Bucknell To Host Men's Basketball Wednesday Night At 7 O'Clock

Feb. 17, 2015

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Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lewisburg, Pa. | Sojka Pavilion
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Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its penultimate road game of the regular-season in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, February 18, at Bucknell University. The teams will tip-off at just after 7 p.m.
  • Eric Laster is the only Loyola play averaging 10 or more points in true road games. Despite not scoring on Saturday at Boston University, Laster is averaging 12.3 points per game, up from his season-to-date average of 11.1 overall. Every other Loyola player scores below his season average on the road.
  • The Greyhounds were outrebounded at Boston U. for the first time since January 3, a stretch of 11 games.

Last Time Out
  • Neither Loyola, nor Boston University led by more than four points in the first half last Saturday at Agganis Arena, and the teams went to the locker rooms tied at 32-32.
  • A Denzel Brito three with 16:21 left in regulation made it 39-38 in the Terriers' favor, but Boston University scored the next 12 points as Loyola misfired on seven-straight shots.
  • Boston University built a 51-38 lead before the under-12 timeout came, and the Terriers held off any Loyola comeback for a 73-60 win.
  • Andre Walker scored 13 to lead four Loyola player in double figures. Cedric Hankerson had a game-best 20.

Campus Insiders Exclusive   
  • Wednesday's game at Bucknell will be a Campus Insiders' exclusive production on and the entire platform.
  • Matt Martucci will call the play-by-play and Craig Esherick will provide the analysis.

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 Bucknell   
  • Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 12th 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 9-2 lead in the all-time series after winning the last four meetings, including a 75-61 decision last month on Loyola's home floor. 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.
  • In this year's first meeting, the Bison never trailed after scoring the game's first seven points. Loyola missed its five attempts from the field, but it twice trimmed Bucknell's advantage to one in the first 20 minutes, but the Greyhounds could not tie the score or take the lead outright.
  • Andre Walker scored 17 points for the third-straight game for Loyola, but he was the Greyhound's only player in double figures. Chris Haas scored a game-best 26 points for the Bison, making 10-of-15 shots, 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
  • Bucknell broke that streak of the road team winning on January 22, 2014, when the Bison dealt Loyola a 70-60 loss in Lewisburg, Pa. Cameron Ayers made 10-of-10 free throws in the game for Bucknell and finished with 19 points for the Bison. Bucknell took 34 free throws to Loyola's 16 in the game, and the Bison made 27.
  • Loyola had a five-point lead five minutes into the second half, but a Ryan Hill three tied it with 14:46 left. Dylon Cormier tallied a game-high 20 for Loyola.
  • In the season's second meeting, Bucknell led by 14 at halftime, but Loyola regained the advantage within the second half's first eight minutes. The Greyhounds led 53-52 on two free throws with 73 seconds left, but Ayers hit a three for the Bison with less than 16 seconds remaining to give Bucknell a 55-53 victory.

Defensive Measures   
  • Loyola posted one of its best defensive performances of the season Feb. 11 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.

Patriot League Margin Of Victory   
  • Last 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   
  • Boston University outrebounded the Greyhounds by 14, 42-28, Saturday afternoon in New England, but it was an uncommon occurrence for Loyola of late.
  • The Greyhounds have averaged a plus-2.1 rebounding margin this season in 14 Patriot League games and had 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 had tied three foes on the glass and posted more rebounds in eight games before the Terriers held Saturday's advantage.
  • Overall this season, Loyola is outrebounding opponents by +1.4, 874-838 overall. The Greyhounds' biggest advantage has been on the offensive glass where they have grabbed 293 rebounds to their foes' 245.
  • The rebounding margin has been even more impressive in Loyola's 10 victories this season where they have posted a +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 25 games, Loyola is second in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a plus-1.4 mark.
  • Last year, Loyola was 328th our of 345 ranked Division I teams with its -5.1 mark.
  • The Greyhounds' +6.5 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 104th nationally in offensive rebounds per game, averaging 11.72 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 nearly seven points in losses, 21.0-13.1.
  • The Greyhounds are now averaging 28.6 paint points to their opponents' 26.4 in wins. In losses, however, the Greyhounds are being outscored 33.9-21.7 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.
  • In their 15 losses, however, the Greyhounds' opponents have shot 48.4 percent from the field.
  • 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 38.1 percent in the 15 games it has lost. In their 10 wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 53-of-200 (26.5 percent), a drop off of 11.6 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 25 games.
  • Combined, Loyola's 25 opponents are shooting just 32.7 percent from 3-point range (141-of-431) 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.

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 37.6 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have made 36.2 percent of Loyola's field goals and 47.1 percent of free throws and grabbed 41.3 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 50.7 percent of steals and 46.6 percent of the team's blocked shots while scoring 36.9 percent of Loyola's points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (43), is second in assists (57), and he is the Patriot League's leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.0 rebounds per game (175 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 13.8 points in the last 10 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.
  • 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 sixth in the Patriot League in free-throw percentage overall (82.7 percent). He had made 29-straight free throws before missing his second attempt versus Bucknell on Jan. 21.
  • 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. 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 11 games, Laster has averaged 12.9 points per outing. He is shooting 44.8 percent from the field and the same 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 11.1 points per game, and he leads the team in 3-point percentage (37.8 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.
    • Over the last five games, Barnard is averaging 6.4 points per game after finishing Saturday afternoon with 10 at Boston University. During that stretch, he has made 66.7 percent of shots from the field, helping to raise his points per game average to 3.6 this year.
    • Barnard is also 10th in the Patriot League, and second on the team, in blocked shots with 20 (0.8 per game).

    Scoring Points In Reitz   

    • In 11 home games, as opposed to 13 true road game, this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 9.5 more points per game in Reitz Arena, 64.3-54.9. Defensively, they are giving up 65.5 at home and 68.0 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 7205 percent from the stripe in its last 11 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 55 this season through 25 games, Hubbard now has 118 in his career.
    • On Feb. 14 at Boston University, Hubbard moved into a tie for eighth all-time at Loyola, matching Andre Collins' total.

    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 25 games of the year, of which Gregory has started 16, he is averaging 6.8 points and 7.0 rebounds.
    • Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 7.0 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 25 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.

    Up Next   

    • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for a 12 noon game on Sunday, Feb. 22, against Colgate University.
    • The Greyhounds then play their final regular-season road game of the year at Holy Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 25.