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LAST TIME OUT: The Greyhounds led 95 seconds into the contest, but it would be their last lead as George Mason reeled off eight straight points for an 11-4 advantage to record a 66-52 non-conference home victory Wednesday night. Loyola fought within six with three minutes remaining before halftime, but the Patriots scored seven straight to close the half and lead 36-23 at the intermission. After falling behind by 22, the Greyhounds twice got it within 12 late in the second half, but each time George Mason answered with baskets. Junior forward Shane Walker reached double figures for the first time this season and posted his fourth career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Robert Olson was the only other Greyhound with double digits, matching Walker's point total.
WALKER DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE: Junior forward Shane Walker collected the fourth double-double of his career when he reached double figures in scoring for the first time this season at George Mason. All four of those efforts have come on the road. He scored a season-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds, his second straight game with 10 or more boards. His latest efforts have vaulted him into the spot as the team's leading rebounder at 6.5 per game. He is also steadily climbing 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. Since making his first three-pointer of the season in the game at Vermont, he has made at least one in every game since and connected twice from long range Wednesday night.
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 and then followed that with 14 points at George Mason, making six of his nine shots. After playing just four minutes and being held scoreless in the win over UMBC following the injury, he has reached double figures four times in six games, averaging 11.3 points during the stretch. His streak of five games with two or more three-pointers ended Wednesday as his opportunities came inside of the three-point arc.
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. When he took the floor against Saint Peter's, he became the 41st person in Greyhounds history to play in 100 career games. He is 19 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 with 11 against Saint Peter's. In Sunday's game, he scored nine points with five rebounds, two assists and three steals and added eight points with four rebounds Wednesday.
BARNEY APPROACHING MILESTONE: Senior guard Jamal Barney enters this afternoon nine points away from scoring the 1,000th point of his career with 991. He has scored 960 of those in a Greyhounds uniform. When he reaches the milestone, he will become the 31st player in Loyola history to reach 1,000 career points in the century-old history of Greyhounds basketball. Earlier this season, he posted his fourth career double-double in the win over UMBC, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.
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.
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).
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.
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 a week from today 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 after today is next Saturday's contest at Georgetown.
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 today is Loyola's next home game, the December 28 contest against Bucknell. 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 Greyhounds are one and done at home as they will play their next two on the road down in Washington, D.C. The first is one week from today when Loyola makes the trip to the Verizon Center for a contest against Georgetown at noon. That game will be televised live on MASN. Once exams are completed, the Greyhounds will return to our nation's capital to visit the campus of Howard University for a 7 o'clock game with the Bison on December 22.