Despite Snowy Weather, Bucknell, Men's Hoops To Play Tonight In Reitz

Jan. 20, 2015

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Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time 8:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its second-straight home game on Wednesday, Jan. 21, when it hosts Bucknell University in an 8 o'clock tip.
  • The game will be the Greyhounds' first on the new American Sports Network that is owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcasting.
  • The Greyhounds are 3-1 in their last four contests with five players averaging 8.8 points per game or more.
  • During that stretch, Loyola has shot 5.5 percent better (42.5) thank its 37.0 percent from the field for the year.
  • The Greyhounds are also shooting better, 42.6-34.3, from 3-point range over the last four.

Last Time Out
  • Denzel Brito made a 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, and Franz Rassman made two free throws with two-tenths of a second left after a Boston University flagrant foul, forcing overtime Sunday in a game that the Greyhounds extended to win, 91-86.
  • Andre Walker scored eight of the Greyhounds' 17 points during overtime, going 9-of-9 from the free-throw line overall while making all six from the stripe in extra time.
  • Loyola trailed by seven with 2:36 left in regulation and five with 5.8 seconds left.
  • Cam Gregory scored a career-high 18 points, as one of six with 10 or more.

Turn On The Television   
  • Wednesday's game will mark Loyola's first ever on the new American Sports Network (ASN). Launched in the fall of 2014, ASN is owned by Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group and is a partner with the Patriot League to televise conference games throughout the year. Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, and Emmett Davis will handle analysis duties.
  • ASN syndicates games nationwide on Sinclair-owned stations and regional sports networks. To see a list of stations that will televise Wednesday's game, visit
  • In the Baltimore area, it will be shown over the air on WUTB-TV (MyTV Baltimore) on channel 24.
  • Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus will also air the game live in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., markets.

Patriot League Network, Too   
  • In addition to watching the game on television, the game will be aired lived on the 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.
  • 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 Bucknell   
  • Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 11th 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 8-2 lead in the all-time series after sweeping last year's meetings. The teams completed a four-game home-and-home series last year, and stretch in which the visiting team defeated the road team in each meeting.
  • Bucknell broke that streak of the road team winning on January 22, 2014, when the Bison dealt Loyola a 70-60 loss in Lewisburg, Pa. Cameron Ayers made 10-of-10 free throws in the game for Bucknell and finished with 19 points for the Bison. Bucknell took 34 free throws to Loyola's 16 in the game, and the Bison made 27.
  • Loyola had a five-point lead five minutes into the second half, but a Ryan Hill three tied it with 14:46 left. Dylon Cormier tallied a game-high 20 for Loyola.
  • In the season's second meeting, Bucknell led by 14 at halftime, but Loyola regained the advantage within the second half's first eight minutes. The Greyhounds led 53-52 on two free throws with 73 seconds left, but Ayers hit a three for the Bison with less than 16 seconds remaining to give Bucknell a 55-53 victory.

Unforgettable Finish   
  • Loyola trailed Boston University by seven with 2:36 to go in regulation and five, 74-69, after John Papale made the first of two free throws with 5.8 ticks remaining, but the Greyhounds rallied to force overtime and win, 91-86, Sunday afternoon.
  • Papale's second free throw rimmed out, and the officials started the clock on their Precision Timing remote prior to Loyola touching the ball. This gave the Greyhounds the ball under Boston U.'s basket with 5.8 seconds left. The ball was inbounded to Denzel Brito who made a running 25-foot 3-pointer with 1.0 second left, making the margin two.
  • Franz Rassman fouled the Terriers' Eric Fanning on the inbound play, and during the dead-ball situation, the officials were alerted to a possible flagrant foul that they later whistled on Boston U. after consulting the replay. Rassman made both free throws, and Fanning then missed two, sending the game to overtime 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.

Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond   
  • Loyola improved to 3-0 this season in overtime, and the Greyhounds are now 6-0 in the two seasons that G.G. Smith has been the team's head coach.
  • More impressively, Loyola is 15-1 in overtime games since the start of the 2004-2005 season.

Further Success In Close Games   
  • In addition to Loyola's success in overtime games, the Greyhounds are 7-1 this year in games decided by seven or fewer points with the only loss coming Jan. 14 at Lafayette. Since G.G. Smith became head coach, Loyola is 16-4 in those games.

Last Four Figures   
  • Loyola has won three of its last four games, and it the Greyhounds' loss during the span was a four-point defeat at Lafayette, thanks to improved all-around play.
  • During the games, Loyola is shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from 3-point range. Overall this season, the Greyhounds' shooting numbers are 37.0 and 34.3 percent this year.
  • Loyola has also posted 13.0 assists in the four games as opposed to 9.8 in all 17 contests this year.
  • In the four contests, five Greyhounds are averaging 8.8 points or more per game: Eric Laster (13.0), Tyler Hubbard (12.8), Andre Walker (12.0), Cam Gregory (10.5) and Denzel Brito (8.8).

Walker Matches Career-High (Twice)   
  • Andre Walker has matched the top point total of his young career in each of Loyola's last two games, scoring 17 against both Lafayette and Boston University. The 17 points match his total from the Greyhounds' season-opener at Texas Tech.
  • In those games, Walker has shot just 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from the field, but he is 17-of-17 from the free-throw line.
  • Walker leads the Patriot League in free-throw percentage in conference games, hitting all 23 of his attempts in the last six games. He has made 28-straight free throws having not missed since the first half of Dec. 28's game against Fairfield at Barclays Center. Overall, he is second in the League with a 88.2 percent mark from the line, a percentage that is No. 30 in NCAA Division I.
  • This season, Walker is the top freshman scorer in the Patriot League while averaging 9.5 points per game to go with 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals.

Threes In Last Four   
  • Loyola knocked down nine 3-pointers last Wednesday at Lafayette, its second-best output of the season behind the Mount St. Mary's game when it made 11.
  • Over the last four games, wins against American, at Lehigh, versus Boston University and the defeat at Lafayette, Loyola is shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range, a mark that is right on par with its 42.4 percent from inside the arc.
  • Tyler Hubbard is 13-of-30 from behind the arc, Eric Laster has made 7-of-16 and Denzel Brito is 5-of-9 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 43 this season through 17 games, Hubbard now has 106 in his career.
  • Versus Boston University, he moved into 12th all-time at Loyola for made threes, and with six more, he'll move into a tie for 10th with Mike Morrison and Mike Powell
  • Hubbard is shooting 40.6 percent from behind the line this year, a mark that has him ranked 50th in the nation through Jan. 19 for players who have made 2.5 or more per game this season.

Laster Returns To Scoring Form   
  • Eric Laster 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, but since then, he has scored 17, 13 and 15 points.
  • 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.
  • Over the last four contests, Laster is Loyola's leading scorer at 13.0 points per game, and he is second overall this year with a 10.6 points per game average.
  • He also had a career-high seven assists, three in overtime, against the Terriers.

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 of late. After a 12-of-12 performance Jan. 10 at Lehigh, the Greyhounds made 14-of-17 at Lafayette and 24-of-34 versus Boston University for a three-game percentage of 82.0 percent.
  • Prior to the games in the Lehigh Valley, Loyola was making just 65.3 percent of its foul shots this season.

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 Jan. 10 at Lehigh posting seven points, a career-high eight rebounds along with five assists with just one turnover, and he turned in 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists versus Boston University.
  • Brito, who transferred to the Greyhounds' program after two seasons at Loyola Chicago, is now averaging 5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and a team-high 2.9 assists per game. He is third on the team with a 28.3 minutes per game average.

Assists Up   
  • Loyola logged a season-high 18 assists 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 seven games, they have averaged 12.6 helpers per game after averaging just 7.8 in the year's first 10 contests.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds' seven wins this season, Loyola is shooting better than six percent better from the field (40.5 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 nearly 10 percent worse from the floor (38.5 percent) in its seven 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 35-of-136 (25.7 percent), a drop off of 12 percent.

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 six time in eight games.
  • In games since the Dec. 22 outing at Stony Brook, the senior who transferred from Loyola Chicago before his junior season has 28 assists with only six miscues. During that run, he had five assists at Stony Brook and Lehigh.

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.
  • 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. He set a new season-high with 18 points against Boston University
  • Over the first 17 games of the year, of which Gregory has started each of the last 15, he is averaging 7.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 48.9 percent from the field.
  • Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 7.5 boards per game are third overall in the conference.
  • He has averaged 26.5 minutes per game, 29.9 in the Greyhounds' last 10 contests. In those games, he is second on the team in scoring, behind Tyler Hubbard's 12.6 points per game, with 9.6.

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 25.1 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 17 games, 20th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 21.4 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its seven wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 23.6 trips to the line, making 116-of-165 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 36.3 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 34.5 percent of field goal attempts, 43.9 percent of free throws attempted and grabbed 39.6 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 50.5 percent of steals and 41.5 percent of the team's blocked shots while scoring 34.4 percent of Loyola's points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (27), is second in assists (37), and he is the Patriot League's leading freshman scorer, averaging 9.5 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.5 rebounds per game (127 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.

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 17 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, 602-601.

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 17 games.
  • Combined, Loyola's 17 opponents are shooting just 32.2 percent from 3-point range (96-of-298) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds' opponents shot 8.2 percent better from behind the arc, making 40.4 percent of their shots (203-of-502).
  • Loyola's 32.2 opponent 3-point percentage is second in the Patriot League. 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.