|Opponent||U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen|
|Date||Wednesday, January 13, 2016|
|Location||Annapolis, Maryland | Alumni Hall|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball starts a two-game road swing on Wednesday, Jan. 13, when it travels to nearby Annapolis, Maryland.
- The Greyhounds play at the U.S. Naval Academy in a 7:00 p.m. tipoff.
- Loyola is coming off its first Patriot League loss of the season. The Greyhounds and Midshipmen enter Wednesday’s game tied for second place with identical 3-1 marks in the conference.
- Andre Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 16.8 points per game. His 67 points in the three games have raised his season-long scoring average to 13.2.
- Jarred Jones posted his fifth double-double of the season Saturday night and his second in as many games. Jones has now logged consecutive double-doubles twice this season (also versus LIU Brooklyn and UMBC). He leads the team with 13.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season.
- In Patriot League play, Loyola has shot 77.2 percent (71-of-92) from the free-throw line, raising its season total to 72.3 percent for the season. Last year, Loyola shot 67.1 percent from the line.
- Loyola posted a 51-50 victory over Lehigh last Wednesday night despite posting season-lows in points, first-half points (18), field-goal percentage (31.6) and field goals made (18).
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 Navy
- With campuses located 26 miles apart (as the crow flies), Loyola and Navy will meet for the 28th time on the hardwood when the teams play Wednesday night.
- The Midshipmen lead the series 21-6 after sweeping the season series in 2014-2015. Loyola won the first two meetings between the teams in 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ first year in the Patriot League.
- Navy committed only five turnovers and shot 49.1 percent from the field in the first meeting of the 2014-2015 season, as Loyola led for only 56 seconds of the game. The Midshipmen cruised to a 70-47 victory on Dec. 31, 2014, to open Patriot League action.
- Worth Smith led all players with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Tillman Dunbar had 13 points and six assists for the Midshipmen. Tyler Hubbard scored 16 points, and Eric Laster had 12 for Loyola.
- When the teams met in the regular-season finale on Feb. 27, 2015, scored the first seven points and never trailed during a 57-47 victory. Smith scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, helping Navy lead by as many as 18, 27-9, in the first stanza.
- Loyola closed to within four, 32-28, by scoring the first seven points of the second half, but the Midshipmen later used a 10-1 run midway through the half to pull away from danger.
- Cam Gregory posted a double-double for the Greyhounds, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while Eric Laster added 12.
- The teams first met in January 1910 when Navy defeated the Greyhounds, 36-10.
- Prior to the January 2014 game, Loyola’s most recent win in the series came on January 10, 1994, when the Skip Prosser-coached Greyhounds recorded a 78-68 victory in Reitz Arena.
Last Time Out
- The U.S. Military Academy scored the final 11 points of the first half Saturday night in Reitz Arena, breaking a 25-all deadlock en route to a 73-59 victory over Loyola. The loss was the Greyhounds’ first in Patriot League action this year after they opened their conference slate with three-straight wins.
- Franz Rassman tied the game at 25-25 with a turnaround hook at 4:08 in the first half, but it was the Greyhounds’ last points of the frame. Dylan Cox scored the first points of the second half for Army West Point, stretching its lead to 13 before Loyola scored its first points since Rassman’s basket.
- The Greyhounds cut their deficit to seven, 40-33, on a Jarred Jones free throw at 16:13, but Army West Point scored the next four points to increase its lead back to double digits. It would go up by 17, 55-38, on a Kevin Ferguson jumper with 9:27 left in regulation, but Loyola went on a 14-4 run that covered more than six minutes.
- Andre Walker scored in the paint with 3:14 left, trimming the Army West Point lead to seven, 59-52. After two Black Knights free throws, Walker hit two at the line and the lead was seven again, this time with 2:30 remaining.
- Tanner Plomb, who had a game-high 22 points, scored on a dunk on Army West Point’s next possession, and Kyle Wilson hit two free throws the Black Knights’ next trip down the court to put the lead to 11.
- Walker led Loyola with 17 points, scoring 13 in the second half. Jones posted his second-straight double-double and his fifth of the season, with 14 points and game-best 10 rebounds. He matched teammate Franz Rassman for game-high honors with three blocked shots.
- Loyola’s 3-0 Patriot League start was 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 had 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.
- The Greyhounds’ 3-1 record is still the best start in the program’s brief tenure in the Patriot League through four games.
- Improved defense has been a key to Loyola’s Patriot League start. 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, Lehigh and Army West Point to 40.7 percent in four contests.
Slowing A High-Scoring Team Not Enough
- Defensively, the Greyhounds did not have a statistically poor game against Army West Point on Saturday night in their first Patriot League misstep of the year.
- Loyola held the Black Knights to 73 points, tying their lowest output of the season. They entered the game averaging 84.7 points per game.
Perimeter Defense Improvement
- The relative defensive success Saturday was in large part to better play on the perimeter where the Greyhounds held Army West Point to their lowest 3-point marks of the season. The Black Knights made just 4-of-16 from behind the arc, the fewest threes they have made this year (previous was seven on two occasions). Entering Saturday’s game, Army West Point had made 10 or more threes in 12-of-15 contests this year.
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 more than a point in four conference outings.
- In the first four Patriot League games, Walker has averaged 16.8 points per game to pace the Greyhounds. He had 11 in the League-opener versus American, tied his career-high with 21 at Lafayette, finished with 18 against Lehigh and led the team with 17 versus Army West Point.
- His scoring in the last four has raised his season average to 13.2 points, the No. 9 mark in the Patriot League.
- 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, and he leads the squad with 56 assists, 3.7 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 13 of the Greyhounds’ 15 contests.
- Jarred Jones logged his fifth double-double of the season Saturday night against Army West Point and his second in as many games. He scored 14 points and had a game-high 10 rebonds after posting 10 points with 12 boards against the Lehigh three days prior.
- Jones is tied for 64th in NCAA Division I with five double-doubles this year. His 8.2 rebounds per game are tied for 93rd, and he is 76th in defensive boards (5.87).
- Jones’ double-double against Lehigh was 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.
- 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 six career double-doubles Jones has averaged 19.2 points and 11.4 rebounds.
Taking Care Of The Ball
- Loyola had its lowest turnover output of the season Jan. 6 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 last 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 per game in contests against Northwestern, American, Lafayette and Lehigh.
- 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. The Greyhounds’ 72. 3 percent at the line ranks 78th in NCAA Division I.
Back To Blocking
- Jarred Jones has posted 18 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last eight games, including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 18 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 23 through 15 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 84 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. With three against Army West Point Franz Rassman moved into a tie for 10th with Anthony Smith (1995-1997) with 59, and Chancellor Barnard ranks 21st with 36.
Scoring Going The Right Way
- Through 15 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 10.4 points per game to average 69.2.
- Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.3 percent.
Hubbard’s 3-Point Proficiency
- Tyler Hubbard has made 37 of his 102 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in seven of the Greyhounds’ 15 games.
- 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.
- The Greyhounds have a five-day break before playing their next game. They will head to New England to face Boston University on Monday, Jan. 18, in a 7:30 p.m. game that will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.
- The game will be the first of two-straight nationally televised affairs for Loyola.
- The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 20, for a 7 p.m. game against Bucknell University that will air on the American Sports Network.