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Bucknell Hosts Men's Basketball Wednesday Night

Luke Johnson
Luke Johnson
Feb. 12, 2018

Game Information
Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | Sojka Pavilion
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball heads to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for a Patriot League road contest at Bucknell University.
  • The Greyhounds and Bison are slated for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The game will air on the Patriot League Network.
  • Against Lafayette on February 11, Andre Walker became the eighth player in school history to score 1,600 points,; he also became the second at Loyola to make 200 or more 3-pointers.
  • Earlier this month, he moved into eighth all-time at Loyola and is one of 19 players in Patriot League history to score 1,600 or more points during his career.
  • Cam Gregory is 28th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.2), and he also is second in the league and 94th nationally in overall rebounding (8.1).
  • Loyola is 72nd in Division I in steals (183) with two players in the top-75 in steals per game. Andrew Kostecka is 18th (2.3) and Andre Walker is 72nd (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.
  • Hart averaged 15 points in a pair of games last week.

Series History Versus Bucknell

  • Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 17th time on the hardwood when the teams take the floor Wednesday night in a series that the programs had played the past four years prior to Loyola joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014.
  • The Greyhounds snapped an eight-game winning streak in the series by the Bison with a 77-76 victory on February 15, 2017. Bucknell holds a 13-2 lead in the all-time series after a 78-70 victory on January 17, 2018, against the Greyhounds. The teams completed a four-game home-and-home series in 2012-2013, in which the visiting team defeated the home team in each meeting.
  • Two Andrew Kostecka free throws with 4:51 left in regulation game Loyola a 63-62 lead in the first meeting this year against Bucknell University, but the Bison scored the next six points and eventually pulled away for a 78-70 win.
  • Zach Thomas converted two free throws 25 seconds after Kostecka's pair, and Nana Foulland scored in the paint with 3:46 on the clock, staking the Patriot League Preseason Favorite Bison to a 66-63 lead. Stephen Brown then hit an off-balance jumper with 2:59 remaining, pushing the advantage to six.
  • Loyola did not score on its next trip down the court, but Andre Walker got a steal off the press for the Greyhounds, and Isaiah Hart slipped a pass to Cam Gregory inside for a layup at 1:59, cutting the Bison lead to 68-65.
  • Bruce Moore and Thomas each converted free throws for Bucknell (12-8 overall, 6-1 Patriot League) over the next 69 seconds before Hart made one of two at the line for Loyola with 44 seconds showing. Kostecka then took a Walker pass after another steal and scored in transition with 29 ticks on the clock, pulling Loyola within four, 72-68.
  • Kimbal Mackenzie made two at the line for the Bison with 25 seconds on the clock, and Walker converted a pair nine second slater for Loyola, once again getting the Greyhounds within four. Mackenzie and Thomas, however, sealed the Bucknell win with pairs from the charity stripe to end the game.
  • After falling behind by as many as eight in the game's first five minutes, Loyola went on an 11-0 run that was part of a larger 17-3 stretch to lead by as many as nine in the first half. A Gregory layup with 4:16 to go in the stanza put Loyola (5-13, 3-4)  in front, 31-22. Bucknell, however, closed the gap to 33-28 at halftime, and the Bison scored the second half's first six points to regain the lead. After that, the lead changed hands six times.
  • Walker finished with 21 points to lead Loyola, while three others scored in double-figured. Cam Gregory had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Isaiah Hart tallied 11 to go with six assists. Kostecka posted 11 points and a career-high six steals.
  • Thomas led all players with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Foulland finished with 14 for the Bison.

Last Time Out

  • Lafayette scored the second half's first four points to take its first lead in the game, and a strong stretch by the Leopards later in the period led them to an 84-67 Patriot League victory at the Kirby Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.
  • A Cam Gregory basket 3:30 into the second half drew Loyola within a point, 42-41, but Lafayette scored the next six points, and the Leopards lead hovered between five and nine points for the next eight-plus minutes. Moments after Chuck Champion knocked down a three on the right wing for Loyola, Justin Jaworski responded in kind for Lafayette, staking the Leopards to a 65-56 advantage.
  • With 6:40 on the clock, Andre Walker hit a three for Loyola, pulling the Greyhounds within seven, 66-59, but Lafayette scored eight of the next 12 points, and the margin would be double-digits for the remainder of the game.
  • Five Greyhounds scored in double-figures, led by Walker's 15. Isaiah Hart added 13, while Champion and Gregory had 12 and 11, respectively. Matt Klinewski tallied 25 points for Lafayette, while Alex Petrie and Jaworski scored 16 and 14.
  • Loyola jumped out to a lead in the first half, going ahead by nine, 25-16, on a Gregory tip-in at 10:31 that culminated a 12-5 run for the Greyhounds.
  • Klinewski converted a pair of free throws on the Leopards next possession but Champion hit his first three of the game at 9:58 to make it 28-18 Greyhounds. Lafayette slowly chipped away at the lead, aided by first-half foul trouble by Loyola, tying the game at 36-36 on a Klinewski before the half.

Freshmen Scoring

  • Isaiah Hart and Brent Holcombe each scored 17 points last 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.

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.
  • Hart is averaging 11.0 points in Patriot League games, and 10.8 overall, this season. In the last 21 games, Hart has averaged 12.1 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.2 points. He has scored fewer than nine points just four times since Dec. 2.

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 18th nationally and first in the Patriot League. The sophomore guard has logged three or more steals seven times this season.

Walker In Patriot League Action

  • Andre Walker has scored 15 or more points in 11 of the Greyhounds' 14 Patriot League games so far this year, and he has five outings with 22 or more to average 20.0 in conference games, second most in the League during that stretch.
  • In his 65th career conference game, Walker reached the 1,000-point mark against League opponents and now has 1,035 in his 68 career games, and he has averaged  15.2 points in Patriot League games.
  • With 1,608 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 sixth with 376. His 189 steals are second all-time, and he is third in 3-pointers made with 202.
  • Walker grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Lehigh to log his first career double-double with 32 points.

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 823. 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 first in swipes (2.3) and fourth in swats (1.1).

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 14 of the 20 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.

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 14 Patriot League games, he is averaging 4.1 rebounds per contest.

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.

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.

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 69 games because of illness or injury through Feb. 11.

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.

1,608

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.

823

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

2.

211

Robert Olson

2009-13

3.

201

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.

189

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

5.

386

Tom Gormley

1983-87

7.

376

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5875

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its final regular-season home games of the year, starting with a Sunday, February 18, contest against Colgate University that starts at 2 p.m.
  • The Greyhounds then host Lehigh University in a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, February 21.

 

 

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