Syracuse To Host Men's Basketball Tuesday In Carrier Dome

Nov. 24, 2014

Game Information
Opponent Syracuse Orange
Date Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Syracuse, New York | Carrier Dome
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Hits About The ’Hounds

  • The Greyhounds continue a two-game road trip with a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Syracuse University.
  • Loyola was out rebounded for the first time this season against Butler, although the Bulldogs held only a 35-33 edge on the boards.
  • The Greyhounds have struggled from the field in their last two games, turning in identical 29.4 percent field goal percentages against UMBC and Butler, going 15-of-41 in each of the games.
  • Eric Laster’s 24 points on Saturday evening exceeded his previous career-best by six points, and he did so in just 26 minutes of action. Laster made 9-of-15 shots, 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

Last Time Out

  • Eric Laster scored a career-high 24 points, and Franz Rassman had a career-best 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double with 10 points, but they were two of only three Loyola players who scored points Saturday afternoon in an 80-39 loss at Butler University.
  • A Laster jumper with 12:21 left in the first half put Loyola in front, 10-9, but the Bulldogs scored 10 in a row and finished the half on a 33-8 run to go ahead 42-18 at the break.
  • Kelan Martin had a season- and career-high 23 points for Butler.
  • The Bulldogs scored 37 points off 20 Loyola turnovers.

Turn On The Television   

  • Tuesday’s game will air live on the ACC Regional Network with Tom Werne calling the play-by-play and Dan Bonner providing the analysis.
  • The broadcast can be seen in the Baltimore area on ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, and digitally on ESPN3 (subject to blackout). Other networks providing the live broadcast will be: Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Indiana Plus, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Midwest Plus, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports Detroit Plus, SUN Sports, NESN Plus, Yes Network, SportsTime Ohio, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain and ROOT Sports Northwest.

Patriot League Network Year Two

  • 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. Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play with Jim Chivers ’06 handling the analysis.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check for links to each game.

Series History Versus Syracuse

  • Loyola and Butler will meet for the first time when the teams take the court on Saturday night. 
  • The men’s basketball team will be the fourth Loyola University Maryland team to play in the Carrier Dome. The Greyhounds’ men’s and women’s lacrosse and women’s basketball teams have also played in the venue.
  • Loyola is 3-31 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but none of the three victories came against teams when they were members of the ACC (Wake Forest in 1941 and Virginia Tech and Wake Forest in 1949). Loyola also was 0-8 against Maryland when the Terrapins were members of the league.

Laster’s Career Game

  • While it represented the bulk of Loyola’s scoring on Saturday evening at Butler, Eric Laster’s performance against the Bulldogs was statistically the best of his career as a Greyhound.
  • The junior guard scored a career-best 24 points, exceeding his previous high of 18 set last season at home against Boston University. He did so on 9-of-15 from the floor, setting a new high for field goals made and tying his previous high for attempts.
  • Laster also drained 4-of-6 3-point attempts, raising his season total to 10-of-19 from behind the arc. He is third in the Patriot League in 3-point field goal percentage (52.6) through Monday.
  • 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.

Rassman’s Double-Double

  • Franz Rassman also had a career-high in the game at Butler, grabbing a personal-best 10 rebounds against the Bulldogs. He also scored 10 points in his 26 minutes of action and logged his first career double-double.

Low Output

  • Loyola’s 39 points on Saturday at Butler were the fewest the Greyhounds have scored in a game since tallying four fewer in a 56-35 loss at home to Fairfield on February 3, 2005.
  • In the last two games, the Greyhounds have scored just 84 combined points, the lowest two-game output for the program since scoring 80 in back-to-back losses during February 1946 to La Salle (54-43) and Johns Hopkins (46-37).

Shooting The Same

  • Loyola’s field-goal shooting line has been identical each of the last two games, as the Greyhounds have shot 15-of-51 overall (29.4 percent) versus UMBC and Butler.
  • The last time the Greyhounds had consecutive games with sub-30.0 percent shooting was Feb. 2002 when they shot 28.9 percent in a loss to Iona and 29.8 in a defeat to Fairfield.

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 opening 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.

Keeping It Up

  • Andre Walker continued his solid play two days after earning Patriot League Rookie of the Week laurels, scoring a game-high 16 points against UMBC.
  • He sparked the run that would put Loyola in front for good, logging three of his career-high five steals during a 6:30 stretch that the Greyhounds held the Retrievers scoreless. He also had five of Loyola’s eight points during the run.
  • Walker made 7-of-9 free throws versus UMBC with the two misses the first of his career. He is shooting 90.5 percent from the line (19-of-21).

Cam Crashes The Boards   

  • Cam Gregory led all players on Nov. 16 against Cornell 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.
  • Gregory quickly topped his 10-rebounds performance by grabbing 12 on Wednesday night against UMBC. 

It Didn’t Have To Be Pretty

  • Loyola’s win over UMBC Wednesday night will not make any highlight reels, but the Greyhounds’ late push gave them their second win in three games. The game did set some dubious marks, however.
  • It was the fewest points scored by two teams (83) in a game that Loyola was involved since February 9, 1980, when the Greyhounds and Swarthmore combined for 80 points in a 42-38 Loyola victory.
  • Loyola’s 45 points were its fewest in a winning effort since that same game, making it the lowest winning score for the Greyhounds in the program’s Division I era (since 1981-1982).
  • The 38 points allowed by Loyola are also the fewest it has allowed as a Division I team, and it marked the lowest opponent score since that 1980 game. The last time a team scored fewer than 38 points against Loyola was on March 2, 1950, when Bridgewater (Virginia) College fell, 63-36, to the Greyhounds in the Mason-Dixon Conference Quarterfinals.
  • It was UMBC’s fewest points in a game since the Retrievers scored 34 in a 37-point loss to Virginia Tech in 2009.

Behind The Line

  • Loyola opened the season sharp from 3-point range, making 17-of-38 shots from behind the arc, good for 44.7 percent, in it first two games. The Greyhounds came back to earth a bit against UMBC, hitting only 1-of-13 3-pointers.
  • 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.

Perimeter Defense

  • One of G.G. Smith’s keys coming into the season was defending the 3-pointer, and the Greyhounds have done a good job of that through three games.
  • Loyola held Texas Tech, Cornell and UMBC to 20.7 percent (12-of-58) from behind the arc. Butler then made 9-of-16 from deep, but the Greyhounds are still holding opponents to 28.4 percent cumulatively this year.
  • The Greyhounds held 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.

Montreal Matters

  • 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.

Pro Hounds

  • 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.