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American Visits Reitz Arena Wednesday Night To Face Men's Basketball

Isaiah Hart
Isaiah Hart
Feb. 5, 2018

Game Information
Opponent American Eagles
Date Wednesday, February 7
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball continues Patriot League action on Wednesday, February 7, when American University comes to Reitz arena
  • The Greyhounds host the Eagles at 7 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.
  • Andre Walker has scored 32 or more points twice in the last seven games and is averaging 23.0 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 eighth 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 21st 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 78th nationally in overall rebounding (8.3).
  • Loyola is 65th in Division I in steals (173) with two players in the top-70 in steals per game. Andrew Kostecka is 17th (2.3) 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 American

  • American is Loyola’s most-played Patriot League opponent, as Thursday’s game will be the 94th all-time installment in the series. The programs have a nearly even split in the series with American’s 76-65 win earlier this year giving the Eagles a 47-46 lead all-time.
  • The Eagles, who are Loyola’s seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.
  • The teams have split the two meetings they have had in each of the Greyhounds’ four prior seasons in the Patriot League. Last season, Loyola picked up a 68-66 win over the Eagles on Dec. 30, 2016 in Washington, D.C., to open Patriot League action, but American won the regular-season finale, 64-62, in Baltimore.
  • In this year’s first meeting, American led by as many as 19 early in the second half, a lead Loyola cut to seven on multiple occasions, but the Eagles held on for a 76-65 victory on January 11 at Bender Arena.
  • American shot 69.6 percent from the field in the first half and then scored 12 of the second half’s first 14 points to lead 51-32 after a Sa’eed Nelson three with 15:01 left in regulation.
  • Loyola chopped its deficit to seven five times with under 10 minutes to play, but the Greyhounds could not draw closer.
  • Andre Walker hit a three with 8:22 to play, pulling Loyola within 60-53, but two Sam Iorio free throws 21 seconds later pushed the American lead back to nine. Isaiah Hart then converted a layup in the paint at 6:45, making the deficit seven once again, but James Washington knocked down a three from the right corner at 5:21, pushing the Eagles back in front by 10.
  • Cam Gregory, who led Loyola with 19 points and nine rebounds, scored on a layup at 5:05 and made one of two at the free-throw line 32 seconds later to make it 65-58 Eagles, but with the shot-clock expiring on their ensuing possession, Marvin Bragg hit a three to push the lead back to 10.
  • Hart scored again with 1:43 left, getting Loyola within seven, 68-61, and despite a missed layup on the American end, the Greyhounds misfired on their offensive end.
  • Iorio and Nelson tied for game-high honors with 20 points each, and Bragg scored 11. Iorio had a double-double with 11 rebounds, and Larry Motuzis grabbed 10 for the Eagles. Walker added 16 points, six rebounds and four steals for Loyola, while Andrew Kostecka scored 13 points off the bench to go with six boards, three assists and three steals.

Last Time Out

  • Five Holy Cross players scored in double-figures Saturday afternoon, and the Crusaders downed Loyola, 73-57, in Reitz Arena.
  • Jacob Grandison led all players with 21 points, while Jehyve Floyd added 14 for the Crusaders who shot 54.2 percent from the field. Floyd scored six of the game’s first eight points, and Holy Cross built an 1-point advantage in the opening seven minutes. Grandison hit a three at 13:53 to make it 13-2 Crusaders.
  • Grandison hit a pull-up jumper in the paint at 7:09 in the first half, and the lead stretched to 17 points, 30-13. Loyola got within a dozen, 32-20, on two Cam Gregory free throws at 2:53, but Karl Charles knocked down a three on the Crusaders’ next possession to make it 35-20.
  • The Greyhounds cut the deficit to nine, 49-40, on a Brent Holcombe dunk 5:45 into the second half, and a Sam Norton layup off an Andrew Kostecka steal and assist at 12:52 made it 50-42, but Holy Cross scored the next four points and was up by 10 or more for the remainder of the game.
  • Kostecka scored a team-high 14 points to go with three steals for Loyola, while Chuck Champion added 13 and a pair of steals. In addition to the combined 35 points from Floyd and Grandison, Charles and Caleb Green each scored 12, and Austin Butler tallied 10 for the Crusaders.

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 five 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.
  • Loyola leads the Patriot League in steals per game this season (7.5), and in conference play, it is averaging 8.1 takeaways for a total of 97 in 12 games.
  • 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 43 steals this year, an average of 2.3 per game that ranks 17th nationally and second in the Patriot League. The sophomore guard has logged three or more steals seven times this season.

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’ 12 Patriot League games so far this year, and he has five outings with 22 or more to average a League-leading 21.1 in 12 conference games.
  • In his 65th career conference game, Walker reached the 1,000-point mark against League opponents and now has 1,008 in his 66 career games, and he has averaged  15.3 points in Patriot League games.
  • At Colgate, he became the ninth player in school history to score 1,500 or more points. With 1,81 points, Walker is eighth 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 eighth with 368. His 187 steals are second all-time, and he is third in 3-pointers made with 198.
  • 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 253 of his 356 points this year in the last 12 games. In the last even games, Walker has scored 161 points, an average of 23.0 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 three times in the last four 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.

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 812. Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.3).

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).

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

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.

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 18 games, Hart has averaged 11.8 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 10.8 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 12 of the 18 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 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 63 games because of illness or injury through Feb. 3.

Chart Climbing

Career Points

5.

1,697

Mike Morrison

1985-89

6.

1,676

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

7.

1,659

Dylon Cormier

2010-14

8.

1,581

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.

812

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

2.

211

Robert Olson

2009-13

3.

196

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

8.

394

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

9.

368

Brett Harvey

2006-10

10.

367

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

1.

272

Jason Rowe

1996-00

2.

185

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

7.

369

Damien Jenifer

1998-02

8.

368

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5829

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • The Greyhounds 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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