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Towson, Men's Basketball Tangle Tuesday Night In Reitz Arena

Dec. 7, 2015

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Opponent Towson Tigers
Date Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball returns to Reitz Arena for a 7:30 p.m. game on Tuesday, Dec. 8, game against nearby foe Towson University.
  • The game is the first for Loyola since Tuesday, Nov. 22, after three-straight, and five of six, on the road.
  • Through six games in 2015-2016, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly five percent better from the field than last season. Loyola has made 43.1 percent this year compared to 38.2 a year ago.
  • Eric Laster has averaged 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the Greyhounds’ last two outings. Over the last three games, he has posted marks of 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
  • Chancellor Barnard was the Greyhounds’ most productive player Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s, scoring a season-high 13 points while making all five of his shots from the field. He also had four rebounds and three blocked shots.
  • Tyler Hubbard has made 26 of 55 3-pointers this year. Through games of Sunday, Dec. 6, Hubbard is 24th in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game (3.25). His 47.3 percent mark is 35th (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.

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.

Series History Versus Towson    
  • Loyola and Towson will meet for the 72nd time when they take the court on Tuesday night. The series is the second most-played in Loyola history, behind only Mount St. Mary’s, a team the Greyhounds faced for the 172nd time Saturday.
  • Tuesday’s game is the start of a four-game series between the schools.
  • The Greyhounds hold a 44-27 advantage in the all-time series after posting a 65-53 win over the Tigers on Nov. 28, 2012, in Reitz Arena.
  • Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson combined for 34 points in the 2012 game while the Greyhounds held Towson to 32 percent shooting from the field.
  • Olson made four first-half 3-pointers and five in the game.
  • Towson scored the game’s first four points, but Loyola a Julius Brooks offensive rebound and putback 2:31 into the contest put the Greyhounds in front for the remainder of the contest.
  • Cormier led all players with 19 points, and Olson had 15 for the home team. Cormier also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Brooks and Anthony Winbush each chipped in eight points for Loyola.
  • Jerome Hairston was the only Towson player in double-figures with 13 points. Winbush’s defense limited the Tigers’ leading scorer, Jerrelle Benimon to seven.

Last Time Out    
  • Loyola University Maryland committed 15 first-half turnovers, and Mount St. Mary’s made 8-of-12 3-pointers before the break, advantages the Mountaineers used in an 85-68 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena.
  • The Mount missed nine of its first 11 shots, but five Greyhounds turnovers in the opening seven minutes kept the score tied, 6-6. The Mountaineers then made their next seven field goals and led by as many as 16 before going up 47-33 at halftime.
  • The Greyhounds were down 14 at the break, but a Will Miller three 5:01 into the second half pushed Mount St. Mary’s ahead by 24, 59-35.
  • Loyola scored 20 of the next 28 points to trim its deficit to 12, 67-55, with 7:10 left on a Chancellor Barnard layup. An Andre Walker transition basket cut the Mount St. Mary’s lead to single-digits, 69-60, with 5:13 to play, but 10 seconds later Gregory Graves scored in the paint for the Mountaineers stretch their lead back to 11.
  • Jarred Jones converted in the paint for Loyola at 4:23, making the Mount St. Mary’s lead 10, 72-62, and Jones had a 3-point attempt at the top of the perimeter on the Greyhounds’ next trip down the court, but it rimmed out.
  • Graves made a three in the corner with the shot-clock under five for Mount St. Mary’s on the ensuing possession, and the lead was back to 13.
  • Eric Laster finished with 17 points to lead Loyola, matching his season-high. Chancellor Barnard and Andre Walker each scored 13, and Jarred Jones posted 12.
  • Byron Ashe had a game-best 22 for The Mount, while Graves logged 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Laster Returns To Scoring Ways    
  • After scoring 17 in the first game of the year against Tennessee State, Eric 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).
  • Laster has seemingly regained his scoring form, however, posting 16 and 17, respectively in the Greyhounds last two games at Kansas and Mount St. Mary’s. In Loyola’s last three contest, including a 14-point outing at Siena, Laster has averaged 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Greyhounds.
  • In those last three games, Laster is 6-of-15 from 3-point range (40 percent) after opening the season shooting 2-of-17 from behind the arc (11.7 percent).
  • Laster’s last three games have raise his 2015-2016 scoring average to 11.4.0 points, while he is averaging 4.4 rebounds per game. The senior guard is fourth and third, respectively, on the team in the statistical categories.

Barnard Gets Buckets    
  • Chancellor Barnard took advantage of playing a season-high 26 minutes on Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s, making all five of his shots from the field, going 3-of-5 from the free-throw line, to score a season-best 13 points. His scoring total was one off his career-best of 14 from a year ago.
  • Barnard also grabbed four rebounds and matched his career-high with three blocked shots.
  • The sophomore forward has started the last four games for Loyola, but his 13 points nearly doubled the 15 points he had scored in the Greyhounds’ first seven games of the season. He is now shooting 61.1 percent from the field, making 11-of-18 shots, this year.

Scoring Going The Right Way    
  • Through eight games this season, the Greyhounds offense has shown considerable strides over its output a year ago. Last year, the Greyhounds were 333rd out of 345 NCAA Division I teams in scoring, averaging just 58.8 points per game.
  • This season, Loyola has improved by 12.6 points per game to average 71.4.
  • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 43.1 percent to check in at 201st.

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 55 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in all but two of the Greyhounds’ eight games. Through games of Sunday, Dec. 6, Hubbard is 29th nationally with 26 3-pointers made, and his 47.3 percent mark from behind the arc is 35th (minimum 2.5 made per game).
  • He is 24th in 3-pointers made per game (3.3), but he is 77th in total attempts from behind the arc (55).
  • 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.
  • This year, Walker has scored in double figures seven times out of eight games and is averaging 12.0 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 32 assists through seven games for a 4.0 per contest average. He has five games with five or more assists this season after logging that standard just three times last year.

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).

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. Through eight contests, he is averaging 8.6 points per game and shooting 50.9 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.

Up Next    
  • Loyola will take a two-week break from competition for final exams that start Thursday, Dec. 10, at the University.
  • The Greyhounds then pick back up in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Tuesday, Dec. 22, with a 7 o’clock game against former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Fairfield University.
  • Following the Christmas holiday, Loyola will close regular-season non-conference play with a Sunday, Dec. 27, game at Northwestern University.