|Date||Saturday, November 28, 2015|
|Location||Albany, New York | Times Union Center|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland plays its first of three-straight road games on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 12 noon when it returns to a familiar away venue. Siena College will host the Greyhounds at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
- Loyola and Siena were Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes before the Greyhounds joined the Patriot League for the 2013-2014 season. Both schools joined the MAAC in 1989.
- Loyola had its best shooting night in almost two years last Saturday when the Greyhounds shot 52.5 percent at Saint Bonaventure. Loyola made 50 or more percent from the field just once last season.
- Franz Rassman had shot 66.7 percent in the Greyhounds last four games after going 1 of 7 in the season-opener. He has averaged 11.8 points in those four.
- One game after making seven 3-pointers at Saint Bonaventure, Tyler Hubbard went 1 of 7 from behind the arc against Stony Brook, but Hubbard made all six of his free throws and finished with 15 points against the Seawolves.
- Hubbard has made 19 of 36 3-pointers this year. Through games of Wednesday, Nov. 24, Hubbard is 14th in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game (3.8). His 52.8 percent mark is 40th nationally (min. 2.5 made per game).
Series History Versus Siena
- Saturday’s game will be the 59th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 37-21 advantage in the series.
- Prior to last year’s 81-71 Siena win, the Greyhounds had won six-straight in the series, their longest winning streak against Siena since the mid-1990s.
- Siena and Loyola were Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes for 24 seasons from the 1989-1990 season when the Greyhounds joined the league until 2012-2013, Loyola’s last season in the conference before entering the Patriot League.
- The teams first met on Dec. 30, 1948, in Loudonville, New York, where Loyola captured a 54-52 victory. The Greyhounds won 17 of the first 19 games between the programs from 1948-1995.
- Last year, Loyola hosted the Saints on Nov. 29, 2014, and Siena scored 13 of the final 16 points over the last 2:23 of regulation to deal the Greyhounds an 81-71 defeat in Reitz Arena.
- Tyler Hubbard made 17 of 18 free throws in the game , knocking down his final two with 2:46 left to knot the game for the 10th time at 66-66, but Ryan Oliver made the first of two late threes 21 ticks later to put Siena up for good.
- Hubbard finished with a career-high 23 points, and his 17 free throws made were one short of tying the school record set in 2009 by Jamal Barney, and his 18 free-throw attempts were tied for eighth-most in program history.
- In addition to Hubbard’s 23, Eric Laster scored 14, Denzel Brito had 11 and Andre Walker tallied 10 for the Greyhounds. Brett Bisping led Siena with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Rob Poole added 15, going 9 of 10 from the line.
Last Time Out
- Stony Brook University scored the game’s first six points and led wire-to-wire on Tuesday night, defeating the Greyhounds, 76-63, in Baltimore.
- Jameel Warney scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds for the Seawolves to record his fourth double-double in as many Stony Brook games this season. He scored nine points in the game’s first six minutes, 11 seconds, and he put the Seawolves up 18-10 with an and-one play at 13:49.
- Stony Brook led by 12 at halftime, 42-30, and 14 on a Rayshaun McGrew layup less than a minute into the second half.
- The Greyhounds, however, pulled to within six, 50-44, on a traditional 3-point play by Tyler Hubbard with 12:56 left on the clock. The Seawolves, however, would go up by double-digits less than three minutes later, and six was as close as Loyola could draw in the second half.
- Andre Walker led Loyola with a season-high 19 points, while Hubbard went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line and finished with 15 points. Franz Rassman added 12 on 6 of 8 shooting, and Cam Gregory led Loyola with seven rebounds off the bench.
Walker With Season-High
- Andre Walker was the Greyhounds’ most consistent scorer on Tuesday night against Stony Brook, finishing with a season-best 19 points; he had 10 in the first half, nine in the second.
- Walker’s 19 points were the second-most he has scored in his Loyola career behind only a 21-point performance in a three-overtime win last year against Colgate University.
- The sophomore guard went 6 of 13 from the field and made all but one of his free throws. He also had six rebounds and five assists in the game.
- This year, Walker has scored in double figures four times out of five games and is averaging 12.4 points per contest.
- In addition to providing consistent scoring, Andre Walker has increased his assist totals this year after splitting time at the point position last year with Denzel Brito.
- Walker has 24 assists through five games for a 4.8 per contest average. He has four games with five or more assists this season after logging that standard just three times all of his freshman campaign.
Helping The Cause
- Walker’s 4.8 assists per game this season are also a sign of better assist numbers this year for Loyola. The Greyhounds are averaging 12.8 assists per game through five after posting an average of 9.7 in 30 games a year ago. That figure was 326th out of 351 NCAA Division I teams last season, while this year the Greyhounds are in the top 200 of the statistical category.
- Loyola’s increased assist numbers are indicative of a better and more efficient offense this season. Last year, the Greyhounds had an adjusted offensive efficiency of 91.5, ranking 333rd nationally in that category on KenPom.com.
- Through five games in 2015-2016, Loyola has raised that number to 100.1, a mark that checks in 211th in Division I.
- Loyola has also raised its effective field-goal percentage to 48.8 percent this season to rank 180th in the nation after 42.8 percent mark and 342nd ranking in that category last year. That metric is a field-goal percentage that weights the added contribution of 3-point baskets.
Taking Care Of The Ball
- Loyola has posted low turnover numbers in its last two games, committing just 10 at Saint Bonaventure – a team that is averaging nearly seven steals per game – and 11 versus Stony Brook.
- This year, the Greyhounds are averaging 11.8 turnovers per game, a mark that ranks 101st out of 351 NCAA Division I teams this season. They have coughed up the ball on just 17 percent of possessions, almost two below the national average. Last year, Loyola averaged 12.9 turnovers per game, 216th in the nation.
Shooting On Target
- Loyola made 32 field goals last Saturday night, the second most the Greyhounds have made during G.G. Smith’s two-plus seasons as head coach. The Greyhounds also shot 52.5 percent from the field, and 52.4 percent from 3-point range, in the game. Both of those marks represented season-highs.
- The last time Loyola shot 52.5 percent or better from the field was Jan. 13, 2014, when it defeated Lafayette College, 77-63, in Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds made 28 of 51 shots in that game for a 54.9 percent mark.
- Loyola’s 52.5 percent performance was the third-best shooting mark for the Greyhounds since the start of the 2013-2014 season.
- The last time the Greyhounds took more than 10 3-pointers and shot 50 percent or better from the field was Dec. 6, 2014, when it lost to Mount St. Mary’s University despite making 11 of 19 (57.9 percent).
Moving The Right Way
- Loyola increased its field-goal percentage and field goals made in each of its first four games this season after starting the year 19-of-55 (34.5 percent) from the field against Tennessee State on Nov. 13.
- The Greyhounds improved their shooting percentage by 11 points, making 22 of 55 on Nov. 16 against Long Island University Brooklyn, and they then shot 48.3 percent (28 of 53) on Nov. 18 at UMBC.
- For the season, the Greyhounds are now shooting 44.3 percent from the field.
- Last year, Loyola was 10th in the Patriot League with a 38.2 percent mark from the field.
- Tyler Hubbard went 7 of 11 from 3-point range last Saturday at Saint Bonaventure, making six treys in the first half alone. His seven 3-pointers made were the most in a game by a Loyola player since Marquis Sullivan knocked down the same number on Nov. 18, 2007, against the University of Vermont.
- The seven threes made also tie Hubbard for second-most in single-game history, matching the outputs by Sullivan, Mike Powell (1997), Jason Rowe (1998) and Andre Collins (2006). Collins holds the single-game record after making nine on Jan. 8, 2006, against Marist College.
Finding Other Ways To Score
- Hubbard’s 3-point shot fell just once on seven attempts Tuesday against Stony Brook, but he still finished with 15 points. He got to the free-throw line six times, making all of his attempts. He is now 12 of 15 (.800) from the line this year.
Rassman Showing Efficiency
- After opening the season with a 1 of 7 performance from the field, Franz Rassman has been significantly more efficient in Loyola’s next four games. The senior post player has made 20 of 30 shots (.667) against LIU Brooklyn, UMBC, Saint Bonaventure and Stony Brook.
- Rassman has scored 12 or more points in all but one of those games – he had 11 at Saint Bonaventure – and he made a season-high six field goals versus Stony Brook.
- That outing raised his season scoring average to 10.6 per game, and he is shooting 56.8 percent from the field.
- Jarred Jones logged 26 points, two off his career-high from March 2014, and 11 rebounds Nov. 18 at UMBC. The game was his second-straight double-double after producing 18 points and a career-best 14 boards two days earlier 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 19 of his 36 3-point attempts this season, going 4 of 5 in the opener against Tennessee State, 3 of 7 versus LIU Brooklyn, 4 of 6 at UMBC and 7 of 11 at Saint Bonaventure. Through games of Wednesday, Nov. 25, Hubbard is sixth nationally with 19 3-pointers made, and his 52.8 percent mark from behind the arc is 40th (minimum 2.5 made per game).
- He is 14th in 3-pointers made per game (3.8), but he is 29th in total attempts from behind the arc (36).
- The fifth-year senior now has 146 made 3-pointers in his career; against Stony Brook, he moved into sole possession of sixth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard is 16 from matching Kevin Green (1988-92) for fifth.
- Hubbard has made four or more 3-pointers 12 times during his career, hitting 55 of 91 (60.4 percent) from behind the arc in those 12 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.
- On opening 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.
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.
- Loyola will stay on the road for its next two games, heading first to Lawrence, Kansas, to face the University of Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Jayhawks are ranked fifth in the Associated Press poll and seventh in the USA Today coaches version.