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Patriot League Play Opens Friday Night In Reitz Arena For Men's Hoops

Andrew Kostecka has six blocked shots and four steals in the last two games.
Dec. 26, 2017

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Opponent Navy Midshipmen
Date Friday, December 29, 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 officially opens its fifth season in the Patriot League on Friday, December 29, 2017, when it plays its first conference game of the season.
  • The Greyhounds kick off their 18-game league slate with a 7 p.m. contest against the U.S. Naval Academy in Reitz Arena.
  • Cam Gregory is 10th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.8). He also leads the Patriot League and is 18th nationally in overall rebounding (10.1).
  • 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. Champion has two games of 21-plus.
  • Champion has tallied 11 or more points in all six games he has played this year.
  • Isaiah Hart’s 26 points on December 2 at Mount St. Mary’s were the most by a Loyola freshman since Jamal Hunter tallied 27 in a March 1998 game at Iona College.
  • Hart is averaging 15.2 points over the Greyhounds last five games and 11.5 since joining the starting lineup eight games ago.
  • Gregory’s 16 boards on Dec. 21 against Drexel were a career-high and rank eighth in school single-game history.

Series History Versus Navy

  • With campuses located 26 miles apart (as the crow flies), Loyola and Navy will meet for the 32nd time on the hardwood when the teams play Friday night.
  • The Midshipmen lead the series 25-6 after sweeping the season series in each of the last three years. Loyola won the two meetings between the teams in 2013-2014, the Greyhounds’ first year in the Patriot League, but Navy has taken the six decisions since.
  • In last year’s first meeting, Navy jumped out to a nine-point lead in the game’s first eight minutes, and the Midshipmen held off every Loyola run for a 75-62 win on Jan. 11 in Baltimore.
  • When the teams played February 8, 2017, in Annapolis, Maryland, Navy made just one field goal in the game’s final nine minutes, but the Midshipmen held off a Loyola comeback attempt for a 62-59 win.
  • Tim Abruzzo put Navy up by 17, 51-34, on a layup with 9 minutes, 41 seconds left in regulation, but that was the last field goal the Midshipmen would make until Hassan Abdullah scored with 1:29 on the clock.
  • During the stretch, Navy made 9-of-16 free throws, but Loyola (13-11, 7-6) rallied to get within two points late. The Greyhounds outscored the Midshipmen 23-8 over a run that covered more than eight minutes. Andre Walker grabbed a rebound off his own miss, scored and made a free throw after being fouled with 37.7 on the clock to trim Navy’s lead to 59-57.
  • Bryce Dulin made two free throws with 30.2 on the clock to push the Midshipmen back up by four, but Walker was fouled on a drive and made both of his foul shots with 25.6 left to make it a two-point game once again.
  • Abdullah was fouled with 21.1 remaining, and he converted the first of two at the line to make it a three-point Navy lead. Loyola got the rebound after he missed the second, but a Walker three was offline with 11 ticks left.
  • The Greyhounds regained possession when the rebound went out of bounds, but 3-point attempts by Walker and Chuck Champion did not fall, and Navy clinched the win.
  • Jarred Jones tallied a game-high 20 points to lead Loyola before fouling out with just over three minutes left. Cam Gregory added 15, and Walker scored 12 for the Greyhounds.
  • Four Navy players scored in double-figures, led by 12 each from Tim Abruzzo and Edward Alade. Dulin tallied 11, and Abdullah scored 10.

Last Time Out

  • An Isaiah Hart steal led to a Chuck Champion fast-break layup with 4:53 left in regulation, pushing Loyola into a 65-64 lead Saturday afternoon over Memphis, but the host Tigers reeled off the next seven points and pulled away for an 83-71 win.
  • Champion’s basket gave the Greyhounds their first lead since Hart scored 57 ticks into the second half to break a 35-35 halftime tie, but Malik Rhodes II immediately scored in transition, drew a foul and converted a free throw for a 3-point play to put the Tigers in front for good.
  • Two Andrew Kostecka free throws with 3:21 on the clock, made it a four-point game, 71-67, but Memphis scored five in a row after that.
  • Champion led a balanced Loyola scoring effort with 16 points, 11 coming before halftime as Loyola led by as many as 12.
  • A KaVaughn Scott layup at 11:07 in the first half gave the Greyhounds (2-8) their first double-digit lead of the game, 20-9, but Jeremiah Martin tallied three of his game-high 26 points on the Tigers’ ensuing possession. Champion later knocked down one of his three 3-pointers at 9:05, pushing the Loyola advantage to 12, 25-13, before Jamal Johnson answered with a three for the Tigers.
  • Johnson’s basket sparked a 16-3 Memphis run that saw Martin hit a three at 4:09 to put the Tigers in front for the first time in the game. Andre Walker, who had a game-high six assists, scored on Loyola’s next possession, but the lead see-sawed back to Memphis’ favor at 3:30 when Kyvon Davenport made two free throws.
  • Champion hit a three at 2:18 for a 33-31 Loyola lead, but David Nickelberry evened things with a jumper in the lane. Walker and Davenport traded baskets for the teams, and they went into the half tied.
  • Memphis led by as many as eight in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Cam Gregory grabbed an offensive rebound and scored at 9:51, pulling Loyola within a pair, 56-54.

Returning To Health

  • Loyola’s December 21 game saw the Greyhounds have its most healthy and active players of the season with just one (Chancellor Barnard) missing due to an injury. Andrew Kostecka (four games) and James Fives (one) both returned to action against the Dragons.
  • The Greyhounds used the same starting lineup from its previous game for the first time since November 28. Loyola has used six different starting lineups this year, and Greyhounds players have missed a combined 37 games because of injury through December 23.

Double-Double Average

  • Cam Gregory’s 12-point, 13-rebound performance at Memphis on December 23 moved his season averages to 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, making him one of 18 players in NCAA Division I (through games of Dec. 25) to average a double-double this year.
  • Gregory has four double-doubles this year, and he leads the Patriot League in both rebounds (10.1) and offensive rebounds (3.8) per game.


  • 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. Champion then scored 21 against Drexel.

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 were 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, 13 against Binghamton and 10 versus Drexel despite foul trouble. Over the last five games, Hart has averaged 15.4 points over Loyola’s last three games, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.5 points.

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.  Versus Drexel, Gregory’s career-high 16 rebounds moved him past B.J. Pendleton (1991-95) into eight on the school’s career list. With 732 career boards, he is closing in on Roderick Platt (745, 1995-99), Ed Butler (747, 1969-73) and Jimmy Smith (749, 1972-76) for seventh, sixth and fifth, respectively.
  • Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.6).

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 six games he’s played this year and tops the team with an 17.7 points per game mark.

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 3.82 offensive rebounds per game. Overall, he is averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, and he tops the team with a 61.2 and 77.1 percent marks from the field free-throw lines, respectively.
  • Gregory pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds, 13 coming on the defensive glass, against Drexel. His 16 boards are tied for eighth in school single-game history and are the most since Erik Etherly had 15 in a 2011 game at George Washington.

Kostecka Keys Defense

  • Since returning from a four-game absence due to injury on December 21, Andrew Kostecka has led Loyola’s defense with a combined six blocked shots and five steals. This season, the sophomore guard has 15 steals, a total that would rank tied for fifth in the Patriot League, despite the fact he has played only seven games.

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 seven games. In those outings, Loyola is outscoring foes, 286-272, while shooting 49.1 percent to opponents’ 42.3.
  • During a five-game stretch from November 28-December 9 (UMass Lowell through Binghamton), Loyola’s second-half defense was yielding a 56.6 percent mark from the field, but the Greyhounds held Drexel to just 26.3 percent after the break on December 21.

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 then entered the starting lineup for the first time against Binghamton, tallying seven points and two assists in 26 minutes. Reed followed that performance with nine points, three blocks and two steals against Drexel.

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 1,328 points, Walker is 15th in school 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 340. His 157 steals rank sixth all-time.

Chart Climbing

Career Points



Bob Connor




Joel Hittelman




Gene Gwiazdowski




Andre Walker


Career Rebounds



Ed Butler




Roderick Platt




Cam Gregory


Career 3-Pointers Made



Brett Harvey




Kevin Green




Andre Walker


Career Free-Throws Made



Shane James




Andre Walker


Career Steals



Damien Jenifer




Kevin Green




Andre Walker


Career Field-Goal Percentage



Cam Gregory




Mike Krawczyk


Up Next

  • Loyola plays its first Patriot League road game of the season on Tuesday, January 2, when it travels to the U.S. Military Academy for a 7 p.m. contest.
  • The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Friday, January 5, to face Boston University in a 7 p.m. game.






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