Army Hosts Men's Basketball In Saturday Afternoon Contest

Jan. 30, 2015

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Opponent Army Black Knights
Date Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time 3:00 p.m.
Location West Point, New York | Christl Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its final game of the month on Saturday, Jan. 31, when it heads to West Point, N.Y., to face the U.S. Military Academy in a 3 o’clock contest.
  • The Greyhounds finished the first half of the Patriot League schedule with a 4-5 record.
  • Loyola posted its largest rebounding margin of the season Thursday night against Holy Cross, outrebounding the Crusaders by 18. It was the most the Greyhounds have outrebounded a team by since Feb. 2012.
  • Tyler Hubbard (11.4), Eric Laster (11.3) and Andre Walker (11.2) – are averaging 11-plus in Patriot League play.

Last Time Out
  • Loyola had its third-best shooting game of the season Thursday night against Holy Cross, and the Greyhounds held the Crusaders to 23.1 percent from the field in a 64-54 home victory.
  • Loyola scored the last eight points of the first half after Anthony Thompson tied the game with 3:33 to go in the period, taking a 26-18 lead into the break.
  • Malcolm Miller, who had a game-best 23 for the Crusaders, hit a three 11 seconds into the second half, but then Eric Laster scored seven in a row for Loyola to put the Greyhounds up 12.
  • Holy Cross pulled within three with 2:16 left in regulation, but Loyola scored the next six points to secure the win.

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 provide the play-by-play for Loyola’s home games with Jim Chivers ’05 providing analysis.
  • 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 Army   
  • Loyola and Army will meet for the fifth time on the basketball hardwood when the teams take the floor Saturday. The Black Knights won both games during the Greyhounds’ first Patriot League season and hold a 3-1 advantage in the series after dealing Loyola a 77-53 defeat in Reitz Arena on Jan. 3, 2015.
  • In this season’s first meeting, Army scored eight of the first half’s last nine points to lead 36-32 at halftime, but baskets by Denzel Brito and Cam Gregory gave the Greyhounds a 41-40 advantage with 15:57 remaining in regulation.
  • Army, however, went on a 23-4 run that covered nearly nine minutes from that point, outscoring the Greyhounds by a total of 20 in the second half.
  • Tyler Hubbard scored 14 for Loyola, and Franz Rassman added 13, but Kyle Wilson led all players with 21 for the Black Knights, and Dylan Cox added 14.
  • The Greyhounds and Black Knights are conference foes for the second time as members of the Patriot League. Army was in its last year of membership in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989-90, Loyola’s first season in the league that it left after 2012-13.
  • The teams were in separate divisions – Army in the North, Loyola the South – and played once during the year, a 62-55 Greyhounds win in Reitz Arena during January.

At The Turn   
  • Patriot League teams make the turn to the back nine of the conference schedule this weekend with Loyola sitting in a six-way tie for fourth place in the League standings at 4-5.
  • The Greyhounds were also 4-5 after nine Patriot League games last season.

New Lineup Shows Promise   
  • Loyola started a new lineup for the first time on Jan. 24 at Colgate, resulting in a one-point loss to the Raiders, and Head Coach G.G. Smith followed the same opening five Thursday against Holy Cross: Denzel Brito, Andre Walker, Eric Laster, Franz Rassman and Chancellor Barnard.
  • The group has played 13 minutes, 14 seconds in the last two games, most of any combination the Greyhounds have used int hat stretch, resulting in a +6 in the points column.
  • The starts have been the third and fourth of both Barnard and Walker’s careers.

Defense Does Its Work   
  • Loyola’s defense held Holy Cross to its second-worst shooting performance of the season Thursday night as the Crusaders shot 30.8 percent from the field, 18.2 percent from 3-point range. Their lowest output of the season was a 30.0 percent effort in December at Pittsburgh.
  • It was also the second lowest field-goal percentage a team has posted against the Greyhounds this year, following the 26.4 percent that UMBC had on Nov. 19.
  • Loyola’s field-goal percentage defense is fifth in the Patriot League this year, allowing opponents to shoot 43.7 percent from the field, a year after allowing teams to hit 45.9 percent, eighth in the conference. The Greyhounds lead the League in 3-point defense, holding foes to 32.0 percent from behind the line, a vast improvement over last year’s 40.4 percent, worst in the Patriot League.

Hitting The Boards   
  • Loyola pulled 43 rebounds, two off its season-high, Thursday night against Holy Cross, 18 more than the Crusaders had.
  • The 18 rebound margin is the largest Loyola has posted since grabbing 20 more than Manhattan on Feb. 26, 2012, on the road in The Bronx.
  • Cam Gregory led the way for Loyola with 10 rebounds, but it was an overall effort. Six players grabbed four or more rebounds, and five had five-plus.
  • 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 20 games, Loyola is second in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a +1.1 mark, 708-687.
  • Last year, Loyola was 328th our of 345 ranked Division I teams with its -5.1 mark.
  • The Greyhounds’ +6.2 improvement from last year is the 15th-best turnaround in rebounding margin among NCAA Division I teams through games of Jan. 29. Houston Baptist leads the nation in the turnaround stat with a +10.2.

Paint Points, Bench Scoring Prove Key   
  • Thursday night’s win illustrated the importance of points in the paint and scoring from non-starters for Loyola. The Greyhounds outscored Holy Cross in both categories, 28-22 in the paint and 23-15 off the bench.
  • In its eight wins this season, Loyola’s bench has outscored opponents 20.9-11.8, while the Greyhounds have faced a disadvantage of nearly 10 points in losses, 22.6-12.8.
  • Loyola is nearly even scoring in the paint in wins, averaging 27.0 points to its opponents’ 27.8. In losses, however, the Greyhounds are being outscored 34.9-20.2 inside.

Walker Scores At High Clip   
  • Andre Walker has scored 14 or more points in each of Loyola’s last five games, matching his career-high with 17 against Lafayette, Boston University and Bucknell before finishing with 16 at Colgate and 14 versus Holy Cross. He has averaged 16.3 points in those five games, 14.8 in the Greyhounds’ last six, to raise his season scoring average to 10.5 points per game.
  • During the last five games, Walker has made 32-of-34 free throws (94.1 percent), and he has missed just twice during the month of January.
  • Against the Leopards and Terriers, Walker shot just 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from the field, but he was 17-of-17 from the free-throw line. He then went a career-best 7-of-12 from the field versus the Bison.
  • Walker leads the Patriot League in free-throw percentage overall and in conference games, hitting all but two of his 28 in League games (94.7 percent). He had made 29-straight free throws before missing his second attempt versus Bucknell. Overall, he is tops in the League with a 88.0 percent mark from the line, a percentage that is No. 27 in NCAA Division I through games of Jan. 29.
  • This season, Walker is the top freshman scorer in the Patriot League while averaging 10.5 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals.

Laster Back On Scoring Track   
  • Eric Laster has returned to his form as one of the team’s top scoring threats over the past several games after averaging just 6.0 points per game in an eight-game stretch from Dec. 2-Jan. 7. Since then, a course of six games, Laster has averaged 13.8 points per outing. He is shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from behind the 3-point line in those games.
  • 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. In the season’s first six games, he made 43.8 percent from the field and 41.4 from long-distance.
  • Over the last six contests, Laster is Loyola’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game, and he is second overall this year with a 10.9 points per game average.
  • He also has led Loyola in assists during the last six games with 16, a career-high seven coming against Boston University.

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 7-2 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 16-5 in those games.

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 37.1 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 35.1 percent of field goal attempts, 45.7 percent of free throws attempted and grabbed 41.2 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 50.0 percent of steals and 42.4 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 36.0 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (30), is second in assists (43), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.5 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.4 rebounds per game (147 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.

Last Seven Figures   
  • Loyola is 4-3 in its last seven games, thanks to improved all-around play.
  • During the games, Loyola is shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from 3-point range. Overall this season, the Greyhounds’ shooting numbers are 37.5 and 34.1 percent this year.
  • Loyola has also posted 11.1 assists in the six games as opposed to 9.6 in all 20 contests this year.
  • In the seven contests, five Greyhounds are averaging 7.6 points or more per game: Andre Walker (13.6), Eric Laster (12.9), Tyler Hubbard (10.4), Cam Gregory (8.4) and Denzel Brito (7.6).

Threes In Last Seven   
  • Loyola knocked down nine 3-pointers Jan. 14 at Lafayette, its second-best output of the season behind the Mount St. Mary’s game when it made 11.
  • Over the last seven games, with wins against American, at Lehigh, versus Boston University and Holy Cross, Loyola is shooting 39.0 percent from 3-point range.
  • Tyler Hubbard is 18-of-48 from behind the arc, Eric Laster has made 9-of-20 and Denzel Brito is 7-of-12 during that stretch.

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.
  • Overall, Loyola has shot 76 percent from the stripe in its last seven games, raising its yearly mark to 68.9 percent. Andre Walker (88.0 percent) leads the Patriot League in free-throw shooting.
  • Prior to the games in the Lehigh Valley, Loyola was making just 65.3 percent of its foul shots this season. In Patriot League play, the Greyhounds are third in the conference in free-throw percentage, making 72.8 percent of its attempts,

Hubbard To 100   
  • In the Jan. 14 game at Lafayette, Tyler Hubbard became the 13th player in Loyola men’s basketball history to make 100 career 3-pointers. With 48 this season through 20 games, Hubbard now has 111 in his career.
  • Versus Boston University, he moved into 12th all-time at Loyola for made threes, and with one more, he’ll move into a tie for 10th with Mike Morrison and Mike Powell. Hubbard is shooting 38.7 percent from behind the line this year.

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 10 games, they have averaged 11.4 helpers per game after averaging just 7.8 in the year’s first 10 contests.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds’ eight wins this season, Loyola is shooting more than six percent better from the field (41.2 to 34.8), but it is the Greyhounds’ defense in those games that has played the biggest roles.
  • The 12 teams that have defeated the Greyhounds so far this year have done so while shooting just a shade under 50 percent (47.7).
  • Conversely, Loyola held its foes to more than 10 percent worse from the floor (37.6 percent) in its seven victories. The numbers are even more dramatic in defending the 3-point arc where Loyola has allowed opponents to shoot 38.0 percent in the 12 games it has lost. In their eight wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 39-of-158 (24.7 percent), a drop off of almost 13 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 13 times in 11 games.
  • In games since the Dec. 22 outing at Stony Brook, the senior who transferred from Loyola Chicago before his junior season has 32 assists with only 13 miscues.

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 20 games of the year, of which Gregory has started 16, he is averaging 6.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.
  • 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 26.3 minutes per game, 28.8 in the Greyhounds’ last 12 contests.

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 (7.2 rebounds per game), while Walker’s 10.3 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 25.4 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 20 games, 15th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 21.6 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its eight wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 23.4 trips to the line, making 131-of-187 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.

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 20 games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s 20 opponents are shooting just 32.0 percent from 3-point range (112-of-350) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot 8.4 percent better from behind the arc, making 40.4 percent of their shots (203-of-502).
  • Loyola’s 32.0 opponent 3-point percentage is tops 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 with all 14 members of the Greyhounds’ squad, including the freshmen, able to play.