|Opponent||U.S. Military Academy Black Knights|
|Date||Saturday, January 9, 2016|
|Location||Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena|
|Online Media||Live Stats | Video|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball plays the second of a two-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 9, in Reitz Arena.
- The Greyhounds host the U.S. Military Academy in a 7:00 p.m. tipoff.
- Loyola is 3-0 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.
- Loyola posted a 51-50 victory over Lehigh on Wednesday night despite posting season-lows in points, first-half points (18), field-goal percentage (31.6) and field goals made (18).
- The Greyhounds have committed just 13 turnovers in their last two games, six at Lafayette and seven against the Mountain Hawks. They are averaging just 9.0 turnovers per game in Patriot League play.
- Andre Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 16.7 points per game. His 50 points in the three games have raised his season-long scoring average to 12.9.
- Jarred Jones posted his fourth double-double of the season Wednesday.
- 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 Army West Point
- Loyola and Army West Point will meet for the sixth 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 3-2 advantage in the series after the teams split last year’s meetings.
- The Greyhounds recorded their first win over the Black Knights as Patriot League foes on Jan. 31, 2015, when they shot 70 percent from the field after halftime to post a 77-71 win at West Point.
- Eric Laster and Andre Walker played a combined 12 minutes in the first half due to each having two fouls, but they returned in the second to combine for 28 points in the win.
- The Black Knights took a 32-29 lead into the locker room at halftime, but two Franz Rassman baskets to start the second gave the Greyhounds a 33-32 advantage 1-minute, 34-seconds after the break, a lead the Greyhounds would not relinquish.
- Dylan Cox converted a traditional 3-point play at 13:19 to pull Army West Point within one, 44-43, but Loyola scored the next 11 points as part of a larger 16-2 run. A Walker three at 8:18 pushed the lead to its largest point, 60-45.
- The Black Knights got back within a point, 72-71, on a Kyle Wilson three with 84 seconds left, but that was the last points Army West Point would score. Laster made a jumper with the shot-clock expiring on Loyola’s ensuing possession, and the Greyhounds held the Black Knights scoreless on four shots while going 3-of-5 at the free-throw line in the final 40 seconds..
- The win came after Army West Point posted a 77-53 win in Reitz Arena on Jan. 3, 2015. In that game, the Black Knights scored eight of the first half’s last nine points to lead 36-32 at halftime, but baskets by Denzel Brito and Cam Gregory gave the Greyhounds a 41-40 advantage with 15:57 remaining in regulation.
- Army, however, went on a 23-4 run that covered nearly nine minutes from that point, outscoring the Greyhounds by a total of 20 in the second half.
- 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.
Last Time Out
- Andre Walker’s layup with 4.2 seconds left proved the difference on Wednesday night as Loyola posted a 51-50 win over Lehigh University, the Patriot League’s preseason favorite.
- Walker finished with 18 points, six assists and two steals, and his final two points came after taking a handoff on the high, left side and driving down the right to score. Tyler Jenkins got off a shot from inside the free-throw line before the final buzzer, but Jarred Jones deflected the attempt, and Loyola held on for the win.
- Lehigh limited the Greyhounds to 22.6 percent from the field in the first half to lead 29-18 at halftime. Loyola made just one of its final 14 shots in the period, but it rallied to lead midway through the second stanza.
- Chancellor Barnard scored off a baseline-out-of-bounds play with just over 11 minutes left in regulation, giving Loyola a 37-35 lead, its first since having an 11-9 advantage early in the first half.
- Lehigh would lead by one after a Jesse Chuku basket at 8:34, and after Loyola went up as many as five, a Mountain Hawks’ three tied the score at 48-48 with 2:14 left.
- Franz Rassman made 1-of-2 at the free-throw line with 1:52 left to put the Greyhounds up one, but Austin Price made a twisting layup with less than 50 ticks remaining to give Lehigh a one-point advantage.
- Loyola misfired on its offensive end, but Tim Kempton missed the front-end of 1-and-1 for Lehigh to give Loyola the ball and setup Walker’s score.
- Loyola’s 3-0 Patriot League start is not only it’s best since joining the conference in 2013-2014, but it is the Greyhounds’ best start in any league since the 1984-1985 season.
- The Greyhounds have not been 3-0 in league play since that year’s squad beat Robert Morris, Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Francis Brooklyn to open 3-0 in the ECAC Metro (the precursor to today’s Northeast Conference).
- Since joining NCAA Division I in 1981-1982, those 3-0 starts are the only such the Greyhounds have had in league play. In fact, they have gone 2-1 only nine out of 35 times.
- Improved defense has been a key to Loyola’s wins in its last three. 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, Lafayette and Lehigh to 39.3 percent in three contests.
Taking Care Of The Ball
- Loyola had its lowest turnover output of the season last 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.
- They followed that with a seven-turnover game against Lehigh Wednesday night, matching their non-conference low of seven at Northwestern on Dec. 27.
- 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 four contests.
Walker’s Good Start To The League
- Andre Walker finished non-conference play averaging 11.9 points in 11 games, but he has raised his season average by a full point in three conference outings.
- In three Patriot League wins to start the slate, Walker has averaged 16.7 points per game to pace the Greyhounds. He had 11 in the League-opener versus American, tied his career-high with 21 at Lafayette and finished with 18 against Lehigh.
- Walker’s 21 points at Lafayette, matched his total from 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 at Lafayette, tying his previous high for free throws made.
- The sophomore guard is second on the team in scoring this season (12.9 points per game), and he leads the squad with 56 assists, 4.0 per contest. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has eight of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in 12 of the Greyhounds’ 14 contests.
- Loyola scored 36 percent of its points from the free-throw line in the conference-opener 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.
- 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 and 11-of-16 (68.8) against Lehigh to raise its season mark to 72.5 percent. That mark is No. 68 in Division I.
- Jarred Jones logged his fourth double-double of the season Wednesday night against Lehigh, his first since posting his second 20-point game of the season on Nov. 28 at Siena where he finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
- Against the Mountain Hawks, Jones scored eight of his 10 points in the second half, and he pulled down a team-best 12 rebounds.
- His 14 boards against Siena 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.
- 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 five career double-doubles Jones has averaged 21.0 points and 12.3 rebounds.
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.
- 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.
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 15 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last seven games, including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 15 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 20 through 14 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 81 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 12th with 56, and Chancellor Barnard ranks 21st with 36.
Scoring Going The Right Way
- Through 14 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 11.1 points per game to average 69.9.
- Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.6 percent.
Hubbard’s 3-Point Proficiency
- Tyler Hubbard has made 37 of his 97 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in seven of the Greyhounds’ 14 games. Through games of Sunday, Jan. 3, Hubbard is 77th nationally with 2.64 threes made per game.
- The fifth-year senior has 164 made 3-pointers in his career; against Lafayette, he moved into sole possession of fifth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard is eight 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.
- Loyola heads on the road for its next two Patriot League games, starting when it plays at the U.S. Naval Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 13.