|Opponent||Holy Cross Crusaders|
|Date||Wednesday, January 27, 2016|
|Location||Worcester, Massachusetts | Hart Center|
|Online Media||Live Stats | Video|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball heads to New England for a quick trip to Worcester, Mass.
- The Greyhounds will play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, against College of the Holy Cross in a Campus Insiders exclusive broadcast. Ray Crawford will call the play-by-play, and Jordan Cornette will handle analysis.
- Andre Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 14.0 points per game. His output during conference play has raised his season-long average to 12.7, just behind Jarred Jones’ team-leading 13.3 points per game.
- The Greyhounds’ post players had their best statistical game of the year last Wednesday against League-leading Bucknell. Franz Rassman, Cam Gregory and Jarred Jones combined for 40 points and 23 rebounds.
- Cam Gregory had his first double-double of the year against the Bison with 12 points and a season-best 12 rebounds. He had two double-doubles last year.
- 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 69.9 points as opposed to 80.5.
- Loyola has also outrebounded League foes by 3.1 after being outdone on the boards by 2.6 in non-League play.
Campus Insiders Exclusive Broadcast
- Campus Insiders, the providing partner of the Patriot League Network, will broadcast Wednesday’s game at Holy Cross with Ray Crawford calling the play-by-play. Jordon Cornette handling the analysis. Fans can watch the game on PatriotLeague.tv or CampusInsiders.com.
Series History Versus Holy Cross
- Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the first time this season and 10th time in series history when the teams take the floor Wednesday night. The teams met three times last season, splitting the regular-season meetings with each winning on their home court; the Crusaders then posted a 62-45 victory over Loyola in the Patriot League Championships First Round in Worcester, Mass.
- Holy Cross swept the season series in 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ first year in the Patriot League, and Loyola won for the first time as Patriot League opponents on Jan. 29, 2015, as it held Holy Cross to 30.8 percent shooting from the field in a 64-54 decision. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds shot 46.8 percent overall, 50 percent in the second half.
- The lead changed hands twice in the game’s first 17 minutes, and the Crusaders tied the contest with 3:33 on the clock, but Loyola ended the half on an 8-0 run and led for the rest of the game. Andre Walker led Loyola with 16 points, and Tyler Hubbard and Eric Laster scored 13 and 11, respectively. Malcolm Miller led all players with 23 for the Crusaders.
- Loyola took a 60-59 lead on two Franz Rassman free throws with 37.2 seconds left in the Feb. 25, 2015 meeting at Holy Cross, but Malcolm Miller was fouled on the Crusaders’ offensive end and hit both foul shots to put Holy Cross up one with 24.8 ticks on the clock.
- Denzel Brito drove the left side of the lane on the Greyhounds’ final possession and drew contact from a defender, but his shot went off the mark, Miller grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws to seal the 63-60 win.
- Miller and Tyler Hubbard tied for game-high honors with 17 points each, while Rassman and Cam Gregory each had 12 for Loyola.
- The Crusaders hosted Loyola a week later in the Patriot League Championships First Round and went up by 11 during the game’s first minutes. They never trailed and finished with a 62-45 victory.
- Prior to playing on January 29, 2014, in Worcester, the programs last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.
- Holy Cross has won all three games played on its home court. The only time the Crusaders have played in Reitz Arena the Greyhounds dealt them a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984. It was the first-ever men’s basketball game played in the venue.
Last Time Out
- Franz Rassman, Jarred Jones and Cam Gregory combined for 40 of Loyola University’s Maryland 58 points, but the Greyhounds fell in Patriot League action, 67-58, Jan. 20 to visiting Bucknell.
- Gregory recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and game-high 12 rebounds, while Jones and Rassman each chipped in 14 points.
- Loyola led by a point at halftime after Rassman rebounded a Jones miss and laid it in before the first-half buzzer, putting the Greyhounds in front, 28-27.
- Eric Laster hit a 12-foot jumper to open the second half, and Rassman made two free throws followed by a midrange basket to push the Loyola advantage to its largest point, 34-27.
- Ryan Frazier, however, knocked down a three for Bucknell, and Chris Hass scored from 15 feet to get the Bison within a pair at 17:45. Stephen Brown converted a layup on Bucknell’s next possession, and D.J. MacLeay scored at 16:16 to put Bucknell up two, 36-34.
- Rassman and Gregory bookended another Brown basket with Gregory’s layup off an Andre Walker assist tying the game at 38-38 with 14:50 on the clock.
- Loyola tied the game four times thereafter, but the Greyhounds could not gain a lead. After Chancellor Barnard knotted the score at 46-46 with a free throw at 9:58, Zach Thomas made a pair for the Bison to put them in the lead for good.
- Bucknell made 23-of-37 free throws, while the Greyhounds were 13-of-22 from the charity stripe.
Colgate Game Rescheduled
- Due to Winter Storm Jonas that dumped a record 29-plus inches of snow on the Baltimore area, Loyola’s game against Colgate University scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24, has been postponed.
- The Greyhounds will now host the Raiders on Monday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.
Gregory With Double-Double
- Cam Gregory had his best game of the season on Jan. 20 when the Greyhounds hosted League-leading Bucknell. The sophomore forward posted 12 points and tied his career-high with 12 rebounds against the Bison.
- He scored seven of his points, and grabbed seven boards, in the second half when he saw 14 minutes of action. The double-double was his first of the 2015-2016 season and third overall.
- It was his second game of the year in which he reached double-figures in scoring, the first coming on Dec. 22 at Fairfield University when he tallied 14.
- Despite being hampered by foul trouble, Loyola’s post players had their best combined game of the year against the Bison, as Gregory, Franz Rassman and Jarred Jones combined for 40 points and 23 rebounds in 64 minutes of action.
- Rassman fouled out after seeing just 19 minutes on the court while tying Jones for team-high honors with 14 points. Combined, Gregory, Jones and Rassman went 16-of-25 from the field in the game.
- Loyola has posted two of its three best rebounding performances of the season in its last pair of games, outrebounding Boston University by 14 (40-26) and Bucknell by seven (42-35).
- The performance against the Terriers matched its biggest rebounding advantage of the season; the Greyhounds were also plus-14 on Nov. 18 at UMBC.
- Loyola’s biggest advantages on the boards have come 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. They then had a 14-7 advantage on the offensive glass against Bucknell, but the Bison limited them to just seven second-chance points.
- Thanks in large part to the last two games, Loyola has outrebounded Patriot League opponents by an average of 3.1 per game through seven contests. In 11 non-conference games, Loyola was outrebounded by 2.6 per game.
At The Line
- Despite taking 43 of its 58 shots inside the 3-point arc against Bucknell, the Greyhounds went to the free-throw line just 22 times. Bucknell, however, took 37 free throws while attempting more threes than Loyola.
- The lack of attempts, however, were not the problem for Loyola as it made less than 60 percent of its shots from the charity stripe for the second game in a row. Going into the Jan. 18 game at Boston University, Loyola was shooting 72.1 percent from the line, but it was 17-of-30 (56.7) against the Terriers and 13-of-22 (59.1) versus the Bison.
- Despite those numbers, Loyola is shooting 70.2 percent from the free-throw line this season, a mark that is up 67.1 a year ago. Andre Walker continues to lead the team by shooting 81.2 percent from the line, while Jarred Jones is at 76.8.
- Chancellor Barnard finished the game at Boston University 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.
- He is now shooting 60.3 percent from the field (41-of-68) this season and a full percent higher in League play.
- Jarred Jones logged his sixth double-double of the season, and his third since Patriot League play commenced, 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 13.3 and 7.9 respectively.
- Through seven conference games, Jones is averaging 12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.
- Jones is tied for 71st in NCAA Division I with six double-doubles this year. His 7.9 rebounds per game are tied for 121st, and he is 103rd in defensive boards (5.56).
- 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.
- Loyola entered Patriot League play allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field in its 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 11.6 fewer, an average of 68.9 per game.
- The Greyhounds have also defended the 3-point line better. Non-conference foes shot 39.9 percent from behind the arc, while Patriot League opponents are shooting 34.6 percent.
- Tyler Hubbard has made 45 of his 129 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in nine of the Greyhounds’ 17 games. He ranks 113rd in NCAA Division I with 2.5 3-pointers made per game, and he is 113rd in 3-point percentage (34.9).
- 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 almost a point in seven conference outings.
- In the first seven Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points four times and is averaging 14.0 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 seven has raised his season average to 12.7 points, 12th 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 66 assists, 3.7 per contest. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has nine of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in 15 of the Greyhounds’ 18 contests.
Back To Blocking
- Jarred Jones has posted 18 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last 11 games, including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 18 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 23 through 18 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 10th with 60; Chancellor Barnard ranks 19th with 38.
Scoring Going The Right Way
- Through 18 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 9.6 points per game to average 68.4.
- Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 41.9 percent.
- Loyola returns to Baltimore and Reitz Arena for its next two games.
- The Greyhounds will host Lafayette College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, before they welcome Colgate University on Monday, Feb. 1.