MONTREAL, Quebec - Loyola University Maryland men's basketball arrived Friday evening in Canada for its seven-day stay north of the border, and the Greyhounds had a busy, yet successful, first full day in the country's second-largest city.
After enjoying a team dinner Friday night, the Greyhounds awoke Saturday to play a day-night doubleheader. The Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) hosted Loyola Saturday afternoon, and the Greyhounds then took on a local club team, Brookwood Elite, in the evening session at Champlain College Saint-Laurent.
The Greyhounds finished the day with two wins, an 84-67 triumph over UQAM and an 86-73 win over Brookwood Elite.
Six Loyola players scored in double figures against UQAM led by junior Tyler Hubbard's 15 and junior Franz Rassman's 14. Freshmen Andre Walker and Colton Bishop and juniors Jarred Jones and Eric Laster scored 10 each against the Citadins.
The Greyhounds led UQAM, 18-12, at the end of the first quarter and held eight-point advantages at the end of the second and third stanza before extending their lead in the fourth.
Rassman had a team-high seven rebounds, and Laster grabbed six. Walker had five steals, as Loyola finished with 17 and forced 26 Citadins turnovers.
In the nightcap, Laster scored 11 in the first quarter and finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, both game-highs. His early scoring helped Loyola lead by six at halftime. Tyler Hubbard hit a pair of threes in the span of three third-quarter possessions - the second while being fouled, and he hit the free-throw for a four-point play, and the Greyhounds were up 11 at the end of three.
Hubbard finished with 18 points, and freshman Cam Gregory added 10. The Greyhounds controlled a 53-28 advantage on the boards, as Jones, Walker and Bishop each had seven in addition to Laster's nine. Walker also had five assists, two steals and eight points.
The Greyhounds play their third game of the trip Sunday evening at 5 p.m. at Laval University after touring Quebec City during the day.