Men's Basketball Opens Patriot League Tourney Tuesday Versus Crusaders

Feb. 28, 2016

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Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball starts play in the 2016 Patriot League Championships on Tuesday, March 1.
  • The Greyhounds host College of the Holy Cross in the first round at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena. The game is a rematch of last year's first-round game that the Crusaders won.
  • Against American on Saturday, Tyler Hubbard moved into a tie with  Jason Rowe for third-place in Loyola history in 3-pointers made with 186.
  • Andre Walker is leading the Greyhounds in scoring during Patriot League play, averaging 15.6 points per game. His output during conference play has raised his season-long average to 14.2 to take over the team lead in scoring.
  • Cam Gregory has averaged 8.6 rebounds in the last nine contests. He had his second double-double of the season Saturday with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and he has two-straight games with 11 or more boards.
  • Loyola has outrebounded Patriot League foes, 651-613, an average of +2.1 per game. In non-conference play, it was outrebounded by 2.6 per game.
  • Defensively, Loyola is allowing 8.2 points per game less in conference play than it did during non-conference. Patriot League teams are scoring 72.3 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.
    • 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.

    Patriot League Championships History    

    • The Greyhounds are making their third appearance in the Patriot League Championships since joining the conference in 2013-2014. They are also seeking their first win after falling 62-45 last year to Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and 84-71 to Lafayette in Reitz Arena.
    • The winner of this year's Loyola-Holy Cross game will go on to the quarterfinals to face regular-season champion Bucknell University on Thursday, March 3, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

    Series History Versus Holy Cross    

    • Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the third time this season and 12th time in series history when the teams take the floor Tuesday 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.
    • In this year's two meetings, Loyola has shot 52.8 percent from the field while holding Holy Cross to 39.8 percent, 20 percent from 3-point range.
    • The teams met less than one week ago, and Loyola dispatched the Crusaders, 78-63, to sweep the season series.
    • 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, and the Greyhounds would maintain a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
    • 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 Rassman made 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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    

    • American's Andrija Matic was fouled on an offensive rebound attempt with less than one second remaining, and he made the front end of two at the free-throw line, giving the Eagles a 67-66 victory Saturday afternoon.
    • Andre Walker, who scored a game-high 25 points and went 6-of-6 from 3-point range, scored five points in the last 34 seconds of the second half to tie the game for Loyola.
    • American led 66-61 on two Jesse Reed free throws with 42 seconds left, but Walker buried a three with 33 ticks left to get Loyola within two. The Greyhounds fouled Charlie Jones, but he missed both free throws with 29 seconds left.
    • Walker then was fouled with 13 seconds showing, and he made both foul shots to know the game at 66-66. The Eagles got the ball into the frontcourt before calling a timeout with 10 seconds remaining.
    • Delante Jones, who had a team-best 18 points, rejected a screen at the top of the perimeter and drove left. Walker stayed with him, and Jones missed a 12-foot baseline jumper that went off the back of the rim. Matic, however, was fouled going up for the rebound.
    • Neither American, nor Loyola, led by more than eight points in the game, and the largest advantage of the second half was only five.

    Dre From Deep    

    • Andre Walker scored 25 points Saturday afternoon at American, doing so behind the strength of going 6-of-6 from 3-point range. Walker's long-range effort tied the school record for most threes without a miss in a game, matching the Feb. 14, 2007, outing by Marquis Sullivan against Rider University.
    • Walker's six threes are also tied for seventh-most in school single game history.
    • The sophomore has made 43.8 percent (32-of-73) of threes in Patriot League play, raising his season average to 38.7 percent. Last year, as a freshman, he just 23.3 percent from behind the arc.

    Cam Crashing The Boards    

    • Cam Gregory has been the Greyhounds' leading rebounder cumulatively in their last nine games, averaging 8.6 in Loyola's games against Colgate (x2), Lehigh, Army West Point, Navy, Boston University, Bucknell, Holy Cross and American.
    • His totals over the last nine games have raised his season average to 5.3. In Patriot League action, he now averaging 6.1 boards per game.
    • Gregory logged his second double-double of the season Saturday at American with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. His two double-doubles match the total he had last year.

    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 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).

    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.
    • The trio, along with Nick Gorski and Josh Forney, went 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) Wednesday night versus Holy Cross.
    • Rassman, Gregory and Gorski were then 11-of-19 (57.8) at American where Gregory did most of the damage at 5-of-6.
    • 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 at American and scored 10. He is also shooting 60.9 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.

    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 In The League    

    • Andre Walker finished non-conference play averaging 11.9 points in 11 games, but he has raised his season average by more than two points in 18 conference outings.
    • During the Patriot League regular-season, Walker scored 15 or more points 1 times and averaged 15.6 points per game to pace the Greyhounds.
    • His scoring in the last 18 has raised his season average to 14.2 points, seventh in the Patriot League and tops on the team.
    • The sophomore guard also leads the squad with 108 assists, 3.7 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 25 of the Greyhounds' 29 contests.

    Hubbard's 3-Pointers    

    • Tyler Hubbard has made 59 of his 185 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in 11 of the Greyhounds' 29 games.
    • The fifth-year senior has 186 made 3-pointers in his career; against American he moved into a tie for third-place in career threes, matching Jason Rowe's total 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 29 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 11 points per game to average 69.8.
    • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.8 percent.