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First Road Game Takes Men's Basketball To Vermont
LOYOLA-VERMONT SERIES HISTORY: Tonight marks the fifth meeting in the history of the series and is the fourth consecutive year that these two teams have met. Loyola has won three of the four previous meetings, but Vermont captured the only contest in Burlington. The first meeting came in the consolation matchup of the 1969 Scranton Invitational with the Greyhounds coming out on top 97-92 and Loyola won both of the games played at Reitz Arena.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior guard Jamal Barney scored eight straight points to give Loyola a 54-40 lead midway through the second half and the Greyhounds cruised to a 73-59 non-conference home win over Dartmouth Sunday afternoon. Barney led all scorers with 18 points while junior forward Anthony Winbush and sophomore guard Robert Olson each chipped in with 11. Freshman guard Dylon Cormier was the game's leading rebounder with eight as the Greyhounds held a 41-22 advantage on the boards while shooting 61.9 percent (13-21) in the second half.
CORMIER NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced Monday by the conference office. He posted career and team bests in each of Loyola's two wins last week to earn the award. In the win last Wednesday over UMBC, he scored a career-high 20 points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal. In Sunday's win over Dartmouth, he grabbed a career-high eight rebounds with nine points and one assist. For the week, he averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (8-16), 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-7) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (10-14). His recognition makes him the fourth current Greyhound to be so honored. The previous three all were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team and current senior guard Brian Rudolph was named the MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year following his freshman campaign.
GETTING TO LINE AND MAKING THEM: The Greyhounds were able to largely overcome an early eight-point deficit and remain in the game in the win over UMBC 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).
BARNEY DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE: Senior guard Jamal Barney posted his fourth career double-double in last Wednesday's win over UMBC with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Three of those performances have come in Reitz Arena. He followed that with a game-high 18 points in the win Sunday over Dartmouth. After his latest outing, he has 917 points in a Greyhounds uniform and now has 948 for his career.
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. That outing was followed by his 11-point effort Sunday against Dartmouth. It was the eighth double-figure performance of his career and the Greyhounds are 6-2 in those contests. He added four rebounds and two assists while playing a season-high 29 minutes.
OLSON FINDS BENCH ROLE: Slowed by an injury, sophomore guard Robert Olson has come off the bench in the last two outings and the role seemed to suit him Sunday in the win over Dartmouth as he scored 11 points with three rebounds and two assists. It was the second time in three games coming off the bench dating back to last year that he has reached double figures, scoring 13 against Canisius last February in the penultimate game of the regular season. He also has scored in double digits in two of three games this season, tallying 11 in the season opener as well.
CORMIER SHOOTS STRAIGHT: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier put on quite the shooting display in last 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. He followed that by collecting a career- and game-high eight rebounds with nine points in Sunday's win over Dartmouth.
ETHERLY REBOUNDS: After a less-than-memorable Greyhounds debut, sophomore forward Erik Etherly found his game last 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. He was steady in Sunday's win over Dartmouth with eight points - missing one shot from the field - with six rebounds.
HALL FINDS NEW WAYS TO SCORE: Junior guard J'hared Hall has earned a reputation as a three-point shooter, but he found different ways to post consecutive double-digit scoring outings off the bench in the season's first two games. He missed just one two-point attempt and one free throw in recording 12- and 11-point efforts in those first two games. 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 three games. He did not miss a shot from the floor in last 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 that outing. In Sunday's win over Dartmouth, he made four late free throws with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes played.
IVIS MAKES MOST OF MINUTES: Junior forward Paolo Ivis made the most of his opportunity in last 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 last Wednesday over UMBC and then followed that with 44 seconds of court time in Sunday's win over Dartmouth. For sophomore guard Luke Wandrusch it was his third and fourth appearances since joining the team in late December of last year, but freshman forward Chido Onyiuke received his first playing time in a Loyola uniform. In all, each of the 13 dressed Greyhounds saw action in the UMBC contest and 12 played against Dartmouth.
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 Monday 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 Thursday, December 2 when Loyola hosts Saint Peter's at 7 o'clock. 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 two-game road swing continues Monday when the Greyhounds take the short ride up Cold Spring Lane and a visit to Morgan State for a 7 o'clock start. Loyola will be back in Reitz Arena for the next time when it hosts Saint Peter's in the MAAC opener for both teams on Thursday, December 2. Game time also is 7 o'clock.