|Date||Sunday, February 22, 2015|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
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Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball plays two of its final three regular-season games at home, starting with a 12 noon tilt on Sunday, Feb. 22, against Colgate University.
- Prior to the game, the team will honor its two seniors, guard Denzel Brito and head manager Eddie Flaherty, with a ceremony starting at 11:52 a.m.
- The Greyhounds have gone 6-5 this season in Reitz Arena, 4-3 in Patriot League games.
- Loyola is averaging almost 10 points per game more at home than in true road games, scoring 64.3 in Reitz, 54.6 in other teams’ buildings.
- Opponents are also shooting better in their own facilities, 46.3 to 42.1 percent.
- Andre Walker has been the Greyhounds’ biggest beneficiary at home, scoring 11.2 in Reitz, 9.5 on the road.
Last Time Out
- Loyola trailed host Bucknell University, 25-24, at halftime, and the Greyhounds took a 34-31 advantage on a Tyler Hubbard runner with 13:51 left in regulation, but the first-place Bison went on a 10-0 run and pulled away for a 61-50 victory Wednesday night in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
- Hubbard made 4-of-5 shots from behind the 3-point line and finished with a game-high 16 points. Franz Rassman added 14 for Loyola, while Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas scored 15 and 13, respectively, for Bucknell.
- Despite taking only 10 threes to Bucknell’s 15, Loyola had only 11 free throw attempts to the Bison’s 30.
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 Colgate
- Loyola and Colgate will meet for the fourth time as Patriot League foes and the sixth time overall when the teams take the floor on Sunday afternoon.
- The teams had not played in over 30 years before Loyola hosted the Raiders on January 25, 2014, in Reitz Arena.
- Colgate picked up a one-point win, 59-58, in the teams’ first meeting this year on Jan. 24 in Hamilton, New York. Loyola held the Raiders without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes in the second half, using a 20-5 run to overcome a 13-point deficit and lead by two on an Eric Laster basket with 1:31 left.
- Twenty seconds later, Loyola was called for a hand-check more than 15 feet from the basket, and Damon Sherman-Newsome made 1-of-2 free throws to draw Colgate within a point, 58-57. Loyola turned the ball over with the shot clock under three seconds, and Sherman-Newsome scored the eventual game-winning layup with 14.2 left.
- Laster scored a game-best 20 points, and Andre Walker added 16 for Loyola, while Sherman-Newsome scored 16 as one of three Colgate players in double-figures.
- In the programs’ first meeting as Patriot League foes, Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams scored 16 of Loyola’s final 18 points in January 2014, and the Greyhounds held off Colgate for a 67-60 victory in Reitz Arena. Cormier finished with 21 points, and Williams had a career-high 15. Colgate led by as many as nine early in the first half, but Loyola ended up with a 31-24 halftime advantage.
- In the teams’ second meeting of the year, Loyola led 25-24 with just under seven minutes left in the first half, but Colgate closed the opening stanza on a 20-5 run to break open an 84-60 win on Feb. 22, 2014, in Hamilton..
- 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.
Correcting The Last Two
- Loyola’s field goal percentage in its last two games, losses at Boston University and Bucknell, has slipped to 35.1 percent from its 40.7 mark in all 15 of its Patriot League games.
- The Greyhounds have averaged 55 points in those contests, 6.4 less than what they are averaging in other League games.
- On the defensive end of the court, the Terriers and Bison shot 44.4 percent in the two games, right at the 44.3 percent the Greyhounds have yielded over the course of conference play.
Hubbard Finds Shooting Range
- After returning to the starting lineup Feb. 11 against Lafayette, following five games of coming off the bench, Tyler Hubbard has averaged a team-best 13.7 points in Loyola’s last three games.
- In the five games he was not in the opening five, Hubbard averaged just 5.8 points per game, making only 7-of-25 3-pointers and 26.5 percent of overall shots.
- However, in his starting role over the last three, he is 8-of-17 from behind the arc and making 42.9 percent of overall shots. He has regained the team lead in points per game, averaging 10.9 this season.
But, Laster’s Scoring Down
- While Tyler Hubbard’s scoring has increased over the last three games, that of Eric Laster has gone down significantly. After tallying seven against Lafayette on Feb. 11, Laster did not score at Boston University and finished with two at Bucknell. In that time, he points per game average has slipped from 11.9 to 10.7.
- The junior went through a similar skid over eight games from Dec. 2-Jan. 7 when he averaged 6.0 points per outing.
- He came back from that stretch to be the Greyhounds’ best offensive player over the next nine games, from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, averaging 15.0 while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 48.1 from 3-point range.
- 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.
- He is currently second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points per game. He has shot 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 38.6 overall from the field this season. Laster also has been a good distributor of the ball this year and is third on the team with 43 assists, 30 in 15 Patriot League games.
- 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
- The win over Lafayette 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, last 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 15 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 the advantage. The Greyhounds bounced back on the boards Wednesday at Bucknell, grabbing two more rebounds than the Bison, the Patriot League’s second-best rebounding club.
- Overall this season, Loyola is outrebounding opponents by +1.5, 908-870 overall. It’s rebounding margin is best in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds’ biggest advantage has been on the offensive glass where they have grabbed 301 rebounds to their foes’ 253.
- 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.
- 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 26 games, Loyola is leading the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a +1.5 mark.
- Last year, Loyola was 328th our of 345 ranked Division I teams with its -5.1 mark.
- The Greyhounds’ +6.6 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 11.6 per contest. As a result, the Greyhounds are averaging 10.6 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 eight points in losses, 20.9-12.9.
- The Greyhounds are now averaging 28.6 paint points to their opponents’ 26.4 in wins. In losses, however, the Greyhounds are being outscored 33.6-21.8 inside.
- 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 16 losses, however, the Greyhounds’ opponents have shot 48.1 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 37.4 percent in the 16 games it has lost. In their 10 wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 53-of-200 (26.5 percent), a drop off of 10.9 percent.
- 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 26 opponents are shooting just 32.5 percent from 3-point range (145-of-446) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot 7.9 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.
- 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 35.7 percent of Loyola’s field goals and 46.3 percent of free throws and grabbed 41.2 percent of rebounds.
- Additionally, they have contributed 49.3 percent of steals and 45.5 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 36.4 percent of Loyola’s points.
- Andre Walker leads the team in steals (43), is second in assists (60), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.4 points per game.
- Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.8 rebounds per game (177 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 12.9 points in the last 11 games, to raise his season scoring average to 10.4 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 10.4 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.
Barnard Hits 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 6.8 points per game after finishing last Saturday with 10 at Boston University. During that stretch, he has made 57.1 percent of shots from the field, helping to raise his points per game average to 3.7 this year.
- Barnard is also 10th in the Patriot League, and second on the team, in blocked shots with 21 (0.8 per game).
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 73.0 percent from the stripe in its last 12 games, raising its yearly mark to 68.5 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 59 this season through 26 games, Hubbard now has 122 in his career.
- With four at Bucknell on Feb. 18, Hubbard moved into sole possession of eighth-place all-time at Loyola in threes made. He will match Gerald Brown’s mark in seventh place with three more.
- 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 26 games of the year, of which Gregory has started 16, he is averaging 6.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.
- Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 6.8 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.
- Loyola travels to Holy Cross for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 25.