Etherly's gutsy effort helps Loyola's Patsos get 100th win

Greyhounds pull away from UMBC for 73-6 win

November 17, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Loyola forward Erik Etherly said he's getting used to playing with a broken nose. The 6-foot-7 forward certainly caused UMBC some pain on Thursday night.

Etherly carried the Greyhounds for long stretches of the game. He caused trouble all over the court to finish with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds as Loyola defeated UMBC, 73-63, before 1,790 at the RAC Arena.

The junior broke his nose in practice 10 days ago when he caught an elbow. He didn't start the team's season opener against Wake Forest but still posted 11 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes.

Etherly rejoined the starting lineup in Monday's win over Coppin State and finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. His double-double Thursday helped give coach Jimmy Patsos his 100th career victory.

"Erik Etherly's been nothing short of outstanding since the day he's gotten here," Patsos said. "Erik Etherly stands for what our program's about. He's a great player for us and a great person."

Etherly's had to adjust to wearing a mask similar to the one that Rip Hamilton's worn in the NBA for several seasons. The problem with that mask is Etherly said he's got almost no peripheral vision — can't see up, down or side to side, only what's in front of him.

But nothing appeared to slow Etherly in this game. He played 37 minutes and made nine of 15 shots from the field, including a few thunderous dunks.

"It was a little tough," Etherly said. "I'm just getting back into it. Been practicing lately, so everything felt good. No pain at all [now]."

Etherly's biggest contribution came early in the second half when Loyola (2-1) went on an 11-0 run that broke the game open. UMBC scored the first four points of the half and pulled to within 35-31, but Etherly scored six of the 11 points as the Greyhounds took control.

Loyola's Dylon Cormier scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half, hitting 14 of 16 free throws. The Greyhounds made 31 of 46 from the line.

Brian Neller carried UMBC with a career-high 27 points. He made seven of 12 three-pointers. The Retrievers also made just 10 of 21 from the free-throw line as they struggled again without top scorer Chris De La Rosa, who is still recovering from off-season surgery.

The Retrievers again battled some of the shooting problems that have plagued them in their first three games. They came into this game shooting just 33 percent from the field, and made 43 percent in this contest but remained cold for long stretches.

What frustrated UMBC coach Randy Monroe was watching his team miss on a number of high-percentage shots. They couldn't convert several offensive rebounds or chances inside of 10 feet.

"We had opportunities that I don't think we cashed in on," Monroe said. "I think we have to settle down and finish around the basket."

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