Men's Basketball Embarks On Two-Game Trip, Starting Wednesday At Bucknell

Feb. 15, 2016

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Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | Sojka Pavilion
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland plays the first of two-straight games away from Baltimore on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
  • The Greyhounds travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for a 7 o’clock game at Bucknell University.
  • Chancellor Barnard scored 12 points and had eight rebounds Saturday against Boston University. In two games against the Terriers this year, Barnard averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. He also had three blocked shots and two steals on Saturday.
  • Jarred Jones and Walker both tied or set career-highs in Loyola’s double-overtime win Feb. 6 at Army West Point. Jones matched his previous best with 28, and Walker scored 31.
  • Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 14.9 points per game. His output during conference play has raised his season-long average to 13.6 just behind Jarred Jones’ team-leading 13.7 points per game.
  • Loyola has outrebounded Patriot League foes, 516-492, an average of +1.7 per game. In non-conference play, it was outrebounded by 2.6 per game.
  • Defensively, Loyola is allowing 9.6 points per game less in conference play than it did during non-conference. Patriot League teams are scoring 70.9 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 Bucknell    

  • Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 14th time on the hardwood when the teams take the floor Wednesday night in a series that the programs had played the past four years prior to Loyola joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014.
  • The Bison hold an 11-2 lead in the all-time series after winning the last six meetings, sweeping both meetings in the years since the Greyhounds joined the League and winning the first game this year, 67-58, on Jan. 20. The teams completed a four-game home-and-home series in 2013-2014, and stretch in which the visiting team defeated the home team in each meeting.
  • Franz Rassman, Jarred Jones and Cam Gregory combined for 40 of Loyola’s 58 points in the first meeting this year, but the Greyhounds fell, 67-58, to visiting Bucknell.
  • Gregory recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Jones and Rassman each chipped in 14 points.
  • Loyola led by a point at halftime after Rassman rebounded a Jones miss and laid it in before the first-half buzzer, putting the Greyhounds in front, 28-27. Eric Laster hit a 12-foot jumper to open the second half, and Rassman made two free throws followed by a midrange basket to push the Loyola advantage to its largest point, 34-27.
  • Ryan Frazier, however, knocked down a three for Bucknell, and Chris Hass scored from 15 feet to get the Bison within a pair at 17:45. Stephen Brown converted a layup on Bucknell’s next possession, and D.J. MacLeay scored at 16:16 to put Bucknell up two, 36-34.
  • Rassman and Gregory bookended another Brown basket with Gregory’s layup off an Andre Walker assist tying the game at 38-38 with 14:50 on the clock.
  • Loyola tied the game four times thereafter, but the Greyhounds could not gain a lead. After Chancellor Barnard knotted the score at 46-46 with a free throw at 9:58, Zach Thomas made a pair for the Bison to put them in the lead for good.
  • Bucknell made 23-of-37 free throws, while the Greyhounds were 13-of-22 from the charity stripe.
  • Last year, the Bison recorded their second-straight season sweep of Loyola, winning 75-61 on Jan. 21, 2015, in Baltimore and 61-50 on Feb. 18 in Lewisburg.

Last Time Out    

  • Boston University opened up a 17-point lead in the first half, a gap Loyola narrowed to three with less than three minutes to play Saturday afternoon, but the Terriers left Reitz Arena with a 71-65 victory over the Greyhounds.
  • The Greyhounds made just one of their first 17 shots in the game, but when Cam Gregory scored Loyola’s second field goal of the game with 12:49 to go in the first half, the Greyhounds were down just four, 9-5.
  • Over the next five minutes, however, Boston University did not miss on any of its seven shots from the field, and a Nick Havener dunk at 7:39 gave the Terriers a 29-12 advantage.
  • Andre Walker, who scored a game-high 16 points, hit a setback, baseline jumper with 30.2 seconds left in the first half, and Loyola was within a dozen, 36-24, at the break. Loyola scored 10 of the second half’s first 12 points, eight coming inside the paint. Eric Laster’s fast-break layup after a steal closed the margin to four, 38-34, just 4:25 into the second half, but John Papale responded with a stepback three 15 ticks later, putting up seven.
  • The Terriers got their advantage back to double-digits thereafter, but for the next 13-plus minutes it hung in the five to seven-point range. Laster knocked down a jumper in the lane at 2:35, and it was a one-possesion game with the Greyhounds trailing, 63-60.
  • Boston University, however, scored the next four points on two Papale free throws and a layup by Eric Fanning, and Loyola could not draw closer than three.
  • Four Greyhounds -- Walker (16), Franz Rassman (14), Chancellor Barnard (12) and Laster (10) -- scored in double-figured, but five recorded 10 or more for Boston Unviersity. Papale, Fanning and Kyle Foreman each scored 14 for the Terriers’ cause.

Brains & Brawn    

  • Franz Rassman recorded his second career double-double, and his first of the season, Saturday against Boston University, scoring 14 to go with a team-high 10 rebounds. His rebound total was one off his career-high of 11 set in January at Lafayette College.
  • Earlier in the week, Rassman was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District II Team for the third time in as many years, the first Loyola men’s basketball play to do so. He has a 3.98 grade-point average in business administration and is averaging 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this season.

Cam Crashing The Boards    

  • Cam Gregory has been the Greyhounds’ leading rebounder cumulatively in their last five games, averaging 8.0 in Loyola’s games against Colgate, Lehigh, Army West Point, Navy and Boston University.
  • Gregory opened that stretch with 10 boards against Colgate before posting eight and seven at Lehigh and Army West Point, respectively. The sophomore then turned in a game-high nine last Wednesday night versus Navy.
  • His totals over the last four games haver raised his season average to 4.7. In Patriot League action, he now averaging 5.2 boards per game.

Not Tripped By Turnovers    

  • Loyola matched its season-low in turnovers on Saturday against Boston University, committing just four against the Terriers. That matched its previous low from a Jan. 30 game against Lafayette.

Better Second Halves    

  • In its last two games, losses to Navy and Boston University, it has been the opening 20 minutes that have doomed Loyola. In the second halves of the games, the Greyhounds were in a scoring dead-heat with the Midshipmen and Terriers, as the scoring averages were 36.5 per team.
  • On Saturday, Loyola made only one of its first 17 shots, but it went on to shoot 41 percent in the final 30 minutes, 45.5 in the second half.

Taking Their Charity    

  • Over its last six games, Loyola has made 122-of-153 free throws. Its 79.7 percent mark in those contests has raised its season average to 72.7 percent, No. 3 in the Patriot League and 73rd in the NCAA.
  • Loyola made 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) of its free throws Jan. 30 against Lafayette, 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 against both Colgate and Lehigh. The Greyhounds then went 31-of-37 from the free-throw line (83.8 percent) at Army West Point. The 31 free throws made were the most since it converted the same amount on Nov. 17, 2011 at UMBC. In that game, however, the Greyhounds took 46 attempts. Loyola then made 17-of-21 (81 percent) against Navy and 17-of-23 (73.9 percent) versus Boston University.
  • In addition to its success shooting from the line in the last five games, the Greyhounds have also gone to the stripe 33 more times than their foes (53-120).
  • In 14 Patriot League games, the Greyhounds are shooting 74.3 percent (246-of-331) from the charity stripe.
  • Prior to the last five games, Loyola had made just 39-of-66 free throws (59.1 percent) in its previous three.

Andre’s Day    

  • Andre Walker scored a career-best 31 points Feb. 6 in a 100-99 win at Army West Point, exceeding his previous high by 10 points. He had scored 21 on Jan. 2 at Lafayette College and in a Feb. 2015 double-overtime game against Colgate University.
  • Walker set a career-high with 15 made free throws in just 16 attempts. His 15 made are tied for ninth-most in school single-game history. It was also tied for 27th this season by an NCAA Division I player. Walker went 1-of-2 at the line with just over 10 minutes to play in regulation and then hit his last 14 from the foul line.
  • Walker tallied just two points in the first half layup midway through the stanza. He then scored 17 in the second half, four in the first overtime and eight in the last.

Don’t Forget Jones    

  • Jarred Jones’ performance against the Black Knights was overshadowed by Walker’s 31 points, but it was just as key to the Greyhounds’ win. Jones made 9-of-15 shots and converted 10-of-12 at the free-throw line.
  • Jones scored seven points in the first half, and he then made 6-of-10 shots and all five of his free throws to score 17 in the second half.

Patriot League Honors    

  • Loyola players earned two of the last three Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week awards with Jarred Jones picking up the Feb. 1 honor and Andre Walker winning the following week’s.
  • Jones averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals in wins over Holy Cross and Lafayette; Walker then averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals against Colgate, Lehigh and Army West Point.
  • The Player of the Week awards were the first for Loyola since Nov. 25, 2013, when Dylon Cormier won his second in three weeks.

Defensively Minded    

  • Loyola entered Patriot League play allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field in its first 11 games, but they have held 14 conference foes to  43.12percent from the field.
  • Non-conference opponents averaged 80.5 points in 11 games, but the Greyhounds have held Patriot League opponents to 9.6 fewer, an average of 70.9.
  • 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 33.6 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.
  • To date, he leads the team in scoring (13.7) and rebounding (7.3) this season. Through 14 conference games, Jones is averaging 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds.
  • He also leads the team in blocked shots (27) and is second in steals (27).
  • 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 two points in 14 conference outings.
  • In the first 14 Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points eight times and is averaging 14.9 points per game to pace the Greyhounds.
  • His scoring in the last 14 has raised his season average to 13.6 points, 11th in the Patriot League and second on the team.
  • The sophomore guard also leads the squad with 95 assists, 3.8 per contest. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has 13 of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in 21 of the Greyhounds’ 25 contests.

Hubbard’s 3-Pointers    

  • Tyler Hubbard has made 54 of his 161 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in 10 of the Greyhounds’ 25 games.
  • The fifth-year senior has 181 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 181 are five 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 25 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 10.7 points per game to average 69.5.
  • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.1 percent.
  • Up Next    
  • The Greyhounds stay on the road for their next game, traveling to Hamilton, New York, to take on Colgate University at 12 noon on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Up Next    

  • The Greyhounds stay on the road for their next game, traveling to Hamilton, New York, to take on Colgate University at 12 noon on Sunday, Feb. 21.