It hasn't been an easy first season for new Loyola (Md.) head coach G.G. Smith, as the Greyhounds have struggled during their initial Patriot League campaign. And Wednesday brought more bad news.
Guard Dylon Cormier is out indefinitely and will likely miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair two fractures in his left hand. Cormier suffered the injury in Saturday's loss to Army.
"Dylon has been the soul of this year's team, and we are certainly thinking about him and wishing the best for his recovery," Smith said in a statement. "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.
"While we know that we will miss Dylon on the court, we are looking forward to the remainder of the season with some revamped roles for players, and we know that we have a great supporter in Dylon on our bench."
Cormier, a 6-foot-3 senior, is leading the Patriot League in scoring at 21.2 points. He has scored at least 20 points on 14 occasions this season, also hitting the 30-point mark three times. The Baltimore native was an All-MAAC first-teamer as a junior.
Loyola (9-12 overall, 4-6) host first-place and unbeaten American on Wednesday.