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Two-Game Homestand Starts Wednesday Night For Men's Hoops Versus Lehigh

Jan. 5, 2016

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Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball returns to Reitz Arena to start a two-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.
  • The Greyhounds host Lehigh University in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
  • Loyola is 2-0 in the Patriot League for its first time in three seasons in the conference. The Greyhounds started 1-1 in each of their first two years.
  • The Greyhounds are shooting 53.6 percent from 3-point range, 82.5 percent from the free-throw line and 48 percent from the field in their first two Patriot League contests.
  • Loyola had just six turnovers Saturday afternoon at Lafayette College, its fewest in a game since posting six against Colgate University on Feb. 22, 2015.
  • Andre Walker matched his previous career-high with 21 points Saturday against the Leopards. He went 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the process.
  • Eric Laster has averaged 16.5 points in two Patriot League games, making 10 of his 15 shots in the outings.
  • Franz Rassman set a career-high with 11 rebounds against the Leopards.
  • Tyler Hubbard became the 13th player in school history to shoot 100 percent from the free-throw line in a game with 10 or more attempts in a game. He knocked down all 10 of his shots from the stripe against American.

  • Patriot League Network    

    • For the third year in a row, the Patriot League Network will provide an outstanding viewing option for college basketball fans while showing more than 125 contests from Patriot League venues, including every Loyola home game.
    • Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play with Loyola alum Jim Chivers adding commentary.
    • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network launched in 2013 and provides one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.
    • Fans can watch the digital broadcasts on desktop or laptop computers, any smart phone or tablet and through a variety of connected television devices.


    Series History Versus Lehigh    

    • Lehigh and Loyola will meet for the 14th time on the basketball court and fifth time as Patriot League opponents Wednesday when the teams take the floor. The Mountain Hawks hold a 7-6 advantage in the previous 13 contests after posting a 69-63 win over the Greyhounds in last year's second meeting, Feb. 7, 2015, in Baltimore. Last year, both teams won on the other's home court, while they each held serve at home in 2013-2014.
    • Loyola closed to within two, 49-47, on a Chancellor Barnard free throw at 9:50 in the second half of last year's second meeting, but Lehigh extended its advantage to 12 just under five minutes later. The Greyhounds pulled within four on two late possessions, but the Mountain Hawks made their last four free throws to seal the win. Eric Laster had 16 points to lead Loyola, while Barnard tacked on a then-career-high 14.
    • Lehigh took a two-point lead, 50-48, on a Tim Kempton bucket with 6:51 left in regulation of last year's first contest, but Loyola converted its next trip down the court into six points - Andre Walker hit two threes, separated by an off-ball foul during the flight of his first shot. Eric Laster finished with a game-high 17 points in the contest for Loyola, and Tyler Hubbard added 16, while Cam Gregory scored 15 and grabbed nine rebounds.
    • The Greyhounds first played the Mountain Hawks in 1912-1913, the fifth year of varsity basketball on the Evergreen campus. Lehigh won that game, 41-19, and the Mountain Hawks were again victorious the following year. Loyola's first win in the series came during the 1915-1916 season.
    • Following that game, the programs did not meet again until January 21, 1978, when Loyola scored a 79-64 win in Bethlehem, Pa.
    • Prior to Loyola joining the Patriot League, the teams most recently met in the consolation game of the 1988 Lobo Classic at The Pit in Albuquerque, a game that the Mountain Hawks won, 86-72.


    Last Time Out    

    • Andre Walker made nine of his 10 free-throw attempts and tied his career-high with 21 points Saturday afternoon at Lafayette College, leading four Greyhounds with 15 or more points in an 81-78 victory.
    • Jarred Jones scored 16 of his 18 in the first half, Eric Laster came off the bench to score 16, and Tyler Hubbard made four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.
    • The Greyhounds trailed in the game's opening minutes, but a baseline dunk by Laster pushed them up with 14:10 to play, sparking a 15-2 Loyola run. Lafayette scored the next eight points to get within four, 23-19. After the teams traded pairs of points, but a Laster three started another run for the Greyhounds, this one 14-2. A Jones jumper with three minutes to go before halftime pushed the lead to 16, 39-23, and the Greyhounds took an 11-point advantage, 42-31, into the locker room at the break.
    • The Greyhounds held Lafayette (3-10, 0-2) to just 8-of-30 (26.7 percent) from the floor in the first half.
    • Nick Lindner scored for the Leopards with 10:51 to go in regulation, and the Loyola lead dwindled to six, 57-51, but just over six minutes later, a Walker layup put it to 17, 73-56.
    • From that point forward, however, it was Lafayette's turn for a run to close the game. The Leopards 22 of the final 30 points in the game, although they did not get closer than the final margin of three. In that stretch, Lindner scored 12 of his 26 points.
    • The Greyhounds committed a season-low six turnovers in the game and held Lafayette to 38.5 percent from the field.

    Starting Strong    

    • Loyola's wins over American and Lafayette to start Patriot League play gave the Greyhounds their first 2-0 start since joining the conference in 2013-2014. They opened League play 2-0 in each of their first two years.
    • Shooting has been key to Loyola's success in the wins, as the Greyhounds have combined to shoot 48 percent from the field in the wins. In 11 non-conference games, Loyola shot 42.7 percent overall.
    • The Greyhounds have also hit on better than half of their 3-point attempts (15-of-28, 53.6 percent) and more than 80 percent of free throws (47-of-57, 82.5).


    Getting Defensive    

    • Improved defense has also been key to Loyola's wins in its last two. The Greyhounds entered Patriot League play allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field in their first 11 games, but they have held American and Lafayette to 41.7 percent in two contests.


    Taking Care Of The Ball    

    • Loyola had its lowest turnover output of the season Saturday at Lafayette, coughing up the ball just six times against the Leopards. It was the fewest giveaways the Greyhounds have had since posting the same number on Feb. 22, 2015, in a triple-overtime win against Colgate.
    • Loyola's previous turnover-low was seven on Dec. 27 at Northwestern. The Greyhounds' 13.5 turnovers per game are tied for third fewest in the Patriot League this year.
    • Andre Walker has been a large part of the low numbers as the sophomore point guard has had just one turnover in each of the last three contests.


    Free-Throw Success    

    • Loyola scored 36 percent of its points from the free-throw line on Wednesday night against American, going 27-of-31 (87.1 percent).
    • The performance was the second-best in school history for games in which the Greyhounds attempted 30 or more free throws. In the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the Greyhounds made 29-of-33 foul shots (87.9 percent) against Kent State University.
    • Wednesday night, Tyler Hubbard led the way, going 10-of-10 from the line. He became the 13th player in school history to make 10 or more free throws in a game without missing with his 10 tying for the seventh-best performance.
    • Loyola then made 20-of-26 (76.9) from the line on Saturday at Lafayette to raise its season mark to 72.7 percent.
    • Over the last two games, Loyola is shooting a combined 82.5 percent from the foul line. Andre Walker (14-of-17, 82.4), Jarred Jones (11-of-12, 91.7), Tyler Hubbard (11-of-12, 91.7) and Eric Laster (8-of-10, 80.0) have all taken 10 or more free throws and shot 80 percent or better.


    Walker Ties High    

    • Andre Walker finished Saturday's game at Lafayette with 21 points, matching his career-high scoring total. The 21 points equaled that of his total on Feb. 22, 2015, in a triple-overtime win against Colgate. In that game, Walker scored his 21 over 50 minutes played, while he used just 30 minutes of playing time against the Leopards.
    • Walker made 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, tying his previous high for free throws made.
    • The sophomore guard is third on the team in scoring this season (12.0 points per game), and he leads the squad with 50 assists, 3.8 per contest. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has seven of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in 11 of the Greyhounds' 13 contests.


    Crashing In The Second Half    

    • Franz Rassman went into the locker room with just two rebounds on Saturday at Lafayette, but the senior post player finished the game with 11 total to set a career-high. He eclipsed his previous best of 10 set last season at Butler.


    Laster Leads The Way    

    • Eric Laster was the main shooter behind the Greyhounds' 3-point success against American. He made all four of his attempts, three in the second half, after entering the game shooting just 23.4 percent (11-of-47) from long distance.
    • Laster matched his season-high - he also had four at Siena on Nov. 28 - and was one off his career-high set in 2013 at UMBC.
    • He followed that game with a 16-point showing at Lafayette, a game in which he made 6-of-9 shots from the field and all five of his attempts from 2-point range.
    • Laster has averaged 16.5 points in two Patriot League games, contests which come on the heels of two games in which he scored six at Fairfield and two at Northwestern.


    Reversal Of A Bad Trend    

    • Tyler Hubbard opened the season making three or more 3-pointers in five of the Greyhounds' first six games, but after going 1-of-2 from long distance in the first half against the University of Kansas, Hubbard misfired on his next 15 attempts.
    • Hubbard did not connect on his first five attempts at Fairfield (Dec. 22), but he took the lid off the basket with a three from the deep left corner with just over 13 minutes left in regulation against the Stags. He hit another in the second half of that game, as well, going 2-of-4 after the break against Fairfield. Hubbard then knocked down two treys against both Northwestern and American.
    • He then went 4-of-7 from long distance at Lafayette.


    Back To Blocking    

    • Jarred Jones has posted 13 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last six games, including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 13 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 18 through 13 games.
    • In his three-plus years at Loyola - he is a fourth-year junior after playing just two games last season due to injury - Jones has moved into sixth-place by himself with 79 in his career. Against American, he passed the total  of 76 Jawaan Wright posted from 2005-2010. Next up on the chart is former teammate Jordan Latham who had 98 from 2011-2014.
    • Jones posted 41 blocked shots during the 2013-2014 season, 10th most in school single-season history.
    • Meanwhile, two of Jones' teammates are also ranked in the top-25 at Loyola in career blocks. Franz Rassman is tied for 12th with 54, and Chancellor Barnard ranks 24th with 34.


    Scoring Going The Right Way    

    • Through 13 games this season, the Greyhounds offense has shown considerable strides over its output a year ago. Last year, the Greyhounds were 333rd out of 345 NCAA Division I teams in scoring, averaging just 58.8 points per game.
    • This season, Loyola has improved by 12.6 points per game to average 71.4.
    • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 43.4 percent.


    Doubled Over    

    • Jarred Jones had his second 20-plus point game of the season, and his third double-double of 2015-2016, Nov. 28 at Siena where he finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The 14 boards tied his career-high set Nov. 16 against LIU Brooklyn, and his 23 points were three off his season-best.
    • Jones logged 26 points, two off his career-high from March 2014, and 11 rebounds Nov. 18 at UMBC. The game was his second-straight double-double after producing 18 points and a career-best 14 boards two days earlier against LIU Brooklyn.
    • Jones is the first Loyola player in more than four years to post double-doubles in back-to-back games. Erik Etherly turned the feat with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State on Nov. 14, 2011, followed by 27 and 10 three days later against the same Retrievers.
    • His first career double-double came in the 2014 Patriot League Championships when he scored a career-best 28 and had 10 rebounds against Lafayette.
    • In his four career double-doubles - his first came in March 2014 when he had 28 points and 10 rebounds against Lafayette College - Jones has averaged 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds.


    Hubbard's 3-Point Proficiency    

    • Tyler Hubbard has made 36 of his 89 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in seven of the Greyhounds' 13 games. Through games of Sunday, Jan. 3, Hubbard is 61st nationally with 2.77 threes made per game.
    • The fifth-year senior has 163 made 3-pointers in his career; against Lafayette, he moved into sole possession of fifth-place on Loyola's career chart. Hubbard is nine from matching Brett Harvey (2006-10) for fourth.
    • Hubbard has made four or more 3-pointers 14 times during his career, hitting 65 of 110 (59.1 percent) from behind the arc in those games. Only once has he shot below 50 percent in a game that he made four or more threes, a 2014 contest at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse where he made 5 of 14, (35.7 percent).


    Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond    

    • Loyola's overtime defeats at Siena and Fairfield this year are the first the Greyhounds have suffered in extra time during the coaching tenure of G.G Smith. The Greyhounds were 4-0 last season in overtime, and the Greyhounds are now 7-2 in the two-plus seasons that Smith has been the team's head coach.
    • More impressively, Loyola is 16-3 in overtime games since the start of the 2004-2005 season.


    Up Next    

    • The Greyhounds continue their homestand on Saturday, Jan. 9, when they host the U.S. Military Academy at 7:00 p.m.