BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball will open the doors to Reitz Arena Thursday, Nov. 5, for the first test of the 2015-2016 season as the Greyhounds welcome McGill University for a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game.
McGill hosted the Greyhounds during their August 2014 Canadian tour, and the Montreal school will make the trip to Baltimore on a two-game American swing. Admission to Thursday’s game is free, and it will also be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network, powered by Campus Insiders.
The Greyhounds, who finished last year with a 7-11 Patriot League record and 11-19 overall mark, return 90 percent of their scoring from a season ago. Graduated guard Denzel Brito is the only player who saw significant playing time in 2014-2015 to no longer be with the program.
Eric Laster leads three players who averaged 10.2 points per game last year and is Loyola’s top returning scorer (10.9 points per game). Tyler Hubbard was just behind Laster in scoring (10.8), while Andre Walker (10.2) also topped double figures in scoring average.
The return of Jarred Jones will bolster the Greyhounds’ frontcourt, as well. Jones, who averaged 8.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 2013-2014, missed all by the first two games of last year with injuries.
Franz Rassman, a senior who posted marks of 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season, will join Jones in the post.
Cam Gregory, who averaged 7.0 rebounds, third-most in the Patriot League, as a freshman in 2014-2015, and Chancellor Barnard will provide a deep frontline for Loyola. Barnard led the team in blocked shots (26) a year ago. Gregory and Walker both earned Patriot League All-Rookie Team honors in their first seasons at Loyola.
McGill, which has been ranked as one of the top-50 academic institutions worldwide, has been one of Canada’s traditional collegiate powers and has already played a handful of games this year. Valparaiso and Texas Tech played in Montreal in August, and McGill have played eight contests against fellow Canadian teams since the start of October, going 7-1 in the process.
Guards Dele Ogundokun and Jenning Leung have led McGill in scoring this fall, averaging 14.6 and 13.0 points per game, respectively.
The game will be a lead-in to the Greyhounds’ regular-season opener when Loyola hosts Tennessee State University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.