Men's Hoops Returns To Action Tuesday At Fairfield

Dec. 21, 2015

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Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Monday, December 22, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Bridgeport, Connecticut | Webster Bank Arena
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 22, after a 14-day layoff for fall semester exams.
  • The Greyhounds travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to face a familiar foe in Fairfield University at 7 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
  • Loyola and the Stags will face each other for the 58th time after competing as Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes from 1989-2013.
  • Eric Laster has averaged 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the Greyhounds’ last three outings. Over the last four games, he has posted marks of 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
  • Laster grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, five on the offensive glass, on Dec. 8 against Towson to record his career collegiate double-double.
  • Chancellor Barnard has also been a very productive player for the Greyhounds in their last two games. He finished one off his career-high with 13 points at Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 5, and he then posted nine against Towson.
  • Jarred Jones has recorded three double-doubles this season. In four career double-doubles, he is averaging 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds.
  • In addition to being Loyola’s top scorer (14.2) and rebounder (7.8), Jones leads in free-throw percentage (.824).

Series History Versus Fairfield    

  • Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 58th time on the hardwood Tuesday evening with the Stags entering the game with a 36-21 advantage in the previous meetings.
  • The Greyhounds have won five-straight in the series after a 61-59 overtime victory on Dec. 28, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Loyola won a November 2013 meeting in Baltimore, both games in 2012-2013 and claimed a 48-44 win in March 2012 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Game, sending Loyola to the NCAA Championships.
  • The schools were Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes for the 24 seasons Loyola was a member of the conference (1989-2013) before moving to the Patriot League before the start of the 2013-2014 campaign.
  • In last year’s meeting Franz Rassman scored with nine-tenths of a second left in regulation to give Loyola the 61-59 win. Tyler Hubbard saved a rebound from going out of bounds after an Eric Laster miss and in one motion got the ball to Rassman under the rim.
  • The Stags led 29-23 at halftime , and Laster made a 20-footer with 7:55 left in regulation to get the Greyhounds within two, 44-42. Hubbard hit a three on Loyola’s next possession to put the Greyhounds in front, but the lead changed hands four times and the score was tied on six occasions in the final seven minutes of regulation.
  • Hubbard finished with a game-high 21 points, and Andre Walker scored 14 to go with a career-best nine rebounds and five steals. Marcus Gilbert led Fairfield with 14 points.

Last Time Out    

  • A Jarred Jones 3-point play cut Towson University’s one-time 11-point lead to just one, 41-40, midway through the second half, but the Tigers scored the next 10 points and pulled away for a 65-54 non-conference win on Dec. 8, in Reitz Arena.
  • Towson led by 11, 28-17, with 4:27 to go in the first half, a lead the Greyhounds cut to just six, 30-24, before halftime. Byron Hawkins made a three for the Tigers with the shot clock under five on the first possession of the second half, stretching Towson’s advantage to nine, 33-24, but Loyola then reeled off seven in a row to get within a pair, 33-31, on an Andre Walker three at 16:13.
  • An offensive rebound by Jones, layup and free throw after drawing a foul at 11:21 pulled the Greyhounds within a point, 41-40, but Towson responded with a traditional 3-point play of its own when Hawkins drove, scored and was fouled.
  • That started a 9-0 Tigers run that would put the lead at 10, 50-40, on a William Adala Moto basket with 9:04 left in regulation.
  • Eric Laster finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and Jarred Jones matched his point total for team-high honors.
  • Walter Foster had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Towson, while Byron Hawkins added 15 points for the Tigers.
  • 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 regained his scoring form, however, averaging 14.5 in the Greyhounds’ last four contests (at Siena, Kansas and Mount St. Mary’s; home versus Towson) while providing a spark off the bench.
  • In those last four games, Laster is 9-of-22 from 3-point range (40.9 percent) after opening the season shooting 2-of-17 from behind the arc (11.7 percent).
  • Laster’s last four games have raised his 2015-2016 scoring average to 11.3 points per game.

And, Getting To The Glass    

  • Laster has also been attacking the boards over the last four games, averaging 6.8 rebounds in that stretch, 7.3 in his last three.
  • The senior guard logged his first collegiate double-double on Dec. 8 against Towson, scoring 11 to tie for team-high honors with pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds, five on the offensive glass.
  • Through nine games, Laster is second on the team in rebounding (5.0 per game) and offensive rebounds (21).

Barnard Gets Buckets    

  • Chancellor Barnard took advantage of playing a season-high 26 minutes on Dec. 5 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.
  • He followed that game with a nine-point outing on Dec. 8 against Towson, making 4-of-field goals.
  • This season, Barnard is shooting 62.5 percent from the field, and since joining the starting lineup five games ago, he is averaging 6.4 points per game.

Scoring Going The Right Way    

  • Through nine 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 10.6 points per game to average 69.4.
  • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.2 percent.

Better Defensive Effort    

  • Loyola had its best defensive game of the season Dec. 8 against Towson, holding the Tigers to 65 points and 38 percent from the field, well below their season averages entering the game.
  • Loyola also forced 18 Towson turnovers, almost six more than the Tigers had been averaging.
  • The Tigers had season-lows for Loyola opponents in points, field goal percentage, field goals made (19) and assists (seven).

Doubled Over    

  • Jarred Jones had his second 20-plus point game of the season, and his third double-double of 2015-2016, Nov. 28 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 came 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 60 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 53rd nationally with 2.9 threes made per game, and his  43.3 percent mark from behind the arc is 58th (minimum 2.5 made per game).
  • 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 nine games and is averaging 11.7 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 33 assists through nine games for a 3.7 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).

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 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 will travel to Evanston, Illinois, for its final regular-season non-conference game on Sunday, Dec. 27, at Northwestern University. The 8 p.m. (Central Time) game will air nationally on the Big Ten Network.
  • Following the date with the Wildcats, Loyola returns to Reitz Arena to open Patriot League action on Wednesday, Dec. 30, against American University. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Greyhounds women hosting American at 4:30 p.m. and the men’s game tipping off at 7:30 p.m.