|Date||Sunday, December 28, 2014|
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Hits About The 'Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland faces a familiar foe in a new venue Sunday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m. when the Greyhounds play former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Fairfield University.
- The game will be the Greyhounds' first-ever in Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
- It is part of the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival, a three-game event that pits St. John's University and Tulane University in the opener and Hofstra University and LIU Brooklyn in the middle contest.
- Loyola's game versus Fairfield is the Greyhounds' final non-conference contest of the 2013-2014 regular-season.
Last Time Out
- Stony Brook University held Loyola to only one field goal in the game's final seven minutes, and the Seawolves outscored the Greyhounds, 18-9 during that stretch, for a 67-52 victory last Sunday on Long Island.
- Loyola led the preseason America East Conference favorite for the majority of the first half, and went up 35-32 on a Tyler Hubbard three 3:02 into the second half,
- A Brian Sekunda three on the Seawolves' next possession started a 10-0 Stony Brook run that gave it a 42-35 lead on a Rayshaun McGrew basket with 13:17 left in regulation.
- Cam Gregory led Loyola with 14 points.
Start Spreading The News
- Sunday's game at Barclays Center will be the Greyhounds' second-straight in the State of New York and second this month in New York City.
- The Greyhounds will play more games in New York City (two) than in Reitz Arena (one) in December, and they will also play more in New York State (three) than their home state (two).
- Loyola won at Columbia University on Dec. 2 before falling at Stony Brook University Dec. 21 in its two previous trips to the area.
Series History Versus Fairfield
- Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 57th time on the hardwood Sunday evening with the Stags entering the game with a 36-20 advantage in the previous meetings.
- 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.
- The Greyhounds have won four-straight in the series after a 59-52 victory Nov. 16, 2013, in Reitz Arena. They won both meetings 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.
- Loyola hosted Fairfield in its 2013-2014 home opener and went on a 13-3 run to start the game, ultimately going ahead by 12 in the first half.
- The Stags trailed 32-23 at halftime, but they allowed only four Loyola free throws in the first 11 minutes of the second stanza. Fairfield led at three points in the second half, but a Dylon Cormier layup at 6:48 gave the Greyhounds the lead for good, and they went on to a 59-52 win.
- Cormier finished with 20 points to lead Loyola, and the Greyhounds forced 20 Fairfield turnovers in the game.
- After playing only 10 minutes on Dec. 2 because of foul trouble at Columbia University, Cam Gregory has picked up his play in the Greyhounds' last three outings.
- The freshman forward bounced back from his showing against the Lions to turn in his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 6 against Mount St. Mary's marking the first time in his young career he'd scored nine or more points in a game.
- Gregory then led Loyola with 14 points, making 7-of-9 shots from the floor, and had a game-best eight rebounds Dec. 9 versus Saint Joseph's in 30 minutes of action.
- For his efforts against the Hawks, Gregory was named the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday, Dec. 15.
- Gregory then led the team in scoring and rebounding again Dec. 21 at Stony Brook, scoring 14 while grabbing seven rebound sin 32 minutes of action.
- Over the first 10 games of the year, of which Gregory has started each of the last eight, he is averaging 6.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 53.3 percent from the field.
- Gregory is the top freshman rebounder in the Patriot League, and his 6.7 boards per game are third overall in the conference.
- He has averaged 24.2 minutes per game, 30.3 in the Greyhounds' last three contests.
To The Freshmen Go The Honors
- Cam Gregory's Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week award from Dec. 15 is the second of the season for the Greyhounds through six weeks.
- Andre Walker won the season's first Rookie of the Week honor making the Greyhounds the only program with two winners of the award thus far in 2014-2015.
- Gregory is the top rebounding freshman in the Patriot League (6.7 rebounds per game), while Walker's 9.4 points per game pace League freshmen.
Facing Tough Defenses
- Through 10 games, and as of games of Dec. 23, the Greyhounds have faced the 37th most difficult schedule nationwide in terms of opponent defense per kenpom.com.
- In other words, the average defensive efficiency of Loyola's 10 opponents ranks 37th out of 351 NCAA Division I teams. Only one Patriot League team - Boston University - has played a tougher defensive schedule (34th).
- Overall, the Greyhounds have faced the 100th most difficult strength of schedule, again according to kenpom.com, through Dec. 23.
Scoring From The Line
- Loyola is one of the top teams in the nation at getting points from the free-throw line this season. The Greyhounds have scored 26.3 percent of their points from the charity stripe through 10 games, 13th most in NCAA Division I.
- Loyola is averaging 22.7 free-throw attempts per game this season. In its three wins this year, the Greyhounds have averaged 25.3 trips to the line, making 51-of-76 in those games.
- 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 36.4 percent of available minutes this year for Loyola. They have taken 35 percent of field goal attempts, 41.4 percent of free throws and grabbed 39.4 percent of rebounds.
- Additionally, they have contributed 43.9 percent of steals and 42.4 percent of the team's blocked shots while scoring 34.4 percent of Loyola's points.
- Andre Walker is tied for the team lead in steals (11), is second in assists (21), and he is the Patriot League's leading freshman scorer, averaging 9.4 points per game.
- Cam Gregory tops the team with 6.7 rebounds per game (67 total), and his rebounds per game mark is third-best in the conference.
- With Walker (26.1), Gregory (24.2) and Barnard (14.5) seeing 14 or more minutes of action per game, and Bishop averaging 8.3, the Greyhounds are one of the younger teams in Division I. Of the 351 teams in Division I, the Greyhounds have the 66th youngest roster with an average of just 1.32 years of experience.
- In the Greyhounds' three wins this season (Cornell, UMBC, Columbia), Loyola is shooting more than five percent better from the field (38.0 to 32.6), but it is the Greyhounds' defense in those games that has played the biggest roles.
- The six teams that have defeated the Greyhounds so far this year (Texas Tech, Butler, Syracuse, Siena, Mount St. Mary's and Saint Joseph's) have done so while shooting just a shade under 50 percent (48.4).
- Conversely, Loyola held its foes to almost 13 percent worse from the floor (35.6 percent) in its three victories. The numbers are even more dramatic in defending the 3-point arc where Loyola has allowed opponents to shoot 36.3 percent in the seven games it has lost. In their three wins, the Greyhounds have held opponents to 12-of-64 (18.8 percent), a drop off of nearly 20 percent.
Rassman And Walker In Wins
- Individually, Andre Walker and Franz Rassman have been the team's top two scorers in the three wins. Walker has averaged 13.7 points per game, while Rassman is just behind at 11.3 points. In the losses, however, those numbers drop to 7.6 and 4.4 points per game.
- Loyola finished the 2013-2014 season with a -5.1 margin in rebounds per game versus its opponents, but the Greyhounds have made great strides in that number this year. Through 10 games, Loyola has just two total rebounds fewer than its opponents, 350-352.
- Along with improved rebounding numbers, 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 10 games.
- Combined, Loyola's 10 opponents are shooting just 29.5 percent from 3-point range (49-of-166) this season. In 2013-2014, the Greyhounds' opponents shot 10.9 percent better from behind the arc, making 40.4 percent of their shots (203-of-502).
- Loyola's 29.5 opponent 3-point percentage ranks 57th in NCAA Division I. A year ago, the 40.4 percent was third-worst in Division I, 349th.
- While it was not a gaudy number, the Greyhounds showed improved shooting in their 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.
- Versus Siena, Columbia and Mount St. Mary's however, Loyola 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.
- The number dipped back down again, however, at Saint Joseph's where the team shot 28.3 percent from the field.
- In those three games, the Greyhounds shot nearly as well from 3-point range as inside the arc. Loyola 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 CollegeInsider.com 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 against The Mount, 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 Dec. 2 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).
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.
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.
- 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.
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 '05 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 LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.
- 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.
- Loyola opens Patriot League action Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the U.S. Naval Academy with a 4 p.m. tip in Annapolis.