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LOYOLA-GEORGETOWN SERIES HISTORY: The Hoyas lead the series, 35-9. The teams first played in Loyola's first season and met regularly beginning in the 1930s until the 1974-1975 season. The Greyhounds last won 30 seasons ago and Georgetown has won 22 of the last 23 meetings.
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. Today is the third of seven contests in which the Greyhounds will compete against a fellow Jesuit institution when they take the floor against 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.
GREYHOUNDS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Since the Associated Press began its weekly rankings of teams in 1948-1949, Loyola has had a limited number of appearances against ranked opponents, despite having been involved in more than 2,200 games. The Greyhounds do not have a win in any of their 21 games against ranked teams.
LAST TIME OUT: Loyola jumped out to an 18-4 lead sevenminutes into the contest and never trailed in recording a 65-42 non-conference home win one week ago today over traditional-rival Mount St. Mary's. Up 5-4, the Greyhounds scored 13 straight and trailed by less than 10 for just one possession thereafter. Junior forward Shane Walker recorded his second straight double-double with game-highs for points (22) and rebounds (10). Sophomore forward Erik Etherly was a perfect seven-for-seven from the field, tying the second-best shooting performance in Greyhounds history and finishing with 17 points. Senior guard Jamal Barney scored 10 points with the last basket of that representing the 1,000th point of his career.
WALKER NAMED MAAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a pair of double-doubles in the pair of games last week, junior forward Shane Walker was honored by the conference office Mondayas the MAAC Co-Player of the Week for games through December 12. It was his first conference acknowledgement and he shared the award with Iona's Mike Glover. He averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (12-21), 62.5 percent from three-point range (5-8) and 87.5 percent from the foul line (7-8). He added two steals at George Mason and three blocked shots in the win over Mount St. Mary's
THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST: Despite some mediocre scoring outings, the Greyhounds have been playing consistently good defense. That was never more evident than in the win over Mount St. Mary's when Loyola held an opponent below 50 points for the first time this season. The 42 points are the fewest for a Greyhounds opponent since holding Dartmouth to 41 points in a 58-41 win on November 24, 2009. Since allowing both of the first two opponents to reach 70, Loyola has held three of the next seven to in the 60s, three to in the 50s and the Mount St. Mary's total of 42.
WALKER DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE, TWICE: Junior forward Shane Walker collected the fourth and fifth double-doubles of his career in his previous two games. A 14-point effort at George Mason was his first double-figure scoring outing of the season and he now has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in three straight. The double-double effort was his first at home after his previous four had come on the road. His latest efforts have vaulted him into the spot as the team's leading rebounder at 6.9 per game. He is also steadily climbing his way up the all-time blocked shots list. He already has recorded 18 this season, giving him 64 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 has nine in the six games.
ETHERLY IS PERFECT: Moved back into the starting lineup after not starting the game at George Mason, sophomore forward Erik Etherly responded in the win over Mount St. Mary's. In reaching 17 points, he was a perfect seven-for-seven from the field, matching the second-best shooting performance in Greyhounds history. He also corralled nine rebounds to just miss his first career double-double, handed out an assist, blocked a shot and snagged a steal. He is the second-leading rebounder with 6.6 boards per game and is second on the team in blocked shots with 11 through nine games.
BARNEY SURPASSES MILESTONE: With his layup seven minutes into the second half of the win over Mount St. Mary's, senior guard Jamal Barney tallied the 1,000th point of his career. He finished with 10 points and now has 1,001 for his career. He has scored 970 of those in a Greyhounds uniform. When he reaches the Loyola 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.
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 at Fairfield. 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 seven games, averaging 10.9 points during the stretch. He has connected on two or more three-pointers in fiveof his last six games.
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. Saturday in the win over Mount St. Mary's, he matched his season high with 30 minutes played and his six assists moved him into third place all-time on the Loyola career assists list with 425. 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 18 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. At Fairfield, he scored nine points with five rebounds, two assists and three steals and added eight points with four rebounds at George Mason.
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. That 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 after this afternoon is the home game with Fairfield on January 14. The matchup will be carried live on ESPNU.
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 Tuesday, December 28, when Loyola hosts Bucknell.
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.
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NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: Upon the conclusion of final exams next week, the Greyhounds will play one final time before breaking for Christmas. That game will be a return trip to Washington, D.C., to take on Howard on Wednesday at 7 o'clock. Loyola's next home game will be Tuesday, December 28, when it hosts Bucknell in Reitz Arena at 7:00 p.m.