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Drexel, Men's Hoops Meet In Thursday Night In Reitz Arena

Luke Johnson
Dec. 19, 2017

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Opponent Drexel Dragons
Date Thursday, December 21, 2017
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball returns to action on Thursday, December 21, 2017, after a 12-day layoff for fall-semester final exams.
  • The Greyhounds play their penultimate non-conference game of the season at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena when they host Drexel University.
  • 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.
  • Hart is averaging 18.0 points over the Greyhounds last three games and 11.6 since joining the starting lineup six games ago.
  • 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.
  • Cam Gregory is 13th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.7). He also leads the Patriot League in overall rebounding (9.1).
  • Loyola had its best shooting second-half of the season in its last game, December 9 against Binghamton. The Greyhounds knocked down 18 of 34 shots (52.9 percent) after the break. Hart and Champion combined to go 11 of 20 for 24 points.

Turn On The Television

  • Thursday’s game will air on national television via Stadium, a broadcast and streaming partner of the Patriot League Network.
  • Fans can check their local listings or LoyolaGreyhounds.com for stations in their area.

Series History Versus Drexel

  • Loyola and Drexel will meet for the tenth time in series history and first since November 2010 when the teams take the floor on Thursday. The contest is the first of a two-game series between the schools.
  • The Dragons scored a 75-72 victory on November 10, 2010, in the return game from the former Bracketbuster event in Reitz Arena. Drexel’s win was its third-straight in the series.
  • Chris Fouch came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points, including seven free throws over the final 70 seconds, and the Dragons never trailed as Drexel held on to record a season-opening 75-72 non-conference victory in the 2010 game.
  • The Dragons scored the game’s first eight points and held a 30-12 lead 11 minutes into the contest before the Greyhounds began climbing back into the contest. Loyola could only get as close as two, coming after a banked-in three-pointer by senior guard Brian Rudolph with 3.1 seconds remaining. Following Fouch’s only missed free throw of the game with 1.9 ticks left, Rudolph’s game-tying attempt from the Drexel free-throw line fell harmlessly as the final horn sounded.
  • The Greyhounds were led by 21 points by Jamal Barney and 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds by Robert Olson. J’hared Hall added 12 points off the bench.
  • For Drexel, Fouch added eight rebounds to his game-high point total and Samme Givens recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • Loyola and Drexel met each season from 1981-1985 before not meeting again until 2007. The programs first met on February 23, 1981, a 58-51 victory in Philadelphia.

Last Time Out

  • Binghamton used a 19-5 first-half run to build a double-digit lead, the Bearcats defeated host Loyola, 77-64, in non-conference action December 9 in Reitz Arena.
  • Isaiah Hart gave Loyola a 10-9 lead with a basket in the paint 5:56 into the contest, and after a J.C. Show 3-point put Binghamton up by a pair on the next possession, Chuck Champion scored on a pull-up jumper at 13:13, tying the game at 12-12.
  • Tyler Steward tallied baskets on two of the Bearcats’ next three possessions, sparking the run and giving them a lead they would not relinquish.
  • Andre Walker converted a steal into a transition layup for the Greyhounds at 9:12, drawing Loyola within five, 20-15, but Thomas Bruce and Bobby Ahern scored the next two baskets for Binghamton to stretch the advantage back to nine.
  • River Reed made a jumper at the elbow off a Champion assist at 7:50, cutting the deficit back to seven, but Binghamton reeled off the next seven points to lead 31-17 on another three by Show.
  • Show finished with 17 points, and Willie Rodriguez made 9 of 13 shots and had a game-best 22 points for the Bearcats.
  • Champion tallied 17 for Loyola, while Hart contributed 13. Gregory and Walker each had 10, and Gregory paced the Greyhounds with nine rebounds. Reed added seven points in the first start of his career. Champion and Matt Staubi tied for team-high honors with four assists each.

5x20

  • Five Loyola players have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
  • 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 game at Florida State and 13 against Binghamton. Over the last three games, Hart has averaged 18 points over Loyola’s last three games, and since joining the starting lineup on November 17 against Towson, he has averaged 11.4 points.
  • In the last three games, Hart has shot  54.8 percent from the floor.

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, passing Bernard Allen (2001-05). With 703 total, he is one of nine players in Loyola history to surpass the 700-rebound mark.
  • 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 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.
  • He then entered the starting lineup for the first time against Binghamton, tallying seven points and two assists in 26 minutes.

Champion Debuts

  • Chuck Champion missed the first five games of the 2017-2018 season before debuting 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.
  • Champion has scored 11 or more points in all four games he’s played this year and tops the team with a 17.3 points per game mark, making 52.6 percent of his shots.

Crashing And Scoring

  • Cam Gregory has been dominant on the offensive glass this season for the Greyhounds, moving up to No. 13 in NCAA Division I with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game. Overall, he is nearly averaging a double-double with 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, and he tops the team with a 59.8 and 75.0 percent marks from the field free-throw lines, respectively.
  • Gregory logged his second-straight double-double, and third of the year, 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, 212-203, while shooting 49.1 percent to opponents’ 42.5.

Scrambled Starters

  • In nine 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 34 games because of injury through December 9. Loyola has used a different starting five in each of the last five games.

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 1,314 points, Walker currently is tied for 15th in Loyola history with Bob Reilly (1974-78). 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 327. His 157 steals rank sixth 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 703 rebounds and is one of two active Patriot League players with 700 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.

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

Career Points

13.

1,360

Joel Hittelman

1951-54

14.

1,331

Gene Gwiazdowski

1970-74

T-15.

1,314

Bob Reilly

1974-78

T-15.

1,314

Andre Walker

2013-p

Career Rebounds

7.

745

Roderick Platt

1995-99

8.

708

B.J. Pendleton

1991-95

9.

703

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

T-6.

162

Kevin Green

1988-92

T-6.

162

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

9.

345

Shane James

2003-07

10.

332

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

4.

169

Damien Jenifer

1998-02

5.

159

Kevin Green

1988-q02

7.

157

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5829

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

Up Next

  • Loyola makes a quick turnaround for its final non-conference game of the 2017-2018 regular-season. The Greyhounds travel to the Volunteer State for an 11 a.m. (CST) game at the University of Memphis.
  • Greyhounds’ head coach G.G. Smith will face his father, Tubby, on the sidelines against the Tigers. The two squared off in the 2014-2015 season-opener when the elder Smith was at Texas Tech University.
  • Loyola then opens its fifth season in the Patriot League on Friday, December 29, with a 7 p.m. home game against the U.S. Naval Academy.


 

 

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