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Patriot League Trip Takes Men's Basketball To Boston University

KaVaughn Scott
KaVaughn Scott
Jan. 29, 2018

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Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Wednesday, January 31. 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Boston, Massachusetts | Case Gymnasium
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball heads on the road for its next game, a Wednesday, January 31, game at Boston University.
  • The Greyhounds and Terriers will tipoff at 7 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.
  • Andre Walker has scored 32 or more points twice in the last five games and is averaging 26.5 points in those games. His 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 sixth-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 16th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.5), and his .610 mark from the field ranks 21st. He also is second in the league and 66th nationally in overall rebounding (8.6).
  • Loyola has two games with 50 or more rebounds this season, the top two performances in school history.
  • 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.

Series History Versus Boston University

  • Loyola and Boston U. will meet for the 13th time in seven years and 14th overall when they take the hardwood on Friday night. The Greyhounds won games in 2012 and 2013, but the Terriers are 7-4 against Loyola since both teams joined the Patriot League in 2013-2014.  Boston U. now leads the all-time series, 8-5.
  • In this year's first meeting, Andre Walker scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the Loyola men's basketball team to a 68-65 win on January 5.
  • 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. KaVaughn Scott grabbed nine rebounds and scored eight points for Loyola, and he set a career-high with four blocked shots.
  • Boston University scored the first points of the second half on a Max Mahoney layup, but points in the paint by Cam Gregory and Scott pushed Loyola up seven, 38-31, just over a minute into the stanza.
  • Cedric Hankerson knocked down a free-throw line jumper for the Terriers at 18:45, but Walker then hit threes on consecutive possessions to give the Greyhounds an 11-point advantage. The Terriers connected on jumpers on two of their next three possessions to cut their deficit to nine, but Walker scored with baskets of his own to push Loyola back up by 11.
  • Boston University, however, went on a 9-0 run to cut the Loyola lead to 48-46 after a Tyler Scanlon free throw at 13:03. Kostecka made one of his two threes off a Walker assist on Loyola's next possession, and he then hit a jumper in the lane to make it 53-46 in favor of the Greyhounds. Scanlon and Mahoney scored the next five points for the Terriers, and Boston University was again within a pair, 53-51 at 10:27. Chuck Champion knocked down a three for Loyola at 9:18, pushing the advantage back to five, and a Walker basket at 6:16 put the lead to eight, 6:16.
  • The Terriers trimmed the lead to three on a 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 advantage. 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.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola held Army West Point to just one point in the game's final 5:14 on Saturday, scoring 11 of the game's last 12 points for a 79-68 victory in Reitz Arena.
  • Army West Point led by as many as 12 in the first half and was up 41-32 at the break, but Loyola tied the game two minutes into the second half on an Andrew Kostecka layup, and two Kostecka free throws at 17:27 gave them the lead.
  • Andre Walker scored 20 points and had six rebounds to lead Loyola against the Black Knights. Kostecka added 18 points to go with four assists, four steals, two blocked shots and zero turnovers. Isaiah Hart scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as Loyola shot 53.8 percent from the field after the break.
  • Dunks by Cam Gregory and Kostecka midway through first half gave Loyola a pair of one-point leads, but after Kostecka's steal and transition dunk at 10:17, Army West Point scored the next eight points and led 23-16 on a Jordan Fox three. Tucker Blackwell extended the Black Knights' advantage to 12, 31-19, with a 3-pointer at 4:32 before two Matt Staubi free throws and another steal and transition basket by Kostecka got Loyola within eight at 3:16. Army West Point went back up by 11 before the break, but six points by River Reed in just two minutes helped Loyola get within nine at halftime.
  • The Greyhounds opened the second half on a 12-1 run, and Kostecka put them ahead 44-42 with a pair of free throws at 17:27. Alex King hit a three for Army West Point at 15:55, pushing the Black Knights back in front, but Hart scored off a Kostecka assist to take the lead back for Loyola.
  • Matt Wilson scored in the paint at 14:07, giving Army West Point what would be its last lead, 49-48. With the shot clock about to expire, Brent Holcombe flipped a pass to Kostecka who hit a 3-pointer from the left side of the perimeter at 13:32. Chuck Champion then knocked down a three from the left corner at 12:45, and Loyola was in front, 54-49.
  • The Greyhounds went up by seven on two occasions in the next five minutes, the second time coming on a Holcombe three, but Army West Point rallied to tie the score at 67-67 on two Tommy Funk free throws with 5:14 to play. Neither Loyola, nor the Black Knights scored for more than a minute until a Kostecka steal led to a Walker transition layup at 3:51. KaVaughn Scott grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback at 3:10, and Hart converted a pair at the free-throw line with 60 seconds left, pushing Loyola up by six, 73-67.
  • Scott then made the front-end of two free throws with 44.4 seconds left before Matt Wilson hit one of two at the line for Army West Point, snapping a scoring drought of 4:40. The Black Knights missed their final 10 field goals in the final six minutes.

Cardiac Kids

  • Loyola has overcome significant first-half and halftime margins to win its last two games. The Greyhounds rallied from 17 down in the first half, 10 at the break, on January 24 at Lehigh, before coming back from 12 and nine on Saturday against Army West Point.
  • In those two games, the Greyhounds have been outscored, 39.5-30.0, and outshot, 53.7-36.2 percent, in the first halves. After halftime - including the two overtime periods against the Mountain Hawks - Loyola has outscored its foes, 55.0-38.5, while outshooting them, 48.6-36.7.

Walker In Patriot League Action

  • Andre Walker has scored 16 or more points in nine of the Greyhounds' 10 Patriot League games so far this year, and he has five outings with 22 or more to average a League-leading 23.0 in 10 conference games.
  • In 64 career Patriot League games, Walker has scored 985 points, an average of 15.4 per game.
  • At Colgate, he became the ninth player in school history to score 1,500 or more points. With 1,558 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 tied for eighth with 364. His 181 steals are third all-time, and he is third in 3-pointers made with 194.
  • Walker grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Lehigh to log his first career double-double with 32 points.

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 23.0 points in eight games to raise his season average by more than five points per game to 17.5.
  • He has scored 230 of his 333 points this year in the last 10 games. In the last five games, Walker has scored 138 points, an average of 27.6 per game.
  • Walker has been named Patriot League The Rock Player of the Week twice this year (January 15 and 29).

Sticky Fingers

  • Loyola had steals on six-straight Lehigh possessions late in the second half on January 24, and the Greyhounds finished with 15 for the game. Over the last three games, Loyola has had two of the top 18 single-game steal totals in school history.
  • The Greyhounds finished their January 17 game against Bucknell with 14 steals, the most by a Greyhounds' team since it had 19 in a December 3, 2011, win at Siena.
  • Andrew Kostecka had six steals against Bucknell - a total tied for fifth in school single-game history - five at Lehigh and four against Army West Point to bring his season total to 39. His 2.3 steals per game are 20th nationally and second in the Patriot League.

Andre's Big Day

  • Andre Walker scored 43 points on January 14 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.

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.
  • On January 27, he became the fourth Loyola player, and the seventh in Patriot League history to grab 800 or more rebounds. Gregory is also the school's career leader in field-goal percentage (58.8).

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.
  • In games against Lehigh and Army West Point, he averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.5 steals in two wins.
  • Defensively, he is among the Patriot League leaders in both steals and blocked shots per game, checking in second in swipes (2.3) and fourth in swats (1.1).

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.
  • Over the last 16 games, Hart has averaged 12.6 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.4 points. He has scored fewer than nine points just three times 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 then-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 the win at Lehigh, Norton logged 38 minutes of action, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds. He knocked down a three and scored in the paint in double-overtime.
  • In nine Patriot League games, he is averaging 4.1 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 has scored 11 or more points in 10 of the 16 games he's played this year, and he has posted 14 or more points eight times. He is currently third on the team with a 12.1 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 59 games because of illness or injury through Jan. 27.

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.

1,558

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.

801

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

2.

211

Robert Olson

2009-13

3.

194

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

10.

365

Gerald Brown

2006-08

11.

364

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

2.

185

Dylon Cormier

2010-14

3.

181

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

8.

364

Ed Butler

1969-73

9.

361

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5883

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

Up Next

  • Loyola returns home for a Saturday, February 3, game against College of the Holy Cross. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.


 

 

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