UMBC Hosts Men's Basketball In Hounds First Road Game Of Year

Nov. 17, 2015

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Opponent UMBC Retrievers
Date Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Catonsville, Maryland | RAC Arena
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its third game of four games in a stretch of nine days to start the 2015-2016 season, and its first road contest of the year, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in a 7 o’clock tipoff at UMBC.
  • Both teams are entering the game already having played twice since opening night.
  • Jarred Jones logged a career-high 14 rebounds Monday night against LIU Brooklyn and recorded his second career double-double with a game-high 18 points.
  • Loyola’s starters have done 94 percent of the scoring this season for the Greyhounds.
  • Tyler Hubbard has made 7-of-12 3-pointers this season, and as of games through Nov. 16, he is in the top 75 nationally in 3-pointers made per game (3.5) and 3-point field goal percentge (.583).
  • Andre Walker leads the Patriot League and is in the top 40 nationally with six steals in two games.
  • 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 shot 43 free throws in their opening game, the most they have attempted in a game since the 2011 season (vs. UMBC).

Series History Versus UMBC    
  • Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 49th time when the teams take the hardwood on Wednesday night. The Greyhounds have won the last eight meetings and hold a 30-18 overall record in the series that dates to the 1972-1973 season.
  • The Greyhounds came out of last year’s game with a 45-38 victory after the teams combined to shoot just 27.9 percent from the field (29-of-104). Neither Loyola (29.4, 15-of-51), nor UMBC (26.4, 14-of-53), shot better than 30 percent during the game in which both teams committed 19 turnovers.
  • Andre Walker had three steals and scored five points during an 8-0 Loyola run midway through the second half that helped the Greyhounds take the lead for good. Walker, who was playing his third collegiate game, finished with a game-high 16 points and five steals.
  • Cam Gregory, who was making his first career start, pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • The last time Loyola played at the RAC Arena, the Greyhounds faced a 17-point deficit, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation, but Loyola left Catonsville with an 89-83 overtime victory.
  • R.J. Williams’ layup at 8:37 started a 10-0 run that cut the deficit to seven in just over two minutes, but UMBC built its advantage back to 10, 73-63, with 90 ticks left on the clock.
  • Eric Laster, however, hit four threes in a 41-second span, and a Dylon Cormier free throw with 11 seconds left tied the game, forcing overtime. Cormier finished with a career-high tying 34 points, and Laster added 16.

Last Time Out    
  • Loyola rallied from a one-time 13-point deficit on Monday night against UMBC to tie the game on three occasions in the final 2:01 of regulation, the last time coming when Andre Walker made a pair of free throws with 43 ticks on the clock.
  • The Greyhounds forced a turnover on Long Island University Brooklyn’s ensuing possession, and Loyola called a timeout with just over 20 seconds remaining. Walker drove the right side, but the ball was knocked away and out of bounds.
  • Coming out of a timeout with five seconds left, Walker inbounded the ball to Jones on the baseline, and Jones went up for a layup only to have it blocked by Jerome Frink. Martin Hermannsson grabbed the loose ball and sent a pass ahead to Joel Hernandez. Hernandez launched a running 23-foot 3-pointer that banked in to give the Blackbirds a 71-68 win over the Greyhounds.
  • Jarred Jones led all players with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, logging his second career double-double with going 8-of-15 from the field.
  • Walker and Franz Rassman each scored 12 points, while Walker recorded a career-best seven assists.
  • Hernandez and Aakim Saintil led LIU Brooklyn with 15 points each.

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. He then knocked down 3-of-7 against LIU Brooklyn.
  • The fifth-year senior now has 134 made 3-pointers in his career, good for seventh on the program’s all-time chart. He is 11 shy of tying Tracy Bergan (1989-94) for sixth place.
  • Hubbard has 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 then-career-best 12 rebounds in last year’s season-opener at Texas Tech University.

Doubled Up    
  • Jarred Jones avoided the foul trouble that limited him on opening night and recorded the second double-double of his career Monday when Loyola hosted LIU Brooklyn, finishing with 18 points and 14 rebounds. His 14 boards were a career-high.
  • His first double-double came in a March 3, 2014, Patriot League Championships game against Lafayette College when he went for 28 points and 10 rebounds.
  • In 47 minutes on the court this season, Jones has scored 32 points, averaging out to 27 over the course of a 40-minute game.

Rassman With Efficient Game    
  • After opening the season with a 1-of-7 performance from the field, Franz Rassman improved significantly on Monday against the Blackbirds. The senior post player made four of his five field-goal attempts, went 4-of-6 from the free-throw line and finished with 12 points.

Walker Dishes Career-High    
  • Andre Walker scored 12 points on Monday night, but he also finished with a career-high seven assists for the Greyhounds’ offense. In two games this season, Walker has 12 total assists, and his 6.0 per game rank second in the Patriot League during the young campaign.
  • Last year, Walker had five or more assists just three times (at Syracuse, Army West Point and Lehigh), but he has two games of five-plus in as many 2015-2016 outings.
  • Walker also leads the Patriot League with six total steals and a 3.0 per game average.

Shooting Improvement    
  • For the second game in a row, Loyola squeezed off 55 field-goal attempts, but its production was significantly better Monday as opposed to the opener. The Greyhounds shot 45.5 percent from the field (25-of-55) against LIU Brooklyn after making just 19 (34.5 percent) versus Tennessee State.

Paint Production A Factor    
  • The Greyhounds’ ability to get the ball into the paint via drive or pass played a big role in the field-goal percentage improvement. Loyola scored just 24 paint points against Tennessee State, but the Greyhounds responded with 43 on Monday against LIU Brooklyn.

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.
  • Loyola’s 33.0 free-throw attempts per game so far in 2015-2016 are tied for 43rd nationally. Only 20 teams, however, have played two or more games and taken as many foul shots.

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.
  • Monday against LIU Brooklyn, Cam Gregory scored six points, and Matt Staubi added two, off the bench for the Greyhounds, but through two games, starters are contributing 94 percent of the Greyhounds’ scoring.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Up Next    
  • Loyola will play its second road game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 21, but this one will take them much further than across the Baltimore metropolitan area. The Greyhounds head to Olean, New York, for a 7 p.m. game at Saint Bonaventure University.