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Men's Hoops Hosts Binghamton Saturday On Alumni Day

Dec. 8, 2017

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Opponent Binghamton Bearcats
Date Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Alumni Day
  • Loyola men's and women's basketball welcome back their alumni on Saturday for a doubleheader that pits the Greyhounds women against Towson at 1 p.m., followed by the men taking on Binghamton at 4 p.m. Alumni Day details and registration can be found by clicking here.

Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • The Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team returns to Reitz Arena on Saturday, December 9, after a four-game road swing to face Binghamton University.
  • Loyola men’s and women’s basketball will celebrate Alumni Day with a doubleheader. The women’s team plays Towson University at 1 p.m., while the men hit the court at 4 p.m. The games will air live on the Patriot League Network.
  • Isaiah Hart’s 26 points on December 2 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.
  • 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 (9.1).

Series History Versus Binghamton

  • Loyola and Binghamton will play for the fourth time in series history on Saturday afternoon, the first two times coming during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons when Loyola won both contests of a two-game series. Saturday is the second tilt of a four-game series between the programs.
  • Last year, Loyola trailed by 16 points with less than 10 minutes to go in regulation, but the Greyhounds’ defense found its stride late, and Loyola overcame Binghamton to a 90-85 overtime victory on December 10, 2016, in Vestal, N.Y.
  • The Bearcats led by nine, 42-33, at halftime after making 16 of 22 shots in the first half (72.7 percent), but Loyola cut that deficit to 53-46 on a Jarred Jones jumper with 13:12 left in regulation. Binghamton, however, scored 11 of the next 13 points and led 64-48 after two Willie Rodriguez free throws with 9:12 to play.
  • From that point until the end of regulation, Loyola held Binghamton to 5 of 11 from the floor and 3 of 6 from the foul line. The Greyhounds, meanwhile went 9 of 14 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Helping matters, Loyola outrebounded Binghamton 9-4 in the final nine minutes of the second half.
  • Andre Walker made a three on Loyola’s offensive end to make it a one-possession game, 76-73, with 1:43 on the clock. Rodriguez misfired on an inside look for the Bearcats, and Barnard came away with the rebound. Kostecka was fouled, and he hit two free throws, bring Loyola within a point, 76-75 with 69 ticks left. Binghamton’s J.C. Show drew a foul, but he missed the back-end of two at the line, and the Bearcats were up 77-75 with 44.5 seconds on the clock.
  • Walker drove and was fouled with 19.3 ticks showing, and he buried both free throws, tying the game at 77-77. The Bearcats brought the ball over the timeline and called a timeout with 14.3 seconds left. Show drove into the paint and stepped back for a 10-foot jumper, but Jones swatted his shot, and the game headed to overtime.
  • Barnard gave the Greyhounds their first lead since 10:56 in the first half with a layup 1:30 into overtime, pushing Loyola up 79-77. Thomas Bruce was fouled on Binghamton’s end of the floor and made one of two at the line, getting the Bearcats within a point. On Loyola’s next possession, the Greyhounds missed three shots but got as many offensive rebounds, and Jones stuck a layup with 2:00 on the clock, to spread the margin to three.
  • Jones led all players with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Walker scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half and overtime. Kostecka finished with 12 points and a career-high nine rebounds, and Barnard and James Fives both scored 11.

Last Time Out

  • Chuck Champion and Isaiah Hart each scored 15 points for Loyola on Wednesday night, but Florida State knocked down 11 3-pointers to the Greyhounds’ three, and the Seminoles secured a 96-71 win.
  • The Seminoles, fresh off a win over fifth-ranked University of Florida earlier in the week, built an 11-point lead less than five minutes in, but layups by Brent Holcombe and Hart cut the Loyola deficit to seven, 17-10, with 14:13 left in the first half. M.J. Walker, however, made one of his four 3-pointers at 13:35 for the Seminoles, starting a 12-2 run.
  • Florida State’s advantage in the first half ballooned to 20 twice in the first half, but Loyola got within 15, 46-31, on an Ian Langendoerfer jumper with less than 30 ticks to go before halftime. Langendoerfer scored a career-high 10 points and also had five rebounds.
  • Braian Angola scored five of the second half’s first eight points, and his dunk at 18:39 made it 53-32 Florida State. The Greyhounds, however, reeled off nine-straight points on layups by Hart and Champion and a three and a two from Langendoerfer.
  • Langendoerfer’s basket 3:57 into the half got the Greyhounds within a dozen, 53-41, but they would not be able to pull closer for the remainder of the game.
  • Cam Gregory added nine points and a game-high eight rebounds for Loyola, while Andre Walker and Luke Johnson added eight points each. River Reed made his collegiate debut and scored four points to go with five rebounds.

5x20

  • Five Loyola players have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Through a poll, only Iona and Buffalo have 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 December 2 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.
  • He followed that performance with a 15-point average at Florida State to give him a 20.5 points per game mark over the last two.

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.  At Florida State, Gregory had eight boards to move into ninth place with 694, passing Bernard Allen (2001-05).
  • Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.2).

River Hits The Court

  • River Reed missed the first seven games of the year after an illness, but he made his collegiate debut Wednesday at Florida State. The freshman from San Antonio played 17 minutes and had four points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal. He grabbed four of his boards in 12 second-half minutes.

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 3.9 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 five games. In those outings, Loyola is outscoring foes, 191-167, while shooting 50.3 percent to opponents’ 39.9.

Scrambled Starters

  • In eight games this year, Loyola has used five different starting lineups, due primarily to starters missing time because of injuries. Greyhounds players have missed a combined 31 games because of injury through December 6.

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 was the second largest in school history. Loyola defeated Gallaudet, 82-27, in February 1947 for the biggest spread.
  • Loyola’s 24 assists were tied for sixth-most and the most since it had 25 against Canisius on January 5, 2000.

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.
  • At Florida State, he became the 17th player in school history to score 1,300 or more points. With 1,304 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 325. His 153 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 ninth all-time at Loyola with 694 rebounds and is one of two active Patriot League players with 600 or more (Nana Foulland, Bucknell).

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.

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 hoorees. 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

Career Points

14.

1,331

Gene Gwiazdowski

1970-74

15.

1,314

Bob Reilly

1974-78

16.

1,310

Morris Cannon

1972-76

17.

1,304

Andre Walker

2013-p

Career Rebounds

7.

745

Roderick Platt

1995-99

8.

708

B.J. Pendleton

1991-95

9.

694

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

6.

162

Kevin Green

1988-92

7.

160

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

9.

345

Shane James

2003-07

10.

330

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

5.

159

Kevin Green

1988-92

6.

154

Mike Powell

1995-98

7.

153

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5820

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

Up Next

  • Loyola will take a 12-day break for final exams before returning to Reitz Arena for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday, December 21, against Drexel University.

 

 

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