Patriot League Men's Hoops Home Action Commences Saturday Versus Army

Jan. 1, 2015

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Opponent Army Black Knights
Date Saturday, January 3, 2015
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its first Patriot League home game of the season Saturday, Jan. 3, when it hosts the U.S. Military Academy at 2 p.m.
  • The game will be the Greyhounds’ first in Reitz Arena in 28 days. They played four-straight on the road since hosting Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 6.
  • Loyola leads the Patriot League in 3-point percentage defense, holding opponents to 30.3 percent from behind the arc this year.
  • The Greyhounds are in their second season of competition in the Patriot League after playing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference from 1989-2013.

Last Time Out
  • Tyler Hubbard made a 3-pointer and free throw for a 4-point play with 14:08 to go in the first half, giving Loyola a two-point lead, but it was the only time in Wednesday’s game that the Greyhounds were in front.
  • The U.S. Naval Academy led by nine, 37-28, at halftime and then by double-digits for the last 15:52 of the contest in a 70-47 decision in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Hubbard scored 16 points, all coming in the first half, to lead Loyola scorers, and Eric Laster added 12. Hubbard went 6-of-10 from the floor but had only one second-half attempt.
  • Worth Smith scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds for Navy.

Patriot League Network   
  • Fans can watch every home Loyola game, as well as all Patriot League road contests in free HD this season, live on the Patriot League Network. Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play with Jim Chivers ’05 handling the analysis.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check for links to each game.

Series History Versus Army   
  • Loyola and Army will meet for the fourth time on the basketball hardwood when the teams take the floor Saturday. The Black Knights won both games during the Greyhounds’ first Patriot League season and hold a 2-1 advantage in the series.
  • In last year’s first meeting, Army led by 13 early in the second half, but a Dylon Cormier three with five minutes to go pulled the Greyhounds within a point, but Army came away with a 91-82 win at West Point on Jan. 5, 2014.
  • Loyola hosted the Black Knights on Feb. 1, 2014, and the Greyhounds took a 57-53 lead on a Jarred Jones layup with 6:42 left in regulation, but Army scored the next 12 points and 18 of the next 20 to take a 71-59 lead with 1:46 remaining in what would be a 77-71 outcome.
  • Jones made 7-of-10 field goals for Loyola, and Cormier finished with 14 points in what would be his final collegiate game. The senior guard broke his hand midway through the second half diving for a loose ball.
  • The Greyhounds and Black Knights are conference foes for the second time as members of the Patriot League. Army was in its last year of membership in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989-90, Loyola’s first season in the league that it left after 2012-13.
  • The teams were in separate divisions – Army in the North, Loyola the South – and played once during the year, a 62-55 Greyhounds win in Reitz Arena during January.

Tyler On Target   
  • Tyler Hubbard scored a game-high 21 points last Sunday at Barclays Center, recording his third 20-plus point performance of the season and fourth of his career.
  • The junior guard made 4-of-8 from 3-point range and was 6-of-12 from the field. He also jumped to save a ball from going out of bounds, grabbing the rebound and sending a pass to Franz Rassman under the basket for the game-winning layup.
  • Hubbard then scored 16 points on Wednesday in the Greyhounds’ Patriot League opener at Navy, but all of his scoring came in the first half when he was 6-of-9 from the field; he took only one second-half shot.
  • He now leads the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game, and he moved into a tie for 15th place on Loyola’s all-time 3-pointers made chart with three at Navy, giving him 92 in his career. Hubbard is fifth in the Patriot League in 3-point percentage, making 41.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc.

Brito Steady Without Turnovers   
  • Since committing four turnovers on Dec. 6 against Mount St. Mary’s, his high during his two seasons at Loyola Maryland, Denzel Brito has coughed the ball up only one time in three games.
  • Against Stony Brook, Fairfield and Navy, the senior who transferred from Loyola Chicago before his junior season has 11 assists with only one miscue. During that run, he had five assists at Stony Brook and four against the Midshipmen and played both games without a turnover.

Successful Homecoming   
  • Andre Walker played his first collegiate game in the Borough of New York City where he played high school basketball at Christ The King High School when the Greyhounds took on Fairfield at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
  • The freshman guard responded with 14 points, a career-high nine rebounds and a career-high tying five steals. He has now played two collegiate games in New York City, winning both, and has averaged 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in those contests.
  • He was named Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season on the Monday following the Fairfield game. He also earned the honor after the season’s first weekend.

Start Spreading The News   
  • Last Sunday’s game at Barclays Center was the Greyhounds’ second-straight in the State of New York and second this month in New York City.
  • The Greyhounds played more games in New York City (two) than in Reitz Arena (one) in December, and they played more in New York State (three) than their home state (two).
  • Loyola went 2-0 in New York City with wins over Columbia and Fairfield and dropped a decision on Long Island to Stony Brook.

Cam Consistent   
  • After playing only 10 minutes on Dec. 2 because of foul trouble at Columbia University, Cam Gregory has picked up his play in the Greyhounds’ last five outings.
  • The freshman forward bounced back from his showing against the Lions to turn in his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 6 against Mount St. Mary’s marking the first time in his young career he’d scored nine or more points in a game.
  • Gregory then led Loyola with 14 points, making 7-of-9 shots from the floor, and had a game-best eight rebounds Dec. 9 versus Saint Joseph’s in 30 minutes of action. For his efforts against the Hawks, Gregory was named the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday, Dec. 15.
  • Gregory again led the team in scoring and rebounding again Dec. 21 at Stony Brook, scoring 14 while grabbing seven rebound sin 32 minutes of action.
  • At Navy, he scored just six points in his first Patriot League action, but he led Loyola with nine rebounds and had a game-best three steals.
  • Over the first 12 games of the year, of which Gregory has started each of the last 10, he is averaging 6.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 47.4 percent from the field.
  • Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 6.9 boards per game are third overall in the conference.
  • He has averaged 24.9 minutes per game, 29.6 in the Greyhounds’ last five contests.

To The Freshmen Go The Honors   
  • Andre Walker’s Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week award from Dec. 29 was the third of the season for the Greyhounds through eight weeks.
  • Cam Gregory earned the award on Dec. 15, and Walker was honored after the season’s first weekend making the Greyhounds the only Patriot League program with three awards so far this year.
  • Gregory is the top rebounding freshman in the Patriot League (6.7 rebounds per game), while Walker’s 9.9 points per game pace League freshmen.

Facing Tough Defenses   
  • Through 11 games, and as of games of Dec. 31, the Greyhounds have faced the 57th most difficult schedule nationwide in terms of opponent defense per
  • In other words, the average defensive efficiency of Loyola’s 10 opponents ranks 57th out of 351 NCAA Division I teams. Only one Patriot League team – Boston University – has played a tougher defensive schedule (24th).

Scoring From The Line   
  • Loyola is one of the top teams in the nation at getting points from the free-throw line this season. The Greyhounds have scored 25.8 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 10 games, 18th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 21.5 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its four wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 25.8 trips to the line, making 68-of-103 in those games.

Freshman Contributions   

  • Loyola’s five freshmen – Andre Walker, Cam Gregory, Chancellor Barnard, Colton Bishop and Matt Staubi – have combined to make large contributions to the Greyhounds this season.
  • The group, with Walker, Gregory and Barnard drawing the most playing time, has played 36.3 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 34.5 percent of field goal attempts, 41.4 percent of free throws attempted and grabbed 39.7 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 47.8 percent of steals and 46.2 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 33.5 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (16), is second in assists (24), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 9.2 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.9 rebounds per game (83 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.
  • With Walker (25.8), Gregory (24.9) and Barnard (14.6) seeing 14 or more minutes of action per game, and Bishop averaging 7.9, the Greyhounds are one of the younger teams in Division I. Of the 351 teams in Division I, the Greyhounds have the 68th youngest roster with an average of just 1.32 years of experience.

Winning Combinations   

  • In the Greyhounds’ four wins this season (Cornell, UMBC, Columbia, Fairfield), Loyola is shooting more than six percent better from the field (38.8 to 32.6), but it is the Greyhounds’ defense in those games that has played the biggest roles.
  • The six teams that have defeated the Greyhounds so far this year (Texas Tech, Butler, Syracuse, Siena, Mount St. Mary’s and Saint Joseph’s) have done so while shooting just a shade under 50 percent (48.4).
  • Conversely, Loyola held its foes to more than 13 percent worse from the floor (35.3 percent) in its four victories. The numbers are even more dramatic in defending the 3-point arc where Loyola has allowed opponents to shoot 36.3 percent in the seven games it has lost. In their four wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 16-of-81 (19.8 percent), a drop off of nearly 20 percent.

Rassman, Hubbard And Walker In Wins   

  • Individually, Andre Walker, Tyler Hubbard and Franz Rassman have been the team’s top three scorers in the four wins. Walker has averaged 13.8 points per game, while Hubbard and Rassman are just behind at 12.0 and 10.8 points, respectively.
  • The Greyhounds have also been much more successful when Walker gets tot he free-throw line. In the four wins, he is 20-of-24 from the stripe, while he is just 17-of-21 in the eight losses. He gets to the line an average of six times in wins, only 2.6 in losses. Overall, he is eighth in the Patriot League with an 82.2 percent success rate at the line.

Rebounding Improvement   

  • Loyola finished the 2013-2014 season with a -5.1 margin in rebounds per game versus its opponents, but the Greyhounds have made great strides in that number this year. Through 12 games, Loyola is third in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a +0.2 mark; it has outrebounded foes, 426-424.

Perimeter Defense   

  • Along with improved rebounding numbers, one of G.G. Smith’s keys coming into the season was defending the 3-pointer, and the Greyhounds have done a good job of that through 12 games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s 12 opponents are shooting just 30.3 percent from 3-point range (59-of-195) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot 11.1 percent better from behind the arc, making 40.4 percent of their shots (203-of-502).
  • Loyola’s 30.3 opponent 3-point percentage ranks 75th in NCAA Division I. A year ago, the 40.4 percent was third-worst in Division I, 349th.

Eleven Threes In A Game   

  • Loyola went 11-of-19 from 3-point range against Mount St. Mary’s, and the 11 threes were the most it has hit since making 13-of-26 on Jan. 15, 2010, against Marist College.
  • Since the 2009-2011 season, Loyola has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game only six times. Prior to Saturday night, it happened most recently when the Greyhounds connected on 10-of-20 against Boston University in the Postseason Tournament First Round.
  • The 11 threes in a game are tied for 15th best in program history.

Laster At The Last Second... Literally   

  • Eric Laster did not make any of his six field-goal attempts in the first 39 minutes, 59 seconds of regulation Dec. 2 at Columbia, and the Greyhounds’ leading scorer had just one point on a free throw.
  • The junior guard grabbed an offensive rebound off a blocked Andre Walker shot, spun and swished a 17-foot jumper from the top of the circle to lift the Greyhounds to a 64-62 win over the previously 4-1 Lions.
  • Laster’s jumper gave Loyola its first final-possession victory since March 1, 2014, when the Greyhounds closed the regular-season with a victory at Navy on two Tyler Hubbard free throws with 4.4 seconds left. Prior to that, Loyola won on a buzzer-beater when Julius Brooks caught an Erik Etherly pass and laid in a basket as time expired for an 89-87 double-overtime win at Niagara on Feb. 2, 2013.

Post Players Hit High Scores   

  • Two Loyola post players had career-high nights in the scoring column at Columbia as Franz Rassman led the Greyhounds with 16 points, and Nick Gorski came off the bench for 11.
  • Rassman made 7-of-10 field goals, his best career shooting night to eclipse his previous scoring high of 15 set in the final two regular-season games of 2013-2014 against Holy Cross and Navy. He also had a team-high seven rebounds and blocked two Lions shots.
  • Gorski saw 22 minutes, tying a career-high, off the bench for the Greyhounds and had his best offensive performance in two years with the team. The sophomore made 4-of-7 shots, including hitting a key first-half 3-pointer, to total 11 points.
  • Prior to the game at Columbia, Gorski had scored only one point this season in 56 minutes of action across six games. He was 0-of-5 from the field and had played a maximum of 15 minutes (at Butler).

Near-Record Free Throw Effort   

  • Tyler Hubbard came into the game against Siena having attempted 11 free throws this season, but he finished the game having almost tripled that number.
  • The junior guard went 17-of-18 from the free-throw line, tying the mark for second-most free throws made in a game by a Loyola player. He equaled the mark of Erik Etherly (2013 vs. Kent State), Maurice Hicks (1983 vs. Robert Morris) and Rodney Floyd (1973 vs. Mount St. Mary’s). Only Jamal Barney’s 18 free throws made in 2009 against NJIT rank higher on Loyola’s single-game chart.
  • A Loyola player has made 15 or more free throws 11 times now, and only two have one or fewer misses (Mike Powell made all 16 of his attempts in 1998 against Iona).
  • Hubbard is a player who has taken 79.2 percent of his career field-goal attempts from 3-point range during his career, so he has limited free-throw numbers. His 18 attempts in that game represented 22 percent of his 79 career trips to the charity stripe to that point.
  • Previously, his career-high numbers were 6-of-6 from the line set four days prior at Syracuse.

Back-To-Back Career Highs   

  • Tyler Hubbard’s 17 free throws were the main part of his scoring effort against Siena as he set a career-high with 23 points versus the Saints.
  • It was the second time in as many games that Hubbard has recorded a career-high in points after he tallied 21 last Tuesday at Syracuse.
  • Hubbard’s 21 at Syracuse eclipsed his previous best of 20 that came on Feb. 5, 2014, against American.
  • His 44 points in two games has raised his 2014-2015 scoring average to 11.8 points per game, and they came after he was shutout from the scoring column in games against UMBC and at Butler.

Laster’s Career Game   

  • While it represented the bulk of Loyola’s scoring on at Butler, Eric Laster’s performance against the Bulldogs was statistically the best of his career as a Greyhound.
  • The junior guard scored a career-best 24 points, exceeding his previous high of 18 set last season at home against Boston University. He did so on 9-of-15 from the floor, setting a new high for field goals made and tying his previous high for attempts.
  • Laster also drained 4-of-6 3-point attempts, raising his season total to 10-of-19 from behind the arc. He is third in the Patriot League in 3-point field goal percentage (52.6) through Monday.
  • The junior averaged 15 points in Loyola’s five games during its August 2014 Canadian Tour, and he was the team’s second leading returning scorer after averaging 8.3 points per game last year.
  • Through five games this year, Laster is averaging a team-best 14.6 points per game, having scored in double-figures in all by the UMBC game when he finished with seven.

Walker’s First Weekend       

  • Andre Walker earned Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors on Monday, Nov. 17, after starting his collegiate career with averages of 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two contests.
  • Walker led all scorers with 17 points on opening night at Texas Tech becoming the first Loyola true freshman to score as many points in a game since Justin Drummond tallied 22 on Feb. 13, 2010, against Canisius.
  • Walker’s points were the most by a Loyola player in his Greyhounds’ debut outing since Gerald Brown had 24 on Nov. 10, 2006, against Navy; Brown was a junior transfer from Providence.
  • The last Loyola true freshman to score 15 or more in their first regular-season game was Freddie Stanback who scored 16 on Nov. 19, 2004, at Virginia Tech in the first game as a head coach for former Loyola bench boss Jimmy Patsos.

It Didn’t Have To Be Pretty   

  • Loyola’s win over UMBC on Nov. 19 will not make any highlight reels, but the Greyhounds’ late push gave them their second win in three games. The game did set some dubious marks, however.
  • It was the fewest points scored by two teams (83) in a game that Loyola was involved since February 9, 1980, when the Greyhounds and Swarthmore combined for 80 points in a 42-38 Loyola victory.
  • Loyola’s 45 points were its fewest in a winning effort since that same game, making it the lowest winning score for the Greyhounds in the program’s Division I era (since 1981-1982).
  • The 38 points allowed by Loyola are also the fewest it has allowed as a Division I team, and it marked the lowest opponent score since that 1980 game. The last time a team scored fewer than 38 points against Loyola was on March 2, 1950, when Bridgewater (Virginia) College fell, 63-36, to the Greyhounds in the Mason-Dixon Conference Quarterfinals.
  • It was UMBC’s fewest points in a game since the Retrievers scored 34 in a 37-point loss to Virginia Tech in 2009.

Montreal Matters   

  • The Greyhounds took advantage of the NCAA rule that teams may partake of an off-season foreign tour once every four years when they visited Montreal and Quebec City in August.
  • Loyola played four games against Canadian universities – Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Laval Universite, McGill University and Concordia University – and one versus a local club team – Brookwood Elite – going 5-0 on the tour.
  • All 14 members of the Greyhounds’ squad, including the freshmen, were able to play in the games and participate in the 10 practice sessions prior to the trip.

Eight Return From A Year Ago       

  • Loyola returns eight players, including a senior and five juniors, who saw playing time a year ago.
  • Denzel Brito is the team’s lone senior this year and is back after playing in 28 games and starting 10 a year ago.
  • Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones, Eric Laster and Franz Rassman form a strong junior class. Each player played in all 30 games a year ago and they had a combined 67 starts while Jones was one of the Patriot League’s top sixth men. The quartet averaged a cumulative 22.8 minutes per game in 2013-2014.
  • Josh Forney, Nick Gorski and Sean Tuohy Jr. are sophomores that return to the program. Gorski saw the most playing time of the three, taking the court in 26-of-30 games and making three starts.
  • Overall, the Greyhounds return 53.3 percent (80-of-150) starts from a season ago and 59.6 percent (3.621-of-6,075) of all minutes played.

Up Next   

  • Loyola continues a brief homestand with a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, Jan. 7, against preseason Patriot League favorite American University.
  • The Greyhounds then play back-to-back games in the Lehigh Valley, traveling to Lehigh University on Saturday, Jan. 10, and Lafayette College Wednesday, Jan. 14.