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George Mason, MASN TV Await Men's Basketball Wednesday
LOYOLA-GEORGE MASON SERIES HISTORY: George Mason leads the series, 6-5. These teams shared membership in the Mason-Dixon Conference, meeting annually for three seasons before playing twice in a season in two straight years. The last meeting took place nearly 2,400 miles to the west from tonight's location when the teams met in the consolation round of the 1992 Albertson's Classic in Boise, Idaho.
LAST TIME OUT: The Greyhounds did not score a field goal for the first 9:14 of the game and fell behind by as many as 22 points with 90 seconds left in the first half, but battled back to pull within one before finally succumbing Sunday at Fairfield, 65-55. After scoring just five first-half field goals, Loyola changed things after the intermission. The Greyhounds ripped off 15 straight points as part of an 18-1 run to get within two points at the midway point of the second half. Fairfield's lead shrunk to one following a conventional three-point play by senior guard Jamal Barney with 6:45 to play before the Stags' Ryan Olander scored six straight and Loyola could not get any closer. Sophomore guard Robert Olson split his 16 points between halves and was the only Greyhounds player in double digits.
PATSOS REACHES MILESTONE: With the win 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).
OLSON IS A STARTER AGAIN: After starting the opener, sophomore guard Robert Olson moved out because of an injury and then found success coming off the bench. That success put him back in the starting lineup Sunday. He responded with a season-high 16 points as the only Loyola player in double figures. After playing just four minutes and being held scoreless in the win over UMBC following the injury, he has reached double figures three times in five games, averaging 10.8 points during the stretch. He has two or more three-pointers in each of those five games, shooting 44.0 percent (11-25) from long range.
WALKER BLOCKING THE PATH: Junior forward Shane Walker continues to vault his way up the all-time blocked shots list. He already has recorded 15 this season, giving him 61 for his Loyola career to rank fifth all-time. He climbed to second on the team in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game after his season-high 13 caroms in Sunday's game at Fairfield. The total was one off his career high of 14 set last year in the regular-season finale against Manhattan.
RUDOLPH LEADS OFF THE BENCH: Senior guard Brian Rudolph is providing leadership off the bench and playing some of his basketball. 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 six points with five assists and two rebounds in 24 minutes of floor time. In the appearance prior to that, he became the 41st person in Greyhounds history to play in 100 career games. He is 20 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 at Vermont, 12 in the win at Morgan State and led the team win 11 Thursday against Saint Peter's. In Sunday's game, he scored nine points with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.
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 at Fairfield, he has 955 points in a Greyhounds uniform and now has 986 for his career.
WINBUSH WORKING HIS WAY BACK: 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. Sunday at Fairfield, he blocked a career-best two shots while equaling his season high with four rebounds.
WILLIAMS HAS STRONG DEBUT: Freshman guard Pierson Williams made the most of his collegiate debut in the 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. That play continued in his first Reitz Arena appearance, coming off the bench to make both of his two-point attempts and grabbing two rebounds. He made his first three-pointer Sunday as he kept on his average with four points at Fairfield.
CORMIER NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman guard Dylon Cormier was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week it was announced on November 22 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 victory 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).
THE FIVE `W'S: Any good newsman knows the five "W's". At Loyola, they are Walker, Wandrusch, Wiegand, Williams and Winbush. According to research, the Greyhounds are one of two teams in NCAA Division I with five players possessing last names that start with "W". The other is Texas-San Antonio. Barring some unique recruiting at other places or attrition in either program, both will hold the same claim next year as all five players on both teams are underclassmen.
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.
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 after tonight is a week from Saturday when the Greyhounds play at Georgetown.
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 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 is Saturday when Loyola hosts Mount St. Mary's at 4 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 third of seven contests in which the Greyhounds will compete against a fellow Jesuit institution comes next Saturday at Georgetown. 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 middle game of a stretch of four road games in five comes with the home game Saturday when the Greyhounds host Mount St. Mary's in the most-played basketball rivalry in the history of the state of Maryland. Game time is 4 o'clock. Loyola will take a short break from final exams to play at Georgetown on Saturday, December 18, and play its final game before Christmas two weeks from tonight when it visits Howard on Wednesday, December 22.