Dec. 30, 2015
BALTIMORE - Eric Laster made all four of his 3-point attempts, and Tyler Hubbard converted all 10 of his free throws Wednesday night, leading the Greyhounds to a 75-67 win over visiting American University in the teams' Patriot League opener at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds made 61.5 percent of their 3-pointers (8-of-13) and shot 87.1 percent (27-of-31) from the free-throw line. Loyola's free-throw percentage set a school record for a game in which it attempted 30 or more free throws.
Hubbard finished with a team-high 18 points, and Laster added 17 off the Greyhounds' bench. Andre Walker scored 11, while Franz Rassman and Jarred Jones each scored nine. Jones led all players with nine rebounds and two blocked shots, while Rassman pulled down six boards.
All three of Laster's treys in the second half came as answers to American (2-10 overall, 0-1 Patriot League) scores at the other end.
With 5:22 left in regulation, the Eagles narrowed what was an 11-point Loyola advantage to just five, 56-51, on a James Washington jumper in the lane. Laster, however, took a Walker pass at the top of the perimeter and hit his second three of the half at 5:05, pushing the lead back to eight.
Jesse Reed answered that with a layup and free throw on American's offensive side 21 seconds later, making it a five-point game again. The teams traded missed threes, and Laster was fouled on the offensive end for the Greyhounds. He made both foul shots to stretch th lead to 61-54 at 3:18.
Rassman tipped in a Walker miss at 1:55, but Paris Maragkos made two American free throws with 1:40 remaining. Hubbard and Reed traded free throws for the teams with Reed's pair making it a 65-59 Loyola lead with 64 ticks on the clock.
A Rassman skip pass found Laster open on the wide right side, and he made his third three of the second half with 49 seconds left, putting Loyola up by nine. Hubbard made four free throws, Laster had two and Jones converted 1-of-2 down the stretch to give the Greyhounds their second Patriot League opening win in three seasons.
In addition to their success at the line and from distance, Loyola (2-10, 1-0) held a 30-20 advantage on the glass, and the Greyhounds shot 50 percent from the field.
Reed finished with 20 points to lead all scorers, and Maragkos added 17 for the Eagles.
American took an early lead, but it lasted just over four minutes when two Walker free throws at 14:31 gave the Greyhounds the lead for good. Loyola's six-point first-half lead dwindled to one on two Charlie Jones free throws with 4:07 left, but a Hubbard three made it a four-point game on the next possession.
Jones sent the Greyhounds to the locker room up five, 33-28, with a layup 15 seconds before the break.
Loyola plays its first Patriot League road game of the season on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, when it travels to Easton, Pennsylvania, to face Lafayette College at 2 p.m.