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Men's Basketball Hosts Jesuit Foe Holy Cross Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 2, 2018

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Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Saturday, February 3. 2018
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Worcester, Massachusetts | Case Gymnasium
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball returns to Reitz Arena on Saturday, February 3, to host College of the Holy Cross.
  • The Greyhounds and Crusaders will play at 4 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.
  • Andre Walker has scored 32 or more points twice in the last six games and is averaging 25.5 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 19th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.4), and he also is second in the league and 73rd nationally in overall rebounding (8.4).
  • Loyola is 81st in Division I in steals (162) with two players in the top-70 in steals per game. Andrew Kostecka is 22nd (2.2) and Andre Walker is 65th (1.9).
  • 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 Holy Cross

  • Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the 16th time in series history when the teams take the floor Saturday afternoon. 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 won a 64-57 contest on January 8, 2018, to take a 9-6 series lead.
  • Holy Cross used a 20-2 second-half run that covered more than six minutes Monday night to turn a nine-point deficit in to an advantage of the same amount. The Crusaders then held off Loyola for a 64-57 victory in that game.
  • The Greyhounds took a 39-30 lead on a pull-up jumper by Andrew Kostecka with 12:50 left in regulation, but Jacob Grandison scored 19 seconds later, starting a stretch of 10-straight Crusaders points.
  • Matt Faw and Austin Butler made threes during the stretch of 10 in a row with Butler’s giving Holy Cross a 40-39 advantage. Isaiah Hart momentarily stopped the rally with two points on a Loyola layup at 9:41, but the Crusaders reeled off another 10 in a row, capped by a Grandison basket at 6:27 to make it 50-41.
  • Andre Walker knocked down a three off a Hart assist, and Hart then hit two free throws at 5:39, drawing Loyola within four, but Matt Zignorski drove and scored at 5:12 to stretch the lead back to six. Two Sam Norton free throws at 4:43 brought Loyola within four, and Kostecka grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked to Walker for a top-of-the-perimeter three at 4:02, getting the Greyhounds within a point, 52-51.
  • Loyola’s defense held the Crusaders without a shot for 29 seconds on the shot clock, but off an out-of-bounds pass from Karl Charles, Grandison hit a jumper at the buzzer to make it 54-51 Crusaders.
  • Chuck Champion again got the Greyhounds within a point on a basket at 2:55, but Caleb Green and Charles scored in the paint on Holy Cross’ next two possessions, and Loyola would not get closer than three for the final 90 seconds.
  • Champion led all players with 16 points, while Cam Gregory recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. He moved into fourth-place all-time at Loyola in career rebounds (757), passing Ed Butler (1969-73), Jimmy “Jumpshot” Smith (1972-76) and Brian Carroll (1997-2001) in the process. Hart added 12 for Loyola.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola pulled within five points on two Sam Norton free throws with 4:35 left in regulation, but Boston University held the Greyhounds without a point until Chuck Champion scored in the paint, and Terriers came away with a 64-55 Patriot League victory Wednesday night at Case Gymnasium.
  • Norton, who tied his career-high with nine points, made two free throws to get Loyola within five, 53-48, and the Greyhounds had the ball after the Terriers missed the front-end of one-and-one at the free throw line. A skip pass sailed wide, however, and Loyola turned the ball back over.
  • The Greyhounds’ defense, however, kept Boston University off the scoreboard for more than three minutes. The Terriers final broke through when Max Mahoney scored at 1:39, and Javante McCoy added a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go. Champion scored in the paint with 47 ticks left, but the Terriers held on for the win.
  • Andre Walker had team-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds for Loyola, while Champion chipped in 12 points.
  • Boston University jumped out to an early seven-point lead in the game’s first three minutes, but Loyola came back to tie the score at 14-14 on a Norton 19-foot jumper with 11:57 left in the half.
  • Mahoney, who had a game-high 27 points, dunked to put Boston University ahead by five, 2:30 later, but a Champion three and Walker pull-up jumper at 7:40 tied the score at 19-19.
  • Two Tyler Scanlon free throws with just over two seconds left in the first half gave the Terriers a 33-29 lead at the break.

Cardiac Kids

  • Loyola has overcome significant first-half and halftime margins to win its last two victories. 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 January 27 against Army West Point.
  • In those two games, the Greyhounds were 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 15 or more points in 10 of the Greyhounds’ 11 Patriot League games so far this year, and he has five outings with 22 or more to average a League-leading 22.5 in 11 conference games.
  • In his 65th career conference game, Walker reached the 1,000-point mark against League opponents. Over his career, he is averaging 15.4 points in Patriot League games.
  • At Colgate, he became the ninth player in school history to score 1,500 or more points. With 1,573 points, Walker is ninth on the school’s all-time points list. Against Lafayette in the 2017 Patriot League First Round, he became the 10th player in school history with 300-plus assists and is seventh with 366. His 185 steals are tied for second all-time, and he is third in 3-pointers made with 196.
  • 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 22.5 points in 11 games to raise his season average by six points per game to 17.4.
  • He has scored 245 of his 348 points this year in the last 11 games. In the last six games, Walker has scored 153 points, an average of 25.5 per game.
  • Walker has been named Patriot League The Rock Player of the Week twice this year (January 15 and 29).

Grabbing Boards, Too

  • Walker has led the team in rebounds in each of the last three games, as well, pulling down 12 at Lehigh, six against Army West Point and eight at Boston University.
  • Prior to those games, he had led Loyola in rebounds only nine times during his career.

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 four 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.
  • Overall, Kostecka has a team-high 40 steals this year, an average of 2.2 per game that ranks 22nd 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 and now has 806. 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 (2.2) and fourth in swats (1.1).

Norton Making An Impact

  • 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. At Boston University, Norton started and tied his career-best with nine points.
  • In 11 Patriot League games, he is averaging 4.0 rebounds per contest.

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 17 games, Hart has averaged 11.9 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 10.9 points. He has scored fewer than nine points just four times since Dec. 2.

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 11 of the 17 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 61 games because of illness or injury through Jan. 31.

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.

1,573

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.

806

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

2.

211

Robert Olson

2009-13

3.

196

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

9.

368

Brett Harvey

2006-10

10t.

365

Gerald Brown

2006-08

10t.

365

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

1.

272

Jason Rowe

1996-00

2t.

185

Dylon Cormier

2010-14

2t.

185

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

7.

369

Damien Jenifer

1998-02

8.

366

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5887

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • Loyola plays its second-straight home game on Wednesday, February 7, when it hosts American University in a 7 p.m. game.
  • The Greyhounds then travel to Easton, Pennsylvania, for a Sunday, February 11, game at Lafayette College that will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

 


 

 

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