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Patriot League Championships Play Continues Thursday At Bucknell For Men's Hoops

Cam Gregory
Cam Gregory
Feb. 28, 2018

Game Information
Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Thursday, March 1, 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 travels to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for the Patriot League Championships Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 1, at Bucknell University
  • The 7 p.m. tipoff and will be broadcast nationally on Stadium while streaming on the Patriot League Network
  • Andre Walker became the eighth player in school history to score 1,600 career points on February 11, and in the Patriot League First Round, he moved into seventh all-time with 1,665 points.
  • He is one of 19 players in Patriot League history to score 1,600 or more points during his career, and he also is second all-time at Loyola in 3-pointers made.
  • 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.
  • Cam Gregory is 31st 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 71st nationally in overall rebounding (8.3).
  • Loyola is 79th in Division I in steals per game (7.0). Andrew Kostecka is 25th (2.1) and Andre Walker is 95th (1.7).

Catch The Game On TV & Twitter

  • Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on Stadium, through the network’s national distribution to local stations. Matt Martucci and Doug Gottlieb will call the action.
  • The game will also stream on the Patriot League Network and Stadium’s Twitter platform.

Series History Versus Bucknell

  • Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 19th time on the hardwood when the teams take the floor Thursday night in a series that the programs had played the past four years prior to Loyola joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014. It will be the programs’ first-ever meeting in the postseason.
  • 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 15-3 lead in the all-time series sweeping this year’s regular-season series. The teams completed a four-game home-and-home non-conference series in 2012-2013, in which the visiting team defeated the home team in each meeting.
  • In this year’s second meeting, on Valentine’s Day, Loyola cut Bucknell’s lead to six with 2:06 left in the first half, but the Bison scored nine of the half’s final 11 points and went on to a 94-53 victory at Sojka Pavilion.
  • Bucknell had been up by as many as 13 midway through the first half, but an Andre Walker 3-pointer started a 12-7 Loyola run that saw it get within six, 35-29, on an Andrew Kostecka free throw.
  • The Bison, however, came back with a basket in the paint by Nana Foulland and a Nate Jones three to push back up by 11. Stephen Brown scored in the lane as part of his game-high 20 points with less than 40 seconds to go, and it was a 13-point advantage, but Isaiah Hart converted on a drive with 5.1 ticks left in the stanza to pull the Greyhounds within 11. Brown, however, was fouled with 1.1 on the first-half clock, and he made two free throws to send the teams to the locker room with Bucknell in front, 44-31.
  • The Bison came out of halftime and scored the first 10 points to go up 54-31 on a Foulland basket with 16:08 left in regulation.
  • Foulland was one of four Bison in double-figures with 15 points. Nate Sestina added 18, while Zach Thomas had 12. Hart led Loyola with 12 points and four assists, and Andrew Kostecka tallied 10. Cam Gregory posted a game-high 11 rebounds.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola shot 65.4 percent from the floor in the second half and made seven of its last eight field goals Tuesday night to score an 82-79 victory over the visiting U.S. Military Academy in the Patriot League Championships First Round.
  • Andrew Kostecka scored 20 points, and Andre Walker had 13 of his 19 after halftime for the Greyhounds, while Chuck Champion contributed 13 and KaVaughn Scott added 10 with eight rebounds.
  • Army West Point built an eight-point lead, 39-31, on a Jordan Fox three less than 30 seconds before halftime, but Walker knocked down an off-balance 3-pointer from the left side to get the Greyhounds within five at the buzzer.
  • Walker scored in the paint with 6:39 left to put Loyola in front by two, but Luke Morrison was fouled and made the front-end of two at the line to cut the Black Knights’ deficit to one. Loyola turned the ball over, and Matt Wilson scored on a turnaround layup at 5:46, giving Army a 66-65 lead at 5:46. From there, Champion knocked down a 12-foot jumper for Loyola, and Kostecka converted a steal into two fast-break points at 5:09. He then rebounded a Fox miss and sent a long outlet pass to Champion for a transition layup that gave Loyola a five point lead, 71-66, with 4:55 on the clock.
  • Funk would get Army West Point within two, 73-71 with a top-of-the-perimeter three at 3:11, but Scott made three of four free throws on the next two Greyhounds possessions to stretch the advantage to seven. Army West Point, however, came back with a Funk layup and a King three with 43 seconds left, making it a two-point game. Scott misfired on two free throws for Loyola, but Brent Holcombe’s defense altered a Jacob Kessler layup, and Holcombe came down with the rebound the Greyhounds. He was fouled and made both free throws with 18 ticks left to provide a four-point advantage.
  • Funk had another three in him for the Black Knights, striking with 11 seconds left. Loyola inbounded the ball, and Champion killed five seconds off the clock before being fouled. He hit two free throws to make it an 82-79 Loyola lead.
  • Funk’s desperation three for Army West Point was off the mark, and Kostecka swatted the loose ball away as time expired to give Loyola the win. Funk had 21 points and nine assists to lead Army West Point, while Fox scored 19.

Patriot League Championships History

  • Loyola is making its fifth appearance in the Patriot League Championships since joining the conference for the 2013-2014 season. Tuesday’s win was the Greyhounds’ second in a row in First Round games after they beat Lafayette last season.
  • The Greyhounds are 2-4 all-time in the Patriot League Championships and 0-1 in the Quarterfinal round.
  • Loyola has advanced to the NCAA Championships twice, winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in 1994 and 2012.

All-League Honors

  • Andre Walker was named to the All-Patriot League First Team for the second year in a row, becoming Loyola’s first three-time All-League honoree since joining the conference. He was also a member of the second team in 2015.
  • Andrew Kostecka also became the Greyhounds’ first-ever member of the Patriot League All-Defensive Team.

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.
  • Over Loyola’s last 13 games – Kostecka has played in 12 of those games after missing the February 7 contest against American due to an illness – he is the team’s second-leading scorer with 12.0 points per game. He has scored 11 or more eight 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 third in swats (1.2).
  • Kostecka was two off his career-high with 20 points in the Patriot League Championships First Round against Army. He made a career-high nine field goals and also had a career-best five assists.

Big In The Last Three

  • Brent Holcombe has played his best basketball of his young career in Loyola’s last three games, averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in contests against Lehigh, Navy and Army West Point.
  • He 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 the 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.
  • On Tuesday in the Patriot League First Round, Holcombe scored eight points, including two free throws with under 25 seconds left. He had his second double-digit rebounding effort of the year with 10.

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 total rebounds in his career. That total moved him past Mark Rohde (1972-76) and into sole possession of third-place in career boards.
  • 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.
  • He is sixth in Patriot League history with 871 rebounds, and Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.3).

Walker In Patriot League Action

  • Andre Walker scored 15 or more points in 12 of the Greyhounds’ 18 Patriot League games this year, and he had 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 averaged  14.9 points in Patriot League games.
  • Against Army in the Patriot League First Round, Walker moved into seventh all-time in scoring with 1,665 points. In the game, he also took over sole possession of fifth in assists (392) and 3-pointers made (213); his 195 steals are second all-time.

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 15 of the 25 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 10.2 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.

On The Trainer’s Table

  • Loyola has used 11 different starting lineups this year, and Greyhounds players have missed a combined 81 games because of illness or injury.

Chart Climbing

Career Points



Mike Krawczyk




Andre Walker


Career Rebounds



Mike Krawzcyk




Farrell Fenzel




Cam Gregory


Career 3-Pointers Made



Marquis Sullivan




Andre Walker


Career Free-Throws Made



Mike Krawczyk




Andre Walker


Career Steals



Jason Rowe




Andre Walker


Career Assists



Kevin Robinson




Andre Walker


Career Field-Goal Percentage



Cam Gregory




Mike Krawczyk


Up Next

  • The winner of the Loyola-Bucknell game will face the winner of Lehigh and Boston University in the semifinals on Thursday, March 4.






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