|Date||Wednesday, January 20, 2016|
|Location||Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball returns to Reitz Arena for the first of two-consecutive home games on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
- The Greyhounds host Bucknell University in a 7 o’clock game that will air nationally on the American Sports Network.
- Andre Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 15.3 points per game. His output during conference play has raised his season-long average to 13.1, a hair behind Jarred Jones’ team-leading 13.2 points per game.
- Jarred Jones posted his sixth double-double of the season on Monday night, his third in six Patriot League games. He leads the team in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (8.0) and his 8.7 rebounds per game in Patriot League action are tops among all conference players.
- Defensively, Loyola is allowing more than 11 points per game less in conference play than it did during non-conference. Patriot League teams are scoring 69.2 points as opposed to 80.5.
- The Greyhounds have also improved their rebounding in Patriot League action and are plus-2.5 in rebounding margin through six contests.
- Tyler Hubbard hit five 3-pointers Monday, his most since Nov. 28 at Siena (6).
American Sports Network Broadcast
- Loyola will make its second appearance on national television in as many games on Wednesday when it plays Bucknell on the American Sports Network. ASN is in its second year partnering with the Patriot League and syndicates its games to stations around the country.
- Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, while Blaine Taylor will handle analysis duties.
- Fans in the Baltimore area can catch the game on WBFF2-ThisTV (Broadcast, 45.3; Comcast, 206; Verizon FIOS, 465).
Series History Versus Bucknell
- Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 13th time on the hardwood when the teams take the floor Wednesday night in a series that the programs had played the past four years prior to Loyola joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014.
- The Bison hold an 10-2 lead in the all-time series after winning the last five meetings, sweeping both meetings in the years since the Greyhounds joined the League. The teams completed a four-game home-and-home series in 2013-2014, and stretch in which the visiting team defeated the home team in each meeting.
- In last year’s first meeting, the Bison never trailed after scoring the game’s first seven points. Loyola missed its five attempts from the field, but it twice trimmed Bucknell’s advantage to one in the first 20 minutes, but the Greyhounds could not tie the score or take the lead outright.
- Andre Walker scored 17 points for the third-straight game for Loyola, but he was the Greyhound’s only player in double figures. Chris Haas scored a game-best 26 points for the Bison, making 10-of-15 shots, 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
- The Bison took a one-point lead into halftime on Feb. 18, 2015, when the teams last played, but Bucknell outscored Loyola, 36-26, in the second stanza to record a 61-50 victory in Reitz Arena.
- Chancellor Barnard rebounded and put-back his own miss 39 seconds into the second half, briefly giving Loyola the lead, 26-25, but Bucknell scored the next four points to jump back in front. Four-straight points by Denzel Brito and a Tyler Hubbard runner at 13:51 gave the Greyhounds a 34-31 advantage, but Hubbard’s basket was the last for Loyola until he hit a three at 7:57.
- Hubbard scored a game-high 16, making 4-of-5 attempts from behind the 3-point line, and Franz Rassman added 14. No other Loyola player, however, scored more than six.
- Nana Foulland tallied 15 points, and Zach Thomas added 13 for the Bison, while Ryan Frazier had nine. The Greyhounds limited Bucknell’s leading scorer, Chris Hass, to only four points, more than 12 below his average. In the teams’ first meeting in Baltimore, Hass tallied 26.
Last Time Out
- Boston University made all seven of its free throw attempts in overtime after rallying from a second half deficit to force the extra period, and the shots from the charity stripe proved the difference Monday night in an 87-84 win.
- Eric Fanning scored seven of his career-high 37 points in overtime, five coming from the free-throw line. His pair with 20.6 ticks left pushed the Terriers’ lead to three, 87-84, after a Tyler Hubbard three seven-tenths of a second earlier made it a one-point game.
- Overall, Boston University converted 23-of-33 free throws with Fanning making 17-of-22. Loyola, which was shooting 71.8 percent from the line this season entering the game, made just 17-of-30.
- The Greyhounds took their second 14-point lead of the game, 68-54 with 8:45 remaining on a Chancellor Barnard layup, but Boston University reeled off nine-straight points that drew the Terriers within five, 68-63, with 5:26 left in regulation.
- Jarred Jones, who led Loyola with his sixth double-double of the season, grabbed an offensive rebound on Loyola’s next possession, scored, was fouled and hit the ensuing free throw to push the advantage to eight.
- Jones had 20 points and his 11 rebounds were a game-high as Loyola outrebounded the Terriers, 40-26.
- After a Nick Havener basket nine second later and two Cheddi Mosley 3-pointers -- the second coming with 2:02 on the second-half clock -- the Terriers tied the game at 74-74.
- Andre Walker found Jones in the paint for a basket with the shot-clock expiring at 1:02, and Loyola clung to a two-point advantage, 76-74. Kyle Foreman misfired for the Terriers, and Jones came down with the defensive rebound, but he then missed a shot with the shot clock at zero with 28 seconds left.
- Fanning drove the right side for Boston University and picked up a foul, but he made just 1-of-2 at the line, and Loyola had a 76-75 advantage with 9.4 ticks left in regulation. Hubbard was fouled after catching the inbound pass, but he missed both free throws for the Greyhounds.
- Havener pulled down the defensive board for Boston University, and he sent an outlet pass to Mosley. Mosley raced down the left side and drew a foul on Loyola with 2.2 seconds left.
- He missed the front end of two, but he hit the second to force overtime after a desperation heave by the Greyhounds at the buzzer bounced off.
- Chancellor Barnard finished Monday night’s game 8-of-8 from the field, becoming the eighth player in Loyola’s recorded history to make six or more field goals without a miss.
- His 8-of-8 performance is the second-best in school history behind only Shane James’ 9-of-9 outing in Dec. 2004 against Niagara University. Barnard’s performance is also the best in the Patriot League this season.
- Barnard also tied his season- and career-high with 17 points in the game against Boston University, equaling the total he had on Dec. 22 at Fairfield University.
- His shooting performance raised his season field-goal percentage to 60.9 (39-of-64).
- Loyola outrebounded Boston University, 40-26, on Monday night to match its biggest rebounding advantage of the season. The Greyhounds were also plus-14 on Nov. 18 at UMBC.
- Loyola’s biggest advantage on the boards came on the offensive glass where it turned 15 offensive rebounds into 24 points, while the Terriers had just seven second-chance points off five offensive rebounds. The Greyhounds’ 24 second-chance points were their most this year.
- Jarred Jones logged his sixth double-double of the season, and his third since Patriot League play commenced, Monday night at Boston University He scored a team-high 20 points and led all players with 11 rebounds against the Terriers, boosting his team leading scoring and rebounding averages to 13.2 and 8.0 respectively.
- Through six conference games, Jones is averaging 12.5 points and a League-best 8.7 rebounds.
- Jones is tied for 60th in NCAA Division I with six double-doubles this year. His 8.0 rebounds per game are tied for 114th, and he is 99th in defensive boards (5.59).
- 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.
- Improved defense has been a key to Loyola’s 3-3 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 six conference foes to 42.1 percent from the field.
- Non-conference opponents averaged 80.5 points in 11 games, but the Greyhounds have held Patriot League foes to 11.3 fewer, an average of 69.2 per game.
Laster Back In Starting Five
- Eric Laster returned to the starting lineup on Monday at Boston University for the first time since Nov. 21 when the Greyhounds played at Saint Bonaventure.
- The senior guard responded with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. His nine boards were one off his career-high set earlier this season.
- In his 12 games as the team’s sixth-man, Laster averaged 25.5 minutes and 9.8 points per game. In five starts, he is averaging 11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 30.6 minutes per game.
- Tyler Hubbard has made 45 of his 121 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in nine of the Greyhounds’ 17 games. He ranks 77th in NCAA Division I with 2.65 3-pointers made per game, and he is 100th in 3-point percentage (37.2).
- The fifth-year senior has 172 made 3-pointers in his career; against Lafayette, he moved into sole possession of fifth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard is two from matching Brett Harvey (2006-10) for fourth.
- Hubbard has made four or more 3-pointers 15 times during his career, hitting 70 of 120 (58.3 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).
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 six Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points four times and is averaging 15.3 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, had 15 at Navy and finished with 10 at Boston University
- His scoring in the last five has raised his season average to 13.1 points, 10th in the Patriot League and second on the team.
- 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 61 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 15 of the Greyhounds’ 17 contests.
Back To Blocking
- Jarred Jones has posted 18 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last 10 games, including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 18 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 23 through 17 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.
Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond
- Loyola’s three overtime defeats – at Siena, Fairfield and Boston University – 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 7-3 in the two-plus seasons that Smith has been the team’s head coach.
- More impressively, Loyola is 16-4 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.
- The Greyhounds continue their homestand Sunday, Jan. 24 against Colgate University at 1 p.m.