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Fairfield, Men's Basketball Meet Tuesday Night In Connecticut

Cam Gregory had 18 points and 11 rebounds against Northwestern.
Nov. 13, 2017

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Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Bridgeport, Conn. | Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland continues its road trip to start the 2017-18 season on Tuesday, November 14, when it plays former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Fairfield University.
  • Tuesday’s game is slated to start at 7 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • The Greyhounds return 75.8 percent of their scoring and 78.5 percent of rebounds from a year ago.
  • 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 1,233 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). He averaged 12.6 points in Patriot League action, 9.9 for the season, last year., and versus Northwestern, he moved into 11th at Loyola with 632 career rebounds.
  • Two players – Isaiah Hart (five points, three assists) and Brent Holcombe (13 points, three rebounds) made their Loyola debuts Friday night.

Series History Versus Fairfield

  • Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 60th time on the hardwood Tuesday evening with the Stags entering the game with a 37-22 advantage in the previous meetings.
  • Last year, the Greyhounds hosted Fairfield on November 23, 2016, and outscored the Stags by 27 points over the game’s last 29 minutes to pull away for an 81-66 victory the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Tyler Nelson had a steal and fast-break layup at 9:03 in the first half to give Fairfield a 27-15 lead, but a James Fives hit a 3-pointer on the Greyhounds’ next possession starting a stretch that would see Loyola score 21 of the next 29 points to lead by one, 36-25, on a Nevell Provo transition three with 3:13 remaining in the half.
  • Provo finished the game with a career-high 10 points, and Fives matched his career-best with 13.
  • Fairfield would retake the lead with two Nelson free throws after Provo’s triple, and it would stretch to four with a Curtis Cobb layup 46 seconds before the break, but Jarred Jones tipped in a Loyola miss to cut the deficit to 41-39 at halftime.
  • Jones recorded his second double-double of the year with a season- and game-high 24 points and team-best 10 rebounds.
  • Jerome Segura made a 10-foot jumper for Fairfield 2:36 into the second half, giving the Stags a 47-43 lead, but Loyola went on a 29-8 run that covered the next seven-plus minutes.
  • Defense fueled the Loyola run as the Greyhounds had 11 second-half steals and forced 14 Stags turnovers total after the break.
  • Prior to Fairfield’s overtime victory in 2015, Loyola had its longest winning streak in the series, five games.
  • The schools were Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes for the 24 seasons Loyola was a member of the conference (1989-2013) before moving to the Patriot League before the start of the 2013-2014 campaign. Tuesday’s game is the last of a five-game series that started after the Greyhounds went to the Patriot League.

About The Stags

  • Fairfield opened its 2017-2018 season on Friday night with an 80-72 home victory over Penn, shooting 50 percent from the field while holding the Quakers to 36.1 percent.
  • Tyler Nelson, the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, scored a game-best 30 points to lead the Stags, while Wassef Methnani added 20 and eight rebounds in his collegiate debut.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola’s upset attempt of 19th-ranked Northwestern came up short Friday night as the Big Ten Conference’s Wildcats slipped past the Greyhounds, 79-75, at Allstate Arena. The Wildcats, which won a first-round game in last year’s NCAA Championships, made defensive stops on three of Loyola’s last four possessions to thwart the Greyhounds.
  • Andrew Kostecka scored a career-high 22 points to lead Loyola offensively, while Cam Gregory had 18 points and 11 rebounds. James Fives grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds as Loyola outrebounded the Wildcats, 44-41.
  • Derek Pardon hit a free throw for Northwestern with 1:41 left in regulation, giving the Wildcats a 75-70 lead, but Brent Holcombe hit his fourth 3-pointer of the second half 10 seconds later off an Andre Walker assist to pull the Greyhounds within a pair. Holcombe finished with 13 points in his collegiate debut.
  • The Greyhounds forced a missed 3-pointer on the Wildcats’ offensive possession, but Scottie Lindsey came up with a steal to get the ball back for Northwestern. Lindsey, who led all players with 26 points, missed a three after that, and the Wildcats turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation.
  • With 13 seconds on the clock, however, Bryant McIntosh came up with a steal for Northwestern, and he was fouled near half-court. McIntosh, who finished with 16 points and seven assists, made both free throws, stretching the Wildcats’ lead to four, 77-73.
  • Loyola missed a runner in the lane, but Fives came up with the rebound and was fouled on a follow-up attempt. He knocked down both free throws, and it was a one-possession game with seven ticks left.
  • The Greyhounds fouled Lindsey, and he missed both free throws with 6.6 seconds on the clock. Gregory came down with the rebound, but Northwestern forced a Loyola turnover to seal the game. McIntosh made two more free throws with 0.1 seconds remaining for the final margin of four points.
  • Loyola shot 55.2 percent from the field in the second half and made 7 of 8 threes after the break after struggling from the field with a 26.7 percent mark in the first frame. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds held Northwestern to a 35.5 percent line in the second half.

Strong Second

  • Loyola scored 51 second-half points Friday night at Northwestern, shooting 55.2 percent (16-29) from the field and 87.5 (7-8) from behind the 3-point line. The 51 points were the most the Greyhounds have scored in a second half since December 21, 2013, when they tallied 53 against Saint Joseph’s.
  • Meanwhile, Loyola held Northwestern to 35.5 percent from the field after the break and 41.0 overall in the game.

Kostecka Keys

  • Andrew Kostecka scored six of Loyola’s first eight points against the Wildcats, a prelude his team-leading 22 points in the game. The sophomore from Clarksburg, Maryland, made 8 of 14 shots, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc, to score his career-high total.
  • Kostecka scored 13 of his points, and had all three of his steals, in the last 15 minutes of the contest as Loyola outscored the Wildcats by 10.

Where He Left Off

  • Cam Gregory started the 2017-18 season much the way he finished 2016-17, with a double-double. The senior post player scored 18 points and matched James Fives for game-high honors with 11 rebounds for the 12th double-double of his career.
  • Last year, Gregory had seven double-doubles, all coming in the last 16 games of the year.

Debut Numbers

  • Isaiah Hart and Brent Holcombe made their collegiate debuts Friday night for the Greyhounds with each contributing in big ways to the second-half comeback Loyola launched.
  • Hart saw 17 minutes of action after halftime, scored four points and had three assists to just one turnover while Loyola outscored Northwestern, 51-42.
  • Holcombe tallied all 13 of his points after the break, making all four of his second-half 3-pointers and missing only once from the field. His 13 points were the most by a Loyola freshman in his debut since Andre Walker led Loyola with 17 points at Texas Tech on November 14, 2014.

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 1,233 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 317. 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 11th all-time at Loyola with 632 rebounds and is one of two active Patriot League players with 600 or more (Nana Foulland, Bucknell).
  • 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.

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.

1,233

Andre Walker

2014-p


Career Rebounds

9.

690

Bernard Allen

2001-05

10.

669

Erik Etherly

2010-13

11.

632

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.

315

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.

.5792

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Next Up

  • Loyola opens its home schedule on Friday, November 17, when it hosts Towson University at 7:00 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

 


 

 

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