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Men's Basketball Wraps Up Road Trip Wednesday At Florida State

Dec. 5, 2017

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Opponent Florida State Seminoles
Date Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Tallahassee, Fla. | Donald Tucker Civic Center
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball wraps up a four-game road swing on Wednesday, December 6, when it travels to Tallahassee, Florida.
  • The Greyhounds will face Florida State University in a 7 p.m. game at the Donald Tucker Civic Center.
  • Isaiah Hart’s 26 points on Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s are the most by a Loyola freshman since Jamal Hunter tallied 27 in a March 1998 game at Iona College.
  • Five Loyola players – Andre Walker, Cam Gregory, Andrew Kostecka, Chuck Champion and Isaiah Hart – have scored 20 or more points in a game this year.
  • Chuck Champion and Cam Gregory scored 26 and 22 points at Dartmouth, 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, 160-121, in the first half of its last four games after being outscored, 112-70, in the season’s first three outings.
  • Cam Gregory is 10th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (4.0). He is second overall in Patriot League rebounding (9.3).

Series History Versus Florida State

  • Loyola and Florida State will meet for the second time in series history when the teams take the court on Wednesday night. The Seminoles hosted the Greyhounds and posted an 89-72 victory on November 17, 1997, that year’s season-opener.
  • Four Loyola players scored 13 or more points – Jason Rowe (24), Mike Powell (19), Jamal Hunter (14) and Roderick Platt (13) – but the Greyhounds had only two other points. Randell Jackson finished with 25 points for the Seminoles, while Terell Baker and Ron Hale had 15 each.
  • Rowe made 14 free throws in the game for Loyola, a mark that is tied for eighth-most in Greyhounds’ single-game history.

Last Time Out

  • Isaiah Hart scored a career-high 26 points in his seventh collegiate game, but Mount St. Mary’s made nine free throws in overtime to secure an 80-75 victory on Saturday afternoon.
  • Hart made 11 of 19 shots from the field and also had a team-high four assists for the Greyhounds. Cam Gregory scored 19 points and had a team-high eight rebounds, while James Fives and Chuck Champion each scored 11.
  • Champion forced overtime with a twisting layup 12.1 seconds before the end of the second half, knotting the game at 69-69. Loyola got a defensive stop on Mount St. Mary’s final possession, and the action moved to overtime.
  • Fives grabbed an offensive rebound and scored in the paint to open scoring in the extra period, and after the Mountaineers missed a 3-pointer, Champion converted a pair of free throws to put Loyola up four, its largest lead of the game. Mount St. Mary’s, however, scored the next five points on Junior Robinson free throws before Champion scored off a drive with 1:24 left, putting Loyola back up one, 75-74.
  • Robinson, who had 39 points for The Mount, made another two free throws with 59.1 seconds left, and Donald Carey tallied the Mountaineers’ lone field goal of overtime to push the lead to three with 41 seconds on the clock.
  • Both teams came up empty on their next possessions, and Loyola called a timeout with possession under 10 seconds to go. A 3-pointer rattled out off the in-bounds play, and Mount St. Mary’s grabbed the rebound. Robinson made a pair of free throws to seal the win.

5x20

  • Five Loyola players have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Through an poll of NCAA Division I teams, only Iona College has duplicated that mark.
  • Andrew Kostecka tallied 22 in the season-opener at Northwestern, and Andre Walker had 27 (the most by a Greyhounds player this year) against Fairfield. Cam Gregory scored a career-best 22 at Dartmouth, a game in which Chuck Champion put up 26. Isaiah Hart is the most-recent member of the 20-plus club, scoring 26 on Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s.

Hart Heats Up

  • Isaiah Hart made 7 of 12 second-half shots Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s and tallied 16 of his team-high 26 points after the break.
  • Hart’s 26 points are the most by a Loyola freshman since Jamal Hunter scored 27 points in a March 1, 1998, game at Iona College.

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. 10 in NCAA Division I with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game. Overall, he is nearly averaging a double-double with 16.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, and he tops the team with a 58.7 and 78.9 percent marks from the field free-throw lines, respectively.
  • Gregory logged his second-straight double-double, and third of the year, last Tuesday night, scoring a career-best 22 points to go with 11 rebounds at Dartmouth. 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, 112-70, 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 four games. In those outings, Loyola is outscoring foes, 160-121, while shooting 53.6 percent to opponents’ 36.4.
  • In the last three games, Loyola has shot 55.2 percent at Dartmouth, 53.6 at UMass Lowell and 56.5 at Mount St. Mary’s in the first halves.

Top-10 Territory

  • Cam Gregory moved into Loyola career top-10 in rebounds at Dartmouth, grabbing 11 to pass Erik Etherly’s 667 during the 2010-13 seasons.  Gregory now has 686 rebounds in his career. With five more boards, he’ll pass Bernard Allen (2001-05) for ninth in school history.
  • 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 seven games this season, Loyola has held opponents to 52 of 172 (32.1 percent) from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks 112th among NCAA Division I teams and second 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.

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.
  • 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 686 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.

Hall Of Fame Material

  • Loyola announced its Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018, and former men’s basketball standout Mike Powell ’98 is among the honorees. He currently ranks 8th in program history with 1,580 points, and his 23.1 points per game average in 1997-98 is third all-time.

Chart Climbing

Andre Walker and am Gregory are both moving up various Loyola career record lists:

Career Points

14.

1,331

Gene Gwiazdowski

1970-74

15.

1,314

Bob Reilly

1974-78

16.

1,310

Morris Cannon

1972-76

17.

1,296

Andre Walker

2013-p


Career Rebounds

8.

708

B.J. Pendleton

1991-95

9.

690

Bernard Allen

2001-05

10.

686

Cam Gregory

2014-p


Career 3-Pointers Made

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

6.

162

Kevin Green

1988-92

7.

159

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.

151

Andre Walker

2014-p


Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5810

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Retiz Arena for the first time this month on Saturday, December 9, to face Binghamton University in a 4 p.m. game. The contest is the second part of an Alumni Day doubleheader with the Loyola women hosting Towson starting at 1 p.m.


 

 

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