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Feb. 13, 2015

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Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Boston, Mass. | Agganis Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland hits the road for the first of two-straight Patriot League road contests on Saturday, Feb. 14, when it will face Boston University at 1 p.m.
  • The Greyhounds close the regular-season with three of five games on the road.
  • Tyler Hubbard was reinserted to the Loyola starting lineup Wednesday night against Lafayette, and he came through with a team-high 14 points. He knocked down three 3-pointers and had two steals that led to breakaway layups for his highest point total since Jan. 14.
  • Franz Rassman has averaged 10.5 points over the last four games.

Last Time Out
  • Loyola used a 28-6 run that covered 11-plus second-half minutes, and the Greyhounds led by as many as 30 Wednesday night in a 62-43 victory over Lafayette College in Reitz Arena.
  • The run, which included a stretch where Loyola scored 18-of-19 points saw the Greyhounds push their from 30-23 to 59-29 when Sean Tuohy, Jr., knocked down his first college 3-pointer with 8:10 remaining in regulation.
  • Lafayette scored 14-straight after that, but Loyola held the Leopards to their lowest scoring output of 2014-2015.
  • Tyler Hubbard scored 14 points to lead all scorers, and Franz Rassman added 13, while Andre Walker had nine.

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 for links to each game.

Series History Versus Boston U.   
  • Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the sixth time in as four years and seventh overall when they take the hardwood on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Greyhounds won games in 2012 and 2013, but Boston U. took both Patriot League games last season. The Greyhounds won an overtime thriller, 91-86, on Jan. 18, 2015, to even the all-time series at three wins apiece.
  • Boston U. led this season’s first meeting by five with 5.8 seconds left, but a strange sequence of events led to Loyola forcing overtime and eventually picking up a win. Denzel Brito made a desperation three with one second left, and the Greyhounds fouled the Terriers’ Eric Fanning on the ensuing inbound pass.
  • During the stoppage in play, officials went to the replay monitor, however, and whistled a flagrant-one foul on a Boston U. player for contact against Rassman prior to Brito’s three. Rassman hit both free throws, and Fanning missed his two, sending the game to extra time 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.
  • Six Loyola players scored in double figures led by Cam Gregory’s 18 and Andre Walker’s 17.
  • Last season, the Patriot League regular-season champion Terriers posted a pair of victories over Loyola, defeating the Greyhounds, 72-58, in Boston before dealing them an 87-71 setback in Reitz Arena.
  • Prior to both teams joining the Patriot League for the 2013-2014 season, Loyola hosted the Terriers in 2012 as part of the ESPN Bracketbuster series and 2013 in the first round of the Postseason Tournament.
  • In the Feb. 19, 2012, Bracketbuster game at Reitz Arena, Loyola shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half to distance itself in a 69-56 decision that gave the Greyhounds their 20th win of the season for the first time as a Division I program (since 1981-82). In the 2013 CIT First Round on March 19, Loyola trailed the Terriers by as many as 15 points in the second half. The Greyhounds, however, used a 38-16 run over the last 15-plus minutes of the game to beat Boston U., 70-63. Malik Thomas put the Terriers up 15 with 15:32 to play, but the Greyhounds went on their run from there.
  • The Terriers won the teams’ first-ever meeting, 71-51, in the first round of the Sports Foundation Classic on December 27, 1996, in Tampa, Fla.

Defensive Measures   
  • Loyola posted one of its best defensive performances of the season Wednesday night against one of the Patriot League’s top offenses. The Greyhounds held Lafayette to a season-low in points (43) and field-goal percentage (31.1 percent).
  • The Leopards made just seven field goals in each half and converted only 4-of-1 of their 3-point attempts to match their season-low of 22.2 percent from behind the arc.
  • Lafayette entered the game leading the Patriot League, and 26th in the nation, in field-goal percentage (47.7), and it was tied for the League lead in points per game (74.4), a mark that was also tied for 35th nationally. The Leopards were also tops in the conference and 20th nationally in assist:turnover ratio with a 1.38:1 mark. Loyola held them to seven helpers while forcing 13 miscues.

Up Thirty   
  • Loyola took a 59-29 lead with 8:10 left in the second half Wednesday night, marking its largest advantage of the season.
  • The last time the Greyhounds led a game by 30 or more was Nov. 9, 2012, when they built a 66-36 lead over Binghamton in the 2012-2013 season-opener.

Patriot League Margin Of Victory   
  • Wednesday night’s 62-43 win also marked the largest margin of victory (19) for the Greyhounds in a Patriot League contest since joining the conference prior to last season.
  • It was also Loyola’s largest margin of victory in any game since posting an 80-57 victory at Siena College on Feb. 16, 2013.

Hitting The Boards   
  • The Greyhounds have averaged a plus-3.3 rebounding margin this season in 13 Patriot League games and have not been outrebounded by an opponent since Jan. 3, 2015, when Army grabbed 43 boards to the Greyhounds’ 33 in the season’s first meeting between the teams.
  • Loyola opened Patriot League play by being outrebounded by 15 in games against Navy and Army, but since then, it has tied three foes on the glass and posted more rebounds in eight games.
  • Overall this season, Loyola is outrebounding opponents by plus-2.1, 846-796 overall. The Greyhounds’ biggest advantage has been on the offensive glass where they have grabbed 285 rebounds to their foes’ 236.
  • The rebounding margin has been even more impressive in Loyola’s 10 victories this season where they have posted a plus-6.7 on the glass.
  • 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.

Rebounding Improvement   
  • Loyola finished the 2013-2014 season with a minus-5.1 margin in rebounds per game versus its opponents, but the Greyhounds have made good strides in that number this year. Through 24 games, Loyola leads the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a plus-1.8 mark, 846-796.
  • Last year, Loyola was 328th our of 345 ranked Division I teams with its -5.1 mark.
  • The Greyhounds’ +7.2 improvement from last year is one of the 15th-best turnaround in rebounding margin among NCAA Division I teams.

Believe In Second Chances   
  • Loyola leads the Patriot League and is 92nd nationally in offensive rebounds per game, averaging 11.9 per contest. As a result, the Greyhounds are averaging 10.8 second-chance points per game. In victories, that number goes up to 11.8.

Paint Points, Bench Scoring Prove Key   
  • Loyola’s last three wins win illustrate 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, held 46-26 and 20-13 margins at Army and 24-16 and 15-11 advantages against Lafayette. Loyola’s plus-20 in points in the paint against Army was its largest this year.
  • In its 10 wins this season, Loyola’s bench has outscored opponents 20.2-11.8, while the Greyhounds have faced a disadvantage of more than eight points in losses, 21.2-12.9.
  • The Greyhounds are now averaging 28.6 paint points to their opponents’ 26.4 in wins. In losses, however, the Greyhounds are being outscored 34.6-21.7 inside.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds’ 10 wins this season, Loyola is shooting nearly seven percent better from the field (42.8 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 11 percent worse from the floor (37.5 percent) in its 10 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 10 wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 53-of-200 (26.5 percent), a drop off of 11.2 percent.

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 24 games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s 24 opponents are shooting just 32.3 percent from 3-point range (133-of-412) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot 8.1 percent better from behind the arc,.
  • Loyola’s 32.3 opponent 3-point percentage is tops in the Patriot League. A year ago, the 40.4 percent was third-worst in Division I, 349th.

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 37.5 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have made 35.5 percent of  field goal attempts and 46.7 percent of free throws and grabbed 40.7 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 50.7 percent of steals and 45.1 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 36.3 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (41), is second in assists (54), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.5 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.0 rebounds per game (169 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.

Walker Scores At High Clip   
  • Andre Walker had scored 12 or more points in seven-straight games before turning in 10 on Feb. 7 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 13.9 points in the last eight games, to raise his season scoring average to 10.5 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.
  • 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 fourth 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 81st in NCAA Division I.
  • 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, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals. His steals per game total is third overall in the conference.

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 10 games, Laster has averaged 14.2 points per outing. He is shooting 47.1 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 11.6 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 Feb. 7 against Lehigh, 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.
  • 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.

Scoring Points In Reitz   
  • In 11 home games, as opposed to 12 true road game, this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 9.8 more points per game in Reitz Arena, 64.3-54.6. Defensively, they are giving up 65.5 at home and 67.6 on the road, but their shooting has been considerably better in Reitz.
  • In home games, the Greyhounds have shot 40.8 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 43.4 percent of 2-point attempts at home versus 37.7 on the road.

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.

Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond   
  • Loyola improved to 3-0 this season in overtime with its Jan. 18 win over Boston University, 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.

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 fifth in the Patriot League this year, allowing opponents to shoot 43.9 percent from the field, a year after allowing teams to hit 45.9 percent, eighth in the conference. The Greyhounds is tops in the League in 3-point defense, holding foes to 32.3 percent from behind the line, a vast improvement over last year’s 40.4 percent, worst in the Patriot League.

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 72.5 percent from the stripe in its last 10 games, raising its yearly mark to 68.0 percent.
  • Prior to the games in the Lehigh Valley, Loyola was making just 65.3 percent of its foul shots this season.

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 54 this season through 24 games, Hubbard now has 117 in his career.
  • Against Lafayette, he moved into sole possession of ninth place all-time at Loyola. With one more three, he’ll tie Andre Collins for eighth.

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 23.2 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 24 games, 60th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 20.2 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its 10 wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 21.6 trips to the line, making 150-of-216 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.

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.
  • He scored a game-high 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 his first regular-season game was Freddie Stanback who scored 16 on Nov. 19, 2004, at Virginia Tech.