Patriot League Men's Hoops Play Starts Wednesday In Doubleheader Game Two

Dec. 29, 2015

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Opponent American Eagles
Date Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland opens its third season in the Patriot League when the Greyhounds start their 2015-2016 conference schedule against American University.
  • The Eagles visit Reitz Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 30, for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
  • Wednesday's game is part of a doubleheader with the Loyola-American women playing at 4:30 p.m.
  • Andre Walker tied his season- and career-high with seven assists Sunday night at Northwestern University. The sophomore guard also had just one turnover.
  • After averaging 4.8 points in the previous four games, Franz Rassman scored 11 points in the first half Sunday at Northwestern. He also finished with a team-high six rebounds.
  • Chancellor Barnard scored 17 points to log a career-high and Loyola team-best in the Greyhounds' Dec. 22 game at Fairfield University. He has averaged 10.8 points in Loyola's last four outings. Barnard scored his 17 against the Stags in just 24 minutes of action.
  • 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 (13.6) and rebounder (7.6), Jones leads the team with 14 blocked shots.

  • 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.

    Series History Versus American    

    • American is Loyola's most-played Patriot League opponent, as Wednesday's game will be the 89th all-time installment in the series.
    • The Eagles, who are Loyola's seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.
    • With American's win in the second 2015 meeting of the teams, the series is deadlocked with each program winning 44 times.
    • American shot 73.7 percent in the first half of last year's second meeting to lead by 17 at halftime en route to a 64-49 victory in Washington, D.C.
    • Eric Laster scored 17 points for Loyola, but his total was matched by American's Jesse Reed. Andre Walker added 13 points for the Greyhounds. Loyola also had a 27-22 advantage on the boards.
    • In last season's first game, the Greyhounds led American by 10 with 6:42 left in regulation on Jan. 7, 2015, but the Eagles used a 13-2 run to go up 46-45 on two Jesse Reed free throws with 53 seconds to go. Loyola came up empty on its next possession, and Pee Wee Gardner converted on 1-of-2 at the line for American, making the Eagles' advantage two with 14.9 seconds showing.
    • Denzel Brito used a high perimeter screen to get free down the left side and score on a layup with seconds remaining to force overtime. In the extra period, Eric Laster scored five of his seven points to help the Greyhounds pull away for a 56-53 win.
    • Prior to the Greyhounds joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014, American and Loyola last played November 13, 2007, the third year in a row that the teams had met on the hardwood.

    Last Time Out    

    • Bryant McIntosh scored 21 of his career-high 33 points after halftime to lead a Northwestern comeback, and the Wildcats dealt Loyola a 74-60 defeat in the Greyhounds' non-conference finale on Sunday night in Evanston, Ill.
    • The Greyhounds led by as many as 14 in the first half and were up 11, 33-22, at the break, before the Wildcats mounted their rally.
    • Andre Walker scored two of his game-best 15 on a jumper with 9:09 to play in the first half, pushing Loyola up, 20-6. Northwestern, which is off to its best start in school history, did not break into double digits until there were just over four minutes left in the opening 20 minutes.
    • Tyler Hubbard knocked down a three with 59 ticks to go in the stanza, giving Loyola an 11-point advantage, but McIntosh scored on two free throws 14 seconds later, capping a stretch in which he scored 10 of 15 Northwestern points.
    • Joey van Zegeren grabbed his own rebound after he was blocked by Chancellor Barnard to start the second half and scored 13 seconds in, but Walker hit a three just under a minute later, and Loyola was up 12.
    • Back-to-back baskets by Derek Pardon sparked a 13-2 Northwestern run that saw the Wildcats tie the game on a Aaron Falzon three with 13:08 and take the lead at 11:44, 44-42, on a McIntosh jumper.
    • Jarred Jones broke the run with a 15-foot jumper for Loyola (1-10), and two Walker free throws at 9:32 made the Northwestern lead one, 49-48. A three and layup by Scottie Lindsey bracketed a McIntosh three that stretched the Wildcats' advantage to nine, and McIntosh put them ahead 11 with a layup at 7:12.
    • Walker scored 15 points while dishing out seven assists to lead Loyola.

    Patriot League Play Begins    

    • Loyola opens its third season of competition in the Patriot League on Wednesday night against American. The Greyhounds joined the conference prior to the 2013-2014 season after participating in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference since 1989.
    • The Greyhounds were picked to finish seventh in the 2015-2016 Patriot League Preseason Poll.

    Point Of Emphasis    

    • Andre Walker put together one of his best statistical games Sunday at Northwestern, leading Loyola with 15 points while tying his career-high with seven assists.
    • Walker did this while taking care of the ball, being charged with only one turnover as Loyola had a season-low seven.
    • The sophomore guard is third on the team in scoring this season (11.9 points per game), and he leads the squad with 42 assists, 3.8 per contest. After having two games with five or more assists last season, Walker has six of that ilk this year. He has also scored 10 or more points in nine of the Greyhounds' 11 contests.

    Barnard Gets Buckets    

    • Chancellor Barnard has taken advantage of his starting role over the last seven games, particularly in the last four as he has averaged 10.8 points in those contests against at Mount St. Mary's (11 points on Dec. 5), Towson (9, Dec. 8), at Fairfield (17, Dec. 22) and at Northwestern (4, Dec. 27).
    • He played just 24 minutes last Tuesday night against the Stags, but the sophomore finished with a career-best 17 points to lead the Greyhounds.
    • In the last four games, Barnard has made 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) to raise his season field-goal percentage to 59.5 (22-of-37). Prior to going 1-of-5 at Northwestern, Barnard was 15-of-19 in his last three.
    • Since joining the starting lineup on Nov. 24 against Stony Brook University (six games ago), Barnard is averaging 7.6 points per game while shooting 64.5 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. Hubbard then knocked down two treys in the first half at Northwestern.

    Early Offense For Rassman    

    • Franz Rassman had averaged 4.8 points in the Greyhounds' previous four games prior to playing at Northwestern on Sunday, but he scored 11 points in the first half to help Loyola lead by that number at the break.
    • Rassman made 5-of-10 shots before halftime and also grabbed four of his team-high six rebounds in the first.

    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 54.8 percent (23-of-42) this season after making 2-of-3 at Northwestern. 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.

    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 10 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last four games, recording two at Mount St. Mary's, three versus Towson, a career-high-tying four at Fairfield and one versus Northwestern. The nine swats have raised his season total to a team-best 15 through 11 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 sixth all-time at the school with 76 blocked shots, matching the total Jawaan Wright posted from 2005-2010.
    • 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 34.

    Scoring Going The Right Way    

    • Through 11 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 11.4 points per game to average 70.2.
    • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 42.7 percent.

    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 30 of his 77 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in six of the Greyhounds' 11 games. Through games of Sunday, Dec. 27, Hubbard is 70th nationally with 2.73 threes made per game.
    • The fifth-year senior now has 157 made 3-pointers in his career; against Stony Brook, he moved into sole possession of sixth-place on Loyola's career chart. Hubbard is five 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).

    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.

    Up Next    

    • The Greyhounds play their first Patriot League road game of the year on Saturday, Jan. 2. Lafayette College hosts Loyola at 2 p.m. in Easton, Pennsylvania.