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Broken left hand sidelines Loyola (MD) guard Dylon Cormier indefinitely

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Richmond, which announced on Wednesday that senior guard Cedrick Lindsay would miss the remainder of the season after tearing the meniscus in both of his knees, wasn’t the only program to lose its leading scorer. Loyola (MD) senior guard, who broke two bones in his left hand in the Greyhounds’ game against Army on Saturday, will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair the fractures.

According to the school release it’s likely that he will miss the remainder of his senior campaign as a result, and if that turns out to be the case Cormier has played his final game in a Loyola uniform.

Cormier was averaging a Patriot League-best 21.2 points points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field while also accounting for 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest. According to the school the injury was suffered while going after a loose ball during the second half of Saturday’s game.

“Dylon has been the soul of this year’s team, and we are certainly thinking about him and wishing the best for his recovery,” Loyola head coach G.G. Smith said in the release. “I know that Dylon will attack rehab like he does anything, with a great deal of passion and intensity, as he prepares to embark on his professional career after graduating from Loyola.”

To say the least this is a big loss for the Greyhounds, who lose their lone double-digit scorer as a result of Cormier’s injury. Of the seven remaining players who are currently averaging sixteen minutes or more per game sophomore guard Jarred Jones has been the most productive scorer, posting an average of 8.4 points per game.

Jones is one of three remaining guards averaging at least eight points per game, with junior R.J. Williams (8.0 ppg) and sophomore Eric Laster (8.0) being the others. In their 77-71 loss to Army on Saturday Jones led the way offensively, scoring 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting, with Williams adding ten (Cormier left the game with 14 points).

Jones has been an effective scorer off the bench for Loyola, as he’s started just three of the 21 games in which he’s played. With Cormier no longer available, Jones may need to do so in a starting role.

Loyola (MD) promotes assistant G.G. Smith to head coach

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Following the departure of Jimmy Patsos to fill the vacant head coaching position at Siena, the powers that be at Loyola (MD) had an important decision to make in regards to who would lead the program into the Patriot League.

Patsos took over a program that won just one game in the season prior to his arrival and led the Greyhounds to heights never before visited by the program, including a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2012 (the program’s first NCAA appearance since 1994).

And in looking for Patsos’ replacement the school ultimately decided that the best course of action would be to hire a familiar face.

Friday afternoon Loyola introduced G.G. Smith as its new head coach, with Smith serving as an assistant on Patsos’ staff for the last six years. Smith comes from a coaching family, as he’s the son of new Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith.

“G.G. is the right person to lead our men’s basketball program as Loyola transitions to the Patriot League next season,” said athletic director Jim Paquette in a statement released by the school.

“His knowledge of basketball, care for our student-athletes and desire to develop them as leaders has been evident in his time at Loyola, and we are excited that G.G. will build on the success Loyola basketball has achieved in recent years.”

This is Smith’s first head coaching job, and an interesting transition awaits the Greyhounds as they’ll be one of two programs joining the Patriot League this summer (Boston University being the other).

Loyola finished the 2012-13 season with a 23-12 record (12-6 MAAC), finishing one game behind regular season champion Niagara in the MAAC standings. The Greyhounds lose versatile forward Erik Etherly (15.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and guard Robert Olson (12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg), but Dylon Cormier (16.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg) returns to lead a team that can is capable of contending in the Patriot League.

“It is an honor to be asked to continue building on what Loyola men’s basketball has accomplished,” Smith said. “Loyola is a wonderful school that has been a great home for the last six years, and I look forward to leading the program going forward.”

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.