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Trip To Lafayette For Wednesday Night Contest Next For Men's Basketball

Jan. 12, 2015

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Easton, Pensylvania | Kirby Sports Center
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Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball will play its second-straight game in the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Jan. 14, when it travels to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, for a 7 o'clock contest.
  • The Greyhounds and Leopards are two of four teams with 2-2 records in the Patriot League this year (American, Bucknell) after both picked up wins on Saturday.
  • Loyola had three players score 15 or more points on Saturday for the first time this season.
  • The Greyhounds had a season-high 18 rebounds Saturday at Lehigh led by five from Denzel Brito.

Last Time Out
  • Loyola built a 16-point first-half lead on Saturday at Lehigh, but the Mountain Hawks rallied to go up two in the final seven minutes. The Greyhounds, however, came back to take the lead with just under five minutes to play and never relinquished it in a 65-60 victory.
  • Tim Kempton capped an 11-2 Lehigh run with a layup at 6:51 to put the Mountain Hawks up for the first time in the game, but Andre Walker hit two 3-pointers on the same possession (it was extended by an off-ball foul during Walker's first shot).
  • Eric Laster scored 17 points to lead three Greyhounds with 15-plus. Cam Gregory scored 15 and had nine boards.

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 of home games.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.

Series History Versus Lafayette   
  • Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the sixth time in series history and the fourth time as Patriot League foes. The programs split the regular-season meetings in 2013-2014, each winning on its own homecourt, but Lafayette won the rubber match, an 84-71 decision in the Patriot League Championships First Round at Loyola.
  • In last year's first match, Loyola knocked off the Leopards, 77-63, on January 13, in a game that was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) and Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) both logged double-doubles as the Greyhounds outscored Lafayette, 42-26, in the second half.
  • Lafayette returned the favor on its home court with a 61-44 win on February 12. The Leopards made four 3-pointers during an 18-5 run to start the second half, spurring the victory. Dan Trist scored 14, and Seth Hinrichs had 13 for the Leopards. Franz Rassman and R.J. Williams each had 10 for Loyola.
  • In the Patriot League Championships contest at Loyola, Jarred Jones came off the bench to log his first collegiate double-double with career highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds, but Lafayette shot 63.6 percent from the field and left Reitz Arena with a 84-71 victory.
  • The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.
  • It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

Split Loyalty   
  • Matt Staubi will play his first collegiate game at the school, Lafayette, where his father, Paul, was a four-year letterwinner from 1984-1988 for the Leopards.
  • The elder Staubi is still second all-time in 3-point percentage at Lafayette where he made 47.6 percent of his shots from behind the arc.

Laster Returns To Scoring Lead   
  • Eric Laster posted just his third double-digit scoring game since November on Saturday at Lehigh where he led all scorers with 17 points. The junior finished the season's first month leading Loyola with a 14.5 points per game average after scoring 13 or more points in five of six games.
  • He scored 14 on Dec. 6 against Mount St. Mary's, but then he tallied just 12 points in Loyola's next three contests before scoring 12 on Dec. 31 at Navy. In January's first two games, he did not score against Army and had seven versus American.
  • Saturday, however, Laster made 2-of-3 from 3-point range, was successful on all three of his free-throw attempts and finished with 17, his second-highest scoring output this year behind a 24-point game at Butler on Nov. 22.
  • In an eight-game stretch from Dec. 2-Jan. 7, Laster averaged 6.0 points per game while shooting 25.4 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from 3-point range. Prior to that, Laster averaged 14.5 points in the season's first six games, making 43.8 percent from the field and 41.4 from long-distance.

Brito Brings A Little Of Everything   
  • Denzel Brito led Loyola in scoring for the first time in his career with the Greyhounds during last 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.
  • He had another solid outing Saturday at Lehigh posting seven points, a career-high eight rebounds along with five assists with just one turnover.
  • Brito, who transferred to the Greyhounds' program after two seasons at Loyola Chicago, is now averaging 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and a team-high 3.0 rebounds per game. He is third on the team with a 27.6 minutes per game average.

Assists Up   
  • Loyola logged a season-high 18 assists on Saturday at Lehigh led by Denzel Brito's five and three each from Franz Rassman, Eric Laster and Tyler Hubbard. The 18 were four more than the Greyhounds had posted in any other game this year (14 vs. Mount St. Mary's).
  • In the Greyhounds' last five games, they have averaged 13.2 helpers per game after averaging just 7.8 in the year's first 10 contests.

Bench Play Looms Large   
  • The Greyhounds are 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 1-9. The Jan. 10 win at Lehigh was the first time this year that an opposition's bench outscored Loyola's.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds' six wins this season (Cornell, UMBC, Columbia, Fairfield, American, Lehigh), Loyola is shooting almost six percent better from the field (39.1 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 11 percent worse from the floor (36.9 percent) in its six 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 23-of-109 (21.1 percent), a drop off of 16 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 12.1 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 98 in his career. Hubbard is eighth in the Patriot League in 3-point percentage, making 39.8 percent of his shots from behind the arc. His 12.1 points are 12th 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 three time in six games.
  • Against Stony Brook, Fairfield, Navy, Army, American and Lehigh, the senior who transferred from Loyola Chicago before his junior season has 23 assists with only three miscues. During that run, he had five assists at Stony Brook and Lehigh and four against the Midshipmen  and Black Knights.
  • Through four League games, Brito leads the conference with an 8:1 assist:turnover ratio (16 assists, 2 turnovers).

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 eight 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.
  • He posted a career-high 15 points to go with nine boards in the win at Lehigh on Jan. 10, grabbing six offensive rebounds in the process.
  • Over the first 15 games of the year, of which Gregory has started each of the last 13, he is averaging 6.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 48.7 percent from the field.
  • Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 7.1 boards per game are third overall in the conference.
  • He has averaged 25.9 minutes per game, 29.6 in the Greyhounds' last eight contests. In those games, he is second on the team in scoring, behind Tyler Hubbard's 12.3 points per game, with 9.4.

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.

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 40.4 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 2.2-point margin in the first half this year, but that jumps to 9.4 in the second half of games as the Greyhounds are averaging just 27.5 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 1.6 more rebounds than opponents, but their foes are grabbing 2.5 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.

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 25.2 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 15 games, 19th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 21.0 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its six wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 22.2 trips to the line, making 92-of-133 in those games.
  • The Greyhounds had the program's second-best free-throw performance (percentage-wise) in their win at Lehigh where it made 12-of-12 from the stripe. Only once (2009 versus Rider) has Loyola made more free throws (14) without a miss.
  • While the Greyhounds are doing a good job of getting to the line, they are not shooting particularly well once there, making just 66.7 percent (210-of-315) from the stripe this year. Three players - Andre Walker (43-of-51, 84.3), Tyler Hubbard (44-of-54, 81.5) and Denzel Brito (21-of-27, 77.8) - have been more than solid from the line, but the rest of the team is shooting just 55.7 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 34.4 percent of field goal attempts, 340.9 percent of free throws attempted and grabbed 39.8 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 47.1 percent of steals and 41.3 percent of the team's blocked shots while scoring 33.67percent of Loyola's points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (21), is second in assists (33), and he is the Patriot League's leading freshman scorer, averaging 8.5 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.1 rebounds per game (106 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.
  • With Walker (26.1), Gregory (25.9) and Barnard (15.7) seeing 15 or more minutes of action per game, and Bishop averaging 7.0, 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.

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 15 games, Loyola is fifth in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a -0.5 mark; it been outrebound by just seven overall this year, 534-527.

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 15 games.
  • Combined, Loyola's 15 opponents are shooting just 30.1 percent from 3-point range (75-of-249) 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 54th in Division I. A year ago, the 40.4 percent was third-worst in Division I, 349th.

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.
  • 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.

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   
  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its next two games, first playing Boston University at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. The Greyhounds then host Bucknell University in a game that will be broadcast by the American Sports network at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21.