Lehigh Hosts Men's Basketball Saturday At 2 O'Clock

Jan. 9, 2015

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Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Bethlehem, Pensylvania | Stabler Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball plays its first of two-straight games in the Lehigh Valley on Saturday, Jan. 10, when it faces Lehigh University at 2 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
  • The Greyhounds and Mountain Hawks each earned their first Patriot League wins of the season Wednesday night as they paired to beat the top two teams in the Patriot League Preseason Poll. Lehigh knocked off Army, and the Greyhounds defeated preseason favorite American.
  • Seven Loyola players scored six or more points on Wednesday night, the first time the Greyhounds have done that this year.

Last Time Out
  • Denzel Brito made a driving layup with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and Eric Laster scored the first five points of the extra period to help Loyola defeat preseason Patriot League favorite American University, 56-53, Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.
  • Loyola led from the 16:19 mark in the first half until American’s Jesse Reed gave the Eagles a 46-45 lead on two free throws with 53 seconds left in regulation. Pee Wee Gardner made 1-of-2 at the line for American with 14 ticks left, pushing the advantage to two before Brito’s tying layup.
  • Brito finished with 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.

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 Lehigh   
  • Lehigh and Loyola will meet for the 11th time on the basketball court and second time as Patriot League opponents Saturday when the teams take the floor.
  • Lehigh led wire-to-wire on Feb. 8, 2014 when the Mountain Hawks defeated the Greyhounds, 66-52, in Bethlehem.
  • Both teams struggled from the field in the game at Stabler Arena, each making just 33.3 percent of their shots, but Lehigh outrebounded Loyola, 45-30, and converted on 26-of-30 free throws.
  • Loyola won the first 2014 meeting between the teams, 72-68 as five Greyhounds scored seven or more points, led by Dylon Cormier’s 25.. Cormier sparked an 11-0 run that put Loyola up by 14 with just under 14 minutes left in the game.
  • 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 last year, 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.

Split Loyalty   
  • Cam Gregory will play his first collegiate game Saturday in the arena where his dad donned a Lehigh uniform as a member of the men’s basketball team. Ron Gregory was a four-year letterwinner for Lehigh from 1983-87 where he played for former Loyola Head Coach Tom Schneider and current University of Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery.

Brito Brings A Little Of Everything   
  • Denzel Brito led Loyola in scoring for the first time in his career with the Greyhounds during Wednesday night’s overtime win against American, scoring 11 points to match his best in a green and grey uniform.
  • While his points and game-tying layup with 3.3 seconds left in regulation were key, Brito filled the statistics page with much more than just scoring. He matched his career-high with six rebounds and set a new personal-best with four steals. He also had three assists with just one turnover, a miscue that came on the Greyhounds’ second possession of the game.
  • Brito played a career-high 43 minutes during the game, and during his first full year as a starter for the Greyhounds, the transfer from Loyola Chicago is averaging 6.0 points and 2.9 assists per game.

Chance(llor) Of A High Score   
  • Chancellor Barnard recorded his first double-digit scoring total 14 games into his collegiate career, tallying 10 in Wednesday night’s win over American while playing a season-high 25 minutes. The native of Howard County (Maryland) made all four of his field goals, 2-of-3 free throws, and grabbed four rebounds.
  • Barnard has been a steady contributor, especially on the boards and the defensive end, for Loyola this season. He has played 10 or more minutes in all but one game and enters Saturday’s game at Lehigh averaging 15.9 minutes per game.

Bench Play Looms Large   
  • The Greyhounds are now 5-0 this season when their non-starters outscore their counterparts from the other team. In its five victories this year, the Greyhounds’ bench has scored 113 points to their opponents’ 49. Meanwhile, when Loyola’s bench scores fewer or the same as its opponents, the Greyhounds are 0-9.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds’ five wins this season (Cornell, UMBC, Columbia, Fairfield, American), Loyola is shooting more than six percent better from the field (39.7 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 12 percent worse from the floor (35.9 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 five wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 19-of-96 (19.8 percent), a drop off of nearly 20 percent.

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 11.9 points per game, and he moved into sole possession of 13th place in all-time 3-pointers made at Loyola against American; he now has made 94 in his career. Hubbard is eighth in the Patriot League in 3-point percentage, making 38.8 percent of his shots from behind the arc. His 11.9 points are 14th 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 twice time in five games.
  • Against Stony Brook, Fairfield, Navy, Army and American, the senior who transferred from Loyola Chicago before his junior season has 18 assists with only two miscues. 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 three League games, Brito leads the conference with an 11:1 assist:turnover ratio.

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 40.6 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 3.1-point margin in the first half this year, but that jumps to 9.7 in the second half of games as the Greyhounds are averaging just 26.6 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 1.7 more rebounds than opponents, but their foes are grabbing 2.7 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 14 games of the year, of which Gregory has started each of the last 12, he is averaging 6.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 48.5 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 25.4 minutes per game, 29.3 in the Greyhounds’ last seven contests. In those games, he is second on the team in scoring, behind Tyler Hubbard’s 11.7 points per game, with 8.6.

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 25.8 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 14 games, 13th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 21.7 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its five wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 24.2 trips to the line, making 80-of-121 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 (198-of-303) from the stripe this year. Three players – Andre Walker (41-of-49, 83.7), Tyler Hubbard (44-of-54, 81.5) and Denzel Brito (19-of-25, 76.0) – have been more than solid from the line, but the rest of the team is shooting just 53.7 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 36.7 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 40.2 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 46.9 percent of steals and 42.9 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 33.6 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (20), is second in assists (31), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 8.6 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.9 rebounds per game (97 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.
  • With Walker (26.1), Gregory (25.4) and Barnard (15.9) seeing 15 or more minutes of action per game, and Bishop averaging 7.4, the Greyhounds are one of the younger teams in Division I. Of the 351 teams in Division I, the Greyhounds have the 63rd youngest roster with an average of just 1.33 years of experience.

Rassman, Hubbard And Walker In Wins   
  • Individually, Andre Walker, Tyler Hubbard and Franz Rassman have been the team’s top three scorers in the five wins. Walker has averaged 12.2 points per game, while Hubbard and Rassman are just behind at 11.0 and 9.8 points, respectively.
  • The Greyhounds have also been much more successful when Walker gets to the free-throw line. In the five wins, he is 22-of-26 from the stripe, while he is just 19-of-23 in the nine losses. He gets to the line an average of 5.2 times in wins, only 2.6 in losses. Overall, he is fourth in the Patriot League with an 83.7 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 14 games, Loyola is fifth in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a -0.6 mark; it been outrebound by just eight overall this year, 498-490.

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 14 games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s 14 opponents are shooting just 30.1 percent from 3-point range (71-of-236) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot 11.3 percent better from behind the arc, making 40.4 percent of their shots (203-of-502).
  • Loyola’s 30.1 opponent 3-point percentage is tops in the Patriot League and 56th in Division I. A year ago, the 40.4 percent was third-worst in Division I, 349th.

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.

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.

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   
  • The Greyhounds stay on the Patriot League road for their next game, a Wednesday night affair in Easton, Pennsylvania at Lafayette College.