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Men's Basketball Hosts Lafayette Wednesday Night Live On MASN

Feb. 9, 2015

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays the final game of a two-game set at Reitz Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 11, when it hosts Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m.
  • The game will air live in the Mid-Atlantic Region on MASN, the Greyhounds’ third game on the network this season.
  • Eric Laster finished with 16 points Saturday night against Lehigh to boost his team-leading average to 11.7 points per game in 2014-2015. He has averaged 12.8 in 12 League contests.
  • Andre Walker matched his career-high on Saturday with five steals against Lehigh. He is third in the Patriot League with 1.7 steals per game and second in conference play at 1.8.

Last Time Out
  • Lehigh University led by 12 with just over five minutes to play in regulation, but Loyola cut its deficit to four on two occasions in the final 90 seconds. The Mountain Hawks, however, held off the Greyhounds for a 69-63 Patriot League win Saturday night in Reitz Arena.
  • Three Lehigh post players – Tim Kempton (18), Justin Goldsborough (13) and Jesse Chuku (11) – combined to score 60.8 percent of the Mountain Hawks’ points.
  • Loyola trimmed the lead to 49-47 with six-straight points from 11:14 to 9:50, but Lehigh later used a 7-0 run to go up 12, 62-50, with 5:07 remaining.
  • Eric Laster led Loyola with 16 points.

Turn On The Television   
  • Wednesday night’s game against Lafayette will air live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and home of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.
  • Jason Knapp, the voice of the Patriot League, will call the play-by-play action, and Craig Esherick will provide the analysis.

Patriot League Network   
  • In addition to watching the game on MASN, the action will be available digitally on the 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 call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers ’05 will add the analysis.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.

Series History Versus Lafayette   
  • Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the seventh time in series history and the fifth time as Patriot League foes when the teams take the court Wednesday night. The Leopards are winners of the last three contests and hold a 4-2 series advantage.
  • Lafayette led 61-50 with 6:35 to play in the second half of the teams’ Jan. 14 meeting in Easton, Pennsylvania, but Tyler Hubbard scored 11-striaght Greyhounds points, going on a 11-2 run by himself that cut the Loyola deficit to a pair, 65-63.
  • After two Dan Trist free throws put Lafayette up four, the Greyhounds held the Leopards scoreless for nearly three minutes, but Denzel Brito scored Loyola’s only points in the stretch on a pair of free throws, and Lafayette pulled out a 69-65 win.
  • The programs split the regular-season meetings in 2013-2014, each winning on its own homecourt, but Lafayette won the rubber match, an 84-71 decision in the Patriot League Championships First Round at Loyola.
  • In last year’s first match, Loyola knocked off the Leopards, 77-63, on January 13, in a game that was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) and Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) both logged double-doubles as the Greyhounds outscored Lafayette, 42-26, in the second half.
  • Lafayette returned the favor on its home court with a 61-44 win on February 12. The Leopards made four 3-pointers during an 18-5 run to start the second half, spurring the victory. Dan Trist scored 14, and Seth Hinrichs had 13 for the Leopards. Franz Rassman and R.J. Williams each had 10 for Loyola.
  • In the Patriot League Championships contest at Loyola, Jarred Jones came off the bench to log his first collegiate double-double with career highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds, but Lafayette shot 63.6 percent from the field and left Reitz Arena with a 84-71 victory.
  • The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.
  • It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

Walker Scores At High Clip   
  • Andre Walker had scored 12 or more points in seven-straight games before turning in 10 Saturday night against Lehigh. Walker scored 17 in three straight games, matching his career-high set in the season-opener, against Lafayette, Boston University and Bucknell during the stretch. He has averaged 14.5 points in the last eight games, to raise his season scoring average to 10.6 points per game from 8.5 on Jan. 10 after the first Lehigh game.
  • During the first seven of the games, Walker made 35-of-40 free throws (87.5 percent), and he missed just three total during the month of January. He was 2-of-5, however, Saturday night.
  • Against Lafayette and Boston University, 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 Bucknell.
  • Walker is third in the Patriot League in free-throw percentage overall (83.3 percent). He had made 29-straight free throws before missing his second attempt versus Bucknell. His 83.3 percent mark this season ranks 83rd in NCAA Division I.
  • This season, Walker is the top freshman scorer in the Patriot League while averaging 10.6 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 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 nine games, Laster has averaged 15.0 points per outing. He is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 48.1 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.
  • Laster is again the team’s leading scorer, averaging 11.7 points per game, and he leads the team in 3-point percentage (38.9 percent).

Barnard Hit Season-High   
  • Chancellor Barnard made all nine of his shots Saturday night, making five field goals and four free throws against Lehigh. He finished with a season-high 14 points, improving on the 10 he scored Jan. 7 against American.
  • Barnard also blocked two shots and had a career-best three assists.
  • The freshman from nearby Howard County has stated each of the last five games and is now averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Hitting The Boards   
  • Loyola pulled 43 rebounds, two off its season-high, on Jan. 29 against Holy Cross, 18 more than the Crusaders had, and the Greyhounds posted a plus-15 in the rebounding column at Army two days later, grabbing 41.
  • The 18 rebound margin against Holy Cross is the largest Loyola has posted since grabbing 20 more than Manhattan on Feb. 26, 2012, on the road in The Bronx. Loyola’s plus-33 in the those games marks its best two-game rebounding advantage since November 2010 when it combined to outrebound UMBC and Dartmouth by the same margin in a pair of wins.
  • Cam Gregory led the way for Loyola with 17 rebounds in the two games, but it was an overall effort. Five players grabbed four or more rebounds.

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 23 games, Loyola leads the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a +1.8 mark, 811-770.
  • Last year, Loyola was 328th our of 345 ranked Division I teams with its -5.1 mark.
  • The Greyhounds’ +6.9 improvement from last year is one of the 15th-best turnaround in rebounding margin among NCAA Division I teams.
  • Loyola also leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounding this year, grabbing 11.7 per game, 83rd best in the nation.

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 37.4 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 35.6 percent of field goal attempts, 45.8 percent of free throws attempted and grabbed 40.7 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 50.8 percent of steals and 45.6 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 36.7 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (38), is second in assists (52), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.6 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.1 rebounds per game (163 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.

Scoring Points In Reitz   
  • In 10 home games, as opposed to 12 true road game, this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 9.9 more points per game in Reitz Arena, 64.5-54.6. Defensively, they are giving up virtually the same amount, 67.8 at home and 67.6 on the road, but their shooting has been considerably better on the Evergreen campus.
  • In home games, the Greyhounds have shot 40.3 percent from the field, as opposed to 36.3 percent on the road. While 3-point shooting has been almost the same, Loyola is making 43.1 percent of 2-point attempts at home versus 37.7 on the road.

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 against Holy Cross, Army, American and Lehigh: Denzel Brito, Andre Walker, Eric Laster, Franz Rassman and Chancellor Barnard.
  • The group has played 33 minutes, 34 seconds in the last five games, most of any combination the Greyhounds have used int hat stretch, resulting in a +14 in the points column, the most successful quintet the Greyhounds have put on the floor.
  • The starts have been the sixth and seventh of both Barnard and Walker’s careers.

Shooting In The Second   
  • Loyola put together its best shooting half of the season Jan. 31 at Army, hitting 19-of-27 field goals after halftime, a 70.4 percent clip. Eric Laster led the way against the Black Knights after the break, making 9-of-13 shots for 19 points, the most in a half this season by a Loyola player.
  • In games against Holy Cross and Army, Loyola shot 60.8 percent from the field after the breaks. It nine so by attempting only nine 3-pointers (making four). The Greyhounds were 27-of-42 (64.3 percent) on 2-point attempts in those 40 minutes.
  • Prior to the Holy Cross and Army games, the Greyhounds were shooting just 34.5 percent in the second halves of their first 19 games.

Paint Points, Bench Scoring Prove Key   
  • Loyola’s last two wins 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, and they then held 46-26 and 20-13 advantages in the categories at Army. Loyola’s plus-20 in points in the paint is its largest this year.
  • In its nine wins this season, Loyola’s bench has outscored opponents 20.8-11.9, while the Greyhounds have faced a disadvantage of more than eight points in losses, 21.2-12.9.
  • With its big positive differential in the paint against the Black Knights, the Greyhounds are now averaging 29.1 paint points to their opponents’ 27.6 in wins. In losses, however, the Greyhounds are being outscored 34.4-21.7 inside.

Defense Does Its Work   
  • Loyola’s defense held Holy Cross to its second-worst shooting performance of the season on Jan. 29 as the Crusaders shot 30.8 percent from the field, 18.2 percent on 3-pointers. 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 fourth in the Patriot League this year, allowing opponents to shoot 44.2 percent from the field, a year after allowing teams to hit 45.9 percent, eighth in the conference. The Greyhounds is second in the League in 3-point defense, holding foes to 32.6 percent from behind the line, a vast improvement over last year’s 40.4 percent, worst in the Patriot League.

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 7-3 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 16-6 in those games.

At The Line Improvement   
  • In addition to its shooting from the field, 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 71.7 percent from the stripe in its last 10 games, raising its yearly mark to 67.9 percent.
  • 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 71.4 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 51 this season through 23 games, Hubbard now has 114 in his career.
  • At American, he moved into 10th place all-time at Loyola for made threes, and with one more, he’ll tie Kevin Anderson for ninth.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds’ nine wins this season, Loyola is shooting nearly seven percent better from the field (42.4 to 35.5) than in losses, but it is the Greyhounds’ defense in those games that has played the biggest roles.
  • The 14 teams that have defeated the Greyhounds so far this year have done so while shooting just a shade under 50 percent (48.6).
  • Conversely, Loyola held its foes to more than 10 percent worse from the floor (38.2 percent) in its nine victories. The numbers are even more dramatic in defending the 3-point arc where Loyola has allowed opponents to shoot 37.7 percent in the 14 games it has lost. In their nine wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 49-of-182 (26.9 percent), a drop off of 10.8 percent.

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 23 games of the year, of which Gregory has started 16, he is averaging 6.7 points and 7.1 rebounds.
  • Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 7.1 boards per game are third overall in the conference.

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 23.8 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 23 games, 41st most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 20.7 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its nine wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 23.0 trips to the line, making 143-of-207 in those games.
  • The Greyhounds had the program’s second-best free-throw performance (percentage-wise) in a win at Lehigh where it made 12-of-12 from the stripe. Only once (2009 vs. 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 23 games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s 23 opponents are shooting just 32.7 percent from 3-point range (129-of-394) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot 7.7 percent better from behind the arc,.
  • Loyola’s 32.7 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.

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.