|Opponent||Boston University Terriers|
|Date||Monday, January 18, 2016|
|Location||Boston, Massachusetts | Case Gymnasium|
|Television||CBS Sports Network | Channel Finder|
|Online Media||Live Stats|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball heads to New England for a nationally televised Patriot League contest on Monday, Jan. 18.
- The Greyhounds will take on Boston University at 7:30 p.m. in a CBS Sports Network broadcast from Case Gymnasium.
- Andre Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 16.4 points per game.
- He has taken over the team’s overall scoring lead, too, as his 82 points in the last five games have raised his season-long scoring average to 13.3.
- Jarred Jones posted his fifth double-double of the season on Jan. 9, 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 7.8 rebounds per game and is second on the squad with 12.8 points this season.
- In Patriot League play, Loyola has shot 75.9 percent (82-of-112) from the free-throw line, raising its season total to 72.1 percent for the season. Last year, Loyola shot 67.1 percent from the line.
- Defensively, Loyola is allowing more nearly 15 points per game less in conference play than it did during non-conference. Patriot League teams are scoring 65.6 points as opposed to 80.5.
CBS Sports Network Broadcast
- Loyola will make its first appearance of the season on CBS Sports Network Monday night against Boston University.
- Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, while Mo Cassara will handle analysis duties.
Series History Versus Boston University
- Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the seventh time in five years and eighth overall when they take the hardwood on Monday night.
- The Greyhounds won games in 2012 and 2013, but the Terriers are 3-1 against Loyola since both teams joined the Patriot League in 2013-2014.
- Boston U. won both games the first year and the teams split the series in 2014-2015 with each winning on its respective home court. The Terriers now lead the all-time series, 4-3.
- Loyola won the first meeting, 91-86, in overtime after Boston U. led by five with 5.8 seconds left, but a strange sequence of events led to Loyola forcing overtime and eventually picking up a win. Denzel Brito made a desperation three with one second left, and the Greyhounds fouled the Terriers’ Eric Fanning on the ensuing inbound pass.
- During the stoppage in play, officials went to the replay monitor, however, and whistled a flagrant-one foul on a Boston U. player for contact against Rassman prior to Brito’s three. Rassman hit both free throws, and Fanning missed his two, sending the game to extra time tied at 74-74. After Loyola scored five points in the final second of regulation, it outscored the Terriers, 17-12, in overtime for the win.
- Six Loyola players scored in double figures led by Cam Gregory’s 18 and Andre Walker’s 17.
- In the season’s second meeting, Loyola went on a 12-2 run to pull within three of the Terriers with just under three minutes to play in Boston, but the home team responded with a 12-2 run of its own to pull out a 73-60 win. Andre Walker led Loyola with 13 points in the game.
- Prior to both teams joining the Patriot League for the 2013-2014 season, Loyola hosted the Terriers in 2012 as part of the ESPN Bracketbuster series and 2013 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
- In the Feb. 19, 2012, Bracketbuster game at Reitz Arena, Loyola shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half to distance itself in a 69-56 decision that gave the Greyhounds their 20th win of the season for the first time as a Division I program (since 1981-82). In the 2013 CIT First Round on March 19, Loyola trailed the Terriers by as many as 15 points in the second half. The Greyhounds, however, used a 38-16 run over the last 15-plus minutes of the game to beat Boston U., 70-63. Malik Thomas put the Terriers up 15 with 15:32 to play, but the Greyhounds went on their run from there.
- The Terriers won the teams’ first-ever meeting, 71-51, in the first round of the Sports Foundation Classic on December 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.
Last Time Out
- The U.S. Naval Academy held Loyola scoreless for more than six minutes late in Wednesday night’s game, and the Midshipmen came away with a 60-52 win in Annapolis.
- Tyler Hubbard made a runner in transition with 7:47 left in the second half, putting the Greyhounds up six, 42-36, but the basket was Loyola’s last points until Jarred Jones hit a pair of free throws with 1:28 on the clock.
- During the stretch that covered 6:19, Navy outscored Loyola, 13-0. Tillman Dunbar scored five of his team-high 15 points during the run for Navy, while the Midshipmen’s defense forced four Greyhounds turnovers and five missed shots.
- Jones’ second free throw cut the deficit to five, but that was as close as Loyola would draw in the final minutes. Loyola made just eight field goals in each half, shooting 30.8 percent from the field while committing 20 turnovers.
- Andre Walker led Loyola’s scoring effort, matching Dunbar for game-high honors with 15 points, while Eric Laster scored 11 of his 13 points before halftime for the Greyhounds. Tyler Hubbard added 11 points for Loyola, but that trio were the only to score more than four.
- During the first half, it was a long Navy scoreless stretch that helped Loyola take a 26-22 advantage into halftime.
- Jace Hogan put Navy ahead, 13-9, with 11:27 left in the first half, but neither the Midshipmen, nor Loyola scored until Laster knocked down a three at 8:04. That started a stretch where Laster scored 11-straight points for Loyola.
- Improved defense has been a key to Loyola’s 3-2 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 five conference foes to 40.8 percent from the field.
- Non-conference opponents averaged 80.5 points in 11 games, but the Greyhounds have held Patriot League foes to 14.9 fewer, an average of 65.6 per game.
Perimeter Defense Improvement
- Loyola’s defensive success over the past five games has been in part to better play on the perimeter. Patriot League opponents have shot 34.7 percent (25-of-72) from 3-point range over five games after non-conference foes hit 41.6 percent from behind the arc.
- In the past two games, Loyola has yielded just 7-of-30 3-point attempts to Navy and Army (23.3 percent).
- 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 the game, Army West Point had made 10 or more threes in 12-of-15 contests this year.
- Navy’s 3-of-14 performance Wednesday was tied for the Midshipman’s second fewest made threes of the 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 five conference outings.
- In the first five Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points in four of the five games and is averaging 16.4 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, led the team with 17 versus Army West Point and had 15 at Navy.
- His scoring in the last five has raised his season average to 13.3 points, tying him for eighth in the Patriot League while vaulting him into the team-lead..
- 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 also leads the squad with 57 assists, 3.5 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 14 of the Greyhounds’ 16 contests.
- Jarred Jones logged his fifth double-double of the season Jan. 9 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 71st in NCAA Division I with five double-doubles this year. His 7.8 rebounds per game are tied for 128th, and he is 99th in defensive boards (5.63).
- 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.
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.
- 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’ 72.1 percent at the line ranks 76th in NCAA Division I.
Back To Blocking
- Jarred Jones has posted 18 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last nine games, including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 18 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 23 through 16 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 16 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 9.3 points per game to average 68.1.
- Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 41.6 percent.
- Tyler Hubbard has made 40 of his 111 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in eight of the Greyhounds’ 16 games.
- The fifth-year senior has 167 made 3-pointers in his career; against Lafayette, he moved into sole possession of fifth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard is five 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.
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.
- Loyola will make a quick turn-around for its next game, one that will also be televised nationally.
- The Greyhounds return to Baltimore and Reitz Arena for a Wednesday, Jan. 20, contest against Bucknell University that will tip at 7 p.m. on the American Sports Network.
- Fans in the Baltimore area can catch the game on WBFF2-ThisTV (Broadcast, 45.3; Comcast, 206; Verizon FIOS, 465).