 1300 HOME TO GREYHOUNDS AGAIN: For the fourth consecutive season, Baltimore’s ESPN Radio 1300 will be the home for select Loyola radio games. All home games not picked up by ESPN Radio 1300 will be live streamed via Greyhounds All Access on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Mark Zinno (play-by-play) is joined by analysts Gary Lambrecht and Jim Chivers. The next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is November 29 at Morgan State.
GREYHOUNDS ALL-ACCESS: Once again this season, any home game not selected for television will be made available on live video streaming through Greyhounds All Access. The next offering will be Sunday when Loyola hosts Dartmouth at noon. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
FOLLOW LOYOLA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: Loyola Athletics continues to provide updates on all the Greyhounds teams via its Facebook and Twitter sites. Greyhounds followers can get immediate news via Facebook.com/LoyolaHounds and Twitter.com/LoyolaHounds.
JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT: For the third consecutive year, Loyola will participate in the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight which uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights games between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, go to www.ajcunet.edu.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: The three-game home stretch to open the season concludes today and the Greyhounds take to the road for a pair of contests against teams that won conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Championship last season after Loyola won home games over them. First up is a trip to Burlington to take on defending America East champion Vermont on Wednesday at 7 o’clock. Then, following a break for Thanksgiving, the Greyhounds make the short trip up Cold Spring Lane to visit local-rival Morgan State, winners of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season.