Men's Basketball, American Meet In Reitz Wednesday At 7:30

Jan. 6, 2015

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Opponent American Eagles
Date Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball returns to action in Reitz Arena for its second-straight home game on Wednesday, Jan. 7, when it hosts American University at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tyler Hubbard has scored in double-figures for each of the Greyhounds' last four games and eight of the last nine, taking over the team lead in scoring. The junior is averaging 12.2 points per game, good for 11th in the Patriot League.
  • Denzel Brito has 15 assists and only one turnover for Loyola in the Greyhounds last four games. He has posted four or more assists in three of those games and has 37 this season.

Last Time Out
  • Cam Gregory took an Andre Walker pass in transition after a Walker steal and converted a layup with 15:57 left in Saturday's game against Army to give Loyola a 41-40 advantage. The Black Knights, however, went on a 23-4 run that covered nearly nine minutes to take control of the game and win a 77-53 decision in Patriot League action.
  • Army outscored the Greyhounds, 41-21, in the second half after Loyola led much of the first half and trailed by just four at the break.
  • Tyler Hubbard had 14 points to lead Loyola, while Franz Rassman and Denzel Brito added 13 and 11. Kyle Wilson led Army with 21 points.

Campus Insiders Exclusive Broadcast   
  • Wednesday's game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network and will be the featured game on the Campus Insiders' platform. As part of an initiaive with the League, Campus Insiders will highlight one Patriot League game each week, starting with this contest.
  • The game will be produced with cooperation from Campus Insiders and Loyola with Mark Viviano calling the play-by-play and Jordan Coronette handling the analysis.
  • 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 American   
  • American is Loyola's most-played Patriot League opponent, as Wednesday's game will be the 87th all-time installment in the series.
  • The Eagles, who are Loyola's seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.
  • With Loyola's win in the second 2014 meeting of the teams, the series is evenly split with 43 wins to each team's credit.
  • Loyola hosted the Eagles on Feb. 5, 2014, with American riding an 11-game winning streak and receiving votes in The Associated Press Top 25, but Tyler Hubbard scored a then-career-high 20 points and the Greyhounds handed American its first Patriot League loss of the year, 62-57.
  • Hubbard went 6-of-7 from 3-point range and made two free throws with 25 seconds remaining in the contest after American had pulled within a pair. Loyola was 8-of-10 from the stripe in the game's final minute to secure the win.
  • When the teams met on January 8 in Washington, D.C., Loyola led 26-22 at halftime, but the Eagles made 17-of-21 (81 percent) of their field goals in the second half and scored a 65-51 victory.
  • Loyola was up by as many as eight in the first half, but American scored the first 11 of the second half, and after the Greyhounds got back within four, 44-40, with under nine minutes left, the Eagles used another 11-0 run to pull away.
  • Prior to last season, American and Loyola last played November 13, 2007, the third year in a row that the teams had met on the hardwood.

Tyler On Target   
  • Tyler Hubbard scored a game-high 21 points Dec. 28 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 led the team in scoring for the third-straight contest, tallying 14 against Army on Jan. 3.
  • He now leads the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game, and he moved into 15th place on Loyola's all-time 3-pointers made chart with one against the Black Knights, giving him 93 in his career. Hubbard is eighth in the Patriot League in 3-point percentage, making 39.5 percent of his shots from behind the arc. His 12.2 points are 11th in the League this year.

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 four games.
  • Against Stony Brook, Fairfield, Navy and Army, the senior who transferred from Loyola Chicago before his junior season has 15 assists with only one miscue. During that run, he had five assists at Stony Brook and four against the Midshipmen  and Black Knights, playing all three of those games without a turnover.
  • Through two League games, Brito is the only player in the conference to average three or more assists per game without committing a turnover.

Play Like The First Half   
  • Play in the second halves of games has been an issue for the Greyhounds, as they are allowing opponents to shoot 47.1 percent from the field after the break as opposed to 40.9 percent in the first halves of contests. In its nine losses, Loyola's opponents have shot even better from the field in the second half, 52.8 percent.
  • Loyola is being outscored by a 3.6 point margin in the first half this year, but that jumps to 10.2 in the second half of games as the Greyhounds are averaging just 26.7 points per game after the breaks.
  • The other number that has been problematic in the second half has been the rebounding margin. The Greyhounds are going into the locker room with an average of 2.2 more rebounds than opponents, but their foes are grabbing 2.9 more in the second 20 minutes.

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.

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 13 games of the year, of which Gregory has started each of the last 11, he is averaging 6.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 46.9 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 24.6 minutes per game, 29.0 in the Greyhounds' last six 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.

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 26.2 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 10 games, 15th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 21.9 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.
  • While the Greyhounds are doing a good job of getting to the line, they are not shooting particularly well once there, making just 65.3 percent (186-of-285) from the stripe this year. Three players - Andre Walker (39-of-47, 83.0), Tyler Hubbard (44-of-54, 81.5) and Denzel Brito (18-of-23, 78.3) - have been more than solid from the line, but the rest of the team is shooting just 52.8 percent.

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 36.4 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 34.8 percent of field goal attempts, 39.6 percent of free throws attempted and grabbed 40.8 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 49.3 percent of steals and 43.9 percent of the team's blocked shots while scoring 33.1 percent of Loyola's points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (19), is second in assists (29), and he is the Patriot League's leading freshman scorer, averaging 8.8 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.9 rebounds per game (90 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.
  • With Walker (26.2), Gregory (24.6) and Barnard (15.2) seeing 15 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 71st 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 five percent better from the field (38.8 to 33.5), but it is the Greyhounds' defense in those games that has played the biggest roles.
  • The nine teams that have defeated the Greyhounds so far this year have done so while shooting just a shade under 50 percent (47.9).
  • 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 37.1 percent in the nine 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 good strides in that number this year. Through 13 games, Loyola is fifth in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a -0.6 mark; it has outrebounded foes, 459-467.

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 13 games.
  • Combined, Loyola's 13 opponents are shooting just 31.5 percent from 3-point range (68-of-221) 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 31.5 opponent 3-point percentage is tops in the Patriot League 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.

Up Next   
  • Loyola plays its next two games in the Lehigh Valley where it will travel to face Lehigh University on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m., before facing Lafayette College Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.