|Date||Saturday, January 30, 2016|
|Location||Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena|
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
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.
Coaches Vs. Cancer
- Loyola coaches will participate in the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Suites & Sneakers promotion during the game. The annual event, in which the Greyhounds will wear Under Armour Curry One low-tops, promotes awareness and raises funds for cancer research.
- They will also wear gold laces in the shoes as a part of #LacesForLacey, honoring Lacey Holsworth, the eight-year old who came to notoriety with Michigan State University before passing away from cancer.
Series History Versus Lafayette
- Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the ninth time in series history and second time this year when the teams take the floor on Saturday. The Greyhounds have won the last two meetings to even the all-time series at four win a side.
- Loyola has won three of the five Patriot League regular-season meetings since joining the conference in 2013-2014, and Lafayette won a 2014 Patriot League Championships affair.
- The Greyhounds won the first meeting between teams this season, posting an 81-78 victory on Jan. 2, 2016, in Easton, Pennsylvania.
- Andre Walker matched his career-high with 21 points to lead four Greyhounds who scored 15 or more points. Walker also had five assists and just one turnover. Jarred Jones scored 16 of his 18 in the first half, while Eric Laster added 16 and Tyler Hubbard had 15.
- Franz Rassman pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds, as well, for Loyola.
- The Greyhounds trailed in the game's opening minutes, but a baseline dunk by Laster pushed them up with 14:10 to play, sparking a 15-2 Loyola run, and it would lead 42-31 at halftime.
- A Walker jumper with less than five minutes remaining in regulation put Loyola's lead at 17, 73-56, but the Leopards scored 22 of the game's final 30 points to rally within three at the final buzzer.
- Walker's 21 matched his career-high set last February in a three-overtime win against Colgate. He went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in today's game. As a team, the Greyhounds were 20-of-26 from the charity stripe.
Last Time Out
- Jarred Jones and Andre Walker combined to score 21-straight Loyola points during the second half, and the Greyhounds shot a season-best 57.7 percent from the field to beat host Holy Cross, 71-54.
- A Jones basket in the paint 1:57 into the second half started the stretch where the two shouldered the scoring load, and a Walker 3-point play with a layup and free throw 25 seconds later pushed the Greyhounds' advantage to 18, 46-28.
- Holy Cross, however, scored 14 of the next 16 points to get within six, 48-42, on a Robert Champion three with 12:56 left in regulation.
- Coming out of a Loyola timeout, Walker knocked down a 12-foot pull-up jumper, and he scored on Loyola's next possession to put the lead back in double figures. Karl Charles, who led the Crusaders with 17 points, found room in the pain to score, but Walker came back with a pair of free throws to make it 54-44 Loyola.
- Holy Cross had one more run in it, but this was limited to five in a row as Jehyve Floyd scored in the paint and Malachi Alexander knocked down a three from the left side to cut the Crusaders' deficit to five, 54-49, with 9:10 left.
- On Loyola's next possession, Jones caught a Tyler Hubbard pass and scored to stop the mini-run, and Loyola forced a missed three by Alexander on Holy Cross' offensive end. With the shot clock winding down, Hubbard missed a driving layup, but Jones was there to tip in the putback at 8:05.
- Franz Rassman pulled down the defensive rebound after a missed Pat Benzan three for Holy Cross, and Jones converted again for Loyola to stretch the lead back to 11, 60-49, at 7:25.
- Jones finished with game-highs of 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals; Walker added 15 points, 11 coming after halftime, and three assists.
- Loyola had its best shooting performance in more than three years Wednesday night at Holy Cross when it made 30-of-52 shots, a 57.7 percentage from the field.
- The 57.7 mark was the team's best this year by more than five points since it shot 52.5 percent on at Saint Bonaventure.
- It also was the best field-goal percentage in a game since Loyola shot 60.4 percent in a Jan. 17, 2013, win over Marist College. Wednesday was also the best shooting by a Loyola team in a true road game since the Greyhounds shot 62.5 percent in a 99-86 win on Dec. 31, 2005, at the University of Delaware.
From Inside The Arc
- Loyola did most of its damage against Holy Cross from 2-point range, making 28-of-43 baskets inside the arc, a 65.1 percent mark.
- The nine 3-pointers attempted were also a low for the Greyhounds this season.
- This season, Loyola is shooting 48.8 percent from 2-point land, 48.7 from that range in Patriot League action.
- Franz Rassman (52.1) and Jarred Jones (51.3) are fifth and 10th in the Patriot League in overall field-goal percentage entering this weekend's games. Jones (56.5) is fourth in the League since the start of conference games. Jones ranks 97th in NCAA Division I in field-goal percentage (minimum five made per game).
Defensively Minded, Too
- In addition to their strong shooting at Holy Cross, the Greyhounds also held the Crusaders to 38.3 percent from the field to continue their good defense in Patriot League play.
- Loyola entered Patriot League play allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field in its first 11 games, but they have held eight 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.
- Loyola's five post players who saw action at Holy Cross - Jarred Jones (10-of-14, 22 points), Franz Rassman (5-7, 10), Cam Gregory (3-3, 6), Chancellor Barnard (1-3, 4) and Nick Gorski (0-1, 0) - combined to shoot 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the field.
- Jones led all players with 22 points, doing so in only 22 minutes of action after scoring eight first-half minutes in six minutes due to having two fouls.
- Over that group, three of those players - Jones (17-26, 65.4, 18.0 points per game), Rassman (10-14, 71.4, 12.0) and Gregory (7-9, 77.8, 9.0) - have combined to make 69.4 percent of their baskets (34-of-49) in Loyola's last two games.
- Gregory had his first double-double of the season Jan. 20 against Patriot League-leading Bucknell. He finished with 12 points and tied his career-high with 12 rebounds for the third double-double of his career.
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.
- Loyola has posted three of its four best rebounding performances of the season in its last pair of games, outrebounding Boston University by 14 (40-26) and both Bucknell (42-35) and Holy Cross (35-28) by seven.
- 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 three games, Loyola has outrebounded Patriot League opponents by an average of 3.6 per game through eight contests. In 11 non-conference games, Loyola was outrebounded by 2.6 per game.
- 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 13.7 and 7.9 respectively.
- Through eight conference games, Jones is averaging 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.
- Jones is tied for 72nd in NCAA Division I with six double-doubles this year. His 7.9 rebounds per game are tied for 117th, and he is 109th in defensive boards (5.53).
- He also leads the team in blocked shots (23) and is second in steals (21).
- 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.
- Tyler Hubbard has made 47 of his 134 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in nine of the Greyhounds' 19 games.
- The fifth-year senior has 174 made 3-pointers in his career; against Holy Cross, he moved into a tie for fourth-place on Loyola's career chart. Hubbard's 174 match the total Brett Harvey made from 2006-10). Jason Rowe is third all-time with 186 made from 1996-2000.
- 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 eight Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points five times and is averaging 14.1 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, 10 at Boston University and 15 at Holy Cross.
- His scoring in the last eight has raised his season average to 12.8 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.
- The sophomore guard also leads the squad with 69 assists, 3.6 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 16 of the Greyhounds' 19 contests.
Back To Blocking
- Jarred Jones has posted 18 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last 12 games, including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 18 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 23 through 19 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.
- 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 19 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 9.8 points per game to average 68.6.
- Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.7 percent.
- The Greyhounds continue a stretch of four games in eight days when they host Colgate on Monday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.