Men's Basketball Heads On Patriot League Road To Face Lafayette

Dec. 31, 2015

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Saturday, January 2, 2016
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Easton, Pennsylvania | Kirby Sports Center
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland plays its first Patriot League-road game of the 2015-2016 season when it opens the new year on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016.
  • The Greyhounds will take on Lafayette College on the Leopards’ home court at 2 p.m. in Easton, Pennsylvania.
  • Wednesday night’s win over American University snapped an eight-game losing skid dating to a Nov. 18 win at UMBC.
  • It was the second time in three years in the Patriot League that the Greyhounds have opened with a win (2013-2014 vs. the U.S. Naval Academy).
  • Tyler Hubbard became the 13th player in school history to shoot 100 percent from the free-throw line in a game with 10 or more attempts in a game. He knocked down all 10 of his shots from the stripe against the Eagles.
  • Eric Laster scored 13 points in the second half, 17 for the game, making all four of his 3-point attempts, three after halftime versus American.
  • After averaging 4.8 points in the previous four games, Franz Rassman has averaged 10 in the last two against Northwestern and American. He also has grabbed six rebounds in both games.
  • Jarred Jones has recorded three double-doubles this season. In four career double-doubles, he is averaging 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds.

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 Lafayette    

  • Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the eighth time in series history when the teams take the floor on Saturday. The Greyhounds pulled within a game in the series, trailing the Leopards 4-3, after posting a 62-43 win on Feb. 11, 2015.
  • The teams are 2-2 against each other in Patriot League regular-season play since Loyola joined the conference in 2013-2014, and Lafayette won a 2014 Patriot League Championships affair.
  • In last year’s Loyola win, the Greyhounds held the Leopards to season-lows of 43 points and 31.1 field-goal percentage. Lafayette made just 14 field goals, seven in each half. The Leopards entered the game ranked 10th in NCAA Division I with a 40.4 percent mark from 3-point range, but they shot just 22.2 percent in the game.
  • Loyola led by nine, 30-21, at halftime, and Seth Hinrichs cut the margin to seven on the Leopards’ first possession of the second. Loyola, however, reeled off seven-straight points, and the lead was in double-digits for the rest of the night.
  • Sean Tuohy, Jr., put the Greyhounds in front by 30, 59-29, with his first career 3-pointer at 8:10, but the Leopards scored 14 in a row thereafter to cut their deficit to 16.
  • Tyler Hubbard scored a game-high 14 points for Loyola, and Franz Rassman finished with 13, while Andre Walker had nine and three steals.
  • Loyola’s 19-point margin of victory is its largest in a Patriot League game since joining the conference.
  • The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.
  • It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

Last Time Out    

  • Eric Laster made all four of his 3-point attempts, and Tyler Hubbard converted all 10 of his free throws Wednesday night, leading the Greyhounds to a 75-67 win over visiting American University in the teams’ Patriot League opener at Reitz Arena.
  • The Greyhounds made 61.5 percent of their 3-pointers (8-of-13) and shot 87.1 percent (27-of-31) from the free-throw line.
  • Hubbard finished with a team-high 18 points, and Laster added 17 off the Greyhounds’ bench. Andre Walker scored 11, while Franz Rassman and Jarred Jones each scored nine. Jones led all players with nine rebounds and two blocked shots, while Rassman pulled down six boards.
  • With 5:22 left in regulation, the Eagles narrowed what was an 11-point Loyola advantage to just five, 56-51, on a James Washington jumper in the lane. Laster, however, took a Walker pass at the top of the perimeter and hit his second three of the half at 5:05, pushing the lead back to eight.
  • Jesse Reed answered that with a layup and free throw on American’s offensive side 21 seconds later, making it a five-point game again. The teams traded missed threes, and Laster was fouled on the offensive end for the Greyhounds. He made both foul shots to stretch the lead to 61-54 at 3:18.
  • In addition to their success at the line and from distance, Loyola (2-10, 1-0) held a 30-20 advantage on the glass, and the Greyhounds shot 50 percent from the field.
  • Reed finished with 20 points to lead all scorers, and Maragkos added 17 for the Eagles.

Free-Throw Success    

  • Loyola scored 36 percent of its points from the free-throw line on Wednesday night against American, going 27-of-31 (87.1 percent).
  • The performance was the second-best in school history for games in which the Greyhounds attempted 30 or more free throws. In the 2013 Postseason Tournament, the Greyhounds made 29-of-33 foul shots (87.9 percent) against Kent State University.
  • Wednesday night, Tyler Hubbard led the way, going 10-of-10 from the line. He became the 13th player in school history to make 10 or more free throws in a game without missing with his 10 tying for the seventh-best performance.
  • The Greyhounds converted 18-of-20 from the line in the second half.

Board Work    

  • Loyola held American to just 20 rebounds on Saturday, the fewest the Greyhounds have given up since the Eagles had 17 in a Feb. 5, 2014, Loyola victory.

Behind The Arc    

  • The Greyhounds made 8-of-13 3-point attempts (61.5 percent) in Wednesday night’s win. It was not only the Greyhounds’ best performance of the season, but it was their best outing since going 7-of-10 on Feb. 5, 2014, against American.

Laster Leads The Way    

  • Eric Laster was the main shooter behind the Greyhounds’ 3-point success against American. He made all four of his attempts, three in the second half, after entering the game shooting just 23.4 percent (11-of-47) from long distance.
  • Laster matched his season-high – he also had four at Siena on Nov. 28 – and was one off his career-high set in 2013 at UMBC.
  • Laster’s 17-point effort came on the heels of two games in which he scored six at Fairfield and two at Northwestern.

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 (11.8 points per game), and he leads the squad with 45 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 10 of the Greyhounds’ 12 contests.

Barnard Gets Buckets    

  • Chancellor Barnard has taken advantage of his starting role over the last eight games, particularly in the last five as he has averaged 9.4 points in those contests. During the five-game stretch, Barnard scored 11 at Mount St. Mary’s, nine versus Towson and a career-high 17 at Fairfield.
  • He played just 24 minutes against Fairfield, but the sophomore finished with a career-best 17 points to lead the Greyhounds.
  • In the last five games, Barnard has made 18-of-27 (66.7 percent) to raise his season field-goal percentage to 60.0 (24-of-40). 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 7.1 points per game while shooting 64.7 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 against both Northwestern and American.

Back To Blocking    

  • Jarred Jones has posted 12 blocked shots in the Greyhounds last five games,including a career-high-tying four at Fairfield. The 12 swats have raised his season total to a team-best 17 through 12 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 sixth-place by himself with 78 in his career. Against American, he passed the total  of 76 Jawaan Wright posted from 2005-2010. Next up on the chart is former teammate Jordan Latham who had 98 from 2011-2014.
  • 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 12 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 11.8 points per game to average 70.6.
  • Last year, Loyola shot 38.2 percent from the field, a mark that was 337th in the nation. This season, the team is shooting 43.1 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.
  • His first career double-double came in the 2014 Patriot League Championships when he scored a career-best 28 and had 10 rebounds against Lafayette.
  • 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 32 of his 82 3-point attempts this season, making three or more in six of the Greyhounds’ 12 games. Through games of Sunday, Dec. 27, Hubbard is 79th nationally with 2.67 threes made per game.
  • The fifth-year senior now has 159 made 3-pointers in his career; against Stony Brook, he moved into sole possession of sixth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard is three 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    

  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena to host Lehigh at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6.