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CBS Sports Network Broadcast On Tap Sunday For Men's Hoops At Lafayette

Brent Holcombe and the Greyhounds face Lafayette on Sunday.
Brent Holcombe and the Greyhounds face Lafayette on Sunday.
Feb. 8, 2018

Game Information
Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Sunday, February 11
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Easton, Pennsylvania | Kirby Sports Center
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball travels to Easton, Pennsylvania, for its next game at Lafayette College.
  • The Greyhounds and Leopards will tipoff at 12 noon on Sunday, February 11, on CBS Sports Network.
  • Andre Walker has scored 32 or more points twice in the last eight games and is averaging 21.6 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 23rd in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.3), and he also is second in the league and 87th nationally in overall rebounding (8.2).
  • Loyola is 62nd in Division I in steals (176) with two players in the top-80 in steals per game. Andrew Kostecka is 16th (2.3) and Andre Walker is 76th (1.8).
  • 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.

Series History Versus Lafayette

  • Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the 14th time in series history when the teams take the floor on Sunday. Loyola took a 8-5 with an 83-77 win on January 14 in Baltimore. The teams split last year’s season series, each winning on the other’s home floor, and Loyola won a Patriot League Championships First Round game in Reitz Arena.
  • Loyola has won six of the nine Patriot League regular-season meetings since joining the conference in 2013-2014, and the teams have split two Patriot League Championships contests.
  • In this January’s meeting, Andre Walker scored 31 of his career-high 43 points in the second half, leading Loyola to an 83-77 victory.
  • Loyola trailed Lafayette for most of the first half and was down four just over three minutes into the second, but Isaiah Hart broke down the defense off the dribble and got the ball to Cam Gregory who scored underneath to give Loyola a 55-53 lead it would not relinquish with 15:00 left.
  • Following Gregory’s basket, Walker scored 17-straight points for the Greyhounds, outscoring Lafayette 17-5 over a five-plus minute stretch. His three in transition with 5:59 remaining staked the Greyhounds to a 14-point advantage, 72-58. Lafayette, however, scored seven of the next nine points to get within six, 74-68, on a Paulius Zalys basket and free throw at 3:13.
  • The Leopards then forced an empty possession by Loyola, but a Lafayette turnover put the ball back in the Greyhounds’ hands. Hart and the offense worked the shot clock, and the freshman drove to score at 2:14, pushing the margin back to eight. Klinewski made two free throws at 1:55, but neither team scored for more than a minute. Walker was fouled after grabbing a defensive rebound with 50 ticks left, and he hit two free throws to give Loyola a 78-70 lead.
  • Klinewski made a three with just over 40 seconds left, and it was a five-point game, but Walker again was fouled and made two shots at the line a second later. Petrie scored in the paint with 29 seconds left, but Walker made one of two at the line with 28 ticks left, and it was a six-point margin. Loyola’s defense forced an off-balance shot by Petrie from inside seven feet with under 20 seconds left, and Walker came away with the loose-ball rebound. He dribbled across halfcourt and fed Gregory for a breakaway dunk.
  • Gregory logged his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-best 10 rebounds. In addition to Klinewski’s 25, Justin Jaworski and Petrie each had 14 for Lafayette, and Zalys scored 12.

Last Time Out

  • Brent Holcombe and Isaiah Hart each scored 17 points on Wednesday night, leading Loyola to a wire-to-wire 72-69 victory over visiting American.
  • The Greyhounds led by 10 with under three minutes to play, but 3-poitners by American’s Cheikh Diallo and Stacy Beckton Jr. pulled the Eagles within a point with 49.6 seconds left.
  • After a Loyola timeout, Isiah Hart sent a pass to Cam Gregory in the post, and Gregory faked right before turning to his left and scoring over American’s Jesse Little, giving the Greyhounds a three-point cushion with 23.5 seconds left. American’s Sa’eed Nelson misfired on a layup with under 10 seconds to go, but the Eagles retained possession after the rebound went out-of-bounds with 3.6 on the clock.
  • On the inbound play, Nelson came around a screen, and Sam Norton switched onto him defensively, pressuring him 25-plus feet from the basket. Nelson’s desperation heave at the buzzer landed over the backboard, securing the Greyhounds’ win. Norton also had a career-high seven rebounds in the game for Loyola.
  • Walker then made a three on the right wing at 16:09 in the second half, giving Loyola a 43-31 lead, and the advantage would be seven or higher for the Greyhounds over the next 14 minutes.
  • Chuck Champion made a pair of free throws for Loyola at 2:11, giving Loyola a 70-61 lead, but Little scored in the paint on American’s next possession to make it a seven-point game. Diallo and Beckton Jr. then hit threes on back-to-back possessions, making it a one-point game before Gregory’s basket.
  • Led by Holcombe and Hart, five Loyola players scored in 10 or more points. Walker and Champion each had 12, while Gregory’s late score gave him 10. Walker led all players with five assists, and Loyola had a 34-23 advantage on the boards.

Freshmen Scoring

  • Isaiah Hart and Brent Holcombe each scored 17 points Wednesday night against American, combining for the highest total by a pair of Greyhounds freshmen since at least 1998. They are the first duo to score more than 30 or more points in a game since Justin Drummond (21) and Dylon Cormier (11) combined for 32 on December 18, 2010, at Georgetown.
  • Holcombe made 6 of 7 field goals, while Hart hit 5 of 8.

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 first 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  of its last three 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’ 13 Patriot League games so far this year, and he has five outings with 22 or more to average a League-leading 20.4.
  • In his 65th career conference game, Walker reached the 1,000-point mark against League opponents and now has 1,020 in his 67 career games, and he has averaged  15.2 points in Patriot League games.
  • With 1,593 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 seventh with 373. His 187 steals are second all-time, and he is third in 3-pointers made with 199.
  • 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 20.4 points in 13 games to raise his season average by more than five points per game to 16.7.
  • He has scored 265 of his 368 points this year in the last 13 games. In the last eight games, Walker has scored 173 points, an average of 21.6 per game.

Top-4 Territory

  • Cam Gregory grabbed 11 rebounds on January 8 at Holy Cross, a performance which moved him past three former Greyhounds and 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 817. Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.5).

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 first 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 upped his career-best to six rebounds; 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.
  • Norton pulled down seven boards in a win over American on February 7 for a new career-high. In 13 Patriot League games, he is averaging 4.2 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 19 games, Hart has averaged 12.1 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.1 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 13 of the 19 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 67 games because of illness or injury through Feb. 7.

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.

1,593

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.

817

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

2.

211

Robert Olson

2009-13

3.

199

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.

187

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

6.

374

Brett Harvey

2006-10

7.

373

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5852

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • Loyola stays on the road in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its next game, a Wednesday, February 14, outing at Bucknell University.
  • The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Sunday, February 18, to face Colgate.


 

 

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