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Bonnies Host Men's Basketball Saturday In Western New York

Nov. 20, 2015

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Opponent Saint Bonaventure Bonnies
Date Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Olean, New York | Reilly Center
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its  final game of four in a stretch of nine days to start the 2015-2016 season, and its first road contest of the year, on Saturday, Nov. 21, in a 7 o’clock tipoff at Saint Bonaventure.
  • The Greyhounds rebounded from two losses to start the season with a 19-point victory on Wednesday night at UMBC; it was their ninth-consecutive win in the series.
  • The Greyhounds set several season-highs Wednesday night in their most productive game of the year: field-goal percentage (.483), free-throw percentage (.842), rebounds (42), assists (15) and fewest opponent points (57).
  • Jarred Jones had his second-straight double-double, and the third of his career, on Wednesday with 26 points and 11 rebounds. His points total was two off his career-high from 2013-2014.
  • Tyler Hubbard has made 11-of-18 3-pointers this season; as of games through Nov. 18, he is in the top 50 nationally in 3-pointers made per game (3.67, 49th) and 3-point field goal percentage (.611, 47th). His 11 threes made are 10th nationally.
  • Through games of Nov. 18, Loyola’s 85 free throws attempted and 59 made rank 15th and 18th, respectively in NCAA Division I.

Series History Versus Saint Bonaventure    
  • Loyola and Saint Bonaventure will meet for the ninth time in men’s basketball action on Saturday with the Bonnies winning each of the previous eight.
  • The teams first met on the hardwood in March 1927, a 33-18 Saint Bonaventure victory. The sides met again in 1936-1937 and then not again until Nap Doherty’s Greyhounds took on the Bonnies on Dec. 22, 1967. They met again during the 1969-1970 and 1970-1971 seasons when St. Bonaventure was ranked No. 5 and No. 19 by The Associated Press. Bona’s 1969-1970 team, a squad that advanced to the Final Four with future Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier in his senior year, was the highest-ranked team Loyola would face until playing No. 3 Kansas on January 8, 2008.
  • Prior to meeting in 2011, the teams had not met since Jan. 27, 1975, a 98-73 St. Bonaventure win.
  • Loyola played a Dec. 18, 2011 game in Olean, New York, falling to the Bonnies, 76-66. The two teams would both go on to reach the NCAA Tournament that season.
  • In the 2011 game, Justin Drummond scored 26 points, and he had a bucket with 4:06 remaining that cut the Bonnies’ lead to six, but Saint Bonaventure’s win snapped an eight-game Loyola winning streak.
  • Drummond’s 26 led all players, and he was the only Greyhounds in double figures. Demitruis Conger led the Bonnies with 20 points, while Andrew Nicholson added 18.

Last Time Out    
  • Jarred Jones scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Wednesday nigh at UMBC, and the Greyhounds led wire-to-wire in a 76-57 victory.
  • Tyler Hubbard’s second three of the game at 15:56 – he would have four in the first seven minutes – put Loyola in front, 10-3. UMBC scored the next six to draw within one on a Rodney Elliott three at 15:07, but that was as close as the Retrievers would get the remainder of the game.
  • Loyola stretched its advantage to 10 with 8:44 left in the first half, and it would stay there for all but one minute during the next 29 minutes.
  • Hubbard finished with 13 points, and Franz Rassman added 12 for Loyola, while Elliott was the only Retriever in double-figures with 19.
  • Loyola controlled a 42-28 rebounding advantage and had 40 points in the paint to UMBC’s 28.

Getting Out Of The Gate    
  • Loyola rallied from a buzzer-beating loss on Monday night by coming out strong in the first half of Wednesday night’s game at UMBC. The Greyhounds made 10 of their 16 shots in the opening 10 minutes against the Retrievers to open up a 24-18 lead on a Jarred Jones basket with 10 minutes even remaining in the first half.
  • The Greyhounds went on to shoot 48.6 percent from the field (18 of 37) in the first half and 48.3 percent (28 of 59) for the game.

Board Work    
  • Loyola had its best game on the glass of the young season Wednesday against UMBC. The Greyhounds outrebounded the Retrievers, 42-28, after having been outrebounded themselves in the first two.
  • Jarred Jones led the way with 11 boards, while Eric Laster matched his career-best with seven, and Franz Rassman had six. Jones and Rassman did most of their work on the defensive boards, pulling down nine and five, respectively, while Laster had a game-high four offensive rebounds.

Wire-To-Wire    
  • Wednesday’s game was the first since the 2012-2013 season that Loyola has led wire-to-wire. The last time the Greyhounds beat Saint Peter’s, 74-58, in Reitz Arena on Jan. 6, 2013. Loyola took a lead 1:11 into that contest and were up the rest of the game.
  • Later that year, Loyola did not trail against Kent State University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Second Round, but the game was tied on two occasions other than 0-0.

Margin Of Victory    
  • Loyola’s 19-point margin of victory, 76-57, on Wednesday night was the Greyhounds’ largest since they defeated Siena College, 80-57, on Feb. 16, 2013.

Doubled Over    
  • Jarred Jones logged 26 points, two off his career-high from March 2014, and 11 rebounds Wednesday night at UMBC. The game was his second-straight double-double after producing 18 points and a career-best 14 boards Monday against LIU Brooklyn. It was also the third double-double of his career and his third career game with 20 or more points.
  • Jones is the first Loyola player in more than four years to post double-doubles in back-to-back games. Erik Etherly turned the feat with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State on Nov. 14, 2011, followed by 27 and 10 three days later against the same Retrievers.

Hubbard’s 3-Point Proficiency    
  • Tyler Hubbard has made 11 of his 16 3-point attempts this season, going 4 of 5 in the opener against Tennessee State, 3 of 7 versus LIU Brooklyn and 4 of 6 at UMBC. Through games of Wednesday, Hubbard is 10th nationally with 11 3-pointers made, and his 61.1 percent mark from behind the arc is 47th.
  • The fifth-year senior now has 138 made 3-pointers in his career, good for seventh on the program’s all-time chart. He is seven shy of tying Tracy Bergan (1989-94) for sixth place.
  • Hubbard has made four or more 3-pointers 11 times during his career, hitting 48 of 80 (60 percent) from behind the arc in those 11 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.

Rassman More Efficient    
  • After opening the season with a 1 of 7 performance from the field, Franz Rassman has had significantly more efficient games against LIU Brooklyn and UMBC. 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 against the Blackbirds.
  • He followed that with a 5-of-9 performance from the field with 12 points and six rebounds at UMBC.
  • That outing raised his season scoring average to 10.0 per game, and he is shooting 47.6 percent from the field.

Down Low    
  • Loyola scored just 24 points in the paint on opening night against Tennessee State, and the Tigers pulled away for a 15-point victory.
  • Since then, Loyola has scored 43 paint points against LIU Brooklyn and 40 at UMBC while having a plus-16 scoring performance in those two games.

Getting To The Line, And Making Foul Shots
  • Loyola has done a good job of getting to the free-throw line this season, going to the charity stripe 85 times in three games, aided by 43 attempts in the opener against Tennessee State.
  • The Greyhounds had their best outing of the young year at the line at UMBC, making 84.2 percent of foul shots (16 of 19). No player missed more than once in that game, and Jarred Jones was a team-best 6 of 6.
  • Through Wednesday’s action, Loyola was 15th nationally with 85 free-throw attempts and 18th with 58 made.

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.
  • 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.

Shooting Improvement    
  • The Greyhounds opened the year with a 34.5 percent shooting performance against Tennessee State (19 of 55), but since then, they have shot 46.9 percent (55 of 113) from the field against LIU Brooklyn and UMBC.

Starters Do The 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.

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 17-7 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 LoyolaGreyhounds.com 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    
  • The Greyhounds return to Baltimore and Reitz Arena for a pre-Thanksgiving contest against Stony Brook University. The Greyhounds will host the Seawolves on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Loyola then plays its next three contests on the road, heading to Siena College (Nov. 28), the University of Kansas (Dec. 1) and Mount St. Mary’s University (Dec. 5).