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New York City Awaits As Men's Basketball Travels To Columbia

Dec. 1, 2014

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Opponent Columbia Lions
Date Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location New York, New York | Levien Gymnasium
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Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball opens the month of December with a road game in New York City when it travels to Columbia University for a 7 o’clock game on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
  • Tyler Hubbard has recorded career-highs in points in back-to-back games for Loyola, tallying 21 at Syracuse last Tuesday before scoring 23 at home against Siena on Saturday.
  • The Greyhounds have the top two free-throw shooters in the Patriot League (Tyler Hubbard, .931, and Andre Walker, .920), but Loyola’s overall .655 free-throw percentage is 10th in the League.
  • Loyola has out rebounded its opponents, 38.0-35.2 this year.

Last Time Out

  •  Siena College outscored Loyola, 13-3, in the game’s final 2:23, and the Saints left Reitz Arena with an 81-71 victory over the Greyhounds Saturday night.
  • Tyler Hubbard made two free throws with 2:46 left to tie the game at 66-66, but Ryan Oliver made the first of two late threes to put Siena in front for good.
  • Loyola led the majority of the game and was up, 35-30, at halftime. Siena, however, scored 51 second-half points.
  • Hubbard scored a career-high 23 points for Loyola and went 17-of-18 from the free-throw line, tying the Loyola mark for second-most free throws made in a game.

Series History Versus Columbia

  • Tuesday’s game will mark just the third time that Loyola and Columbia have met on the basketball hardwood and the first in nearly 33 years. All three of the meetings will have been played at Columbia, and the Lions have won the previous two meetings.
  • The teams last played 32 years, 11 months and 28 days ago when Loyola visited the Lions’ campus. Columbia won that contest, 40-39, on Dec. 5, 1981.
  • After a 76-71 win earlier this season against Cornell, the Greyhounds are 6-9 all-time against schools from the Ivy League.

Ivy League Digital Network

  • Tuesday’s game will air live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Get the game’s direct link at LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

Near-Record Free Throw Effort

  • Tyler Hubbard came into Saturday’s game against Siena having attempted 11 free throws this season, but he finished the game having almost tripled that number.
  • The junior guard went 17-of-18 from the free-throw line, tying the mark for second-most free throws made in a game by a Loyola player. He equaled the mark of Erik Etherly (2013 vs. Kent State), Maurice Hicks (1983 vs. Robert Morris) and Rodney Floyd (1973 vs. Mount St. Mary’s). Only Jamal Barney’s 18 free throws made in 2009 against NJIT rank higher on Loyola’s single-game chart.
  • A Loyola player has made 15 or more free throws 11 times now, and only two have one or fewer misses (Mike Powell made all 16 of his attempts in 1998 against Iona).
  • Hubbard is a player who has taken 79.2 percent of his field-goal attempts from 3-point range during his career, so he has limited free-throw numbers. His 18 attempts on Saturday represent 22 percent of his 79 career trips to the charity stripe.
  • Previously, his career-high numbers were 6-of-6 from the line set four days prior at Syracuse.

Back-To-Back Career Highs

  • Tyler Hubbard’s 17 free throws were the main part of his scoring effort Saturday night against Siena as he set a career-high with 23 points versus the Saints.
  • It was the second time in as many games that Hubbard has recorded a career-high in points after he tallied 21 last Tuesday at Syracuse.
  • Hubbard’s 21 at Syracuse eclipsed his previous best of 20 that came on Feb. 5, 2014, against American.
  • His 44 points in two games has raised his 2014-2015 scoring average to 11.8 points per game, and they came after he was shutout from the scoring column in games against UMBC and at Butler.

Offense Trending Upward

  • After a rough stretch in which the Greyhounds shot 25.9 percent (40-of-154), Loyola had a better offensive performance Saturday against Siena.
  • The Greyhounds made 21-of-48 shots (43.8 percent) and scored 71 points after not scoring above 45 in games against UMBC, Butler and Syracuse.
  • Loyola also had four players score in double-figured for just the second time this year (Cornell). Tyler Hubbard scored 23, while Eric Laster had 14, Denzel Brito 11 and Andre Walker 10.

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 six games.
  • Combined, Loyola’s five opponents are shooting just 28.0 percent from 3-point range (28-of-100) this season. Take out a 9-of-16 (56.2 percent) performance by Butler, and Texas Tech, Cornell, UMBC, Syracuse and Siena have made only 19-of-84 (22.6 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 +2.8 rebounding mark into Tuesday’s game against Columbia, having outrebounded opponents 228-211 this season through five contests.
  • The Greyhounds have been outrebounded in only two games at Butler and Syracuse, but only by two and four, respectively.

Freshman Contributions

  • Loyola’s five freshmen – Andre Walker, Cam Gregory, Chancellor Barnard, Colton Bishop and Matt Staubi – have combined to make large contributions to the Greyhounds this season.
  • The group, with Walker, Gregory and Barnard drawing the most playing time, has played 36.5 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 33 percent of field goal attempts, 39 percent of free throws and grabbed 38.5 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 40.9 percent of assists and 48.6 percent of steals while scoring 30 percent of Loyola’s points.
  • Andre Walker leads Loyola in assists (16) and steals (10), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 9.0 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.8 rebounds per game (41 total), and his rebounds per game mark is tied for third in the conference.

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.

Low Output

  • Loyola’s 37 points last 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 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 three-game stretch, Loyola was 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.

Patriot League Network

  • 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 LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.

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.

Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Saturday, Dec. 6, for the most-played rivalry in the State of Maryland. The Greyhounds will meet Mount St. Mary’s for the 170th meeting between the schools.
  • It is Loyola-Mount doubleheader as the women’s teams play at 3:30.