Boston U. Visits Men's Basketball Sunday For 1 P.M. Game In Reitz

Jan. 16, 2015

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Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Sunday, January 18, 2015
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland’s men’s basketball team returns to Reitz Arena after two Patriot League road games for a Sunday, Jan. 18, contest against Boston University at 1 p.m.
  • The Greyhounds and Terriers both joined the Patriot League prior to the 2013-2014 season and are in the second years of competition in the conference.
  • Loyola has shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range over the last three games  with Tyler Hubbard and Eric Laster connecting on a combined 15-of-32.
  • Hubbard became the 13th player in school history to make 100 career threes after he tied his career-best with five at Lafayette Wednesday night.

Last Time Out
  • Tyler Hubbard scored 11-straight Loyola points late in the second half and helped the Greyhounds draw within two points of host Lafayette College, but the Leopards held off Loyola for a 69-65 Patriot League decision.
  • Hubbard scored six points in the game’s first 33 minutes, but he tallied 11 in the last seven, matching Andre Walker for team-high honors with 17.
  • Loyola held the Leopards without a point for nearly three minutes after a Dan Trist tip-in at 3:45, and two Denzel Brito free throws with 1:27 left made it a 67-65 Lafayette advantage. Those free throws, however, would be the Greyhounds final points of the night.

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 for links to each game.

Series History Versus Boston U.   
  • Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the fifth time in as many years and sixth overall when they take the hardwood on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Greyhounds won games in 2012 and 2013, but Boston U. took both Patriot League games last season to grab a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series.
  • Jordan Latham had a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds when the teams met on Feb. 15, 2014, in Baltimore, but the Terriers made 14 3-pointers to claim an 87-71 victory. John Papale and Cedric Hankerson both scored 20 for Boston U. in the contest.
  • The Terriers also record a 72-58 victory in the teams’ first meeting of the year, Jan. 20, in Boston. Terriers guard Maurice Watson, Jr., D.J. Irving and Papale went a combined 18-of-25 form the field for 46 points.
  • In that game, Loyola lead 21-12 on a Denzel Brito jumper midway through the first half, but the Terriers closed the half on a 20-6 run and came away with the win.
  • 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 Postseason Tournament.
  • The Terriers won the first meeting, 71-51, in the first round of the Sports Foundation Classic on December 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.
  • In the February 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). Robert Olson made four 3-pointers after halftime, and five in the game, and finished with 17 to lead Loyola.
  • 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. Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson both scored 16 for Loyola, and R.J. Williams had a then-career-high seven assists.

Threes In Last Three   
  • Loyola knocked down nine 3-pointers Wednesday night at Lafayette, its second-best output of the season behind the Mount St. Mary’s game when it made 11.
  • Over the last three games, wins against American and at Lehigh and the defeat at Lafayette, Loyola is shooting 45.8 percent from 3-point range, a mark that is more than seven points higher than its 38.3 percentage from inside the arc.
  • Tyler Hubbard is 10-of-21 from behind the arc, Eric Laster has made 5-of-11 and Denzel Brito is 3-of-5 during that stretch.

Hubbard To 100   
  • In Wednesday night’s game at Lafayette, Tyler Hubbard became the 13th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to make 100 career 3-pointers. With 40 this season through 16 games, Hubbard now has 103 in his career.
  • With his next 3-pointer, Hubbard will tie B.J. Davis (2000-2002) for 12th in school history.
  • Hubbard is shooting 41.2 percent from behind the line this year, a mark that has him ranked 45th in the nation through Jan. 15.

Laster Returns To Scoring Form   
  • 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.
  • Last 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. He followed that performance with a 13-point outing at Lafayette, scoring all of those in the first half against the Leopards.
  • 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.

At The Line Improvement   
  • In addition to its shooting from behind the 3-point line, Loyola has also been improved at the free-throw stripe. After a 12-of-12 performance Jan. 10 at Lehigh, the Greyhounds made 14-of-17 at Lafayette to boost its two-game percentage to 89.7 percent.
  • Prior to the games in the Lehigh Valley, Loyola was making just 65.3 percent of its foul shots this season.
  • Andre Walker logged his second 8-of-8 performance of the season (Texas Tech) at Lafayette and is now second in the Patriot League with an 86.4 percent mark from the charity stripe having made 51-of-59 during his freshman campaign. Through games of Jan. 15, Walker is 35th nationally in free-throw percentage.

Brito Brings A Little Of Everything   
  • Denzel Brito led Loyola in scoring for the first time in his career with the Greyhounds during the Jan. 7 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 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and a team-high 2.9 assists per game. He is third on the team with a 27.8 minutes per game average.

Assists Up   
  • Loyola logged a season-high 18 assists on Jan. 10 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 six games, they have averaged 12.3 helpers per game after averaging just 7.8 in the year’s first 10 contests.

Bench Play Looms Large   
  • The Greyhounds are 5-1 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, and the Jan. 14 contest at Lafayette was the first time Loyola’s bench had a higher scoring output in a loss.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds’ six wins this season (Cornell, UMBC, Columbia, Fairfield, American, Lehigh), Loyola is shooting almost five percent better from the field (39.1 to 34.3), but it is the Greyhounds’ defense in those games that has played the biggest roles.
  • The 10 teams that have defeated the Greyhounds so far this year have done so while shooting just a shade under 50 percent (47.3).
  • Conversely, Loyola held its foes to better than 10 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 37.7 percent in the 10 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-plus 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 12.7 points per game and is 10th in the League this year in that category.

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 seven games.
  • In games since the Dec. 22 outing at Stony Brook, the senior who transferred from Loyola Chicago before his junior season has 24 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 five League games, Brito leads the conference with an 8.5:1 assist:turnover ratio (17 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 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.
  • 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, and he matched his season-high with 12 rebounds at Lafayette.
  • Over the first 16 games of the year, of which Gregory has started each of the last 14, he is averaging 6.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 46.9 percent from the field.
  • Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 7.4 boards per game are third overall in the conference.
  • He has averaged 26.0 minutes per game, 29.4 in the Greyhounds’ last nine contests. In those games, he is second on the team in scoring, behind Tyler Hubbard’s 12.3 points per game, with 8.7.

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 46.7 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 2.1-point margin in the first half this year, but that jumps to 9.5 in the second half of games as the Greyhounds are averaging just 27.6 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 2.1 more rebounds than opponents, but their foes are grabbing 2.6 more in the second 20 minutes.

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 this year at the time.
  • Gregory is the top rebounding freshman in the Patriot League (7.4 rebounds per game), while Walker’s 9.1 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 25.0 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 16 games, 20th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 20.8 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.

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 34.5 percent of field goal attempts, 42.1 percent of free throws attempted and grabbed 40.0 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 48.9 percent of steals and 42.9 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 33.4 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (23), is second in assists (35), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 9.1 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.4 rebounds per game (118 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.
  • With Walker (26.4), Gregory (26.0) and Barnard (15.1) seeing 15 or more minutes of action per game, and Bishop averaging 6.7, 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 16 games, Loyola is fifth in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a -0.1 mark; it been outrebound by just one overall this year, 565-564.

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 31.0 percent from 3-point range (84-of-271) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot 9.4 percent better from behind the arc, making 40.4 percent of their shots (203-of-502).
  • Loyola’s 31.0 opponent 3-point percentage is tops in the Patriot League and 69th 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.

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.

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 stays at Reitz Arena for its next game, an 8 o’clock affair on Wednesday, Jan. 21, against Bucknell University.