|Date||Sunday, February 21, 2016|
|Location||Hamilton, New York | Cottrell Court|
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
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 Colgate
- Loyola and Colgate will meet for the sixth time as Patriot League foes and the eighth time overall when the teams take the floor on Sunday afternoon. With its last-possession win earlier this season in Baltimore, Loyola holds a 4-3 advantage in the series.
- The home team has won each time that the sides have met as Patriot League opponents.
- The teams had not played in over 30 years before Loyola hosted the Raiders on January 25, 2014, in Reitz Arena.
- Eric Laster made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left in regulation, and Loyola defeated visiting Colgate, 68-65, on Feb. 1. The game was originally slated for Jan. 24 but was postponed due to the Mid-Atlantic blizzard that hit that week.
- Moments earlier, Laster gave Loyola a 63-62 lead with he knocked down a three from the left corner with the shot clock expiring at 2:10, but the Raiders pushed back in front with a Jordan Swopshire three 45 seconds later.
- The Raiders got the offensive matchup they wanted when Cam Gregory switched to defend Austin Tillotson, but the Loyola post player stayed in front of Tillotson who misfired from close range. Gregory got the offensive rebound, and Loyola called a timeout with 26.5 seconds remaining.
- Andre Walker tested the right side before flipping a pass back to Laster at the top of the right wing. Laster hit the three, his third of the game to put Loyola on top in a game that saw 13 lead changes and 11 ties.
- Colgate had plenty of time to score, but Tillotson had a layup blocked by Chancellor Barnard who also grabbed the rebound for Loyola, was fouled and made two free throws with 1.2 ticks left. Barnard then picked off the Raiders' long inbound pass, sealing the Greyhounds' third-straight victory.
- Laster finished with a team-high 18 points, and Walker had 17 to go with five assists and three steals. Jarred Jones scored 11, and Gregory led all players with 10 rebounds.
- Loyola and Colgate combined for the longest game of the 2014-2015 Patriot League schedule when they met in Baltimore on Feb. 22, 2015. The Greyhounds came away with an 80-78 triple-overtime victory.
- Andre Walker scored 21 points including a game-tying layup at the end of the second overtime and the winner with 6.9 seconds remaining in the third. Tied at 78-78, Walker took his defender down the right side of the lane, drew contact and scored what would be the final points.
- Loyola won the programs' first meeting on December 22, 1974, taking a 79-78 decision in the opening round of the Scranton Holiday Tournament.
- The Raiders were 56-54 winners the next time the teams squared off. They met in the Albright Invitational Consolation Game on December 30, 1983, in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Last Time Out
- Bucknell scored the final 10 points of the first half Wednesday night against Loyola, and the first-place Bison scored an 87-52 decision over the Greyhounds.
- The Bison trailed 23-20 with 4:57 to go before intermission, but a Zach Thomas three 12 seconds later tied the score, and Chris Hass converted an and-one after scoring in the paint and drawing a foul.
- Hass' free throw put Bucknell up 26-23, and the Bison were up for the rest of the game. Nick Gorski scored at 4:06 for Loyola, drawing the Greyhounds (8-18, 7-8) within a point, but Nana Foulland scored 11 ticks later, starting a stretch of 10-straight points for Bucknell.
- Four Bison players scored 10 or more points, led by Stephen Brown's 12, and Bucknell had four more who scored seven, eight or nine points.
- Andre Walker led Loyola with 10 points, and Cam Gregory tallied nine. Franz Rassman and Eric Laster each chipped in seven.
Brains & Brawn
- Franz Rassman recorded his second career double-double, and his first of the season, last 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 7.9 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 six games, averaging 7.7 in Loyola's games against Colgate, Lehigh, Army West Point, Navy, Boston University and Bucknell.
- 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 5.3 boards per game.
Better Second Halves
- In its 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.
- Last 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 seven games, Loyola has made 143-of-184 free throws. Its 77.7 percent mark in those contests has raised its season average to 72.4 percent, No. 2 in the Patriot League and 78th 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 seven games, the Greyhounds have also gone to the stripe 33 more times than their foes (143-110).
- In 15 Patriot League games, the Greyhounds are shooting 73.8 percent (267-of-362) from the charity stripe.
- Prior to the last seven 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.
- Loyola entered Patriot League play allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field in its first 11 games, but they have held 15 conference foes to 43.5 percent from the field.
- Non-conference opponents averaged 80.5 points in 11 games, but the Greyhounds have held Patriot League opponents to 8.6 fewer, an average of 71.9.
- 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 33.0 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.
- To date, he leads the team in rebounding (7.2) and is second in scoring (13.3) this season.
- He also leads the team in blocked shots (28) 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 In 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 15 conference outings.
- In the first 15 Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points eight times and is averaging 14.6 points per game to pace the Greyhounds.
- His scoring in the last 15 has raised his season average to 13.5 points, tied for 10th in the Patriot League and tops on the team.
- The sophomore guard also leads the squad with 96 assists, 3.7 per contest, and steals. He has 41 thefts this year, an average of 1.6 per game. 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 22 of the Greyhounds' 26 contests.
- Tyler Hubbard has made 55 of his 169 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in 10 of the Greyhounds' 26 games.
- The fifth-year senior has 182 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 182 are four 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 26 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 10.0 points per game to average 68.8.
- Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 41.8 percent.
- Loyola returns home to celebrate senior day on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. against College of the Holy Cross.
- The Greyhounds then conclude the regular-season with a 12 noon game in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 27, at American University.