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Men's Basketball Tips Off Season Friday At No. 19 Northwestern

Andre Walker drives around a Jarred Jones screen when the Greyhounds played at Northwestern in December 2015.
Nov. 7, 2017

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Opponent No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats
Date Friday, November 10, 2017
Time 7:30 p.m. (Central) | 8:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Location Rosemont, Ill. | Allstate Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland opens its 108th season of men's basketball on Friday, November 10, when the Greyhounds play at Northwestern University in a 7:30 p.m. (CST) game at Allstate Arena.
  • G.G. Smith is in his fifth year as head coach fo the Greyhounds and his 11th overall on staff after spending 2007-2013 as an assistant at Loyola.
  • The Greyhounds return 75.8 percent of their scoring and 78.5 percent of rebounds from a year ago. Loyola lost just two graduated seniors, Jarred Jones and Nick Gorski.
  • Four players who started more than half of last year's 33 games return for the 2017-2018 season, and another player returns after starting 13 games.
  • Andre Walker returns as the team's leader in scoring (14.9 points per game), assists (3.9),  3-pointers made (82) and free-throw percentage (.863). Walker is 23rd in school history with 1,225 points.
  • Cam Gregory shattered the school single-season field-goal percentage record in 2016-2017, making 63.8 percent of his field-goal attempts (134-of-210). Gregory averaged 12.6 points in Patriot League action, 9.9 for the season, last year. He enters this year 12th in Loyola history with 621 career rebounds.

Series History Versus Northwestern

  • Loyola and Northwestern will meet for the third time in series history and the second time in three years when the teams take the floor on Nov. 10.
  • The Greyhounds first played the Wildcats on Dec. 27, 2006, in a 66-60 Northwestern decision at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
  • Loyola then visited Evanston, Illinois, on Dec. 27, 2015, and led by 11 at halftime before the Wildcats rallied for a 74-60 victory. The Greyhounds went up by as many as 14, 20-6, just over 10 minutes into the contest, and a Tyler Hubbard three with 59 ticks left in the first half made the lead 33-22 at the break.
  • Joey van Zegeren grabbed his own rebound after he was blocked by Chancellor Barnard to start the second half and scored 13 seconds in, but Walker hit a three just under a minute later, and Loyola was up 12.
  • Back-to-back baskets by Derek Pardon sparked a 13-2 Northwestern run that saw the Wildcats tie the game on a Aaron Falzon three with 13:08 and take the lead at 11:44, 44-42, on a McIntosh jumper.
  • McIntosh finished with a career-high 33 points, 21 coming in the second half. Andre Walker had 15 points and seven assists to lead Loyola, and Franz Rassman added 11 points, all in the first half.

About The Wildcats

  • Northwestern enters the season after finishing 2016-2017 with a 24-12 record and the school's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats posted a victory over Vanderbilt in the NCAA First Round before falling to Gonzaga in the second.
  • The Wildcats are ranked 19th in The Associated Press preseason poll, and 20th in the USA Today version. It is the first time Northwestern has ever been ranked in either preseason poll.
  • Northwestern returns its top-five scorers from a year ago, led by McIntosh's 14.8 points and Big Ten-best 5.2 assists per game. Scottie Lindsey, who along with McIntosh was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten team, was second on the squad a year ago with 14.1 points per game.

Exhibition Recap

  • Loyola's Andre Walker scored 19 points, and his fellow senior Cam Gregory grabbed 16 rebounds, on November 2 as the Greyhounds defeated NCAA Division III school Elizabethtown College, 83-57, in an exhibition game.
  • Walker was joined in double-figures by three other players as Chuck Champion had 13, Andre Kostecka, 12, and James Fives, 10. Gregory led the way on the boards as the Greyhounds controlled a 49-31 advantage on the glass.
  • Elizabethtown tied the game at 16-16 on a Bryce Green layup with 12:11 to go in the first half, capping a 9-0 run, but Loyola scored seven-straight and did not allow the Blue Jays to take a lead. A free throw by Fives - one of his 10 in the game - pushed the Greyhounds up by 15, 36-21, with more than four minutes to play in the stanza.
  • The Blue Jays scored the second half's first five points, but Loyola reeled off eight in a row, capped by a Kostecka basked to push ahead by 18 less than four minutes into the period. Brent Holcombe converted a traditional 3-point play at 13:15, and the Greyhounds' lead was 20, 59-39.
  • Two other Greyhounds neared double-figures in points as Ian Langendoerfer tallied nine, and Gregory had seven. Champion had a game-high four steals, and Walker led all players with three assists.

Preseason Prognostications

  • Andre Walker was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team by the conference's coaches. The Greyhounds' leading scorer the last two years, Walker is the active career scoring leader in the Patriot League with 1,225 points heading into the 2017-2018 campaign.
  • Last year, Walker became Loyola's first player to earn All-Patriot League First Team honors since the Greyhounds joined the conference in 2013-2014. He also earned All-Patriot League Second Team recognition as a sophomore in 2015-2016.
  • The Greyhounds were picked to finish sixth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.

New Faces

  • Loyola welcomed five new players and an assistant coach to the program over the offseason.
  • Isaiah Hart, Brent Holcombe, Luke Johnson, Ethan Norton and River Reed will don their Loyola uniforms for the first time this season, while Kevin Driscoll will make his first appearance on the Greyhounds bench as an assistant.
  • Driscoll joined the Greyhounds after spending 2016-2017 at NJIT and Holy Cross from 2013-2016.
  • Hart was an All-State guard at Whitefield Academy in Smyrna, Georgia, where he averaged 20 or more points as a junior and senior. He averaged 26.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior and was named the Georgia High School Association Player of the Year.
  • Holcombe joins the Greyhounds out of Miami's Coral Reef High School where he was an All-Dade County Second Team honoree in both 2015-16 and 2016-17. Last year, he averaged a double-double with 18.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots.
  • Johnson was a four-year standout at Lexington (Kentucky) Catholic, picking up All-Kentucky Second Team recognition as a senior. He averaged 22 points and seven assists as a senior in 2016-2017.
  • Norton, the younger brother of fellow Greyhounds walk-on Sam, was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Team after garnering The Hill School's Most Valuable Player honors in 2016-2017.
  • Reed averaged 16.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Reagan High School in San Antonio as a senior where he was named All-Area 6A. Over his four-year career, Reed averaged 11.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Rattlers.

Clutch Late

  • Andre Walker's game-winning layup with 27.3 seconds left against Lehigh on Feb. 1, 2017, was his third game-winning basket of the season and second against the Mountain Hawks. He hit a three with three with eight-tenths of a second left on Jan. 5 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to push Loyola in front for an 84-83 win the first time the teams met.
  • Earlier in the year, Walker hit a winning layup with five-tenths of a second remaining at Stony Brook, giving the Greyhounds a 71-70 road win. He then came up defensively at American, keeping the Eagles' Sa'eed Nelson from driving and blocking his 3-pointer at the buzzer for a two-point win.
  • Walker now has scored game-winning points six times during his career. In 2015-16, he scored on a drive to the basket with less than five seconds left at home against Lehigh, and he hit two free throws with just over three ticks on the clock for a win at the U.S. Military Academy. As a freshman in 2013-2014, he made two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to beat Colgate University in triple overtime.
  • In the 2017 Patriot League Quarterfinals, Walker became the 25th player in program history to score 1,200 or more points. With 1,225 points, Walker currently sits 23rd in Loyola history. Against Lafayette in the Patriot League First Round, he became the 10th player in school history with 300-plus assists and is 10th with 313. His 146 steals rank seventh all-time.

Cam Contributing Big In League Play

  • Cam Gregory saw the biggest jump on the team of points per game in the Patriot League (12.6) versus overall (9.9). He scored 226 of his 326 points last year in those 18 games.
  • Gregory made 93 of 137 shots, good for 67.9 percent from the field; that mark led the conference in League games, and his 63.8 overall mark was second in the conference. He was Loyola's top rebounder in conference games with 146, 8.1 per, and overall with 251 and 7.6.
  • Gregory grabbed 12 rebounds at Boston University in the Patriot League Quarterfinals and became the 14th in program history to total 600-plus at Loyola. He is now 12th all-time at Loyola with 621 rebounds and is one of two active Patriot League players with 600 or more (Nana Foulland, Bucknell, 662).
  • Gregory had seven double-doubles last season, all of which have come in the last 16 games. Since Jan. 16, when he had his first double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Boston University, Gregory averaged 12.9 points and 8.9 rebounds.
  • During the stretch of 17 games, Gregory did not made less than 50 percent of his shots from the field in a game. He scored fewer than 10 points just twice, both time when he was limited by fouls.

Postseason Play

  • Loyola took part in the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) following the 2016-2017 season and advanced to the quarterfinals. The Greyhounds knocked off George Mason, 73-58, in the first round before falling to Coastal Carolina in the quarterfinals.

Chart Climbing

Career Points

20.

1,252

Aubrey Reveley

1983-87

21.

1,245

Erik Etherly

2010-13

22.

1,242

Marquis Sullivan

2005-09

23.

1,225

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Rebounds

10.

669

Erik Etherly

2010-13

11.

622

Jarred Jones

2012-17

12.

621

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

6.

162

Kevin Green

1988-92

7.

148

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

9.

345

Shane James

2003-07

10.

313

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

5.

159

Kevin Green

1988-92

6.

154

Mike Powell

1995-98

7.

148

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5801

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

Next Up

  • Loyola will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to face former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-rival Fairfield University on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
  • The Greyhounds play their home-opener on Friday, Nov. 17, when they take on Towson University in a 7 p.m. game.

 

 

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