Jesuit Counterparts Meet When Men's Basketball Faces St. Joseph's

Dec. 8, 2014

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Opponent Saint Joseph's Hawks
Date Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Hagan Arena
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Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland hits the road for its last game before fall semester exams when it travels up I-95 to face Saint Joseph’s University on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
  • The Greyhounds will play four-straight road games before the calendar flips to 2015.
  • Following the game, Loyola will have its longest break of the season, 11 days.
  • Loyola has had its two best shooting games of the season in its last three contests, shooting a modest 44.6 percent against Siena, Columbia and Mount St. Mary’s.
  • During those contests, Loyola has also shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range.

Last Time Out

  •   Loyola hit 3-pointers on three-straight possessions Saturday night to cut Mount St. Mary’s lead to two with 7:33 remaining in regulation, but The Mount responded with an 8-0 run to regain control of the game.
  • The Mount won the 170th all-time meeting between the teams, 74-65, while shooting 51.9 percent against the Greyhounds.
  • Mount St. Mary’s shot 57.7 percent in the second half, extending its five-point halftime lead.
  • Tyler Hubbard and Eric Laster each scored 14 for Loyola, and Cam Gregory had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Tune In

  • Tuesday’s game will be broadcast digitally on Campus Insiders with Ray Crawford calling the play-by-play and Jordon Cornette providing the analysis. Linacre Media will produce the broadcast.
  • Campus Insiders is also a partner of the Patriot League Network and will broadcast the Loyola-American game from Reitz arena on Jan. 7.
  • Visit for the link to the broadcast.

Series History Versus Saint Joseph’s

  • Loyola and Saint Joseph’s will meet for the 24th time in series history, although just the second time in the 21st century. The Hawks hold a 17-6 advantage in the all-time series.
  • Last season, the Hawks shot 64.5 percent from the field in the first half to take a 60-24 lead at the break, but Loyola rallied to hold them to 19.0 percent in the second 30 minutes. Saint Joseph’s, however, left Reitz Arena with an 88-77 non-conference victory on Dec. 21.
  • Dylon Cormier scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds in the game for Loyola, while Ronald Roberts led Saint Joseph’s with 20 points.
  • Prior to that game, the teams had not played since the 1996 season when Loyola snapped a 12-game Hawks’ winning streak int he series with a double-overtime victory.
  • The teams first met during the 1915-1916 season, and there were 17 games between the programs from 1915-16 through 1937-38, but they did not meet again until the first game of the 1976-77 season.

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

  • The Loyola-Saint Joseph’s game is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight that uses college basketball at Jesuit schools to raise awareness for Jesuit education.

Offensive Improving

  • While it is not a gaudy number, the Greyhounds have a shown improved shooting in their last three games against Siena, Columbia and Mount St. Mary’s.
  • 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.
  • Over the last three games, however, Loyola has shot a modest 44.6 percent from the field with its three best game performances from the field. The Greyhounds made 47.9 percent of shots from the field at Columbia after hitting 43.8 percent versus Siena. They also converted on 42.3 percent against The Mount.

From Deep

  • In those three games, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly as well from 3-point range as inside the arc. Loyola has made 19-of-42 shots from behind the line (44.2 percent) while hitting 44.7 from inside.
  • The Greyhounds were 5-of-10 from 3-point range at Columbia and then made 11-of-19 versus The Mount.

Eleven Threes In A Game

  • Loyola went 11-of-19 from 3-point range against Mount St. Mary’s, and the 11 threes were the most it has hit since making 13-of-26 on Jan. 15, 2010, against Marist College.
  • Since the 2009-2011 season, Loyola has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game only six times. Prior to Saturday night, it happened most recently when the Greyhounds connected on 10-of-20 against Boston University in the Postseason Tournament First Round.
  • The 11 threes in a game are tied for 15th best in program history.

Gregory Goes For Doubles

  • Freshman Cam Gregory logged his first collegiate double-double Saturday night, finishing with 10 rebounds and a career-high 11 points. He made 5-of-10 field goals and was two off his previous rebounding high.
  • It was the third time this season that Gregory has grabbed 10 or more boards in a game. He had 10 on Nov. 16 against Cornell and 12 three days later in a win over UMBC.
  • In four home games this season, Gregory has collected 39 rebounds, an average of 9.8 per game. His low was a seven-rebound performance against Siena. Conversely, Gregory is averaging 3.3 rebounds per road game. That number is significantly impacted by the game at Columbia when he had only one rebounds in 10 minutes of action.

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 last 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 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. The Lions have since defeated fellow Patriot League opponent Bucknell.
  • 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.

Near-Record Free Throw Effort

  • Tyler Hubbard came into the 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 career field-goal attempts from 3-point range during his career, so he has limited free-throw numbers. His 18 attempts in that game represented 22 percent of his 79 career trips to the charity stripe to that point.
  • 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 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 eight opponents are shooting just 29.8 percent from 3-point range (45-of-141) this season.  

Rebounding Advantage

  • Loyola carries a modest +1.5 rebounding margin into Tuesday’s game against Saint Joseph’s, having outrebounded opponents 289-277 this season through seven contests.
  • A year ago, the Greyhounds finished 2013-2014 at a 5.1 rebound disadvantage per game.
  • The Greyhounds matched Columbia in rebounding and have been outrebounded three times (Butler, Syracuse and Mount St. Mary’s), but not by more than five.

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 37.1 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 32 percent of field goal attempts, 38.5 percent of free throws and grabbed 40.1 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 (11), is second in assists (21), and he is the Patriot League’s leading freshman scorer, averaging 9.8 points per game.
  • Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.5 rebounds per game (52 total), and his rebounds per game mark is fourth-best 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.