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Men's Basketball Hosts Army West Point Tuesday Night To Open Patriot League Championships

The Loyola men's basketball team opens the Patriot League Championships Tuesday night in Reitz Arena. (Photo by Ava Haag)
The Loyola men's basketball team opens the Patriot League Championships Tuesday night in Reitz Arena. (Photo by Ava Haag)
Feb. 25, 2018

Game Information
Opponent Army West Point Black Knights
Date Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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 opens play in the Patriot League Championships on Tuesday, February 27, when it hosts the U.S. Military Academy in the first round at Reitz Arena.
  • Tuesday’s game will air nationally on Stadium. It will also stream on the Patriot League Network and Twitter.
  • Cam Gregory scored his 1,000th career points in the second half of a February 18 game against Colgate University after moving into third at Loyola in career rebounds during the first half. He is the 37th player to score 1,000 or more points in Loyola history.
  • Against Lafayette on February 11, Andre Walker became the eighth player in school history to score 1,600 points,; against Navy he moved to a tie for second at the school in career threes made.
  • 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 25th 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 76th nationally in overall rebounding (8.3).
  • Loyola is 81st in Division I in steals per game (7.0). Andrew Kostecka is 26th (2.1) and Andre Walker is 95th (1.7).

Catch The Game On TV & Twitter

  • Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on Stadium, through the network’s national distribution to local stations. Jason Knapp, who is fresh off calling the United States’ Gold Medal in curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics, will call the action with Mo Cassara handling color analysis.
  • The game will also stream on the Patriot League Network and Stadium’s Twitter platform.

Series History Versus Army West Point

  • Loyola and Army West Point will meet for the 12th time on the basketball hardwood, and the first in Patriot League Championships play, when the teams take the floor Tuesday night. The Black Knights won both games during the Greyhounds’ first Patriot League season, but the teams have split the regular-season series each of the last four years. Army West Point holds a 6-5 all-time mark in the series after the Greyhounds won the second tilt of this year, 79-68, in Baltimore.
  • Loyola held Army West Point to just one point in that game’s final 5:14, scoring 11 of the game’s last 12 points for the victory. The win was Loyola’s second-straight when trailing by nine or more points at halftime. 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.
  • 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, who matched Walker for game-high honors with 20 points, 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 goal attempts in the final six minutes.

Last Time Out

  • Brent Holcombe scored a career-high 18 points and put Loyola in front, 54-47 with a free-throw line jumper at 4:27 in the second half, but the Navy reeled off 12 points in a row, and the Midshipmen came away with a 62-56 victory in Annapolis.
  • After Holcombe’s jumper that put the Greyhounds up seven, the teams traded scoreless possessions before Shawn Anderson stepped back for a Navy 3-pointer at the expiration of the shot clock. The shot rolled all the way around the rim before falling, and Anderson was fouled after his release. He made the free throw to pull the Midshipmen within three. Anderson then had a steal near halfcourt and went in for a layup at 2:56, cutting the Greyhounds’ lead to 54-53.
  • A missed Loyola 3-pointer fell into the hands of George Kiernan for Navy, and he was fouled. Kiernan made both free throws to give Navy its first lead in more than eight minutes. The Midshipmen then forced a Loyola turnover, and Hasan Abdullah pulled up from 19 feet to make a jumper as the shot clock went to zero. Tom Lacey and Abdullah both made one of two at the line with 46.8 and 22.7 seconds left, respectively, pushing the Navy lead to five, 59-54. Chuck Champion made a jumper in the lane for Loyola with under 18 ticks left, making it a 3-point game, but Navy would hold off any further Greyhounds advances.
  • Holcombe’s career-high 18 points led all players in the game, while Kiernan and Anderson had 17 and 13, respectively, for the Midshipmen.
  • Chuck Champion grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to lead all players; Cam Gregory and KaVaughn Scott each had seven for Loyola as the Greyhounds held a 41-35 advantage on the boards.

Holcombe Hits For 18

  • Brent Holcombe scored a career-high 18 points on Saturday at Navy, knocking down 8 of 15 shots, both career highs. The 18 points eclipsed his 17 points earlier this month against American.
  • During Saturday’s second half, Holcombe scored 11 of his points. Nine of those points came over a seven-minute stretch in which he made a three to tie the game at 43-43 and a layup at 10:16 to push Loyola up two. He later passed up a three to assist on a triple by Andrew Kostecka at 6:41 that would give the Greyhounds a three-point advantage. He then converted free-throw line jumpers on consecutive possession to stretch that lead to seven at 4:27.

Milestone Day

  • Cam Gregory hit two milestones in the same game February 18 against Colgate, reaching and crossing the 1,000-point plateau while also moving into third all-time at Loyola in rebounds.
  • The senior forward pulled down an offensive board, one of his five in the game, with less than two minutes to go in the first half to give him 837 in his career. That total moved him past Mark Rohde (1972-76) and into sole possession of third-place in career rebounds.
  • Just over a minute into the second half, Gregory scored in the paint to log his 1,000th career point, making him the 37th player in school history to score 1,000 or more points.
  • With his 1,000th point, Gregory joined Mike Krawczyk (1968-72, 1,676 points, 1,278 rebounds) and Rohde (1,103 points, 836 rebounds) as the only three players to score 1000 or more points and have 800-plus rebounds. He is also sixth all-time in the Patriot League in career rebounds.
  • 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 862. Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.2).

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. During Patriot League action this year, 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 in third in the Patriot League in steals per game this season (7.1), and in conference play, it is averaging 7.3 takeaways for a total of 116 in 16 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 49 steals this year, an average of 2.1 per game that ranks 20th 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 12 of the Greyhounds’ 18 Patriot League games this year, and he has five outings with 22 or more to average 17.7 in conference games, third-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 1,073 in his 72 career games, and he has averaged  14.9 points in Patriot League games.
  • With 1,646 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 tied for fifth with 386. His 193 steals are second all-time. Against Navy in the regular-season finale, he tied Robert Olson (2009-13) for second all-time with 211 3-pointers made.

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.
  • Over Loyola’s last 12 games – Kostecka has played in 11 of those games after missing the February 7 contest against American due to an illness – he is the team’s second-leading scorer with 11.3 points per game. He has scored 11 or more seven times, and he also is averaging 2.5 steals per game.
  • Defensively, he is among the Patriot League leaders in both steals and blocked shots per game, checking in second in swipes (2.1) and fourth in swats (1.2).

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 14 of the 24 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 11.5 points per game mark.

Among His Peers

  • Isaiah Hart is among the leaders for Patriot League freshmen this season in both points, steals and assists. His 10.3 points per game rank fifth with his first-year peers, while his 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals check in second in the same group. Additionally, Hart’s 27.8 minutes played this year rank fourth among freshmen in the conference.
  • Hart leads Loyola in assists and is fifth on the team in scoring this year. His 30 total steals are third-most on the team.

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 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 11 different starting lineups this year, and Greyhounds players have missed a combined 79 games because of illness or injury.

Chart Climbing

Career Points

7.

1,659

Dylon Cormier

2010-14

8.

1,646

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Rebounds

1.

1,278

Mike Krawzcyk

1968-72

2.

879

Farrell Fenzel

1966-70

3.

862

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

1.

281

Marquis Sullivan

2005-09

2t.

211

Robert Olson

2009-13

2t.

211

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

8.

394

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

9.

373

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

1.

272

Jason Rowe

1996-00

2.

193

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Assists

4.

424

Kevin Robinson

1971-75

5t.

386

Tom Gormley

1983-87

5t.

386

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5823

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • The winner of the Loyola-Army West Point game will travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for a 7 p.m. Patriot League Quarterfinal game on Thursday, March 1 against regular-season champion Bucknell.

 

 

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