Walker's 43 Points One Shy Of School Record In Men's Hoops Win
Jan. 14, 2018
BALTIMORE - Andre Walker scored 31 of his career-high 43 points in the second half Sunday, leading Loyola University Maryland to an 83-77 victory over visiting Lafayette College in Patriot League action.
The senior guard tallied all but 15 of the Greyhounds' points after the break, and his 43 points rank third in school single-game history, one back of the 44 scored by Jim Lacy and Joel Hittleman during games in 1948 and 1954.
Walker's 43 points are the most by a Loyola player since the program joined NCAA Division I in 1981-82, eclipsing the 41 Jamal Barney scored at Canisius College on January 3, 2009. The 43 points are tied for third-most in a Patriot League regular-season game and the most by a Patriot League player in a conference game since Lafayette's Brian Burke scored 43 against Lehigh University on February 20, 2002.
He went 16 of 26 from the field and 6 of 12 from 3-point range. His 16 field goals made rank third in school history. During the game, he also moved up two spots on the school's career scoring list, passing Bob Connor (1,431 points, 1967-71) and B.J. Pendleton (1,457, 1991-95) to take sole possession of 11th place. He finished with a game-high four steals to move into a tie with Damien Jenifer (1998-02) for fourth all-time with 169.
The 43 points are tied for fourth-most by an NCAA Division I player in a game this season.
Loyola trailed Lafayette for most of the first half and was down 47-43 just over three minutes into the second after two Matt Klinewski free throws, but Walker scored seven-straight for the Greyhounds, giving them a 50-49 lead at 15:28 on a steal and fast-break layup.
Klinewski, who led Lafayette (4-13 overall, 2-4 Patriot League) with 25 points, made two more free throws at 15:03, but Isaiah Hart put the advantage back to Loyola with two of his 15 points on a layup.
Hart also had a career- and game-high seven assists with just one turnover for Loyola (5-12, 3-3).
After Hart made one of two at the free-throw line on Loyola's next trip down the floor, Alex Petrie converted in the paint for the Leopards, tying the contest at 53-53.
Hart then broke down the defense off the dribble and got the ball to Cam Gregory who scored underneath to give Loyola a 55-53 lead it would not relinquish.
Following Gregory's basket, Walker scored 17-straight points for the Greyhounds, outscoring Lafayette 17-5 over a five-plus minute stretch. His three in transition with 5:59 remaining staked the Greyhounds to a 14-point advantage, 72-58.
Lafayette, however, scored seven of the next nine points to get within six, 74-68, on a Paulius Zalys basket and free throw at 3:13.
The Leopards then forced an empty possession by Loyola, but a Lafayette turnover put the ball back in the Greyhounds' hands. Hart and the offense worked the shot clock, and the freshman drove to score at 2:14, pushing the margin back to eight.
Klinewski made two free throws at 1:55, but neither team scored for more than a minute. Walker was fouled after grabbing a defensive rebound with 50 ticks left, and he hit two free throws to give Loyola a 78-70 lead.
Klinewski made a three with just over 40 seconds left, and it was a five-point game, but Walker again was fouled and made two shots at the line a second later.
Petrie scored in the paint with 29 seconds left, but Walker made one of two at the line with 28 ticks left, and it was a six-point margin.
Loyola's defense forced an off-balance shot by Petrie from inside seven feet with under 20 seconds left, and Walker came away with the loose-ball rebound. He dribbled across halfcourt and fed Gregory for a breakaway dunk that sealed the win.
Gregory logged his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-best 10 rebounds.
Loyola scored a season-high 54 points-in-the-paint during the contest.
In addition to Klinewski's 25, Justin Jaworski and Petrie each had 14 for Lafayette, and Zalys scored 12.
Defensively, Loyola held Lafayette to 37.9 percent from the field in the second half and 2 of 10 from 3-point range after the Leopards shot 62.5 percent overall and 6 of 10 from behind the arc in the first.
The Greyhounds are back in action on Wednesday, January 17, at 7 p.m. when they host Bucknell University in Reitz Arena.