The Mount Visits Reitz Arena For 170th Meeting With Men's Hoops

Dec. 4, 2014

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Opponent Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
Date Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena on Saturday, Dec. 6, for its lone December home game. The Greyhounds will host Mount St. Mary's University at 7 o'clock as part of a Loyola-Mount double header. The schools' women's teams will play at 3:30 p.m.
  • The Loyola-Mount rivalry is the most-played in the State of Maryland, eclipsing the 157 times Johns Hopkins and McDaniel have met. This year's Loyola-Mount game will be the 170th iteration of the contest.
  • Loyola has had its two best shooting games of the season in its last two contests, shooting a modest 45.8 percent against Siena and Columbia.

Last Time Out

  • Eric Laster grabbed an offensive rebound after Maodo Lo blocked an Andre Walker shot, spun and hit a 17-foot jumper as the final buzzer sounded to give the Greyhounds a 64-62 win at Columbia on Tuesday.
  • Columbia, which is now 4-2 and had already beaten Patriot League foes Lehigh and American this year, tied the game on an Isaac Cohen three with 27.2 seconds left.
  • Loyola built a nine-point advantage twice in the last 2:40 of regulation.
  • Franz Rassman scored a career-high 16 points to lead Loyola as four Greyhounds scored 11 or more. Nick Gorski had a career-best 11 off the bench.

Tune In

  • Saturday's game will air live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, with Jason Knapp calling the action and Craig Esherick providing the analysis.
  • The game will also be simulcast live on SNY in the New York, Northern New Jersey and Connecticut areas.

Patriot League Network, Too

  • In addition to airing live on MASN, the game will be available digitally on the Patriot League Network Gary Lambrecht calling the play-by-play and Jim Chivers '06 handling the analysis.
  • 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.
  • 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 The Mount

  • Loyola and Mount St. Mary's will meet for the 170th time when the teams take the floor on Saturday night in Reitz Arena.
  • In addition to being the oldest series in state history - it predates Loyola-Maryland by two seasons - it is also the most-played. The 169 previous meetings exceed the 152 between Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland), a series that started in 1930.
  • 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 97-72 advantage all-time.
  • In last year's meeting, Loyola suffered field-goal droughts of five minutes in the first half and nearly 10 in the second, and the Mountaineers took advantage for  70-58 victory on Dec. 7, 2013, in Emmitsburg.
  • Dylon Cormier made a Loyola layup at 11:34 in the second half to cut The Mount's lead to 47-44, but it was the Greyhounds' last field goal until Damion Rashford made one at 1:47.
  • Cormier finished with 13 for the Greyhounds, and Franz Rassman had 12. Rashad Whack and Julian Norfleet scored 18 and 16, respectively for Mount St. Mary's.

Laster At The Last Second... Literally

  • Eric Laster did not make any of his six field-goal attempts in the first 39 minutes, 59 seconds of regulation Tuesday night at Columbia, and the Greyhounds' leading scorer had just one point on a free throw.
  • The junior guard grabbed an offensive rebound off a blocked Andre Walker shot, spun and swished a 17-foot jumper from the top of the circle to lift the Greyhounds to a 64-62 win over the previously 4-1 Lions.
  • Laster's jumper gave Loyola its first final-possession victory since March 1, 2014, when the Greyhounds closed the regular-season with a victory at Navy on two Tyler Hubbard free throws with 4.4 seconds left. Prior to that, Loyola won on a buzzer-beater when Julius Brooks caught an Erik Etherly pass and laid in a basket as time expired for an 89-87 double-overtime win at Niagara on Feb. 2, 2013.

Post Players Hit High Scores

  • Two Loyola post players had career-high nights in the scoring column Tuesday at Columbia as Franz Rassman led the Greyhounds with 16 points, and Nick Gorski came off the bench for 11.
  • Rassman made 7-of-10 field goals, his best career shooting night to eclipse his previous scoring high of 15 set in the final two regular-season games of 2013-2014 against Holy Cross and Navy. He also had a team-high seven rebounds and blocked two Lions shots.
  • Gorski saw 22 minutes, tying a career-high, off the bench for the Greyhounds and had his best offensive performance in two years with the team. The sophomore made 4-of-7 shots, including hitting a key first-half 3-pointer, to total 11 points.
  • Prior to the game at Columbia, Gorski had scored only one point this season in 56 minutes of action across six games. He was 0-of-5 from the field and had played a maximum of 15 minutes (at Butler).

Solving The Lions

  • Columbia, which was picked to finish third in the Ivy League this season and had already beaten two Patriot League teams - American and Lehigh - this year, entered Tuesday's game allowing an average of just 49.4 points per game while holding opponents to a 36.7 percent mark from the field.
  • Loyola recorded opponent season-highs against the Lions in both areas, shooting 47.9 percent while scoring 64 points.
  • Columbia was also outrebounding teams by a 4.4 margin, but Loyola and the Lions both grabbed 32 boards.
  • The Greyhounds also made 5-of-10 shots from 3-point range, far better than the 22.2 percent success rate opponents had previously against Columbia.

Improved Shooting

  • While it is not a gaudy number, the Greyhounds have a shown improved shooting in their last two games against Siena and Columbia.
  • In three games against UMBC and at Butler and Syracuse, the Greyhounds shot just 25.9 percent (40-of-154) from the field while scoring 45, 39 and 37 points, respectively.
  • Versus Siena last Saturday, Loyola made 21-of-48 shots from the field for a season-high 43.8 percent clip, and they improved further at Columbia, making 23-of-48 (47.9 percent) for a new season-best. The Greyhounds also took a season-low 10 threes against the Lions, but they converted five.

Productive Points

  • Denzel Brito followed up his Loyola Maryland career-high 11 points against Siena with a night that filled many columns of the box score at Columbia. The senior who started his career at Loyola University Chicago from 2010-2012 finished with eight points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes of action.
  • The five assists were also his best as  Greyhound, and he knocked down his only 3-point attempts of the game.
  • Andre Walker, who also plays the point for Loyola and is frequently on the court at the same time as Brito, made 5-of-10 shots against Columbia and finished with 14. He played 30 minutes off the bench, grabbed five rebounds and had two assists without a turnover in his return to the city in which he played high school basketball at Christ The King.

Near-Record Free Throw Effort

  • Tyler Hubbard came into last 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 last 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.

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 even games.
  • Combined, Loyola's seven opponents are shooting just 28.2 percent from 3-point range (35-of-124) 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 26-of-108 (24.1 percent) from behind the arc.

Rebounding Advantage

  • Loyola carries a modest +2.4 rebounding margin into Saturday's game against The Mount, having outrebounded opponents 260-243 this season through seven contests.
  • The Greyhounds have been outrebounded in only two games at Butler and Syracuse, but only by two and four, respectively. Loyola also was tied in rebounding at Columbia

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 36.8 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 31 percent of field goal attempts, 38.5 percent of free throws and grabbed 38.1 percent of rebounds.
  • Additionally, they have contributed 40.7 percent of assists and 47.6 percent of steals while scoring 30 percent of Loyola's points.
  • Andre Walker leads Loyola in  steals (10), is tied for the team-lead in assists (18) and he is the Patriot League's leading freshman scorer, averaging 9.7 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.0 rebounds per game (42 total), and his rebounds per game mark is tied for fifth in the conference.

Laster's Career Game

  • While it represented the bulk of Loyola's scoring on 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.

Low Output

  • Loyola's 37 points 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).

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 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.