Norfolk State (2-1) vs. Loyola-Maryland (2-1)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mohegan Sun Arena (10,000) -- Uncasville, Connecticut.
Television: None. Home Record: NSU 0-0, Loyola 2-0. Away Record: NSU 2-1,
Loyola 0-1. Neutral Record: NSU 0-0, Loyola 0-0. Conference Record: NSU 0-0,
Loyola 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Playing on the road for the fourth time in as many games to kick
off the 2012-13 campaign, the Norfolk State Spartans take on the Loyola-
Maryland Greyhounds in the Springfield Bracket of the quarterfinal round of
the 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Last week the Spartans began their odyssey with a win over Rhode Island,
67-55, as part of this event but then bowed to Seton Hall on Monday by a final
of 78-65. Two days ago NSU landed back in the win column with a 78-66 triumph
over Longwood in Virginia.
As for the Greyhounds, they too have gotten off to a 2-1 start this season and
like the Spartans also split a pair of victories with a setback in between.
The most recent win for Loyola came on Wednesday when the group handed UMBC an
86-70 setback, marking its highest scoring output over the first week of
Following this first-ever meeting, these two teams will be back in action
tomorrow as they align themselves with Albany and UMKC pending the outcome of
the two battles.
Against Longwood, the Spartans fell behind by five points very early in the
meeting, but the visitors then converted not just 53.1 percent from the floor
in the first half, but an impressive 6-of-7 behind the three-point line to
assume a double-digit advantage at the break and cruise to the win. Rashid
Gaston came off the bench to record a double-double consisting of 14 points
and 11 rebounds, followed by fellow reserve Zieyik Estime' who dropped in 12
points on 4-of-6 shooting on the perimeter. Starters Pendarvis Williams and
Malcolm Hawkins chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Despite
shooting just 37.9 percent from the floor to this point, Williams is still the
leading scorer for NSU with 14.3 ppg, while Hawkins and Gaston contribute 11.0
and 10.0 ppg, respectively, for a team that is generating 70 ppg and holding
foes to 66.3 ppg on just 29.5 percent shooting beyond the arc.
UMBC held a brief lead against the Greyhounds in their meeting this week, but
the visitors ended up shooting only 30.3 percent from the floor in the first
half and that took the Retrievers out of the picture for good. Loyola survived
17 turnovers thanks to 50.9 percent shooting from the floor, 7-of-14 on the
outside and a 45-28 rebounding advantage. Erik Etherly was responsible for 22
points and eight rebounds, followed by Dylon Cormier and Tyler Hubbard with 17
points apiece. Robert Olson contributed another 10 points in the team's second
win of the season. Playing close to 34 minutes per game, Cormier is at the top
of the scoring list for the Greyhounds with his 19.0 ppg, while Etherly not
only produced 16.0 ppg, he is also responsible for a team-best 7.3 rpg. Olson
(11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) has handed out a team-best eight assists, but at the same
time has been charged with eight turnovers as well which isn't a ratio he
should be proud of.
Being on the road all this time isn't exactly what the Spartans were hoping
for, but at this point they just have to fight their way through it. One of
those ways would be to defeat Loyola today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Norfolk State 73, Loyola-Maryland 67
11/17 10:30:24 ET
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