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Men's Basketball Meets Mount St. Mary's For 173rd Time Saturday Afternoon

Chuck Champion
Nov. 30, 2017

Game Information
Opponent Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
Date Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

The Last Meeting
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Loyola Maryland64
December 3, 2016
Reitz Arena

  • The Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team returns to the State of Maryland for the third of a four-game stint away from home. The Greyhounds will play at Mount St. Mary’s University on Saturday, December 2, at 4 p.m..
  • Saturday’s game will be the 173rd all-time meeting between the teams.
  • MASN will broadcast the game in the Mid-Atlantic region with Jason Knapp and Craig Esherick calling the action.
  • Chuck Champion and Cam Gregory scored 26 and 22 points, marking the first time since January 5, 2017 that two players have gone for 20 or more in a game. Jarred Jones (24) and Andre Walker (24) did so in a win that day at Lehigh.
  • Loyola has outscored opponents, 235-192, in the first half of its last three games after being outscored, 199-238, in the season’s first three outings.
  • Loyola is second in the Patriot League in opponent field-goal percentage, limiting foes to 42.4 percent from the floor. The Greyhounds are also holding opponents to 30.4 percent from 3-point range, tops in the League and No. 74 in NCAA Division I.
  • Cam Gregory is seventh in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (4.2).

Turn On The Television

  • The Loyola-Mount St. Mary’s game will air live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. It marks the 12th year of Loyola’s relationship with the network.
  • Jason Knapp, the television voice of the Patriot League on CBS Sports Network, will call the play-by-play, while Craig Esherick will handle the analysis.

Series History Versus Mount St. Mary’s

  • The Loyola-Mount St. Mary’s rivalry is the most played between two college basketball teams in the State of Maryland. Saturday’s game will mark the 173rd time the former Mason-Dixon Conference foes have met on the hardwood.
  • The rivalry dates to January 20, 1910, the second season of basketball at Loyola. The Greyhounds won the initial meeting between the teams, 35-24, but The Mount holds a 99-73 advantage all-time.
  • In addition to being the oldest series in state history – it predates Loyola-Maryland by two seasons – it is also the most-played. The 172 previous meetings exceed the 160 between Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland), a series that started in 1930.
  • In last year’s December 3 meeting, Loyola went 23 of 27 from the free-throw line and held visiting Mount St. Mary’s to just 13 points in the game’s final 11-plus minutes, as the Greyhounds delivered a 64-57 win.
  • Junior Robinson gave the Mountaineers a 44-42 lead with 11 minutes, 46 seconds left in the second half, but after that basket, Mount St. Mary’s committed seven turnovers, went 4 of 12 from the field and 5 of 10 from the free-throw line as Loyola closed out the victory.
  • Jarred Jones, who led Loyola with 15 points and also had eight rebounds, tied the game 26 seconds after Robinson’s three with two free throws. Cam Gregory came the Greyhounds a 46-44 lead at 10:49, catching a Jones pass to score two of his nine points.
  • The Greyhounds led for the next four-plus minutes, but a Robinson basket tied the score at 54-54 with 5:27 to play. A Mount St. Mary’s steal on Loyola’s next possession led to a transition score by Robinson, and the Mountaineers were up two with less than five minutes to go in regulation.
  • Chancellor Barnard, who also had nine points for Loyola, knocked down the back end of two free throws to cut the Greyhounds’ deficit to one, and a steal and fast-break layup by Jones put Loyola on top, 57-56, at 4:26.
  • From that point, Loyola went 6 of 7 at the free-throw line, and Mount St. Mary’s managed just one free throw.

Last Time Out

  • Chuck Champion and Cam Gregory scored career-highs of 26 and 22 points, respectively, but Dartmouth scored with 1.7 seconds left to get past the Greyhounds with a 64-63 non-conference decision at Leede Arena on Tuesday night.
  • Champion, who was playing his first game of the year after missing five with an injury, erupted for 26 points while making 12 of 15 shots from the field to lead a Greyhounds’ lineup hampered by injuries to three starters. Gregory, meanwhile, logged his second-straight double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, eclipsing his career-high of 21 points set last season at Lafayette.
  • Gregory gave the Greyhounds a 63-62 lead on two free throws with 50.4 seconds left, and the Greyhounds forced a missed 3-pointer on Dartmouth’s ensuing possession. The Big Green fouled Champion with 19.3 on the clock, but the front-end of one-and-one rimmed out, and Dartmouth grabbed the rebound for one more opportunity. Loyola defended the Big Green’s half-court offense, but Brendan Barry’s driving layup went in with 1.7 seconds remaining to push Dartmouth up a point. Gregory’s 60-foot shot at the buzzer hit the front of the rim, sealing the Big Green’s victory.

Champion Debuts

  • Chuck Champion missed the first five games of the 2017-2018 season before debuting Tuesday night 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 was playing his best at the end of his freshman campaign as the 26 points eclipsed his previous high of 18 set in the CBI Quarterfinals at Coastal Carolina. He also had four rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Big Green.

Crashing And Scoring

  • Cam Gregory has been dominant on the offensive glass this season for the Greyhounds, moving up to No. 7 in NCAA Division I with 4.2 offensive rebounds per game. Overall, he is nearly averaging a double-double with 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, and he tops the team with a 59.1 and 77.8 percent marks from the field free-throw lines, respectively.
  • Gregory logged his second-straight double-double, and third of the year, on Tuesday night, scoring a career-best 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. Eight of his rebounds came on the offensive boards, and he logged a career-best three blocked shots, too. Ten of his points came off of his own offensive rebounds.

Flipping The Script

  • In the first three games of the season, Loyola was being outscored, 238-199, in the first halves of games as they were shooting just 28.1 percent from the field to opponents’ 48.8.
  • The Greyhounds have turned those numbers around, however, in their last three games. In those outings, Loyola is outscoring foes, 235-192, while shooting 52.9 percent to opponents’ 35.1.
  • In the last two games, Loyola has shot 55.2 percent at Dartmouth and 53.6 at UMass Lowell.

Top-10 Territory

  • Cam Gregory moved into Loyola career top-10 in rebounds on Tuesday night, grabbing 11 to boost his total to 678 and passing Erik Etherly’s 667 during the 2010-13 seasons.
  • Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.1).

Record Book Entries

  • Loyola set a school record for rebounds in a game on November 21, 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.

D From Three

  • Through six games this season, Loyola has held opponents to 41 of 135 (30.4 percent) from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks 74th among NCAA Division I teams and tops in the Patriot League.

Kostecka Keys

  • Andrew Kostecka scored six of Loyola’s first eight points against Northwestern, 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 third on the team with 13.2 points per game. Defensively, Kostecka leads the team with 2.0 steals per game.

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.

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 1,296 points, Walker currently sits 17th 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 324. His 151 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 10th all-time at Loyola with 678 rebounds and is one of two active Patriot League players with 600 or more (Nana Foulland, Bucknell).

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



Gene Gwiazdowski




Bob Reilly




Morris Cannon




Andre Walker


Career Rebounds



B.J. Pendleton




Bernard Allen




Cam Gregory


Career 3-Pointers Made



Brett Harvey




Kevin Green




Andre Walker


Career Free-Throws Made



Shane James




Andre Walker


Career Steals



Kevin Green




Mike Powell




Andre Walker


Career Field-Goal Percentage



Cam Gregory




Mike Krawczyk







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