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MAAC Play Opens Thursday For Men's Basketball
LOYOLA-SAINT PETER'S SERIES HISTORY: Saint Peter's leads the series, 40-31. The Peacocks swept the season series last year and have won three of the last four meetings. Of Loyola's nine MAAC opponents, the series with the Peacocks is its most played.
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. Tonight is the first of seven contests in which the Greyhounds will compete against a fellow Jesuit institution. 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.
LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore guard Robert Olson scored nine straight points over a span of 83 seconds to give Loyola a lead it would not relinquish and the Greyhounds collected a hard-fought 73-67 road win at Morgan State Monday night. The second of back-to-back three-pointers by Olson came as the shot clock expired and turned into a four-point play with an ensuing free throw to give Loyola a 67-64 lead with 3:42 left. Olson beat the shot clock with an elbow jumped on the next possession and sophomore forward Erik Etherly's thunderous dunk on an offensive rebound with 13.2 ticks remaining sealed the win. Etherly led the Greyhounds with 14 points and nine rebounds, freshman guard Dylon Cormier added 12 points and Olson and senior guard Jamal Barney each scored 11.
PATSOS REACHES MILESTONE: With the win Monday at Morgan State, seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos moved into sole possession of third place on Loyola's all-time wins list. His 86th career win allowed him to pass Mark Amatucci who put together 85 wins during his seven-year career (1982-1989).
ETHERLY REBOUNDS: Sophomore forward Erik Etherly has proved himself a force on the glass as he leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game. He followed a career-best 13-rebound performance at Vermont with Monday's team-high nine boards at in the win at Morgan State. He also led the team in scoring with 14 points. After a sluggish opening game, he is averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in his last four games. A career 22.2 percent free-throw shooter entering the season, he has made eight straight entering tonight.
OLSON FINDS BENCH ROLE: Slowed by an injury, sophomore guard Robert Olson has come off the bench in the last four outings and the role seems to suit. In the win over Dartmouth, he scored 11 points with three rebounds and two assists. The point total matched the 11 points he scored when starting the season opener against Drexel. He came off the bench to score eight points at Vermont, adding three rebounds and four steals. In Monday's win at Morgan State, he scored 11 points in just 13 minutes with nine of the points coming in a stretch of 83 seconds late in the contest. Included in there was a four-point play as the shot clock expired that gave Loyola the lead for good at 67-64 with 3:42 left.
BARNEY DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE: Senior guard Jamal Barney posted his fourth career double-double in the 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 over Dartmouth. After his latest nine-point outing in the win at Morgan State, he has 937 points in a Greyhounds uniform and now has 968 for his career.
RUDOLPH LEADS OFF THE BENCH: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership off the bench and playing some of his basketball through five games. He did not miss a shot from the floor in the home 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 the win over Dartmouth, he made four late free throws with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes played. At Vermont, he played a season-high 25 minutes, scoring eight points with three assists and a steal. In his latest outing, he tallied eight points with four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes of floor time. When he takes the court tonight, he will become the 41st person in Greyhounds history to play in 100 career games. He will be 22 appearances away from becoming the school's all-time leader in games played.
CORMIER SHOOTS STRAIGHT: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier put on quite the shooting display in the home win over UMBC, leading Loyola to its first victory 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 the win over Dartmouth. He scored eight points last Wednesday at Vermont and tallied 12 in Monday's win at Morgan State.
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 home win 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 center while in the lineup. That outing was followed by his 11-point effort against Dartmouth. It was the eighth double-figure scoring 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.
WALKER STEADY: Junior forward Shane Walker has been steady through the first five games of the season, scoring between five and nine points and grabbing between four and seven rebounds in each game. He already has 11 blocks for the season, giving him 57 for his Loyola career to rank eighth all-time. He is second on the team in rebounding with 5.4 boards per game and is the leading free-throw shooter, making 10 of his 12 attempts thus far.
WILLIAMS HAS STRONG DEBUT: Freshman guard Pierson Williams made the most of his collegiate debut in Monday's win at Morgan State. After not dressing for the exhibition and the first four games of the regular season due to injury, the California native was ready when his number was called. He played 14 minutes off the bench, scoring four points with four rebounds and an assist. A long-range threat, he missed all three of his attempts from three-point range, but knocked down a jumper to give Loyola its largest lead of the first half and later made a runner to get back a lead that the Greyhounds took into halftime.
CORMIER NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced last Monday by the conference office. He posted career and team bests in each of Loyola's two wins during the week to earn the award. In the win over UMBC, he scored a career-high 20 points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal. In last 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.
WALK-ONS WALK ON TO THE COURT: Both walk-ons got playing time for the final 37 seconds of the UMBC win and then followed that with 44 seconds of court time in the 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.
GETTING TO THE 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).
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 and of late has included a senior, two juniors and two newcomers to the program.
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. After tonight, the next broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is next Saturday's home contest with Mount St. Mary's.
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 after tonight will be next Saturday when Loyola hosts Mount St. Mary's at 4 o'clock. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
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NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: The traditional MAAC December weekend continues Sunday afternoon when the Greyhounds visit the site of the 2011 MAAC Championships when they take on Fairfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard at 3:30 p.m. A two-game road swing continues Wednesday with a MASN television appearance at George Mason before Loyola hosts Mount St. Mary's in their annual affair in the Greyhounds' next appearance in Reitz Arena.