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Mount Hosts Men's Hoops For 171st Meeting Between Programs

Dec. 3, 2015

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Opponent Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
Date Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Emmitsburg, Maryland | Knott Arena
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball wraps up a three-game road swing, one that is part of seven of nine away from Reitz Arena, on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
  • Tipoff is slated for just after 2 p.m. at Knott Arena where the game will be broadcast live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
  • Through six games in 2015-2016, the Greyhounds are shooting more than five percent better from the field than last season. Loyola has made 43.4 percent this year compared to 38.2 a year ago.
  • Eric Laster had his best offensive game since the season-opener Tuesday night when the Greyhounds played at No. 4 Kansas. The senior guard scored 16 points and matched Cam Gregory for game-high honors with eight rebounds. Laster's eight were a career-high.
  • Tyler Hubbard has made 26 of 32 3-pointers this year. Through games of Tuesday, Dec. 1, Hubbard is 10th in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game (3.71). His 50 percent mark is 31st (min. 2.5 made per game).
  • Jarred Jones has recorded three double-doubles this season, tied for 25th nationally. In four career double-doubles, he is averaging 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Series History Versus Mount St. Mary's    
  • The Loyola-Mount St. Mary's rivalry is the most played between two college basketball teams in the State of Maryland. Saturday's game will mark the 171st time the former Mason-Dixon Conference foes have met on the hardwood.
  • The rivalry dates to January 20, 1910, the second season of basketball at Loyola. The Greyhounds won the initial meeting between the teams, 35-24, but The Mount holds a 98-72 advantage all-time.
  • In addition to being the oldest series in state history - it predates Loyola-Maryland by two seasons - it is also the most-played. The 170 previous meetings exceed the 154 between Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland), a series that started in 1930.
  • In last year's Dec. 6 contest at Reitz Arena, Loyola hit 3-pointers on three-straight possessions to cut the Mountaineers' lead to two with 7:33 left, but Mount St. Mary's scored the game's next eight points to deny a Greyhounds' comeback and pick up a 74-65 victory.
  • Franz Rassman hit his second three of the game at 7:33, drawing Loyola within a pair, 57-55, but Byron Ashe sparked an 8-0 Mount run with a three of his own.
  • Loyola made a season-high 11 3-pointers in the game and shot 57.9 percent on their 19 attempts from behind the arc.
  • Eric Laster and Tyler Hubbard each scored 14 for Loyola, and Cam Gregory had his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Ashe scored 16 points off The Mount bench to lead all players, while Kristijan Krajina added 12.

Turn On The Television    
  • Saturday's game will air live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, while Craig Esherick handles analysis.
  • The Greyhounds have had a 10-year partnership with the television home of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.

Last Time Out    
  • Tyler Hubbard, James Fives and Eric Laster hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips down the court Tuesday night in "Phog" Allen Fieldhouse. Laster's capped a 9-0 Greyhounds run that covered just 43 seconds and drew Loyola even at 34-34 with 3:01 left in the first half at No. 4 Kansas.
  • The Jayhawks then held a 40-36 halftime lead, but Kansas scored 15 of the second half's first 16 points to open up the game en route to a 94-61 victory.
  • After a Kansas timeout at the end of Loyola's run, the Greyhounds forced a missed Hunter Mickelson layup on the Jayhawks' offensive end, and Laster came down with the rebound. His three rattled in-and-out and would have put the Greyhounds in front.
  • Laster led Loyola with 16 points and a career-high eight rebounds, matching Cam Gregory's effort for game-best honors on the boards.
  • Andre Walker scored 10 points, all in the first half, and Tyler Hubbard added nine.
  • Wayne Selden, Jr., paced Kansas with 18 points, while Perry Ellis had 15. Cheick Diallo contributed 13, all in the second half, and Mason added 10 to go with five assists.

Laster Returns To Scoring Ways    
  • Eric Laster had his best offensive game of the season since the opening game, finishing with a team-high 16 rebound at No. 4 Kansas.
  • After scoring 17 in the first game of the year against Tennessee State, Laster averaged just 6.8 over the next four games (although he was limited to just one minute and zero points against Stony Brook due to injury).
  • In the last two - at Siena and Kansas - Laster has scored 14 and 16 points, respectively, while making 5 of 12 shots form 3-point range.
  • In addition to his scoring in the last two, Laster has averaged 6.5 rebounds against Siena and Kansas, raising his season average to 4.4

Doubled Over    
  • Jarred Jones had his second 20-plus point game of the season, and his third double-double of 2015-2016, last Saturday afternoon at Siena where he finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The 14 boards tied his career-high set Nov. 16 against LIU Brooklyn, and his 23 points were three off his season-best.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In his four career double-doubles - his first game in March 2014 when he had 28 points and 10 rebounds against Lafayette College - Jones has averaged 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Tyler's Treys    
  • Tyler Hubbard went 7 of 11 from 3-point range on Nov. 21 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 tied 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.
  • One week later, Hubbard knocked down 6 of 12 from behind the arc at Siena to become one of three Loyola players to have three or more games in a career with six or more 3-pointers made. Andre Collins (2005-2006) and Marquis Sullivan (2005-2009) both accomplished the feat five times, and Hubbard had six in a February 2014 game against American.

Hubbard's 3-Point Proficiency    
  • Tyler Hubbard has made 26 of his 52 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in all but one of the Greyhounds' seven games. Through games of Tuesday, Dec. 1, Hubbard is fifth nationally with 26 3-pointers made, and his 50 percent mark from behind the arc is 39th (minimum 2.5 made per game).
  • He is tied for fifth in 3-pointers made per game (3.7), but he is 27th in total attempts from behind the arc (52).
  • The fifth-year senior now has 153 made 3-pointers in his career; against Stony Brook, he moved into sole possession of sixth-place on Loyola's career chart. Hubbard is nine from matching Kevin Green (1988-92) for fifth.
  • Hubbard has made four or more 3-pointers 13 times during his career, hitting 61 of 103 (59.2 percent) from behind the arc in those 13 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, (35.7 percent).

Walker With Season-High    
  • Andre Walker was the Greyhounds' most consistent scorer on Nov. 24 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 six times out of seven games and is averaging 11.9 points per contest.
  • Of Assistance    
  • 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 29 assists through seven games for a 4.1 per contest average. He has five games with five or more assists this season after logging that standard just three times last year.

Helping The Cause    
  • Walker's 4.1 assists per game this season are also a sign of better assist numbers this year for Loyola. The Greyhounds are averaging 11.9 assists per game through seven 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.

Increased Efficiency    
  • 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 101.0, a mark that checks in 196th in Division I.
  • Loyola has also raised its effective field-goal percentage to 48.4 percent this season to rank 189th 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.

Shooting On Target    
  • Loyola made 32 field goals Nov. 21 at Saint Bonaventure, 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 43.4 percent from the field.
  • Last year, Loyola was 10th in the Patriot League with a 38.2 percent mark from the field.

Rassman Hitting The Mark    
  • After opening the season with a 1 of 7 performance from the field, Franz Rassman was significantly more efficient in Loyola's next five games. The senior post player has made 25 of 40 shots (62.5 percent) against LIU Brooklyn, UMBC, Saint Bonaventure, Stony Brook and Siena.
  • Rassman scored in double-figures in all five of the games, raising his season scoring, and through seven contests, he is averaging 9.6 points per game and shooting 50 percent from the field.
  • His five-consecutive games with 10 or more points matched his career-high streak set last year when he averaged 15.8 points during a stretch from Feb. 11-25, 2015.

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's overtime loss to Siena on Saturday was the first defeat the Greyhounds have suffered in extra time during the coaching tenure of G.G Smith. The Greyhounds were 4-0 last season in overtime, and the Greyhounds are now 7-1 in the two-plus seasons that Smith has been the team's head coach.
  • More impressively, Loyola is 16-2 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 17-9 in those games.

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    
  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 8, for another game against a State of Maryland foe. The Greyhounds will host Towson University in a 7:30 p.m. contest.