Lehigh Hosts Men's Basketball Wednesday Night In Bethlehem

Feb. 2, 2016

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Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Bethlehem, Pennsylvania | Stabler Arena
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland starts a two-game road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
  • The Greyhounds will make the trip to the Lehigh Valley for a 7 p.m. game at Lehigh University.
  • Eric Laster scored a season-high 18 points Monday night against Colgate, hitting two threes in the final 2:10 to carry Loyola to the win. The game was Laster’s sixth of the season with 16 or more points.
  • Cam Gregory posted his second game with 10 or more rebounds in the Greyhounds’ last four outings, leading all players with 10 against Colgate.
  • Andre Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 14.4 points per game. His output during conference play has raised his season-long average to 12.9, behind only Jarred Jones’ team-leading 13.9 points per game.
  • Jarred Jones averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and three steals in two Loyola wins last week. He made 14-of-21 shots against Holy Cross and Lafayette. He earned Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week laurels.
  • Defensively, Loyola is allowing 1.4 points per game less in conference play than it did during non-conference. Patriot League teams are scoring 67.8 points as opposed to 80.5.

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 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.

Series History Versus Lehigh    

  • Lehigh and Loyola will meet for the 15th time on the basketball court and sixth time as Patriot League opponents Wednesday when the teams take the floor. After Loyola squeezed out a 51-50 victory in January, the series is even with seven wins for each side.
  • Last year, both teams won on the other’s home court, while they each held serve at home in 2013-2014.
  • Andre Walker drove the right side of the lane and laid the ball of the glass to provide the winning layup, and Loyola rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat visiting Lehigh, 51-50, at home on Jan. 6, 2016.
  • The Mountain Hawks held Loyola to just one of its last 14 first-half shots, and Lehigh took a 29-18 lead into the locker room, but the Greyhounds retook the lead midway through the second frame.
  • Lehigh, the preseason Patriot League favorite, went up 50-49 with 49.3 seconds left on an Austin Price layup, and Loyola misfired on an interior shot attempt.
  • Tim Kempton came down with the rebound for the Mountain Hawks and was fouled, but he missed the front end of one-and-one at the free-throw line with 22.2 ticks left, and Jarred Jones grabbed the defensive rebound.
  • The Greyhounds called timeout, and after the break, Walker worked around a high screen and fought through traffic to score the winning basket with 4.2 seconds remaining. Lehigh called a timeout of its own after the Walker score, but Tyler Jenkins’ runner at the buzzer was blocked by Jarred Jones to secure the win.
  • Jones finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Walker led all scorers with 18 points, and he had game-highs of six assists and two steals.
  • Last year, Lehigh led for just one possession when the teams met in Bethlehem, but Loyola made all 12 of its free-throw attempts in the game and left Stabler Arena with an 84-77 win.
  • Lehigh got 42 points from its post players in the series’ second meeting last year, and the Mountain Hawks beat Loyola, 69-63, on its home court in February.
  • The Greyhounds first played the Mountain Hawks in 1912-1913, the fifth year of varsity basketball on the Evergreen campus. Lehigh won that game, 41-19, and the Mountain Hawks were again victorious the following year. Loyola’s first win in the series came during the 1915-1916 season.
  • Following that game, the programs did not meet again until January 21, 1978, when Loyola scored a 79-64 win in Bethlehem. Prior to Loyola joining the Patriot League, the teams most recently met in the consolation game of the 1988 Lobo Classic at The Pit in Albuquerque, a game that the Mountain Hawks won, 86-72.

Last Time Out    

  • Eric Laster made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left in regulation, and Loyola defeated visiting Colgate, 68-65, Monday night.
  • Moments earlier, Laster gave Loyola a 63-62 lead with he knocked down a three from the left corner with the shot clock expiring at 2:10, but the Raiders pushed back in front with a Jordan Swopshire three 45 seconds later.
  • Swopshire’s three gave Colgate a 65-63 advantage, and Loyola missed a pair of shots on its offensive end. The Raiders got the offensive matchup they wanted when Cam Gregory switched to defend Austin Tillotson, but the Loyola post player stayed in front of Tillotson who misfired from close range. Gregory got the offensive rebound, and Loyola called a timeout with 26.5 seconds remaining.
  • Andre Walker tested the right side before flipping a pass back to Laster at the top of the right wing. Laster hit the three, his third of the game to put Loyola on top in a game that saw 13 lead changes and 11 ties.
  • Colgate had plenty of time to score, but Tillotson had a layup blocked by Chancellor Barnard who also grabbed the rebound for Loyola, was fouled and made two free throws with 1.2 ticks left.
  • Barnard then picked off the Raiders’ long inbound pass, sealing the Greyhounds’ third-straight victory.
  • Laster finished with a team-high 18 points, and Walker had 17 to go with five assists and three steals. Jarred Jones scored 11, and Gregory led all players with 10 rebounds.

Laster Late    

  • Eric Laster scored nine of his team-high 18 points in the final 3:10 on Monday night, converting a layup and free throw off a Franz Rassman offensive board and pass at 3:10 and hitting two 3-pointers.
  • Laster’s traditional 3-point play tied the game at 60-60, and his first three came with 2:10 on the clock when he stepped back and knocked down a jumper with the shot clock expiring. That basket gave Loyola a 63-62 advantage.
  • His final shot came off an Andre Walker kickback with 8.4 on the clock to put Loyola up 66-65.
  • Laster’s game-winner was his second in as many year. Last season, he drained a 20-footer as the buzzer sounded at Columbia University to give Loyola a 64-62 win over the Lions.

Close With Colgate    

  • Loyola’s last three games with Colgate have been decided by a combined six points and have come down to the winning team’s final possession. Last season, the Raiders scored on their last possession to win 59-58, and the Greyhounds pulled out an 80-78 triple-overtime victory in Baltimore. Andre Walker scored on Loyola’s last possession in that win.

Keep In Touch    

  • Neither Loyola, nor Colgate led by more than seven points in Monday’s game that featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes.
  • It was also the first time this season that Loyola has won a game when trailing with five minutes to play in regulation. The Raiders were up 58-55 at the five-minute mark Monday.

Post Defense In Final Minute    

  • Loyola’s posts came up with defensive stops on Colgate’s last two possessions to help push the Greyhounds to a win. With under a minute to play, Cam Gregory switched onto Raiders’ leading scorer Austin TIllotson on a screen, but Gregory stayed in front of the Colgate guard who missed an interior shot that Gregory rebounded.
  • After Eric Laster’s go-ahead three with 8.4 seconds left, Tillotson raced the length of the court but was defended by Jarred Jones and Chancellor Barnard. His shot was blocked by Barnard who picked up the loose ball and was fouled.
  • After Barnard made two free throws, he picked off a long Colgate pass to seal the win.

Taking Care Of The Ball In Last Two    

  • The Greyhounds have turned the ball over just 14 times in their last two games, four on Saturday against Lafayette and 10 in Monday’s win over Colgate.
  • Through 10 conference games, Loyola is averaging 12.1 turnovers, more than one fewer than its season-long mark of 13.2.

Threes Fuel Run    

  • Loyola used its largest run of the season, 16-0, on Saturday night to turn a six-point deficit into a 10-point advantage against Lafayette. Tyler Hubbard knocked down three 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to ignite the run.
  • Hubbard finished the game with 17 points and five threes, all coming in the first half.

Points On Point    

  • Loyola’s three point guards – Andre Walker, Matt Staubi and Nevell Provo – played a combined 41 minutes Saturday night and finished with 10 assists and only one turnover.
  • Walker had five assists in 35 minutes of action, while Staubi tallied four in just five minutes. Provo assisted on a Tyler Hubbard three in transition during his only minute of action.

Taking Their Charity    

  • Loyola made 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) of its free throws Saturday night, its best effort since shooting 87.1 percent (27-of-31)on Dec. 30 against American. It followed that by shooting 76 percent (19-of-25) from the line Monday against Colgate.
  • In its previous three games, Loyola made just 39-of-66 free throws (59.1 percent).

On Target    

  • 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.
  • The Greyhounds then shot 48.3 percent from the field Saturday against Lafayette for its best two-game shooting performance of the season (58-110, 52.7).

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 10 conference foes to  42.2 percent from the field.
  • Non-conference opponents averaged 80.5 points in 11 games, but the Greyhounds have held Patriot League opponents to 12.7 fewer, an average of 67.7.
  • The Greyhounds have also defended the 3-point line better. Non-conference teams shot 39.9 percent from behind the arc, while Patriot League opponents are shooting 32 percent.

Doubled Over    

  • 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 10 conference games, Jones is averaging 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds.
  • Jones is tied for 80th in NCAA Division I with six double-doubles this year, and he is 90th in field-goal percentage (51.5). His 7.9 rebounds per game are tied for 119th, and he is 104th in defensive boards (5.52).
  • He also leads the team in blocked shots (24) and is second in steals (24).
  • 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.

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 nine conference outings.
  • In the first 10 Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points six times and is averaging 14.4 points per game to pace the Greyhounds.
  • His scoring in the last 10 has raised his season average to 13.1 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 79 assists, 3.8 per contest. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has 11 of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in 18 of the Greyhounds’ 21 contests.

Hubbard’s 3-Pointers    

  • Tyler Hubbard has made 53 of his 148 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in 10 of the Greyhounds’ 21 games.
  • The fifth-year senior has 180 made 3-pointers in his career; against Lafayette on Jan. 30, he moved into sole possession of fourth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard’s 180 are six back of Jason Rowe who is third all-time with 186 made from 1996-2000.
  • Hubbard has made four or more 3-pointers 16 times during his career, hitting 75 of 128 (58.6 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).

Scoring Going The Right Way    

  • Through 21 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 10.5 points per game to average 69.3.
  • 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.

Up Next    

  • The Greyhounds travel to play the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, Feb. 6.