Regular-Season Finale Pits Men's Basketball Versus Navy Saturday At 11 A.M.

Feb. 27, 2015

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Opponent Navy Midshipmen
Date Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time 11:00 a.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball plays its final game of the 2014-2015 regular-season on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. when it hosts the U.S. Naval Academy in Reitz Arena.
  • The Greyhounds can finish tied for fifth in the regular-season standings with a win. A win would also give Loyola the No. 6, 7 or 8 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Championships based on tiebreakers. A loss would mean that the Greyhounds would be the No. 9 seed in the Championships.
  • Over the last five games, juniors Tyler Hubbard and Franz Rassman have led the Greyhounds in scoring, averaging 14.2 and 13.6 points, respectively.

Last Time Out
  • Franz Rassman gave the Greyhounds a 60-59 lead with 37 seconds left Wednesday night at College of the Holy Cross, but Malcolm Miller put the Crusaders up one with two free throws of his own 12 seconds later.
  • Denzel Brito drove left side and drew contact, but his shot was just off, and Miller grabbed the rebound, hit two free throws after being fouled, and Holy Cross came away with a 63-60 victory.
  • Tyler Hubbard matched Miller for game-high honors with 17 points, while Rassman and Cam Gregory 12 each, combining to go 10-of-17 from the field.
  • Andre Walker matched his career-high with  five steals.

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 Navy   
  • With campuses located 26 miles apart (as the crow flies), Loyola and Navy will meet for the 27th time on the hardwood when the teams play Saturday morning.
  • The Midshipmen lead the series 20-6 and had won the last three meetings before Loyola won both games during the 2013-2014 season. The Greyhounds fell, 70-47, on Dec. 31, 2014, in the Patriot League opener for both teams.
  • Navy committed only five turnovers and shot 49.1 percent from the field in the first meeting of this season, as Loyola led for only 56 seconds of the game.
  • Worth Smith led all players with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Tillman Dunbar had 13 points and six assists for the Midshipmen. Tyler Hubbard scored 16 points, and Eric Laster had 12 for Loyola.
  • The teams first met in January 1910 when Navy defeated the Greyhounds, 36-10.
  • In the first Patriot League meeting for the teams, and the Greyhounds’ conference debut, on January 2, 2014, Loyola trailed 47-34 with 5:16 left in regulation, but the Greyhounds went on a 18-5 run to force overtime. Jarred Jones scored the first four points of the run, and he then hit two free throws to tie the game with 11 seconds left, and the game went to overtime after a Navy shot went off course with less than three seconds left.
  • Dylon Cormier scored a game-high 20 in the contest for Loyola, and he went 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, the fifth-best performance in school history. Thurgood Wynn led Navy with 15 points.
  • The Greyhounds again rallied for a win in the season’s second meeting, edging Navy, 67-65, on March 1. Tyler Hubbard made two free throws with 4.4 seconds left in regulation to provide the final margin.
  • Franz Rassman scored 15 points to lead the Greyhounds, while Eric Laster had 14 points for the Greyhounds.
  • Prior to the January 2014 game, Loyola’s most recent win in the series came on January 10, 1994, when the Skip Prosser-coached Greyhounds recorded a 78-68 victory in Reitz Arena.

Rassman Building On Offensive Output   
  • Franz Rassman has significantly increased his scoring over the last five games, averaging 13.8 points during a stretch that has been the most productive offensively during his time on the Evergreen campus.
  • He has shot 53.2 percent from the field and made 4-of-5 3-pointers during those five games in which he has scored 13 versus Lafayette, 10 and 14 at Boston University and Bucknell, a career-best 19 against Colgate and 12 at Holy Cross.
  • The five-game stretch has raised his season scoring average to 8.2 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 six games of coming off the bench, Tyler Hubbard has averaged 14.2 points in Loyola’s last five 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 five, he is 12-of-30 (40 percent) from behind the arc and making 41.0 percent of overall shots.  He has regained the team lead in points per game, averaging 11.2 this season.

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.

Laster With Bounce-Back Outing   
  • While Tyler Hubbard’s scoring has increased since he returned to the starting lineup, that of Eric Laster has dropped. 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, but he was held to just six at Holy Cross, playing only 24 minutes with foul trouble.
  • 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 10.8 points per game. He leads the team in 3-point percentage at 39.0, and Laster also has been a good distributor of the ball this year and is third on the team with 46 assists, 33 in 17 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-18 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-1.9 rebounding margin this season in 17 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 at Bucknell, grabbing two more rebounds than the Bison and the had one more rebound than both Colgate and Holy Cross.
  • Overall this season, Loyola is outrebounding opponents by +1.4, 982-942 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 322 rebounds to their foes’ 266.
  • The rebounding margin has been even more impressive in Loyola’s 11 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 28 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 114th nationally in offensive rebounds per game, averaging 11.5 per contest, the top mark in the Patriot League. As a 5esult, 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, 20.9-13.2.
  • The Greyhounds are now averaging 29.3 paint points to their opponents’ 27.3 in wins. In losses, however, the Greyhounds are being outscored 33.2-22.5 inside.

Winning Combinations   
  • In the Greyhounds’ 11 wins this season, Loyola is shooting more than six percent better from the field (42.1 to 35.9) 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, more than 10 percent less than the 48.2 percent allowed in losses.
  • The numbers are just as dramatic in defending the 3-point arc where Loyola has allowed opponents to shoot 37.1 percent in the 17 games it has lost. In their 11 wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 59-of-220 (26.8 percent), a drop off of 10.3 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 28 games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s opponents are shooting just 32.4 percent from 3-point range (154-of-648) 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 38.1 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have made 35.5 percent of Loyola’s field goals and 46.2 percent of free throws and grabbed 42.0 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 48.8 percent of steals and 44.7 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 36.2 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads the team in steals (50), is second in assists (64), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.6 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.9 rebounds per game (193 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.
  • Including a new career-high with 21 points against Colgate, he has averaged 11.5 points in the last 13 games, to raise his season scoring average to 10.6 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 10.6 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 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 six games, Barnard is averaging 5.7 points per game. During that stretch, he has made 60.0 percent of shots from the field, helping to raise his points per game average to 3.5 this year. He has also averaged 4.0 rebounds in the last five games, bringing his season mark to 3.1. Barnard is also eighth in the Patriot League, and second on the team, in blocked shots with 23 (0.8 per game).

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 71.9 percent from the stripe in its last 14 games, raising its yearly mark to 68.4 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 63 this season through 28 games, Hubbard now has 126 in his career.
  • With three at Holy Cross on Feb. 25, Hubbard moved into sole possession of seventh-place all-time at Loyola in threes made.

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 28 games of the year, of which Gregory has started 16, he is averaging 6.8 points and 6.9 rebounds.
  • Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 6.9 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 (6.9 rebounds per game), while Walker’s 10.6 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 23.1 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 28 games, 65th most in NCAA Division I.
  • Loyola is averaging 20.1 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   
  • Loyola will await the finish of Saturday’s other Patirot League games before finding out who, when and where it will play in the Patriot League Championships.
  • The Greyhounds could earn a bye into the Patriot League Quarterfinals and play on the road Thursday, March 5. Or, they could host, or go on the road for, a First Round game on Tuesday, March 3.