|Date||Wednesday, November 19, 2014|
|Location||Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena|
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Hits About The Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland continues its homestand on Wednesday, Nov. 19, when it hosts crosstown foe UMBC at 8 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
- The game will be the first of three this season that the Greyhounds will play on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and home of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.
- Loyola has shot 44.7 percent (17-of-38) from 3-point range in its first two games of the season. Eric Laster (6-of-10) and Tyler Hubbard (7-of-13) have combined to do the majority of that damage.
- Loyola’s win on Sunday against Cornell was its fourth-straight home opening victory.
Last Time Out
- Cornell scored the game’s first six points, but Loyola went on a 20-5 run, including a stretch of 12-straight points, to go ahead by as many as 14 in the first half.
- The Big Red climbed all the way back to lead in the game’s final six minutes, but Loyola made 7-of-10 free throws in the last three minutes to secure a 76-71 win in its home-opener.
- Tyler Hubbard led the Greyhounds with 15 poitns, making 3-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws. He was one of four Loyola players in double-figures, following by Eric Laster (13), Franz Rassman (12) and Andre Walker (11).
- Cam Gregory grabbed 10 rebounds for Loyola to lead all players.
Turn On The Television
- Wednesday’s game against UMBC will be one of three this season that the Greyhounds will play on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Loyola and MASN have partnered to televise Greyhounds basketball for each of the last nine years, including 2014-2015.
- This broadcast will be simulcast live by SNY in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
- The home games against Mount St. Mary’s and Lafayette will also air on the network.
- Jason Knapp, who is also the television play-by-play voice for Patriot League television broadcasts on CBS Sports Network and the American Sports Network, will call the action, while Troy Green will provide the analysis. Mike Dressman will produce the broadcast.
Patriot League Network, Too
- In addition to airing live on MASN, the game will be available digitally on the Patriot League Network Gary Lambrecht calling the play-by-play and Jim Chivers ’06 handling the analysis.
- 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.
- Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.
Series History Versus UMBC
- Loyola and UMBC will play for the 48th time in series history on Wednesday night.
- The Greyhounds own a 29-18 record against the Retrievers and have won the last seven in the series.
- In last year’s game, UMBC led Loyola by as many as 17 points, taking a 58-41 lead on two Joey Getz free throws with 9:44 left in regulation, but the Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 89-83, in overtime on Nov. 20, 2013.
- 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 matched his career-best with 34 points, and Laster had 16 in the win.
Patriot League Honors For Walker
- 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.
- Walker led all scorers with 17 points on Friday 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 their first regular-season game was Freddie Stanback who scored 16 on Nov. 19, 2004, at Virginia Tech in the first game as a head coach for former Loyola bench boss Jimmy Patsos.
- Walker’s 17 are also the most by a Patriot League freshman so far this year.
- He then scored 11 points and had six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes Sunday versus Cornell.
Cam Crashes The Boards
- Cam Gregory led all players Sunday afternoon with 10 rebounds, posting a double-digit total in his second game for Loyola.
- The freshman from Waldorf, Maryland, had an even split between the offensive and defensive glass, grabbing five off each.
- All five of Gregory’s offensive rebounds resulted in second-chance points for the Greyhounds. He was fouled on three putback attempts and went 4-of-5 at the free-throw line, and Andre Walker had a three, and Franz Rassman made a layup for a total of nine second-chance points off Gregory’s boards.
- The last time a Loyola true freshman had 10 or more rebounds in a game was Nov. 29, 2008, at Vermont when Anthony Winbush grabbed 11. Winbush finished his career with 523 career rebounds and is now playing professionally in Canada.
Behind The Line
- Loyola has opened the season sharp from 3-point range, making 17-of-38 shots from behind the arc, good for 44.7 percent.
- The last time the Greyhounds had as much success in back-to-back games was in February 2013. Loyola made 6-of-14 (42.9) and 8-of-15 (53.3) in wins over Canisius and at Siena, respectively.
- Last season, Loyola shot just 31.1 percent from 3-point range.
- Defensively, the Greyhounds have also been better on the perimeter. They held Texas Tech to 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from 3-point range on Friday night and then limited Cornell to 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from deep. Just two nights earlier, Cornell beat George Mason by making 9-of-18 3-pointers.
Taking A Chance
- Chancellor Barnard was also a big part of the Greyhounds’ win on Sunday afternoon, playing 17 minutes off the bench while contributing six points, six rebounds, an assist and a block.
- The freshman was also key defender for the Greyhounds while they made their run in the first half and late in the game to hold off the Big Red.
- Although the Greyhounds did not come away with a win over Texas Tech in the season-opener, Head Coach G.G. Smith and staff saw several positive things in the game.
- Loyola made 9-of-19 3-point attempts, and its 47.4 percent from behind the arc was its highest with 19 or more attempts since going 10-of-20 on March 19, 2013, in the College Insider Postseason Tournament to defeat current Patriot League foe Boston University. Last year, Loyola made nine threes just once (at Cornell) and it shot better than 45 percent only once when attempting 15 or more (8-of-16, 50.0, at UMBC).
- The Greyhounds also finished the game plus-three in the rebound column, outrebounding the Red Raiders, 40-37.
- Loyola also held Texas Tech to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and a 34.5 percent mark before halftime.
- Six players saw their first regular-season action for Loyola on Friday night at Texas Tech: Chancellor Barnard, Colton Bishop, Cam Gregory, Stefano Mancini, Matt Staubi and Andre Walker.
- Barnard, Gregory and Walker each played 14 or more minutes, and Bishop was in the action for seven.
Jones On The Boards
- Jarred Jones led the Loyola rebounding effort as the Greyhounds pulled down 40 boards to the Red Raiders’ 37. Jones had a career-high 12 rebounds in the game, 10 on the defensive glass. His previous career-high came in his last game when he had 10 rebounds in the Patriot League First Round on March 3, 2014, against Lafayette.
- The last time a Loyola player had 12 or more rebounds in the Greyhounds’ first game was Nov. 29, 1993, when B.J. Pendleton had 12 at William & Mary.
A Look At Laster
- Eric Laster went 5-of-10 from the field on Friday night at Texas Tech and scored 15 points for the Greyhounds in a team-best 28 minutes of action. The 15 points for Laster were three off his career-high of 18, set last year at home against Boston University, and the third-most of his career.
- He then made 5-of-7 total field goals, 3-of-5 in those from behind the 3-point arc, and scored 13 points against Cornell.
- The junior averaged 15 points in Loyola’s five games during its August 2014 Canadian Tour, and he was the team’s second leading returning scorer after averaging 8.3 points per game last year.
On The Bench
- G.G. Smith begins his second season as Loyola’s head coach after taking over reigns of the program in April 2013. Prior to his appointment to the top seat on the bench, Smith was an assistant at Loyola for six seasons to Jimmy Patsos (now head coach at Siena).
- Smith’s staff from a year ago remains intact with assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke back as assistants and Kevin Farrell returning as director of operations.
- The Greyhounds took advantage of the NCAA rule that teams may partake of an off-season foreign tour once every four years when they visited Montreal and Quebec City in August.
- Loyola played four games against Canadian universities – Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Laval Universite, McGill University and Concordia University – and one versus a local club team – Brookwood Elite – going 5-0 on the tour.
- All 14 members of the Greyhounds’ squad, including the freshmen, were able to play in the games and participate in the 10 practice sessions prior to the trip.
Eight Return From A Year Ago
- Loyola returns eight players, including a senior and five juniors, who saw playing time a year ago.
- Denzel Brito is the team’s lone senior this year and is back after playing in 28 games and starting 10 a year ago.
- Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones, Eric Laster and Franz Rassman form a strong junior class. Each player played in all 30 games a year ago and they had a combined 67 starts while Jones was one of the Patriot League’s top sixth men. The quartet averaged a cumulative 22.8 minutes per game in 2013-2014.
- Josh Forney, Nick Gorski and Sean Tuohy Jr. are sophomores that return to the program. Gorski saw the most playing time of the three, taking the court in 26-of-30 games and making three starts.
- Overall, the Greyhounds return 53.3 percent (80-of-150) starts from a season ago and 59.6 percent (3.621-of-6,075) of all minutes played.
Returning Points & Rebounds
- With the eight players back in the fold from a year ago, the Greyhounds return just over half (52.7 percent, 1,031-of-1,957) of the points they scored last season. On the rebounding side, players that grabbed 63.9 percent of boards (597-of-935) last year are back for 2014-2015.
- Jarred Jones is the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder. As the Greyhounds’ sixth man off the bench – Jones played in all 30 games, starting three, and averaged 23.6 minutes per contest – he averaged 8.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
- Eric Laster was just behind Jones in the scoring column, tallying 10 fewer points overall, an average of 8.3 per game. Franz Rassman was also just shy of Jones’ rebounding line, grabbing seven fewer and an average of 4.3.
A Look At The New Guys
- Chancellor Barnard was an All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association ‘A’ Conference All-Star as a senior at Glenelg Country Day School where he averaged 21.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. He was the leading scorer in Howard County and was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention.
- Colton Bishop scored more than 1,350 points as a four-year letterwinner at Forsyth Country Day School, and he earned All-State honors at the 3A level in North Carolina and all-area laurels from the Winston-Salem Journal.
- Cam Gregory posted 14 double-doubles as a senior at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., and averaged 15.1 points and 10.0 rebounds in 26 games as a senior. He was also a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention player and earned All-Virginia second team recognition.
- Matt Staubi graduated from Darien (Conn.) High School where he scored 1,108 points in just two seasons after transferring from Rye Country Day School before his junior year. He averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 assists as a senior after tallying 17.1 and 6.0 as a junior.
- Andre Walker led Christ The King High School in New York City to the New York State Federation Tournament of Championships title as a senior in 2013-2014. He scored 25 in the title game and was an All-Catholic High School Athletic Association honoree.
- Stefano Mancini was a member of the program in 2013-2014 while sitting out the season under NCAA transfer rules. The 2010 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, Mancini scored 24.5 points per game as a senior at Falmouth High School.
Notes From North Of The Border
- Eric Laster led the Greyhounds in scoring during the five-game trip to Canada in August, averaging 15.0 points per contest. Tyler Hubbard shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range on the tour and checked in at 12.8 points per game.
- Franz Rassman and Laster each grabbed 30 rebounds and led Loyola with 6.0 per game.
- The trio of Laster, Hubbard and Rassman, along with post players Cam Gregory and Jarred Jones were strong from the free-throw line on the tour, going 56-of-65 (86.2 percent) from the stripe in the games.
- Freshmen Andre Walker and Cam Gregory averaged 8.0 and 7.2 points per game for Loyola, as well.
- Denzel Brito led Loyola with 17 assists against just seven turnovers on the trip, while Walker was right behind with 15 assists.
- Five former Loyola players are currently on the rosters of professional teams abroad. Dylon Cormier ’14 is playing for ZZ Leiden in The Netherlands, while Anthony Winbush ’12 is a member of the Saint John’s Mill Rats in Canada.
- Cormier was named ZZ Leiden’s Player of the Month for October after averaging 15.8 points during his first professional month.
- Michael Tuck ’08 returns for another season with the Sheffield Sharks in England, and Shane Walker ’12 will play for Lourdes in France. Andre Collins ’05 continues his career with Spirou in Belgium, and Jason Rowe ’00 will suit up for ASS Sale in Morocco.
- The Greyhounds continue their busy start to the season with a two-game road swing starting Saturday. Loyola will play Butler in Indianapolis on Nov. 22 before taking on Syracuse three days later on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.