Jesuit Schools Take Court Wednesday As Holy Cross Hosts Men's Basketball

Feb. 24, 2015

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Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Worcester, Mass. | Hart Center
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball heads to Worcester, Massachusetts, for its final road game of the 2014-2015 regular-season where it will take on College of the Holy Cross at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
  • The Greyhounds improved to 4-0 this season, and 7-0 since G.G. Smith became head coach before last year, in overtime contests with Sunday’s win.
  • In 55 minutes of game action Sunday, Loyola had just six turnovers, its fewest in any game this year. Heading into the game, the Greyhounds were averaging 13.4 turnovers per game this year.
  • Cam Gregory had his sixth game with 10-plus rebounds on Sunday.

Last Time Out
  • Colgate University took a 65-58 lead with 89 seconds left in regulation Sunday, but the Greyhounds closed the second half with seven-straight points to tie the contest on two Andre Walker free throws with less than seconds left.
  • Walker then delivered a layup with less than one tick left in the second overtime to send the game to a third, and he laid in the game-winner with 6.8 seconds remaining in the game’s 55th minute to give Loyola an 80-78 triple-overtime win.
  • Walker and Franz Rassman both logged career-highs with 21 and 19 points, respectively, while Eric Laster and Tyler Hubbard chipped in 16 and 13.

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 Holy Cross   
  • Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the fourth time as Patriot League foes and the eighth time overall when the teams take the floor on Wednesday night.
  • The Greyhounds won for the first time as Patriot League opponents on Jan. 29, as Loyola held Holy Cross to 30.8 percent shooting from the field in a 64-54 decision. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds shot 46.8 percent overall, 50 percent in the second half.
  • The lead changed hands twice in the game’s first 17 minutes, and the Crusaders tied the contest with 3:33 on the clock, but Loyola ended the half on an 8-0 run and led for the rest of the game.
  • Andre Walker led Loyola with 16 points, and Tyler Hubbard and Eric Laster scored 13 and 11, respectively. Malcolm Miller led all players with 23 for the Crusaders.
  • Holy Cross won both games between the schools last year and holds a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series.
  • 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.
  • Holy Cross has won all three games played on its home court. The only time the Crusaders have played in Reitz Arena the Greyhounds dealt them a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984. It was the first-ever men’s basketball game played in the venue.

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight   
  • Wednesday’s game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, a nationwide initiative to draw attention to Jesuit schools.

Career Highs For Two   
  • Andre Walker and Franz Rassman both posted career-high scoring numbers on Sunday afternoon against Colgate, setting new personal standards with 21 and 19 points, respectively.
  • Rassman scored 10 of his 19 in the game’s first half and then fouled out 1:11 into the first overtime. Walker entered the second half with just three points, but he tallied nine in that frame and 10 in the three overtime periods.

Triple-Overtime Treat   
  • Sunday’s game was the first three overtime affair for Loyola since it played 55 minutes in a loss at Siena College on Jan. 10, 2002.
  • It was also the longest game between two Patriot League teams since Valentine’s Day in 2009 when Army edged Lehigh, 82-75, in triple-overtime. That game and Sunday’s are tied for the longest regular-season games in League history. They match the 2008 Patriot League Tournament game between Bucknell and Navy.

Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond   
  • Loyola improved to 4-0 this season in overtime with its Feb. 22 win over Colgate, and the Greyhounds are now 7-0 in the two seasons that G.G. Smith has been the team’s head coach.
  • More impressively, Loyola is 16-1 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 8-3 this year in games decided by seven or fewer points. Since G.G. Smith became head coach, Loyola is 17-6 in those games.

Clutch Time   
  • In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s victories this year, Andre Walker has led the team in scoring, averaging 5.3 points in those occasions. He has also made 27-of-33 free throws in that time period.

Taking Care Of The Ball   
  • Despite playing 55 minutes on Sunday against Colgate, the Greyhounds committed a season-low six turnovers. Prior to the game, Loyola was averaging 13.4 turnovers per game this season, 12.2 in Patriot League play. The last time Loyola had six or fewer miscues was Feb. 19, 2014, when it committed five against Bucknell.

Rassman Building On Offensive Output   
  • Franz Rassman has been Loyola’s leading scorer over the past four games, averaging 14.0 points during a stretch that has been the most productive offensively during his time on the Evergreen campus.
  • He has shot 50 percent from the field and made 4-of-5 3-pointers during those four games in which he has scored 13 versus Lafayette, 10 and 14 at Boston University and Bucknell and 19 against Colgate.
  • The four-game stretch has raised his season scoring average to 8.1 points per game. He also ended the 2013-2014 regular-season on a strong note, scoring 15 in the Greyhounds’ final two games last year (Holy Cross and at Navy).

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 13.5 points in Loyola’s last four 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 four, he is 9-of-24 from behind the arc and making 39.2 percent of overall shots.  He has regained the team lead in points per game, averaging 11.0 this season.

Laster With Bounce-Back Outing   
  • While Tyler Hubbard’s scoring has increased over the last three games, that of Eric Laster had been 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 entering the game against Colgate. He rallied against Colgate, scoring 16 points off the bench while making 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
  • 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 10.9 points per game. He leads the team in 3-point percentage at 39.2, and Laster also has been a good distributor of the ball this year and is third on the team with 54 assists, 32 in 16 Patriot League games.

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.

Hitting The Boards   
  • Boston University outrebounded the Greyhounds by 14, 42-28, on Valentine’s Day in New England, but it was an uncommon occurrence for Loyola of late.
  • The Greyhounds have averaged a plus-2.0 rebounding margin this season in 16 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 last Wednesday at Bucknell, grabbing two more rebounds than the Bison, the Patriot League’s second-best rebounding club, and the had one more than Colgate.
  • Overall this season, Loyola is outrebounding opponents by +1.4, 953-914 overall. It’s rebounding margin is second-best in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds’ biggest advantage has been on the offensive glass where they have grabbed 314 rebounds to their foes’ 263.
  • The rebounding margin has been even more impressive in Loyola’s 10 victories this season where they have posted a +6.2 on the glass.

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 27 games, Loyola is second in the Patriot League in rebounding margin with a +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 11.6 per contest. As a result, the Greyhounds are averaging 10.6 second-chance points per game. In victories, that number goes up to 12.4.

Paint Points, Bench Scoring Prove Key   
  • In its 11 wins this season, Loyola’s bench has outscored opponents 20.6-11.5, while the Greyhounds have faced a disadvantage of eight points in losses, 20.9-12.9.
  • The Greyhounds are now averaging 29.3 paint points to their opponents’ 27.3 in wins. In losses, however, the Greyhounds are being outscored 33.6-21.8 inside.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds’ 11 wins this season, Loyola is shooting more than six percent better from the field (42.1 to 35.5) than in losses, but it is the Greyhounds’ defense in those games that has played the biggest role, limiting foes to 38.1 percent from the field, exactly 10 percent less than the 48.1 percent allowed in losses.
  • The numbers are just as 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 11 wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 59-of-220 (26.8 percent), a drop off of 10.6 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 26 games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s opponents are shooting just 32.4 percent from 3-point range (151-of-466) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ opponents shot eight percent better from behind the arc,.
  • Loyola’s 32.4 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 37.9 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have made 35.5 percent of Loyola’s field goals and 46.5 percent of free throws and grabbed 41.9 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 47.7 percent of steals and 45.8 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 36.3 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (45), is second in assists (61), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.8 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 7.0 rebounds per game (188 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 at the time that was set in the season-opener, against Lafayette, Boston University and Bucknell during the stretch.
  • After setting a new career-high with 21 points against Colgate, he has averaged 13.3 points in the last 12 games, to raise his season scoring average to 10.8 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.
  • Walker is eighth in the Patriot League in free-throw percentage overall (80.2 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 10.8 points per game to go with 4.2 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 6.4 points per game. During that stretch, he has made 61.1 percent of shots from the field, helping to raise his points per game average to 3.5 this year. He has also averaged 4.6 rebounds in the last five games, bringing his season mark to 3.2.
  • Barnard is also eighth in the Patriot League, and tops on the team, in blocked shots with 23 (0.8 per game).

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 fourth 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 32.4 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 72.4 percent from the stripe in its last 13 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 60 this season through 26 games, Hubbard now has 1123 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 two more.

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 27 games of the year, of which Gregory has started 16, he is averaging 6.6 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 27 games, 59th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 20.2 free-throw attempts per game this season, and in its 11 wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 22.5 trips to the line, making 172-of-248 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   
  • The Greyhounds finish out the regular-season with a 11 a.m. home game on Saturday, Feb. 28, against the U.S. Naval Academy.