Men's Basketball To Celebrate Seniors Wednesday Versus Holy Cross

Feb. 22, 2016

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Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland plays its final regular-season home game on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
  • The Greyhounds host College of the Holy Cross in a 7:30 p.m. game in Reitz Arena.
  • Prior to the game, the Greyhounds will honor four members of their Class of 2016 in a senior ceremony: Josh Forney, Tyler Hubbard, Eric Laster and Franz Rassman.
  • For the second time in two weeks, Loyola had two 20-plus point scorers on Sunday when it played at Colgate. Eric Laster dropped a career-high 26 points, and Andre Walker added 22. Walker (31) and Jarred Jones (28) also had 20-plus on Feb. 6 at Army West Point.
  • Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 15.1 points per game. His output during conference play has raised his season-long average to 13.8 to take over the team lead in scoring.
  • Loyola has outrebounded Patriot League foes, 576-559, an average of +1.1 per game. In non-conference play, it was outrebounded by 2.6 per game.
  • Defensively, Loyola is allowing 7.3 points per game less in conference play than it did during non-conference. Patriot League teams are scoring 73.2 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 Holy Cross    

  • Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the second time this season and 11th time in series history when the teams take the floor Wednesday night. The teams met three times last season, splitting the regular-season meetings with each winning on their home court; the Crusaders then posted a 62-45 victory over Loyola in the Patriot League Championships First Round in Worcester, Mass.
  • Jarred Jones and Andre Walker combined to score 21-straight Loyola points during the second half, and the Greyhounds shot a season-best 57.7 percent from the field host of the Holy Cross, 71-54, in the programs’ first meeting this year.
  • Jones finished with game-highs of 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals; Walker added 15 points, 11 coming after halftime, and three assists.
  • A Jones basket in the paint 1:57 into the second half started the stretch where the two shouldered the scoring load, and a Walker 3-point play with a layup and free throw 25 seconds later pushed the Greyhounds’ advantage to 18, 46-28.
  • Holy Cross, however, scored 14 of the next 16 points to get within six, 48-42, on a Robert Champion three with 12:56 left in regulation.
  • Coming out of a Loyola timeout, Walker knocked down a 12-foot pull-up jumper, and he scored on Loyola’s next possession to put the lead back in double figures. Karl Charles, who led the Crusaders with 17 points, found room in the pain to score, but Walker came back with a pair of free throws to make it 54-44 Loyola.
  • Holy Cross had one more run in it, but this was limited to five in a row as Jehyve Floyd scored in the paint and Malachi Alexander knocked down a three from the left side to cut the Crusaders’ deficit to five, 54-49, with 9:10 left.
  • On Loyola’s next possession, Jones caught a Tyler Hubbard pass and scored to stop the mini-run, and Loyola forced a missed three by Alexander on Holy Cross’ offensive end. With the shot clock winding down, Hubbard missed a driving layup, but Jones was there to tip in the putback at 8:05.
  • Franz Rassman pulled down the defensive rebound after a missed Pat Benzan three for Holy Cross, and Jones converted again for Loyola to stretch the lead back to 11, 60-49, at 7:25.
  • Loyola’s 57.7 percent mark from the field eclipsed the 52.5 percent it shot in November at Saint Bonaventure University. It was also the Greyhounds’ best percentage from the field in more than three years since they shot 60.4 in a Jan. 17, 2013, win over Marist College. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds held Holy Cross to just 38.3 percent from the field. The Crusaders led for just 63 seconds in the first half.
  • Prior to playing on January 29, 2014, in Worcester, the programs last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.

Last Time Out    

  • Colgate’s Austin Tillotson hit a half-court 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the Raiders a 93-90 victory over visiting Loyola at Cotterell Court.
  • Andre Walker knocked down one of his career-high four 3-pointers at the offensive end for the Greyhounds, tying the game with 2.9 seconds left. Tillotson, however, got the inbound pass and let go a half-court shot that swished home for the win.
  • Loyola rallied from seven down in the second half to force overtime, thanks in large part to 20 points after the break from Eric Laster. Laster finished with a game- and career-high 26 points, making 5-of-6 3-pointers, all in the second half.
  • An Alex Ramon layup with 9:34 left in regulation put Colgate up, 60-53, but Loyola scored the next seven points to tie the score on two Walker free throws at 7:57.
  • Sean O’Brien hit a three for the Raiders at 2:19, and the lead swung back to Colgate’s advantage, 77-76. Laster, however, was not done with his outside shooting, making a three at 1:59 to put Loyola up two. The teams traded empty possessions, but O’Brien capitalized on space inside to score with 32 ticks left, and the score was tied at 79-79. Loyola got a shot for Laster with under five seconds to play, but it rimmed out, and the teams headed to overtime.
  • Colgate went up by as many as five late in the extra period as a Ramon basket put the Raiders in front, 87-82. Walker, however, knocked down a three with just under a minute to go, and it was a one-possession game. The Raiders missed on their offensive end, but Loyola turned the ball over and had to foul with 18 seconds left. Swopshire hit a pair of free throws to make it an 89-85 Raiders’ lead.
  • Walker drove and scored with 11 seconds left, and Loyola was back within a pair. The Greyhounds fouled Tillotson with 10.1 on the clock, and he missed the first of the free throws before knocking down the second. With that shot, the Raiders were up, 90-87, but Walker hit his stepback three with 2.9 left to tie the score at 90-90. Tillotson picked the ball up near the free throw line and let go of his shot with time on the clock, hitting it to give the Raiders the win.

Stellar Shooting    

  • Loyola had its best shooting performance in more than three years Sunday at Colgate when it made 35-of-59 shots, good for 59.3 percent from the field.
  • That mark set a new season-high, eclipsing the 30-of-52 outing, a 57.7 percentage the Greyhounds had in their first meeting with Holy Cross in January.
  • It also was the best field-goal percentage in a game since Loyola shot 60.4 percent in a Jan. 17, 2013, win over Marist College. Wednesday was also the best shooting by a Loyola team in a true road game since the Greyhounds shot 62.5 percent in a 99-86 win on Dec. 31, 2005, at the University of Delaware.

Laster Finds Range    

  • Eric Laster set or tied several personal-bests on Saturday at Colgate where he finished with 26 points to best his previous high of 24 from 2014 at Butler.
  • Laster made 10-of-15 shots from the field and 5-of-6 3-pointers. Twenty of his 26 points came in the second half of action when he made all five of his 3-point attempts and knocked down 7-of-10 shots from the field.
  • In addition to his new high in points, his field goals made were a new standard, and he tied his previous high with five 3-pointers.
  • His 26 points exceeded his total from Loyola’s previous four games in which he had scored only 23 points (5.8 per).
  • Laster has tended to make 3-pointers in bunches this season. Of the 31 that he has hit in 2015-2016, 19 have come in five outings. In addition to the five he made Saturday, he has made four twice (Siena and American) and three twice (Towson, Colgate at home).

Down Low    

  • Franz Rassman, Chancellor Barnard and Cam Gregory combined to shoot 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the field at Colgate while scoring 34 points.
  • Rassman’s 15 were a season-high, and his 7-of-10 performance raised his season field-goal percentage to a team-best 51.1 percent.
  • Barnard made 6-of-7 shots and scored 12 points while matching his season-high with eight rebounds. Barnard has hit the League minimum for field goals made per game (3.0) to qualify for the field-goal percentage category, but he is shooting 60.9 percent from the field this season.
  • Gregory made 5-of-6 free throws on Sunday and scored seven after going 1-of-2 from the field, as well. He is shooting 54.8 percent from the field, although he is also not qualified in the category.

Brains & Brawn    

  • Two weeks ago, 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 8.2 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 seven games, averaging 7.6 in Loyola’s games against Colgate (x2), Lehigh, Army West Point, Navy, Boston University and Bucknell.
  • His totals over the last seven games haver raised his season average to 4.8. In Patriot League action, he now averaging 5.4 boards per game.

Taking Their Charity    

  • Over its last eight games, Loyola has made 154-of-199 free throws. Its 77.4 percent mark in those contests has raised its season average to 72.4 percent, No. 2 in the Patriot League and 77th 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 16 Patriot League games, the Greyhounds are shooting 73.7 percent (278-of-277) 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.

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 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 16 conference outings.
  • In the first 16 Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points nine times and is averaging 15.1 points per game to pace the Greyhounds.
  • His scoring in the last 16 has raised his season average to 13.8 points, seventh in the Patriot League and tops on the team.
  • The sophomore guard also leads the squad with 100 assists, 3.7 per contest, and steals. He has 42 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 23 of the Greyhounds’ 27 contests.

Hubbard’s 3-Pointers    

  • 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 27 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 10.8 points per game to average 69.6.
  • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.5 percent.