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Men's Basketball Travels To Lehigh To Face Mountain Hawks On Wednesday

Chuck Champion is second on the team with 13.2 points per game.
Jan. 22, 2018

Game Information
Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Wednesday, January 24. 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Bethlehem, Pennsylvania | Stabler Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball travels to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for its next game on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
  • Lehigh University will host the Greyhounds in a 7 p.m. game at Stabler Arena on the Patriot League Network.
  • Andre Walker’s 43 points on Jan. 14 against Lafayette College are third-most in school single-game history and the most by a Patriot League player since 2002. The total is tied for fourth-most by a NCAA Division I player this year.
  • Walker has moved into ninth all-time at Loyola and is one of 32 players in Patriot League history to score 1,500 or more points during his career.
  • Cam Gregory is 14th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.6), and his .617 mark from the field ranks 16th. He also is second in the league and 60th nationally in overall rebounding (8.8).
  • 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.
  • 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 Lehigh

  • Lehigh and Loyola will meet for the 18th time on the basketball court and ninth time as Patriot League opponents Wednesday when the teams take the floor.
  • Loyola took a 9-8 lead in the all-time series after sweeping the 2016-17 games by a combined three points. The Greyhounds squeezed out an 84-83 victory when the teams met in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 5. Andre Walker made a 3-pointer with eight-tenths of a second remaining to give the Greyhounds their only lead of the game. The Mountain Hawks took the lead 45 seconds into the game, and they were ahead until Walker and hit a double-clutch, step-back 22-foot three to lift Loyola to the win.
  • In the Feb. 1 game at Loyola, Walker made a twisting left-handed layup with 27.3 seconds left to give Loyola a 62-60 win. Walker, who led all players with 19 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds, beat his defender off the dribble from near midcourt, got to the middle of the lane on the right side and scored left-handed.
  • Lehigh’s Kahron Ross pulled up from 18 feet with 12 seconds remaining, but his shot went off the mark, and Cam Gregory pulled down his eighth rebound of the night. He was fouled quickly and went to the line with 9.6 seconds left, but he missed the front end of one-and-one, and Lehigh had one more possession to tie or take the lead. The ball again stayed in Ross’ hands, and he drove baseline from the left side, but his layup bounced off the rim and into the hands of Loyola’s Andrew Kostecka as time expired.
  • Loyola trailed 30-29 at halftime, but jumpers on consecutive possessions by Walker and Kostecka gave the Greyhounds a 33-32 advantage 70 seconds into the second half. Lehigh, however, went on a 12-1 run to lead 44-34 with 14 minutes, 40 seconds left in regulation after a Jordan Cohen transition layup.
  • More than three minutes later, KaVaughn Scott took a Walker inbounds pass and scored in the paint, and Walker then scored at 7:23 to tie the game at 48-48. He was fouled on the shot and made the ensuing free throw to give the Greyhounds a one-point advantage.
  • Walker scored 14 of his 19 points after halftime, and he came up one rebound shy of his first career double-double, but he matched his career-high in that category. He also dished out six assists and had two steals and a blocked shot. Gregory tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, while Jones had 14 and four. Kyle Leufroy scored 17 to pace Lehigh, while Cohen and Alston each chipped in 14.

Last Time Out

  • An Andre Walker 3-pointer with 2:07 left in regulation gave Loyola a 69-67 lead, but Colgate scored six-straight points and held off the visiting Greyhounds, 77-72, on Saturday afternoon. The Raiders went 23 of 26 from the free-throw line in the game, including a 19 of 22 mark in the second half to help seal the game.
  • Colgate took a 27-23 lead with 4:13 left in the first half on a Jordan Burns layup, but Walker sparked a Loyola run that put the Greyhounds in front at the half. He scored 13 points during a 13-2 run, hitting three 3-pointers during the stretch, as Loyola went up, 36-29, at halftime.
  • The Raiders, however, scored nine of the second half’s first 11 points, and a Dana Batt basket at 17:52 tied the game at 38-38. Andrew Kostecka bookended a Burns basket with two of his own to put Loyola in front, 42-40, at 16:43, but Batt scored at 16:17, and Sean O’Brien connected on a jumper four seconds later following an offensive rebound off a Batt free throw to give Colgate a 44-42 advantage.
  • Chuck Champion momentarily pushed Loyola in front by one, 47-46, with a 3-pointer at 13:11, but 21 ticks later Jordan Swopshire responded with a Colgate three to give the Raiders a two-point advantage. A Kostecka three at 9:55 tied the game at 55-55, and Walker drove and fed Sam Norton for a three at 8:58, giving Loyola a 3-point advantage. Colgate, however, came back to retake the lead until Walker’s late three. Swopshire made two free throws at 1:45 after Walker’s last three to give the Raiders the lead, and Burns hit a three with 50.3 seconds left to make the advantage four.
  • Burns led Colgate with 20 points, while Batt added 16 and Jordan Robertson finished with 13. Walker paced four Greyhounds in double-figures with 22, while Champion had 14, Cam Gregory, 13 and Kostecka, 11.

Walker In Patriot League Play

  • Andre Walker has scored 16 or more points in seven of the Greyhounds’ eight Patriot League games so far this year, and he has four outings with 22 or more to average a League-leading 22.3 in eight conference games.
  • In 62 career Patriot League games, Walker has scored 933 points, an average of 15.0 per game.
  • At Colgate, he became the ninth player in school history to score 1,500 or more points. With 1,506 points, Walker is ninth 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 361. His 175 steals are fourth all-time, and he moved into a tie for third in Loyola history in 3-pointers made, hitting four at Colgate to bring his career total to 189.

Since The Start Of League Play

  • After battling a hip contusion that cost him two games (Dartmouth, Mount St. Mary’s) during non-conference play, Andre Walker was averaging just 11.4 points on December 28. Since then, however, he’s averaged 22.3 points in eight games to raise his season average by more than five points per game to 16.5.
  • He has scored 176 of his 281 points this year in the last eight games.

Sticky Fingers

  • Loyola finished last Wednesday night’s game against Bucknell with 14 steals, the most by a Greyhounds’ team since it had 19 in a December 3, 2011, win at Siena. Three players – Andrew Kostecka (6), Andre Walker (5) and Isaiah Hart (3) – combined for all of the thefts. The steals led to 22 Bucknell turnovers, a season-high for the Bison.
  • Kostecka’s six steals are tied for fifth in school single-game history. He is second in the Patriot League with 2.0 steals per game, a mark that ranks 42nd nationally.

Andre’s Big Day

  • Andre Walker scored 43 points on Sunday against Lafayette, the most by a Loyola player since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1981-82, by going 16 of 26 from the field.
  • Walker’s 43 points are the most in a Patriot League regular-season game since Lafayette’s Brian Burke tallied the same number against Lehigh on February 20, 2002. The 43 points are tied for second in Patriot League regular-season history behind Holy Cross Rob Feaster’s 46 against Navy in 1994. Army’s Chris Spatola (2001 vs. Lafayette) and Burke also scored 43 in a game.
  • The 43 points are tied for fourth-most by a NCAA Division I player in a game this year, and Walker’s 16 made field goals are third all-time at Loyola.

Top-4 Territory

  • Cam Gregory grabbed 11 rebounds on January 8 at Holy Cross, a performance which moved him past three former Greyhounds – Brian Carroll (1997-01, 754), Jimmy Smith (1972-76, 749) and Ed Butler (1969-73, 747) – into fourth place on the school’s all-time rebounds chart. Mark Rohde (1972-76) is third all-time with 836, and Farrell Fenzel (1966-70) is second with 879.
  • His 788 career rebounds are eighth in Patriot League history.
  • Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.9).

Kostecka Keys

  • After coming off the bench since injuring an ankle on November 28 against UMass Lowell and missing four games, Andrew Kostecka rejoined Loyola’s starting lineup against Lafayette on January 14.
  • On Jan. 11 at American, Kostecka went for 13 points while grabbing six rebounds. He also had three steals, a blocked shot and three assists in 27 minutes of action.
  • Defensively, he is among the Patriot League leaders in both steals and blocked shots per game, checking in second in swipes (2.0) and sixth in swats (0.8).

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 13 games, Hart has averaged 12.9 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.5 points. He has scored fewer than nine points just twice since Dec. 2.

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 eight Patriot League games, he is averaging 4.0 rebounds per contest.

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 four of the 14 games he’s played this year, and he has posted 14 or more points eight times. He is currently second on the team with a 13.2 points per game mark.

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 nine different starting lineups this year, and Greyhounds players have missed a combined 55 games because of illness or injury through Jan. 20.

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 has six total games with 20 or more points.

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.

Chart Climbing

Career Points

6.

1,676

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

7.

1,659

Dylon Cormier

2010-14

8.

1,580

Mike Powell

1995-98

9.

1,506

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Rebounds

1.

1,278

Mike Krawzcyk

1968-72

2.

879

Farrell Fenzel

1966-70

3.

836

Mark Rohde

1972-76

4.

780

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

2.

211

Robert Olson

2009-13

3t.

189

Tyler Hubbard

2012-16

3t.

189

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

10.

365

Gerald Brown

2006-08

11.

355

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

3.

177

Tracy Bergan

1989-94

4.

175

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

8.

364

Ed Butler

1969-73

9.

361

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5893

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • Loyola returns home for a Saturday, January 27 game against the U.S. Military Academy. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.


 

 

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