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Two-Game Swing Through New England Starts Sunday For Men's Hoops

James Fives
Nov. 24, 2017

Game Information
Opponent UMass Lowell
Date Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Lowell, Mass. | Costello Athletic Center
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland heads to New England for a two-game swing, starting with a Sunday, November 26, contest at UMass Lowell.
  • Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. in a game that will air live on ESPN3.
  • Loyola's 52 rebounds Tuesday night against Goucher College set a school record for the most in the program's recorded history. The Greyhounds grabbed 49 boards three times, most recently in 2010 against Manhattan.
  • The Greyhounds' 52-point margin of victory versus the Gophers was the second-largest in school history.
  • Five players scored in double-figures in that game for the first time since December 10, 2016, at Binghamton.
  • Loyola has outscored opponents 182-154 in the second half of its four games this year.  The Greyhounds are shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 51.1 percent from 3-point range after halftime.
  • Isaiah Hart and Sam Norton made their first collegiate starts against Goucher on November 21. Hart finished with five assists without a turnover, while Norton added seven points, five rebounds and two blocked shots. Norton is the first walk-on to start a game for the Greyhounds since Josh Weigand did so on January 5, 2009, against Niagara.

Series History Versus UMass Lowell

  • The Greyhounds and River Hawks will meet for the second time in as many years when the teams take the floor on Sunday afternoon. Last year's game, a 69-60 Loyola victory on its home-court was the first meeting between the programs.
  • Chuck Champion made a 3-pointer early in the second half and then had steals on the next two UMass Lowell possessions to spark an 11-0 Loyola run early in the second half. The Greyhounds used the stretch to go on to last year's victory.
  • Loyola and the River Hawks traded baskets to start the second half after the Greyhounds led 27-24 at the break. A Champion 3-pointer two-minutes, 38-seconds into the second half started the 11-0 stretch.
  • Champion made his first career start against UMass-Lowell, and he finished with a career-best 13 points, two assists and four steals. The freshmen had steals to thwart UMass-Lowell's next two possessions, and Loyola scored off both River Hawks turnovers. Chancellor Barnard rebounded his own miss and scored after the first Champion steal, and Andre Walker then took a Champion pass and hit a three of his own at 16:24, pushing the Loyola advantage to 37-26.
  • UMass-Lowell slowly chipped away at the lead, pulling within a possession, 52-49, on a Ryan Jones transition basket with 5:45 to play in regulation.
  • Loyola came up empty on its next possession, but Cam Gregory deflected a pass for a steal at the top of the perimeter to turn over UMass-Lowell, and he scored on a fast break with a give-and-go from Barnard. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw, extending the lead back to six.
  • Walker scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, while Jarred Jones posted 17 points and six rebounds. Gregory added eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds, while Chancellor Barnard posted seven points and eight boards.
  • Matt Harris and Jahad Thomas each scored 13 points, leading five River Hawks in double-figures. Thomas also recorded a double-double with 15 rebounds.

About The River Hawks

  • UMass Lowell enters Sunday's game with a 4-1 record after posting  a 74-66 victory over LIU-Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon. The River Hawks also have defeated UMass Boston, Marist and Cornell since a 74-69 loss to Massachusetts on opening night.
  • Jahad Thomas leads five River Hawks in double-figures this season with 20.7 points per game. He is averaging a double-double while posting 11.7 rebounds, as well. Matt Harris has averaged 14.8 points, while Ryan Jones is posting 12.2 through UMass Lowell's first five.

Last Time Out

  • Five Loyola players scored in double-figures, and the Greyhounds held visiting Goucher to 28.1 percent from the floor Tuesday night, as the Greyhounds cruised to a 97-45 victory in Reitz Arena.
  • Brent Holcombe registered his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Cam Gregory and Andrew Kostecka tied for game-high honors with 17 points. Andre Walker added 14 points and five assists, while James Fives tallied 10 points and six rebounds.
  • Ten Greyhounds played 10 or more minutes and no player saw more than 21 minutes of action. Isaiah Hart had five assists without a turnover in his first starting role, while Sam Norton also made his first career start, chipping in seven points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
  • Loyola scuffled slightly out of the gate, trailing 8-5 five minutes in after Devon Esslinger knocked down a jumper for the Gophers, but Walker scored four straight, and Loyola was in front for the remainder of the game. A Hart layup gave the Greyhounds an 17-11 advantage at 11:52, and Kostecka scored in transition two possessions later for Loyola. Pat Goralski scored for Goucher on its next trip down the court, but the Greyhounds reeled off 25 of the next 29 points, taking a 44-17 lead at halftime.

Record Book Entries

  • Loyola set a school record for rebounds in a game on Tuesday night, pulling down 52 in its win over Goucher. The Greyhounds have tallied 49 rebounds three times in their recorded history, most recently in a 2010 game against Manhattan. (Note: a previously published record of 122 rebounds in a 1955 game has been disproved via newspaper archives)
  • The Greyhounds' 52-point margin of victory is the second largest in school history. Loyola defeated Gallaudet 82-27 in February 1947 for the biggest spread.
  • Loyola's 24 assists on Tuesday are tied for sixth-most and the most since it had 25 against Canisius on January 5, 2000.
  • The team's 12 3-pointers made are tied for 10th most.

Doubled Up

  • Brent Holcombe recorded the first double-double of his collegiate career on Tuesday night, pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds while scoring 11 points.
  • Holcombe's double-double was the second of the year for the Greyhounds after Cam Gregory's 18-point, 11-rebound performance in the season-opener at Northwestern.

Norton's Numbers

  • Sam Norton received the first start of his Loyola career, and the first start by a Loyola walk-on in almost nine years, against Goucher after his solid performances in the season's first three games.
  • In his first two years at Loyola, Norton had seen 26 minutes of action in a total of 14 games, amassing four points, two rebounds, two assists and five steals during that time.
  • Norton tied for team-high honors with 21 minutes against Goucher after playing 15 on November 17 against Towson, and this year he has scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals.

After The Break

  • Loyola has played its best after halftime this season, outscoring opponents 182-154. Meanwhile, foes have outdone Loyola 129-114 in the first half of four games this year.
  • The Greyhounds are shooting 48.3 percent from the field in the second half as compared to 33.6 in the first. From 3-point range, the numbers are 51.1 percent in the second, up from 20 percent.
  • Loyola also has turned the tables on the glass in the latter 20 minutes, outrebounding opponents 21.3-19.0 after trailing 20.3-19.0 in first halves.

Freshmen Impressions

  • Isaiah Hart scored 14 points on November 17 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 7.0 points and 3.3 assists per game through four 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. He then chipped in another six to go with three assists versus Goucher.
  • Brent Holcombe has averaged 7.5 points through four games, boosted by 13 in the opener against Northwestern and 11 against Goucher, and 5.3 rebounds.

D From Three

  • Through three games this season, Loyola has held opponents to 22 of 84 (26.2 percent) from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks 26th among NCAA Division I teams. Of the 22 threes opponents have made this year, four came on 11 tries by Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey.

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. He scored 12 against Towson and 17 versus Goucher and is second on the team with 14.0 points per game. Defensively, Kostecka leads the Patriot League with 2.3 steals per game.

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 last season.
  • 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 1,279 points, Walker currently sits 18th in Loyola history. Against Lafayette in the 2017 Patriot League First Round, he became the 10th player in school history with 300-plus assists and is 10th with 323. 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 655 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.

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.

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.

1,279

Andre Walker

2013-p


Career Rebounds

9.

690

Bernard Allen

2001-05

10.

669

Erik Etherly

2010-13

11.

655

Cam Gregory

2014-p


Career 3-Pointers Made

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

6.

162

Kevin Green

1988-92

7.

156

Andre Walker

2014-p


Career Free-Throws Made

9.

345

Shane James

2003-07

10.

329

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.

.5812

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


 

 

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