|Date||Sunday, December 27, 2015|
|Time||7:00 p.m. (Central) | 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)|
|Location||Evanston, Illinois | Welsh-Ryan Arena|
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball plays its final non-conference regular-season game of 2015-2016 on Sunday, Dec. 27, when it travels to Evanston, Illinois, to face Northwestern University at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
- The game will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network with a 7 p.m. (Central)/8 p.m. (Eastern) tip-off.
- Sunday’s game is the penultimate contest of 2015 for the Greyhounds. Loyola will face American University on Wednesday, Dec. 30, to start Patriot League play.
- Chancellor Barnard scored 17 points to log a career-high and Loyola team-best in the Greyhounds’ last game, Dec. 22, at Fairfield University. He has averaged 13 points in Loyola’s last three outings. Barnard scored his 17 against the Stags in just 24 minutes of action.
- Eric Laster has averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in the Greyhounds’ last five games, second on the team in both categories. Over the last four games, he has posted marks of 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
- 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 leading scorer (14.2) and rebounder (7.9), Jones leads the team with 14 blocked shots.
Series History Versus Northwestern
- Loyola and Northwestern will meet for the second time in series history in games that will take place exactly nine years apart to the date.
- The Greyhounds first played the Wildcats on Dec. 27, 2006, in a 66-60 Northwestern decision at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
- Loyola led the Wildcats, 33-26, at halftime after making 6-of-10 3-pointers before the break, but Northwestern shot 52.4 percent from the field in the second half and came away with the win.
- Marquis Sullivan knocked down half of his 10 3-point attempts and finished with a game-high 17 points for Loyola, and Gerald Brown scored 15 to go with three steals.
- Brett Harvey scored nine points and had six assists, while Omari Israel tallied nine points for the Greyhounds.
- Vince Scott was one of four Wildcats in double-figures, scoring 16 to lead Northwestern.
- A Harvey bucket and two by Isreal gave the Greyhounds a seven-point lead, 42-35, with 14 minutes, 23 seconds left in regulation, but the Wildcats reeled off 12-consecutive points.
- Craig Moore connected on a three for Northwestern with the shot-clock expiring at 9:53, putting the Wildcats up, 45-42, a lead they would not relinquish.
Last Time Out
- Loyola opened the second half on a 19-4 run Tuesday night at Fairfield University, but the Stags rallied to force overtime and won a 94-88 non-conference game in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
- The Greyhounds cut a one-time 12-point Fairfield lead to just two, 32-30, at halftime, and an Andre Walker free throw off a Stags administrative technical foul 1:35 into the second put Loyola in front.
- Tyler Hubbard knocked down a three from the deep left corner with 13:04 remaining, staking the Greyhounds to a 59-44 advantage, but back-to-back threes by Fairfield’s Jerry Johnson, Jr., cut it to a six-point lead.
- Chancellor Barnard, who led Loyola with a career-high 17 points, made a sweeping move across the paint to score at 6:02, and Loyola led 70-61. A Marcus Gilbert 3-point play and two Tyler Nelson free throws at 4:30 made it 74-68 Greyhounds. Johnson sank another three for the Stags (5-5) 28 seconds later, and it was a five-point game.
- Jones grabbed an offensive rebound for Loyola and scored at 3:32, and then Coleman Johnson and Andre Walker traded free throws for the teams with Walker’s making it a 78-71 Loyola lead with 2:42 left. Those points, however, were the Greyhounds’ final of regulation.
- Gilbert and Nelson scored in the paint on consecutive possessions, and after more than 90 seconds with no scoring, Gilbert got free on the left side of the lane, scored and converted a free throw after being fouled, tying the game with 14.7 ticks left.
- Loyola missed a go-ahead basket with six seconds left, and the teams headed to overtime tied at 78-78.
- Overtime featured two ties, but a 3-point play from Jonathan Kasibabu gave the Stags an 85-82 lead. Jones made two free throws at 1:53, getting the Greyhounds (1-9) within one, 85-84, but Johnson hit an 18-foot jumper to push the lead back to three.
Big Ten Network Broadcast
- Sunday’s game will air nationally on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. (Central)/8 p.m. (Eastern). It will be the Greyhounds’ first men’s basketball game on the network since Dec. 22, 2009, when they knocked off Indiana University, 72-67, in Bloomington.
- Jeff Levering will call the play-by-play, and Stephen Bardo will handle color analysis.
- Click here for a Big Ten Network channel finder.
- Fans with access to BTN2go can also watch the game online by clicking here.
Barnard Gets Buckets
- Chancellor Barnard has taken advantage of his starting role over the last six games, particularly in the last three as he has averaged 11 points in those contests against at Mount St. Mary’s University (11 points on Dec. 5), Towson University (9, Dec. 8) and at Fairfield University (17, Dec. 22).
- He played just 24 minutes Tuesday night against the Stags, but the sophomore finished with a career-best 17 points to lead the Greyhounds.
- In the last three games, Barnard has made 13-of-17 (76.4 percent) to raise his season field-goal percentage to 65.6 (21-of-32).
- Since joining the starting lineup on Nov. 24 against Stony Brook University (six games ago), Barnard is averaging 8.2 points per game while shooting 73.1 percent from the field.
Reversal Of A Bad Trend
- Tyler Hubbard opened the season making three or more 3-pointers in five of the Greyhounds’ first six games, but after going 1-of-2 from long distance in the first half against the University of Kansas, Hubbard misfired on his next 15 attempts.
- He missed two in the second half against the Jayhawks, three at Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 5) and five versus Towson (Dec. 8).
- Hubbard did not connect on his first five attempts at Fairfield (Dec. 22), but he took the lid off the basket with a three from the deep left corner with just over 13 minutes left in regulation against the Stags. He hit another in the second half of that game, as well, going 2-of-4 after the break against Fairfield.
Season-Best For Cam
- Cam Gregory came off the bench and provided 24 solid minutes for a foul-plagued Loyola frontcourt Tuesday night at Fairfield. The sophomore post player made 6-of-9 field goals and 2-of-3 free throws for his first double-digit scoring performance of the season (14).
- Gregory, who had previously scored a season-high of eight at UMBC, raised his field-goal percentage to 53.8 percent (21-of-39) this season with his outing against the Stags. Last year, while filling in for an injured Jarred Jones, Gregory shot 49.7 percent from the field and averaged 6.8 points per game while starting 16.
Make Specialty Stats Special
- Loyola led Fairfield in nearly every “specialty” stats category Tuesday night, but it did not turn into a victory in the overtime contest.
- Loyola scored 54 points in the paint – 14 more than its previous high of 40 at UMBC – to Fairfield’s 32, and the Greyhounds scored 16 second-chance points to Fairfield’s six. The six points off offensive rebounds were the second-fewest the Greyhounds have yielded this year (two at UMBC).
- Loyola had a 200 percent conversion rate on points-to-opponent turnovers against the Stags, scoring 24 points on 12 Fairfield miscues.
Back To Blocking
- Jarred Jones has posted nine blocked shots in the Greyhounds last three games, recording two at Mount St. Mary’s, three versus Towson and four at Fairfield. The nine swats have raised his season total to a team-best 14 through 10 games.
- In his three-plus years at Loyola – he is a fourth-year junior after playing just two games last season due to injury – Jones has moved into a tie for seventh all-time at the school with 75 blocked shots, matching the total Omari Isreal posted from 2006-2008. With two more, he will move past Isreal and jump Jawaan Wright (2005-2010) into sixth place.
- Jones posted 41 blocked shots during the 2013-2014 season, 10th most in school single-season history.
- Meanwhile, two of Jones’ teammates are also ranked in the top-25 at Loyola in career blocks. Franz Rassman is 13th with 55, and Chancellor Barnard ranks 24th with 33.
Get (The Ball) Low
- Loyola was credited with 52 points in the paint Tuesday night at Fairfield, the most the Greyhounds have posted since logging 54 on March 1, 2013, in a 90-86 loss at Iona College.
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 contests (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 12.8 in the Greyhounds’ last four contests (at Siena, Kansas and Mount St. Mary’s; home versus Towson; at Fairfield) while providing a spark off the bench.
- In the first four games, Laster was 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 five games have raised his 2015-2016 scoring average to 10.8 points per game.
And, Getting To The Glass
- Laster has also been attacking the boards over the last four games, averaging 6.4 rebounds in that stretch.
- 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 10 games, Laster is second on the team in rebounding (5.0 per game) and offensive rebounds (22).
Scoring Going The Right Way
- Through 10 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 12.5 points per game to average 71.3.
- Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.9 percent. Loyola now ranks a modest 218th in both scoring offense and field-goal percentage.
- 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 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 28 of his 69 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in all but four of the Greyhounds’ 10 games. Through games of Friday, Dec. 25, Hubbard is 63rd nationally with 2.8 threes made per game, and his 40.6 percent mark from behind the arc is 87th (minimum 2.5 made per game).
- The fifth-year senior now has 155 made 3-pointers in his career; against Stony Brook, he moved into sole possession of sixth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard is seven 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 eight times out of 10 games and is averaging 11.6 points per contest.
Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond
- Loyola’s overtime defeats at Siena and Fairfield this year are the first 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 7-2 in the two-plus seasons that Smith has been the team’s head coach.
- More impressively, Loyola is 16-3 in overtime games since the start of the 2004-2005 season.
- Loyola opens its 18-game Patriot League schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at home against American University. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.