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Pre-Thanksgiving Tilt Pits Men's Basketball Against Goucher

Sam Norton scored a career-high six points against Towson.
Nov. 20, 2017

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Opponent Goucher Gophers
Date Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland plays its second of two-straight home games on Tuesday, November 21, when it hosts Goucher College in a 7 p.m. contest at Reitz Arena.
  • The game will air live on the Patriot League Network.
  • Loyola had a season-low nine turnovers Friday night against Towson.
  • The Greyhounds outscored the Tigers, 16-8, in second-chance points, scoring on 73 percent of offensive rebounds in the game.
  • Isaiah Hart scored a season-high 14 points, going 5 of 10 from the field for the Greyhounds, and he also passed out three assists in 29 minutes of play.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Series History Versus Goucher

  • The Greyhounds and Gophers will meet for the first time when the teams take the floor on Tuesday night.

About The Gophers

  • Goucher, which is located in nearby Towson, Maryland, is a member of NCAA Division III's Landmark Conference.
  • The Gophers are 0-3 to start the 2017-18 season following losses to Wilson, Salisbury and Washington (Md.).
  • Loyola assistant coach Trevor Quinn is a 2005 graduate of Goucher where he was a four-year starter. Quinn still holds Goucher's single-season record for assists (138) and assists per game (5.1), and he has the only triple-double in the Gophers' recorded history (11 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds on January 12, 2005, versus Salisbury).
  • Earlier in his coaching career, Quinn spent a year on the Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School boys' basketball staff with current Goucher head coach Tom Quinn.

Last Time Out

  • Five Towson players scored 12 or more points, and the Tigers shot 61.8 percent from the field, Friday night en route to a 95-72 non-conference victory over Loyola in the Greyhounds home-opener.
  • Brian Starr made all seven of his field goal attempts to score a career-high 21 points, while Zane Martin added 19 points for the Tigers.
  • Cam Gregory led Loyola (0-3) with 17 points, while Isaiah Hart had a career-best 14 off the bench, and Andrew Kostecka chipped in 12 to go with eight rebounds. Sam Norton had a career-high six points, along with two assists and a pair of steals, and Luke Johnson scored the first six points of his collegiate career.
  • Up a pair after an Ian Langendoerfer free throw, Towson reeled off seven-straight points and 18 of 22 to lead 23-11 on an Alex Thomas jumper with 9:48 left in the first half.
  • After a three by Kostecka, Langendoerfer fed Gregory for a backdoor layup, and Loyola was within seven, but Towson went on a 17-4 run that put them ahead by 20, 40-20, on a Jordan McNeil layup with just over three minutes to go before halftime.

Freshmen Impressions

  • Isaiah Hart scored 14 points on Friday night against Towson, the most of his young career. The freshman from Morrow, Georgia, played 29 minutes, shooting five of 10 from the field while dishing out three assists.
  • Overall, the freshman is averaging 8.0 points and 2.7 assists per game through three contests this year.
  • Luke Johnson made his collegiate debut Friday against Towson, coming off the bench to score six points on 3 of 4 from the field in nine minutes of action.

D From Three

  • Through three games this season, Loyola has held opponents to 18 of 60 (30 percent) from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks 90th among NCAA Division I teams. Of the 18 threes opponents have made this year, four came on 11 tries by Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey.

Strong Seconds

  • Loyola scored 51 second-half points November 10 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.
  • The Greyhounds then held Fairfield to 33.3  percent from the field in the second half Tuesday.

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.
  • On Friday against Towson, Kostecka tallied 12 points, and he is third on the team with a 13.0 points-per-game average.
  • Defensively, Kostecka leads the Patriot League with 2.67 steals per game.

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 Nov. 10 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.
  • 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 1,265 points, Walker currently sits 18th 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 318. His 150 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 came in the last 16 games.
  • During the stretch of 17 games, Gregory did not made less than 50 percent of his shots from the field in a game.

Graduation Success

  • Loyola once again scored among the best in the nation in the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate report, coming in with the second-highest GSR of any school in NCAA Division I, 98 percent.
  • Among men's basketball teams in the State of Maryland, Loyola's 91 percent rate for the most-recent cohort (2007-10) is tops amongst the nine Division I schools.

Three Sign National Letters Of Intent

  • During November's early-signing period, Loyola men's basketball inked three players to National Letters of Intent to comprise the program's Class of 2022: Devon Flowers (Hyattsville, Md./The Potomac School), Kenny Jones (Hillside, N.J./Mater Dei Prep) and Casmir Ochiaka (Enugu, Nigeria/St. Mary's of the Assumption School [New Jersey]).
  • Flowers led Potomac School to the Independent School League (ISL) `A' Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2016-17, earning All-Mid-Atlantic Conference First Team honors in the process. The post player led the Panthers in points, rebounds, free throws made and blocked shots. After scoring 14.5 points per game as a junior in 2016, Flowers picked up second team All-State recognition from the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA).
  • Jones has led Mater Dei Prep to back-to-back Shore Conference titles. He posted averages of 11.1 points, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a junior in 2016-17 when he All-Class B Central Division First Team recognition by the Asbury Park Press and the Shore Sports Network. The point guard picked up Shore Conference All-Tournament First Team honors and was an All-Shore Conference second-team honoree during the season. He also garnered All-Zone honors by Shore Sports Network.
  • Ochiaka has been a starting post player at St. Mary's of the Assumption High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he has helped the Hilltoppers win back-to-back Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference titles. As a junior in 2016-17, Ochiaka averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game, earning All-Union County First Team recognition. A two-year starter, Ochiaka led the team to a ninth-place final ranking in New Jersey last season after helping the Hilltoppers open the season with a 9-0 record.

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

15.

1,314

Bob Reilly

1974-78

16.

1,310

Morris Cannon

1972-76

17.

1,288

Tracy Bergan

1989-94

18.

1,265

Andre Walker

2013-p

Career Rebounds

9.

690

Bernard Allen

2001-05

10.

669

Erik Etherly

2010-13

11.

646

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

6.

162

Kevin Green

1988-92

7.

154

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

9.

345

Shane James

2003-07

10.

319

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

5.

159

Kevin Green

1988-92

6.

154

Mike Powell

1995-98

7.

150

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5787

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

Next Up

  • Loyola heads on the road for its next four games, starting with a two-game trip to New England at the end of Thanksgiving weekend.
  • The Greyhounds play at UMass Lowell on Sunday, November 26, before heading to Dartmouth College for a Tuesday, November 28, contest.


 

 

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