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New Year Starts Tuesday At Army West Point For Men's Basketball

Brent Holcombe
Dec. 31, 2017

Game Information
Opponent Army West Point Black Knights
Date Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball travels to West Point, New York, for its first Patriot League road game on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
  • The Greyhounds will take on the U.S. Military Academy in a 7 p.m. game on the Patriot League Network.
  • Loyola shot 60 percent from the field (27-45) against Navy in its Patriot League opener. It was the Greyhounds’ best percentage since shooting 60.4 percent in 2013 against Marist.
  • Cam Gregory is 14th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.7). He also leads the Patriot League and is 29th nationally in overall rebounding (9.6).
  • 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 seven 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 1998 game at Iona College.
  • Hart is averaging 15.3 points over the Greyhounds last six games and 12.1 since joining the starting lineup nine games ago.

Series History Versus Army West Point

  • Loyola and Army West Point will meet for the tenth time on the basketball hardwood when the teams take the floor Tuesday. The Black Knights won both games during the Greyhounds’ first Patriot League season, but the teams have split the season series each of the last three years. Army West Point hold a 5-4 all-time mark in the series.
  • Last year, each team won on its home court with the Black Knights winning 66-57 in West Point on January 8, 2017, before Loyola posted a 78-63 win on February 4, 2017, in Baltimore.
  • Andre Walker scored a game-high 25 points, while Jarred Jones and Cam Gregory each had double-doubles for Loyola in the February victory.
  • Five Loyola  players scored eight or more points as the Greyhounds won their fourth-straight. Jones finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Gregory had 14 and 10 to go with four steals.
  • The Greyhounds went up by nine, 31-22, with just over two-minutes left in the first half on one of Walker’s five 3-pointers, but the Black Knights got back within six when Tommy Funk made a three from the corner off a Jordan Fox drive-and-kick.
  • Walker, however, released a fading three with under a second left, and the shot banked in to put Loyola in front, 34-25, at halftime. He finished with 18 points at the break.
  • Loyola stretched the lead to 11 on the first possession of the second half, but Army West Point made it a six-point game, 40-34, on a Matt Wilson layup with 15:59 on the clock. A James Fives pull-up jumper for Loyola 25 seconds later started a 21-5 run that would give the Greyhounds a double-digit cushion for the rest of the game.
  • In 2014-15 and 2015-16, Loyola and Army won on the other team’s home courts while splitting the season series.

Last Time Out

  • Andre Walker scored seven-straight Loyola points during a 14-5 Greyhounds run to close the game, and Loyola defeated visiting Navy, 72-63, Friday night in the teams’ Patriot League opener.
  • Navy tied the score at 58-58 on a driving layup by Shawn Anderson, but he was whistled for a taunting technical foul after the basket. Andre Walker, who led all players with 18 points for the Greyhounds, hit both technical-foul free throws, and while Anderson converted a free throw for a 3-point play, the series sparked the Greyhounds in the final minutes.
  • Walker’s free throws on the technical foul were his first of seven-straight points he scored for Loyola (3-9, 1-0). He scored in the paint and was fouled, making the free throw at 3:03 before he converted again in the lane with 2:09 on the clock.
  • After a Navy 3-point attempt went short with just under two to play, Walker broke down the defense at the top of the perimeter and slipped a pass to Sam Norton on the baseline for a basket underneath to stretch the Greyhounds’ lead to 67-61 with 1:34 on the clock. Norton tallied a career-high nine points and matched his career-best with a team-high five rebounds.
  • Hasan Abdullah made two free throws for the Midshipmen with 78 seconds left, making it a four-point game, but Isaiah Hart hit the back-end of two free throws with 51 ticks left for Loyola.
  • The Greyhounds forced a missed three on Navy’s offensive trip, and Walker hit a pair of free throws with just over 31 seconds left, stretching the advantage to seven. Cam Gregory sealed the game with a dunk in the final seconds for Loyola.
  • Loyola shot 60 percent from the field in the game, its best field-goal percentage since it shot 60.4 percent in a January 17, 2013 win over Marist College. The Greyhounds made 14 of 22 shots (63.6 percent) in the second half after going into the locker room knotted at 31-31.
  • The win was Loyola’s first against Navy since winning twice in 2013-14.

Slick Shooting

  • Loyola made 24 of 47 shots from the field against Navy, checking in with a 60 percent mark. The field-goal percentage was the Greyhounds best since making 60.4 percent of their shots in a January 2013 win over Marist College.
  • The Greyhounds’ 47 shots were their fewest in a game this year, and they limited Navy to 21 rebounds in the contest. The Midshipmen came into the game averaging 35.5 boards per game while holding opponents to 43.9 percent from the floor.

Down The Stretch

  • Andre Walker scored 12 of his 18 points after halftime, including seven-straight Loyola points over a late two-minute stretch, to lead scorers against Navy. It marked the first time since November 14 at Fairfield – and his return from an injury that saw him miss two-plus games – that he led the team in scorers.
  • Walker made all five of his free throws in the last 4:08 of the game, and he hit has last three field goals.
  • In the final 4:08, Loyola held Navy to just one field goal, outscoring the Midshipmen 14-5. The Greyhounds also did not allow Navy to grab a rebound during that run.

Norton Big Off Bench

  • Sam Norton scored a career-high nine points, and he matched his previous best with five rebounds, in the win over Navy. Norton, a junior walk-on, saw 19 minutes of action, his most since a wrist injury on November 28 forced him to miss four games. He made all three of his field goals and all three free throws he attempted against the Navy, scoring all of his points in the game’s final 17 minutes.

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.
  • 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 39 games because of injury through December 29.

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. 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 15.3 points over Loyola’s last six games, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 12.1 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 736 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 seven games he’s played this year, and he has posted 15 or more in each of Loyola’s last five contests to lead the Greyhounds with 17.6 points per game.

Crashing And Scoring

  • Cam Gregory has been dominant on the offensive glass this season for the Greyhounds, moving up to No. 14 in NCAA Division I with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. Overall, he is nearly averaging a double-double with 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, and he tops the team with a 61.5 and 77.1 percent marks from the field and the free-throw line, 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.

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 nine games. In those outings, Loyola is outscoring foes, 317-303, while shooting 49.8 percent to opponents’ 43.5.

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 1,346 points, Walker is 14th 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 343. His 158 steals rank sixth all-time.

Chart Climbing

Career Points

11.

1,457

B.J. Pendleton

1991-95

12.

1,431

Bob Connor

1967-71

13.

1,360

Joel Hittelman

1951-54

14.

1,322

Andre Walker

2013-p

Career Rebounds

6.

747

Ed Butler

1969-73

7.

745

Roderick Platt

1995-99

8.

736

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.

340

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

4.

169

Damien Jenifer

1998-02

5.

159

Kevin Green

1988-q02

6.

158

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5865

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72


Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena to host Boston University on Friday, January 5, at 7 p.m.

 

 

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