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Two-Game Road Swing Starts Monday At Holy Cross For Men's Hoops

Matt Staubi
Jan. 7, 2018

Game Information
Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Monday, January 8, 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Worcester, Mass. | Hart Center
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball hits the road for its next Patriot League contest, a Monday, January 8 game at College of the Holy Cross.
  • The Greyhounds will take on the Crusaders in a 7 p.m. tipoff on the Patriot League Network.
  • Andre Walker matched his season-high with 27 points against Boston University on Friday and is averaging 22.3 points in three Patriot League games this year.
  • Cam Gregory is 24th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.4). He also is second in the league and 52nd nationally in overall rebounding (8.6).
  • Chuck Champion has tallied 11 or more points in all but one of the nine games he has played this year.
  • Isaiah Hart’s 26 points on December 2 at Mount St. Mary’s were the most by a Loyola freshman since Jamal Hunter tallied 27 in a 1998 game at Iona College.
  • Hart is averaging 14.3 points over the Greyhounds last eight games and 11.8 since joining the starting lineup 11 games ago.
  • Loyola shot 60 percent from the field (27-45) against Navy in its Patriot League opener. It was the Greyhounds’ best percentage since shooting 60.4 percent in 2013 against Marist.

Series History Versus Holy Cross

  • Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the 15th time in series history when the teams take the floor Monday night. The teams met three times in 2014-15 and 2015-16, including contests won by the Crusaders in the Patriot League Championships. Last year, the programs split the season series, each winning on its own home floor. The Crusaders squeezed out a 63-62 victory on February 22, 2017, to take an 8-6 series lead.
  • Andre Walker’s made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give Loyola a 62-59 lead with under four minutes to play in that February 22 game, but those would be the game’s last field goals, and Holy Cross scored the final four points on free throws.
  • Walker knocked down a three from the left wing with 4:50 on the clock, tying the game at 59-59, and he then hit a 24-foot shot from the right side 61 seconds later, giving the Greyhounds a three-point advantage.
  • Holy Cross misfired on a three on its next possession, and the Greyhounds came down with the rebound. A Loyola turnover, however, put the ball back in the Crusaders’ hands, and Karl Charles drew a foul. He made the back-end of two at the line, and it was a two-point margin with 2:46 to play. Loyola used most of the shot clock on its next possession and came away without points, and this time Malachi Alexander went into the lane and was fouled for Holy Cross. He converted both free throws, and the game was tied at 62-62 with 1:58 on the clock.
  • The teams traded empty possessions before Loyola misfired on its second-straight three, and Alexander corralled the rebound with just over 30 seconds left. With the shot-clock winding down, Anthony Thompson drove the right side of the lane and was fouled for Holy Cross. He made the first of two free throw to provide the final margin with 3.1 seconds left.
  • Walker led all scorers with 17 points and four assists without a turnover, while Jones and Cam Gregory scored 14 and 12, respectively. Gregory led all players with nine rebounds, and Jones had eight as Loyola controlled a 29-22 lead on the glass. Alexander scored 15 for the Crusaders, while Robert Champion had 13, and Matt Husek scored 12.
  • Loyola led for almost 35 minutes of this year’s first meeting, a 65-62 Greyhounds victory in Reitz Arena on January 25, 2017.

Last Time Out

  • Andre Walker tied his season-high with 27 points, scoring 16 in the second half to lead the Loyola men’s basketball team to a 68-65 Patriot League victory over visiting Boston University Friday night.
  • Walker, who is now averaging 22.3 points in three conference games this year, also had a game-clinching steal with 0.6 seconds left, finishing with two steals, four rebounds and four assists in addition to his point total.
  • Andrew Kostecka made 6 of 8 shots, including two of his three from behind the arc, off the bench to tally 14 points. Kostecka’s defensive effort made an impact, as well; he had three blocked shots and two steals for the Greyhounds (4-10 overall, 2-1 Patriot League) who moved into a tie for first in the conference. KaVaughn Scott grabbed nine rebounds and scored eight points for Loyola, and he set a career-high with four blocked shots.
  • Walker scored 10-straight Loyola points during the second half with his final jumper pushing the Greyhounds in front by 11, 48-37, with 15:46 to play in the frame. The Terriers, however, went on a 9-0 run to cut the Loyola lead to 48-46 after a Tyler Scanlon free throw at 13:03.
  • Loyola went back up by as many as eight with 6:16 left, but the Terriers trimmed the lead to three on a Max Mahoney basket at 3:21, and after Scott scored one of two at the line for Loyola, Mahoney scored again to make it a 64-62 Greyhounds lead.
  • Walker responded with a runner that rattled in with 57 seconds left, pushing Loyola ahead four. Javante McCoy hit a three for the Terriers with 16 seconds on the clock, making it a one-point game. Loyola turned the ball over four seconds later against the press, but Scott forced an off-balance shot by Mahoney, and Loyola grabbed the rebound. He made two free throws in the final four seconds to secure the win.

Opening Patriot League Play Big

  • Andre Walker has scored 18 or more points in all three of the Greyhounds’ Patriot League games so far this year, and he has two outings with 22 or more to average 22.3 in three conference games.
  • In 57 career Patriot League games, Walker has scored 822 points, an average of 14.4 per game.
  • Walker scored 12 of his 18 points after halftime, including seven-straight Loyola points over a late two-minute stretch, to lead all scorers against Navy. It marked the first time since November 14 at Fairfield – and his return from an injury that saw him miss two-plus games – that he led the team in scorers. In the final 4:08, Loyola held Navy to just one field goal, outscoring the Midshipmen 14-5. The Greyhounds also did not allow Navy to grab a rebound during that run.
  • Walker again led Loyola in scoring on Tuesday against Army West Point, tallying 22 points with 16 coming in the first half. He then made a career-high 10 field goals against Boston University to match his season high (Nov. 14 vs. Fairfield) with 27.

Bench Sparks

  • Andrew Kostecka and KaVaughn Scott came off the Loyola bench against Boston University to combine for 22 points, seven blocked shots, two steals and 15 rebounds. Kostecka tallied 14 points, his high since returning December 21 from an ankle injury that sidelined him for four games.
  • Scott logged a career-high in blocks for the second-straight game, swatting four Terriers shots after posting three blocks Monday at Army West Point. Kostecka turned away three shots, one off his high of four from December 21 against Drexel.
  • Kostecka is second in the Patriot League in both blocked shots (1.5) and steals per game (1.8).
  • Scott is averaging 8.5 rebounds over Loyola’s last two contests.

Norton Big Off Bench

  • Sam Norton scored a career-high nine points, and he matched his previous best with five rebounds, in the win over Navy. Norton, a junior walk-on, saw 19 minutes of action, his most since a wrist injury on November 28 forced him to miss four games. He made all three of his field goals and all three free throws he attempted against the Navy, scoring all of his points in the game’s final 17 minutes.
  • He then played  a career-high 28 minutes at Army West Point and grabbed  a career-best six rebounds, and he matched both of those numbers in the win over Boston University.
  • In three Patriot League games, he is averaging 5.0 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Returning To Health

  • Loyola’s December 21 game saw the Greyhounds have its most healthy and active players of the season with just one (Chancellor Barnard) missing due to an injury.
  • Loyola has used seven different starting lineups this year, and Greyhounds players have missed a combined 45 games because of illness or injury through Jan. 5.

5x20

  • Five Loyola players have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
  • Andrew Kostecka tallied 22 in the season-opener at Northwestern, and Andre Walker had 27 (the most by a Greyhounds player this year) against Fairfield. Cam Gregory scored a career-best 22 at Dartmouth, a game in which Chuck Champion put up 26. Isaiah Hart is the most-recent member of the 20-plus club, scoring 26 on Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s. Champion then scored 21 against Drexel, and Walker had 22 at Army West Point and 27 versus Boston University.

Slick Shooting

  • Loyola made 24 of 47 shots from the field against Navy in the Patriot League opener, checking in with a 60 percent mark. The field-goal percentage was the Greyhounds best since making 60.4 percent of their shots in a January 2013 win over Marist College.
  • The Greyhounds’ 47 shots were their fewest in a game this year, and they limited Navy to 21 rebounds in the contest. The Midshipmen came into the game averaging 35.5 boards per game while holding opponents to 43.9 percent from the floor.

Hart Heats Up

  • Isaiah Hart made 7 of 12 second-half shots December 2 at Mount St. Mary’s and tallied 16 of his team-high 26 points after the break. Hart’s 26 points were the most by a Loyola freshman since Jamal Hunter scored 27 points in a March 1, 1998, game at Iona College.
  • He followed that performance with a 15-point game at Florida State, 13 against Binghamton and 10 versus Drexel despite foul trouble. Over the last eight games, Hart has averaged 14.3 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.8 points.

Top-10 Territory

  • Cam Gregory moved into Loyola career top-10 in rebounds at Dartmouth, grabbing 11 to pass Erik Etherly’s 667 during the 2010-13 seasons.  Versus Boston University, Gregory moved past Roderick Platt (1995-99) into seventh on the school’s career list. With 746 career boards, he is closing in on Ed Butler (747, 1969-73) and Jimmy Smith (749, 1972-76) for sixth and fifth, respectively.
  • Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.5).

Champion Debuts

  • Chuck Champion missed the first five games of the 2017-2018 season before debuting at Dartmouth. He opened in a big way, scoring a career-high 26 points while making 12 of 15 shots from the field. Champion tallied 15 of his points in the first half after checking in four minutes into play, and he missed only misfired on one of his eight attempts from the field before the break.
  • Champion was playing his best at the end of his freshman campaign as the 26 points eclipsed his previous high of 18 set in the CBI Quarterfinals at Coastal Carolina. He also had four rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Big Green.
  • Champion has scored 11 or more points in all but one of the nine games he’s played this year, and he has posted 15 or more in six of Loyola’s last seven contests to lead the Greyhounds with 15.8 points per game.

Record Book Entries

  • Loyola set a school record for rebounds in a game on November 21, pulling down 52 in its win over Goucher. The Greyhounds have tallied 49 rebounds three times in their recorded history, most recently in a 2010 game against Manhattan. (Note: a previously published record of 122 rebounds in a 1955 game has been disproved via newspaper archives)
  • The Greyhounds’ 52-point margin of victory was the second largest in school history. Loyola defeated Gallaudet, 82-27, in February 1947 for the biggest spread.
  • Loyola’s 24 assists were tied for sixth-most and the most since it had 25 against Canisius on January 5, 2000.

Clutch Late

  • Andre Walker’s game-winning layup with 27.3 seconds left against Lehigh on Feb. 1, 2017, was his third game-winning basket of the season and second against the Mountain Hawks. He hit a three with three with eight-tenths of a second left on Jan. 5 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to push Loyola in front for an 84-83 win the first time the teams met last season.
  • Earlier in the year, Walker hit a winning layup with five-tenths of a second remaining at Stony Brook, giving the Greyhounds a 71-70 road win. He then came up defensively at American, keeping the Eagles’ Sa’eed Nelson from driving and blocking his 3-pointer at the buzzer.
  • Walker now has scored game-winning points six times during his career. In 2015-16, he scored on a drive to the basket with less than five seconds left at home against Lehigh, and he hit two free throws with just over three ticks on the clock for a win at the U.S. Military Academy. As a freshman in 2013-2014, he made two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to beat Colgate University in triple overtime.
  • At Florida State, he became the 17th player in school history to score 1,300 or more points. With 1,395 points, Walker is 13th in school history. Against Lafayette in the 2017 Patriot League First Round, he became the 10th player in school history with 300-plus assists and is ninth with 351. His 160 steals rank fifth all-time.

Chart Climbing

Career Points

10.

1,494

Maurice Hicks

1981-85

11.

1,457

B.J. Pendleton

1991-95

12.

1,431

Bob Connor

1967-71

13.

1,368

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Rebounds

5.

749

Jimmy Smith

1972-76

6.

747

Ed Butler

1969-73

8.

742

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

4.

186

Jason Rowe

1996-00

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

6.

171

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

9.

345

Shane James

2003-07

10.

344

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

4.

169

Damien Jenifer

1998-02

5.

158

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

8.

364

Ed Butler

1969-73

9.

351

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5849

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • The Greyhounds stay on the road for their next game, a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, January 11, at American University.


 

 

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