|Date||Saturday, February 27, 2016|
|Location||Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena|
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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.
- 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.
Patriot League Championships Scenarios
- Loyola will be the seventh or eighth seed in next week's Patriot League Championships and will host a first round game Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- With a win over American, Loyola will host Lafayette; a loss means the Greyhounds would host Holy Cross.
Series History Versus American
- American is Loyola's most-played Patriot League opponent, as Saturday's game will be the 90th all-time installment in the series.
- The Eagles, who are Loyola's seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.
- With Loyola's win in the first meeting between the programs this season - Dec. 30, 2015, in Baltimore - the Greyhounds hold a one-game margin in the series, 45-44. The teams split the season series in each of the last two years with each winning on its home court.
- Eric Laster made all four of his 3-point attempts, and Tyler Hubbard converted all 10 of his free throws in this year's first meeting, leading the Greyhounds to a 75-67 win over visiting American in the teams' Patriot League opener. The Greyhounds made 61.5 percent of their 3-pointers (8-of-13) and shot 87.1 percent (27-of-31) from the free-throw line. Loyola's free-throw percentage set a school record for a game in which it attempted 30 or more free throws.
- Hubbard finished with a team-high 18 points, and Laster added 17 off the Greyhounds' bench. Andre Walker scored 11, while Franz Rassman and Jarred Jones each scored nine. Jones led all players with nine rebounds and two blocked shots, while Rassman pulled down six boards.
- All three of Laster's treys in the second half came as answers to American scores at the other end. With 5:22 left in regulation, the Eagles narrowed what was an 11-point Loyola advantage to just five, 56-51, on a James Washington jumper in the lane. Laster, however, took a Walker pass at the top of the perimeter and hit his second three of the half at 5:05, pushing the lead back to eight.
- Jesse Reed answered that with a layup and free throw on American's offensive side 21 seconds later, making it a five-point game again. The teams traded missed threes, and Laster was fouled and made both foul shots to stretch th lead to 61-54 at 3:18.
- Prior to the Greyhounds joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014, American and Loyola last played November 13, 2007, the third year in a row that the teams had met on the hardwood.
Last Time Out
- James Fives made a 3-pointer from the right side with less than two seconds left in the first half, giving Loyola a 10-point halftime lead on Wednesday night, and the Greyhounds would maintain a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game to defeat, 78-63.
- Fives' first three of the night, part of his career-high 10 points, gave Loyola a 13-11 advantage with 13:57 left in the first half, erasing the last time the Crusaders would lead in the game.
- Holy Cross would tie the score twice in the next few minutes, but Franz Rassmanmade 1-of-2 at the line with 8:26 to go in the first half, and Tyler Hubbard made one of his three 3-pointers at 7:23, putting Loyola up for good.
- Fives caught an Andre Walker pass on the right side and hit his second three of the game, sending the teams to the locker rooms with Loyola on top, 33-23. Just over five minutes into the second half, Nick Gorski converted in the paint off a Sean Tuohy, Jr., pass, and the Greyhounds' lead was 20, 48-28.
- Tuohy would then skip a pass to Eric Laster in the right corner for a three at 13:57 to put Loyola in front by 21, its largest lead of the game.
- An 8-0 Crusaders run that culminated with a Karl Charles fast-break layup at 4:58 drew Holy Cross within 10, 66-56, but Loyola scored the next six points at the free-throw line to maintain a double-digit lead.
- Walker scored a game-high 15 points to go with six assists, leading four Loyola players in double figures. Rassman scored 13, while Hubbard tallied 11 and Fives scored 10. Cam Gregory nearly had his second double-double of the season, falling a pair of points shy with eight to go with a game-high 11 rebounds.
- Loyola led Holy Cross by 10 at halftime Wednesday night, but there was not letdown in the final 20 minutes for the Greyhounds.
- The shot 58.3 percent from the field after the break and led by 10 or more the entire frame.
- Sunday was the second game in a row that the Greyhounds have shot exceptionally well after halftime. They made 60-perecnt of their shots in that half last Sunday at Colgate, giving them a two-game percentage of 59.2.
Limiting Second Chances
- The Greyhounds held Holy Cross to just three offensive rebounds Wednesday night, the fewest they have yielded since giving up the same number on Feb. 5, 2014, at American.
- 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 Sunday 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).
- 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.
- The trio, along with Nick Gorski and Josh Forney, went 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) Wednesday night versus Holy Cross.
- Rassman scored 15, a season-high, at Colgate, and has raised his season field-goal percentage to a team-best 51.0 percent.
- Barnard made 6-of-7 shots and scored 12 points at Colgate 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 54.9 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 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Cam Crashing The Boards
- Cam Gregory has been the Greyhounds' leading rebounder cumulatively in their last eight games, averaging 8.0 in Loyola's games against Colgate (x2), Lehigh, Army West Point, Navy, Boston University, Bucknell and Holy Cross.
- His totals over the last eight games have raised his season average to 5.0. In Patriot League action, he now averaging 5.7 boards per game.
Taking Their Charity
- Over its last nine games, Loyola has made 171-of-233 free throws. Its 76.7 percent mark in those contests has raised its season average to 72.4 percent, No. 2 in the Patriot League and 76th 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 17 Patriot League games, the Greyhounds are shooting 73.6 percent (295-of-401) from the charity stripe.
- 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.
- 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 17 conference outings.
- In the first 17 Patriot League games, Walker has scored 15 or more points 10 times and is averaging 15.1 points per game to pace the Greyhounds.
- His scoring in the last 17 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 106 assists, 3.8 per contest, and steals. He has 43 thefts this year, an average of 1.5 per game. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has 14 of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in 24 of the Greyhounds' 28 contests.
- Tyler Hubbard has made 58 of his 180 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in 11 of the Greyhounds' 28 games.
- The fifth-year senior has 185 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 185 are one 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 28 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.