|Opponent||Army West Point Black Knights|
|Date||Saturday, February 6, 2016|
|Location||West Point, New York | Christl Arena|
|Online Media||Live Stats | Video|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland wraps up a two-game road swing on Saturday, Feb. 6, in West Point, New York.
- The Greyhounds play the U.S. Military Academy in a 1 p.m. Patriot League contest Saturday.
- Cam Gregory has averaged 7.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Greyhounds’ last two games, raising his season averages to 4.8 and 4.3. He posted 10 rebounds on Monday night versus Colgate, and Gregory then turned in a 10-point, 8-rebound performance at Lehigh.
- 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 13.0, behind only Jarred Jones’ team-leading 13.6 points per game.
- Chancellor Barnard posted a career-best three assists at Lehigh to go with eight points, five rebounds, a block and a steal.
- Loyola has outrebounded Patriot League foes, 401-367, an average of +3.1 per game. In non-conference play, it was outrebounded by 2.6 per game.
- Defensively, Loyola is allowing 12x`.4 points per game less in conference play than it did during non-conference. Patriot League teams are scoring 68.1 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 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.
Series History Versus Army West Point
- Loyola and Army West Point will meet for the seventh 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, but the teams each scored victories on the other’s home floor last year. Army West Point holds a 4-2 advantage in the series after winning the first contest between the two programs this season, 73-59, on Jan. 9, in Baltimore.
- The Black Knights closed the first half of that game on an 11-0 run and held Loyola scoreless for more than five minutes spanning both periods. Franz Rassman tied the game at 25-25 for Loyola (4-11 overall, 3-1 Patriot League) with a turnaround hook 4:08 before halftime, but it was the Greyhounds’ last basket of the first half.
- Kennedy Edwards scored nine seconds later, was fouled and hit the ensuing free throw to start the 11-0 run during which the Black Knights scored all but three of their points in the paint. A Dylan Cox basket 43 seconds into the second half gave Army West Point a 38-25 advantage before Chancellor Barnard used a post move on the left side of the rim to score Loyola’s first points in five minutes, seven seconds. Loyola cut the Black Knights’ lead to just seven, 40-33, on a Jarred Jones free throw at 16:13, but Army West Point scored the next four points to increase its lead back to double digits.
- Walker led Loyola with 17 points, scoring 13 in the second half. Jones posted his second-straight double-double and his fifth of the season, with 14 points and game-best 10 rebounds.
- The Greyhounds recorded their first win over the Black Knights as Patriot League foes on Jan. 31, 2015, when they shot 70 percent from the field after halftime to post a 77-71 win at West Point.
- Eric Laster and Andre Walker played a combined 12 minutes in the first half due to each having two fouls, but they returned in the second to combine for 28 points in the win.
- The Black Knights took a 32-29 lead into the locker room at halftime, but two Franz Rassman baskets to start the second gave the Greyhounds a 33-32 advantage 1-minute, 34-seconds after the break, a lead the Greyhounds would not relinquish.
- Dylan Cox converted a traditional 3-point play at 13:19 to pull Army West Point within one, 44-43, but Loyola scored the next 11 points as part of a larger 16-2 run. A Walker three at 8:18 pushed the lead to its largest point, 60-45.
- 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.
Last Time Out
- An Andre Walker 3-pointer with 47.5 seconds left drew Loyola within two points, but host Lehigh made all six of its free throws in the final 20 seconds of regulation to pull out a 71-66 victory.
- The Mountain Hawks led 62-56 with 4:02 to play after a Kyle Leufroy runner, but Eric Laster knocked down a three for the Greyhounds at 2:52, and Loyola was within three. Kahron Ross responded for Lehigh with a stepback 20-footer at 2:30, stretching its lead to five, 64-59. Tim Kempton then scored inside at 1:51 to push Lehigh up seven, but Laster got an offensive rebound and scored 18 seconds later to draw the Greyhounds back within five, 66-61.
- Loyola got a stop on its defensive end, and Walker came off a high screen to knock down a three with 47.5 to play, pulling Loyola within a pair, 66-64. Ross made two free throws with 19.5 on the clock to extend the advantage back to five for the Mountain Hawks before Jarred Jones scored on a putback with 10.8 on the clock, making it a two-point game again. Loyola fouled Ross on the inbound play, and he made two free throws. Walker had a three with under five seconds left rim out, and Leufroy grabbed the rebound, drew a foul and hit the final two points from the charity stripe.
- Lehigh led by as many as 13, 23-10, in the first half, but Loyola cut its deficit to eight at halftime, 34-26. Cam Gregory pulled Loyola within a pair on a basket at 13:04, and Chancellor Barnard caught a Matt Staubi alley-oop pass for a dunk at 12:22, tying the score at 44-44. Lehigh, however, did not allow the Greyhounds to recapture the lead, scoring the next four points.
- Four Loyola players scored in double-figures, but no player had more than 12. Jones led the Greyhounds with a dozen, followed by Laster with 11. Walker and Gregory each had 10 points, and Gregory tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds.
- Leufroy paced all scorers with 20 points, while Ross had 16. Loyola held Lehigh’s leading scorer, Tim Kempton, to nine in 37 minutes, more than eight points below his season average.
Balance Doesn’t Pay Dividends
- Loyola had four players in double figures Wednesday at Lehigh, and another scored eight, but the Greyhounds could not translate the balanced scoring into a win.
- This season, the Greyhounds have had four or more players scored 10-plus nine times, but Loyola is only 2-7 in those games (both wins came against Lafayette).
Gregory’s Last Five
- Cam Gregory has significantly increased his point and rebound production over the Greyhounds’ last five games, averaging 7.4 points and 7.2 rebounds during the stretch that started Jan. 20 against Bucknell University.
- The sophomore post player has shot 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the field in those five games.
- Loyola guard Sean Tuohy, Jr., will have a memorable weekend following Saturday’s at Army West Point. Tuohy, whose older brother is Michael Oher, a starting tackle for the Carolina Panthers, will fly to San Francisco following the contest where he will join his family.
- Tuohy will attend Super Bowl 50 and fly back to Baltimore on Monday for the Greyhounds’ practice.
- 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.
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.
- Staubi has seen considerably more action over the last four games. He has averaged 2.3 assists per game in just 7.5 minutes since the Jan. 27 game at Holy Cross.
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 from the line Monday against both Colgate and Lehigh.
- In its previous three games, Loyola made just 39-of-66 free throws (59.1 percent).
- 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 11 conference foes to 42.7 percent from the field.
- Non-conference opponents averaged 80.5 points in 11 games, but the Greyhounds have held Patriot League opponents to 12.4 fewer, an average of 68.1.
- 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 33.2 percent.
- 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 7.7 respectively.
- Through 11 conference games, Jones is averaging 13.6 points and 7.8 rebounds.
- Jones is tied for 85th in NCAA Division I with six double-doubles this year, and he is 81st in field-goal percentage (51.6).
- He also leads the team in blocked shots (25) 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 11 Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points six times and is averaging 14.0 points per game to pace the Greyhounds.
- His scoring in the last 10 has raised his season average to 13.0 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 84 assists, 3.8 per contest. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has 12 of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in 19 of the Greyhounds’ 22 contests.
- Tyler Hubbard has made 53 of his 151 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in 10 of the Greyhounds’ 22 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 22 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 10.3 points per game to average 69.1.
- 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.
- Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its next two games.
- The Greyhounds will host the U.S. Naval Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 10, followed by a Saturday, Feb. 13 contest against Boston University.