LIU Brooklyn Visits Monday Night To Face Men's Basketball

Nov. 14, 2015

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Opponent LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
Date Monday, November 16, 2015
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its second game of four games in a stretch of nine days to start the 2015-2016 season when it hosts Long Island University Brooklyn on Monday, Nov. 16, in a 7:30 p.m. start in Reitz Arena.
  • The Greyhounds opened their season on Friday night against Tennessee State University, but Monday’s game is the opener for LIU Brooklyn.
  • G.G. Smith is in his third year at the helm of the Greyhounds’ program after spending the 2007-2013 seasons as an assistant coach at the University.
  • The Greyhounds return 89.9 percent of their scoring from last season and 90 percent of their rebounds. Denzel Brito was the only senior on the team from a year ago and the only player not returning who saw significant action.
  • The Greyhounds shot 43 free throws in their opening game, the most they have attempted in a game since the 2011 season.
  • Four players scored in double-figured for the Greyhounds on Friday night, but Loyola did not get any points from its non-starters.
  • Seven Greyhounds grabbed three or more rebounds in the opening game with five pulling down four or more.
  • Tyler Hubbard and Eric Laster both made 6-of-13 shots Friday night while the rest of the team was 7-of-29.

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.
  • Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play with Loyola alum Jim Chivers adding commentary.
  • 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.

Series History Versus LIU Brooklyn    
  • Loyola and LIU will meet for the 17th time when the teams take the floor Monday night, but it will be the first time the schools have meet in men’s basketball since Feb. 28, 1989.
  • The Greyhounds and Blackbirds are former ECAC Metro/Northeast Conference foes prior the Loyola joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the 1989-1990 season.
  • Loyola and LIU were founding members of what was then the ECAC Metro Conference in 1981 (it became the Northeast prior to the 1988-1989 season) and were regular opponents for eight seasons.
  • The Greyhounds hold a 10-6 advantage in the previous 16 meetings, but the Blackbirds won the last meeting between the programs. LIU defeated the Greyhounds, 79-66, in the 1989 Northeast Conference Championships. That game would be the final NEC contest the Greyhounds would play prior to moving to the MAAC.

Last Time Out    
  • Loyola opened the 2015-2016 season Friday, Nov. 13, when it hosted Tennessee State in front of a sellout Reitz Arena crowd of 2,100. The Greyhounds led by as many as nine in the first half and were tied, 65-65, with 6:22 remaining, but Tennessee State outscored Loyola, 21-6, down the stretch for an 86-71 victory.
  • The Tigers led 9-7 just under two minutes into the game, but Loyola went on an 11-0 run and held them scoreless for more than six minutes to take an 18-9 advantage on three free throws by Tyler Hubbard at 14:44 in the first half.
  • Tennessee State rallied to tie the game three times before halftime, and the Tigers held a brief two-point lead, and the teams went into the locker room knotted at 36-36.
  • During a stretch from 15:00 to 5:31 in the second half, Tennessee State led by four or less, and the game was tied on six occasions. The Greyhounds made just one field goal in the game’s last 6:50, and Tennessee State pulled away for the victory.
  • Tyler Hubbard scored 21 points, 18 in the first half, to lead Loyola, and Eric Laster tallied 17. Jarred Jones managed 14 points and a team-best seven rebounds in only 17 foul-plagued minutes, while Andre Walker scored 13 to go with five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
  • Wayne Martin scored 27 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for the Tigers, while Tahjere McCall added 23 points.

Hubbard’s 3-Point Proficiency    
  • Tyler Hubbard made four of his five 3-point attempts Friday night and finished with a team-high 21 points. He knocked down all three of his threes in the first half and finished with 18 of his points before the break.
  • The fifth-year senior now has 131 made 3-pointers in his career, good for seventh on the program’s all-time chart. He is 14 shy of tying Tracy Bergan (1989-94) for sixth place.
  • Hubbard has now made four or more 3-pointers 10 times during his career, hitting 44-of-74 (59.5 percent) from behind the arc in those 10 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, a 35.7 percent effort against the Orange.

Jones Returns To The Court    
  • Jarred Jones’ season debut marked the first time since 363 days that he played in an intercollegiate basketball game. Jones suffered a sprained knee against Cornell University on Nov. 16, 2014, and then had season-ending wrist surgery the following month.
  • Friday night, he was plagued by foul trouble, playing just 17 minutes, but in that time, the redshirt junior scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. He was just 2-of-7 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line a career-high 15 times and tied his previous best by making 10 foul shots.
  • Jones entered 2014-2015 as the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder after averaging 8.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2013-2014. He then scored nine points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds in last year’s season-opener at Texas Tech University.

Lots Of Whistles    
  • Friday night’s game featured plenty of foul calls as the teams combined for 55 (28 for Tennessee State, 27 for the Greyhounds). That number matches the combined high in a Loyola game from last season when the Greyhounds had 28 and Siena were whistled for 27 on Nov. 29, 2014.

And, Plenty Of Free Throws    
  • Loyola shot 43 free throws, making 27, on Friday night; it was the most the Greyhounds have attempted since it went 31-of-46 on Nov. 17, 2011 at UMBC.
  • Tennessee State shot 28 free throws and made 23 of its attempts.
  • It was the first time since a double-overtime win on Feb. 2, 2013, at Niagara University that the Greyhounds have shot 40 or more free throws in a game. They attempted 41 in that win over the Purple Eagles.

Starters Do The Scoring    
  • Loyola’s starting five of Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones, Eric Laster, Franz Rassman and Andre Walker scored all 71 of the Greyhounds’ points Friday night with all but Rassman finishing with in double-figures with 13 or more.
  • The non-starters took only four field goals (Nick Gorski and Chancellor Barnard each attempted two), and the bench players were also unsuccessful on four free-throw attempts.
  • The five non-starters did, however, did amass 11 rebounds with Cam Gregory grabbing four and Gorski and Barnard each pulling down three.

The Bad Kind Of 20-20 Vision    
  • Tennessee State’s Wayne Martin scored 27 points and had 21 rebounds, both game highs on Friday night. His performance was the first 20-20 outing by a Loyola opponent since Siena College’s Ryan Rossiter had 23 and 20 on Feb. 7, 2011 in Albany, N.Y. Rossiter, who was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year that season, scored a third of the Saints’ points in that game, and Loyola left the Times Union Center with a 76-69 victory.

Back For More    
  • The Greyhounds return 89.9 percent of their scoring from last season and 90 percent of their rebounds. Denzel Brito was the only senior on the team from a year ago and the only player not returning who saw significant action.
  • Only Boston University, a team that returns 100 percent of both from 2014-2015, has more back in the fold for this campaign in the Patriot League.
  • Loyola returns 11 players from a year ago and adds three freshmen guards – James Fives, Sam Norton and Nevell Provo – to the mix.

Preseason Prognostications    
  • Loyola was slotted to finish seventh in a tightly-grouped Patriot League by a vote of conference head coaches and sports information personnel.
  • The Greyhounds received 73 votes in a tightly bunched poll that saw Lehigh University draw 12 first-place votes and top honors entering the 2015-2016 season. The Mountain Hawks were followed by Bucknell University, Boston University, the U.S. Military Academy, American University and defending Patriot League champion Lafayette College.
  • Loyola pulled in 23 more points than eighth-place College of the Holy Cross, and the final two spots were taken by Colgate University and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Exhibition Action    
  • Loyola opened the doors to Reitz Arena for the first time this season with an exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 5, against McGill University. The Greyhounds gave up the game’s first two points but then scored the next 16 to take a commanding lead midway through the first half.
  • The Greyhounds pulled away for a 72-48 win over the Canadian side. Jarred Jones scored 15 points to lead Loyola, while Tyler Hubbard added 14.

Three With 10+ Points Return    
  • For the first time since the 2012-2013 season, Loyola returns three players who averaged 10 or more points per game a year ago. Eric Laster and Tyler Hubbard lead the way after averaging 10.9 and 10.8 points per game, respectively, while Andre Walker finished his freshman campaign with a 10.2 average.
  • Laster and Hubbard finished the season with only a 3-point differential between them in total points (327-324), while Walker totaled 306.

Rookie Honors For Gregory & Walker    
  • Classmates Cam Gregory and Andre Walker were named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team last year, giving the Greyhounds two of the five players on the team as they joined Bucknell University’s Nana Foulland, Boston University’s Cheddi Mosley and Lehigh University’s Kahron Ross.
  • Gregory was the top freshman rebounder, and third overall, in the Patriot League, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game. He led the Greyhounds in rebounding in 21 of 30 games this year and averaged 6.8 points per game.
  • Walker led Patriot League freshmen in scoring throughout the season, checking in with a 10.2 points per game mark. Walker also tied for second in the League in total steals (51) and averaged 4.1 rebounds per game, the third-best mark on the team.

Meet The New Guys    
  • Three freshman guards – James Fives, Sam Norton and Nevell Provo – join the Greyhounds roster and will make their Loyola debuts when they take the floor for the first time.
  • Fives averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior in 2014-2015 at The Hill School where he led the Rams to the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAISA) title. Prior to spending his final two seasons at Hill, Fives was a three-year starter at Scranton Preparatory Academy.
  • Norton was a teammate of Fives at The Hill School prior to walking on at Loyola. There, Norton averaged eight points, eight rebounds and two steals per game as a senior.
  • Provo comes the furthest of the Class of 2019 to play for Loyola. A native of North Preston, Nova Scotia, Provo played his final two years of high school basketball at Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering, Ontario. Provo led Pine Ridge Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSSA) Bronze Medal and played in the BioSteel All-Canadian Game. He was also a member of this the 2015 Canadian U-19 World Championships Team. The Canadians finished fifth in the tournament that was played in Greece.

Freshman Contributions In 2014-15    
  • Loyola’s four sophomores – Andre Walker, Cam Gregory, Chancellor Barnard and Matt Staubi – combined to make large contributions to the Greyhounds last season.
  • The group, with Walker, Gregory and Barnard drawing the most playing time, played 38.3 percent of available minutes last year for Loyola. They made 35.8 percent of Loyola’s field goals, 47.3 percent of free throws and grabbed 42.8 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they contributed 49.1 percent of steals and 45.5 percent of the team’s blocked shots while scoring 36.6 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker led the team in steals (51), was second in assists (68) and was the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 10.4 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory topped the team with 7.0 rebounds per game (210 total), and his rebounds per game mark as third-best in the conference.

Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond    
  • Loyola was 4-0 last season in overtime with its Feb. 22 triple-overtime 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 were 8-3 last year in games decided by seven or fewer points. Since G.G. Smith became head coach, Loyola is 17-6 in those games.

New Addition To Reitz Arena    
  • Four bright additions were made to Reitz Arena, the Greyhounds home facility during the offseason with the installation of four Daktronics video display boards that total more than 600 square feet of viewing for fans at six-millimeter resolution.
  • Positioned at the four corners of Reitz Arena’s court, two of the boards will serve as the facility’s primary scoreboards, and the others will provide live video, replays and other entertainment and programming options during games.
  • The video boards, as well as LED courtside signage that was integrated in 2013-2014, was made possible by a $1 million gift by Jim Forbes ’80 and his wife, Hollis. A control room that is outfitted with video board control and webstream equipment rounded out the technological enhancement.

Up Next    
  • Loyola goes on the road for the first time following the LIU game on Monday night. The Greyhounds take on cross-town foe UMBC on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. before heading to Olean, N.Y. for a Saturday, Nov. 21, contest at Saint Bonaventure University.