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Men's Basketball Welcomes Former Coach, League Foe Saturday

Nov. 27, 2014

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Opponent Siena Saints
Date Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for two of its next three games, commencing with a 7 o'clock game on Saturday, Nov. 29, against former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Siena College.
  • The game marks the return of former Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos who now directs the Saints' program.
  • The Greyhounds are 2-0 in Reitz Arena, scoring both of their wins thus far in 2014-2015 against Cornell and UMBC on their home floor.
  • Eric Laster has scored in double-figures in four of five outings this season. 
  • Laster played a career-high 38 minutes on Tuesday night when the Greyhounds played at Syracuse.

Last Time Out

  • Syracuse scored the game's first 14 points, and the Orange did not allow a Loyola field goal until 11:28 into the contest Tuesday night. Syracuse held the Greyhounds to 19.2 percent shooting from the field and defeated Loyola, 70-37, at the Carrier Dome.
  • Tyler Hubbard led all scorers with a career-high 21 points, making five 3-pointers and all six of his free throws.
  • Eric Laster scored 14 points and led Loyola with six rebounds.
  • Andre Walker had a season-best six assists for the Greyhounds.
  • Rakeem Christmas led Syracuse with 18 points and six blocked shots, and Chris McCullough added 17 points.

Patriot League Network Broadcast

  • Fans can watch the Siena contest, and 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 LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.

Series History Versus Siena

  • Saturday's game will be the 58th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-21 advantage in the series.
  • The Greyhounds have won the last six in the series - including the final meeting in 2010-2011 and three in 2011-2012 and two in 2012-2013.
  • The teams last played on Feb. 16, 2013, at the Times-Union Center in Albany, N.Y., where the Greyhounds dealt the Saints an 80-57 defeat. Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson combined to make 12-of-22 field goals and 7-of-13 3-pointers to score 24 and 20, respectively, for the Greyhounds.
  • 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.
  • Siena is the second MAAC opponent the Greyhounds' have faced since leaving the conference. Loyola hosted Fairfield University last season and will face the Stags again this year on Dec. 28, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Patsos Makes Return To Reitz

  • Siena Head Coach Jimmy Patsos will make his first visit to Reitz Arena as an opposing head coach when the Saints come to Baltimore on Saturday.
  • Patsos was the head coach at Loyola for nine seasons from 2004-2013 before taking the helm of the Saints' program prior to last year.
  • In his nine seasons with the Greyhounds, Patsos became the school's winningest Division I head coach and the third-winningest overall, going 145-135 (.518). He led Loyola to its only two Division I seasons with 20 or more wins, guiding them to the 2012 NCAA Championships and the quarterfinal round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament  with records of 24-9 and 23-12, respectively.

History Between Coaching Staffs

  • Loyola Head Coach G.G. Smith and his staff have plenty of familiarity with their counterparts on the bench at Siena. Smith was an assistant to Siena's Jimmy Patsos for six seasons (2007-2013) prior to taking the head job with the Greyhounds.
  • Loyola's Director of Basketball Operations Kevin Farrell held the same position in Patsos' final year at Loyola, and he was a manager for the Greyhounds from 2008-2012, and Loyola Assistant Coach Dan Ficke played for Patsos and Loyola from 2005-2009.
  • Three members of the Siena staff are former Greyhounds players and two are Loyola alumni. Assistant Coach Greg Manning was Patsos' first recruit at Loyola and played for the Greyhounds from 2004-2008, and Director of Basketball Operations Garrett Kelly was a member of the program from 2007-2009. Both of Manning's fellow assistants, Luke D'Alessio and Lucious Jordan have Loyola ties; D'Alessio was an assistant at the school with Smith from 2010-2013, and Jordan played two seasons with the Greyhounds from 2001-20013 prior to transferring to Albany.

Hubbard Hits On 21

  • Tyler Hubbard recorded career-highs in several categories Tuesday night in the Greyhounds' loss at Syracuse, notably checking in with a game-best 21 points.
  • Hubbard's 21 came on 5-of-14 3-pointers and 5-of-17 overall shooting. Both of his numbers for attempts were career-highs, and he also was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Both of his free throw numbers were career-highs.

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.
  • Through five games this year, Laster is averaging a team-best 14.6 points per game, having scored in double-figures in all by the UMBC game when he finished with seven.

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.

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 five games.
  • Combined, Loyola's five opponents are shooting just 26.7 percent from 3-point range (23-of-86) this season. Take out a 9-of-16 (56.2 percent) performance by Butler, and Texas Tech, Cornell, UMBC and Syracuse have made only 14-of-70 (20.0 percent) from behind the arc.
  • 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.

Rebounding Advantage

  • Loyola carries a modest +2.4 rebounding mark into Saturday's game against Siena, having outrebounded opponents 196-184 this season through five contests.
  • The Greyhounds have been outrebounded in each of their last two games at Butler and Syracuse, but only by two and four, respectively.

Low Output

  • Loyola's 37 points on Tuesday at Syracuse were the fewest the Greyhounds have scored in a game since tallying two fewer in a 56-35 loss at home to Fairfield on February 3, 2005.
  • In the last three games, the Greyhounds have scored just 12 combined points, the lowest three-game output for the program since scoring 80 in back-to-back losses during January 1946 when it scored the same total in games versus the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (W, 41-34), Randolph-Macon (W, 33-32) and American (L, 49-47).

Shooting In Last Three

  • After posting identical shooting performances (15-of-51, 29.4 percent) against UMBC and Butler, the Greyhounds' shooting percentage dipped lower in the loss at Syracuse. Loyola made just 10-of-52 shots from the field, 19.2 percent, against the Orange.
  • Combined, in the last three games, Loyola is 40-of-154 (25.9 percent from the field).

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.
  • 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 on Nov. 19 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Up Next

  • Loyola will head to New York City for a Tuesday, Dec. 2 game at Columbia University at 7 o'clock.
  • The Greyhounds and Lions have not met since Dec. 1981 in the Greyhounds third game as a Division I team.