Men's Basketball Heads To The Nation's Capital For Thursday Night Game

Cam Gregory is fourth all-time at Loyola in rebounds.
Jan. 9, 2018

Game Information
Opponent American Eagles
Date Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's basketball remains on the road for its next game, a Thursday, January 11 contest at American University
  • The Greyhounds will take on the Eagles in a 7 p.m. tipoff on the Patriot League Network.
  • Andre Walker matched his season-high with 27 points against Boston University on Friday and is averaging 19.0points in four Patriot League games this year.
  • Cam Gregory is 18th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.5). He also is second in the league and 41st nationally in overall rebounding (9.1).
  • Chuck Champion has tallied 11 or more points in all but one of the 10 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 14.0 points over the Greyhounds last nine games and 11.8 since joining the starting lineup 12 games ago.
  • 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.

Series History Versus American

  • American is Loyola's most-played Patriot League opponent, as Thursday's game will be the 93rd all-time installment in the series. The programs have even split the games, each winning 46 times.
  • The Eagles, who are Loyola's seventh most-played opponent in program history, and Greyhounds were former Mason-Dixon Conference opponents prior to each joining NCAA Division I.
  • The teams have split the two meetings they have had in each of the Greyhounds' four prior seasons in the Patriot League, and Loyola picked up a 68-66 win over the Eagles on Dec. 30, 2016 in Washington, D.C., to open Patriot League action, but American won the regular-season finale, 64-62, in Baltimore.
  • Charlie Jones hit a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter for American with 2.6 seconds left in regulation to push the Eagles to the win in that game.
  • American took its first lead of the season half on a Matt Cimino three with 5:16 left in regulation, putting the Eagles ahead, 50-49. From that point until the end of the game, the lead changed hands 10 times.
  • Mark Gasperini put American ahead 57-53 with two free throws at 2:23, but Jarred Jones came back with a reverse layup 50 seconds later, and the Greyhounds were within two. Loyola set up a press and forced an Eagles turnover under the Greyhounds' basket.
  • Jones drove and kicked to Chuck Champion on the right wing, and the freshman drained a three with 1:10 on the clock, pushing Loyola up, 58-57. Sa'eed Nelson, however, was fouled on American's offensive end, and he converted both free throws to swing the lead back to the Eagles. Nineteen seconds later, Champion drove the baseline from the left side, drew contact and laid the ball off the glass to put Loyola ahead, 60-59. He missed the ensuing free throw, however, and the ball went back to American. Nelson misfired on a layup attempt, but Delante Jones grabbed the offensive board and scored with 24 seconds on the clock to put American back up one.
  • Loyola came down the court with possession and Andre Walker drove into the paint where he released a floater that went in, giving Loyola a 62-61 lead with just over 15 seconds left. American isolated Nelson at the top of the perimeter for a drive, and when he was stopped, he flipped pass back to Jones who hit the shot that would give American the victory.
  • Cam Gregory led all players in points and rebounding, while recording his fifth double-double of the year, all which have come in Patriot League action. He came off the bench after yielding his starting role to Nick Gorski on Senior Day to tally 20 points and 12 rebounds. He also had two assists and a pair of steals.

Last Time Out

  • Holy Cross used a 20-2 second-half run that covered more than six minutes Monday night to turn a nine-point deficit in to an advantage of the same amount. The Crusaders then held off Loyola for a 64-57 Patriot League victory at the Hart Center.
  • The Greyhounds took a 39-30 lead on a pull-up jumper by Andrew Kostecka with 12:50 left in regulation, but Jacob Grandison scored 19 seconds later, starting a stretch of 10-straight Crusaders points.
  • Matt Faw and Austin Butler made threes during the stretch of 10 in a row with Butler's giving Holy Cross a 40-39 advantage. Isaiah Hart momentarily stopped the rally with two points on a Loyola layup at 9:41, but the Crusaders reeled off another 10 in a row, capped by a Grandison basket at 6:27 to make it 50-41.
  • Andre Walker knocked down a three off a Hart assist, and Hart then hit two free throws at 5:39, drawing Loyola within four, but Matt Zignorski drove and scored at 5:12 to stretch the lead back to six. Two Sam Norton free throws at 4:43 brought Loyola within four, and Kostecka grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked to Walker for a top-of-the-perimeter three at 4:02, getting the Greyhounds within a point, 52-51.
  • Loyola's defense held the Crusaders without a shot for 29 seconds on the shot clock, but off an out-of-bounds pass from Karl Charles, Grandison hit a jumper at the buzzer to make it 54-51 Crusaders. Chuck Champion again got the Greyhounds within a point on a basket at 2:55, but Caleb Green and Charles scored in the paint on Holy Cross' next two possessions, and Loyola would not get closer than three for the final 90 seconds.

Opening Patriot League Play Big

  • Andre Walker has scored 18 or more points in all three of the Greyhounds' four Patriot League games so far this year, and he has two outings with 22 or more to average 19.0 in four conference games.
  • In 58 career Patriot League games, Walker has scored 831 points, an average of 14.3 per game.
  • Walker scored 12 of his 18 points after halftime, including seven-straight Loyola points over a late two-minute stretch, to lead all 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. 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.
  • Walker again led Loyola in scoring on Tuesday against Army West Point, tallying 22 points with 16 coming in the first half. He then made a career-high 10 field goals against Boston University to match his season high (Nov. 14 vs. Fairfield) with 27.

Top-10 Territory

  • Cam Gregory grabbed 11 rebounds on January 8 at Holy Cross, bringing his career total to 757. That performance moved him past three former Greyhounds - Brian Carroll (1997-01, 754), Jimmy Smith (1972-76, 749) and Ed Butler (1969-73, 747) - and into fourth place on the school's all-time rebounds chart. Mark Rohde (1972-76) is third all-time with 836, and Farrell Fenzel (1966-70) is second with 879.
  • His 757 career rebounds rank eighth in Patriot League history.
  • Gregory is also the school's career leader in field-goal percentage (58.3).

Bench Sparks

  • Andrew Kostecka and KaVaughn Scott came off the Loyola bench against Boston University to combine for 22 points, seven blocked shots, two steals and 15 rebounds. Kostecka tallied 14 points, his high since returning December 21 from an ankle injury that sidelined him for four games.
  • Scott logged a career-high in blocks for the second-straight game, swatting four Terriers shots after posting three blocks Monday at Army West Point. Kostecka turned away three shots, one off his high of four from December 21 against Drexel.
  • Kostecka is third in the Patriot League in both blocked shots (1.1) and steals per game (1.6).
  • Scott is averaging 6.3 rebounds over Loyola's last three contests.

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.
  • He then played  a career-high 28 minutes at Army West Point and grabbed  a career-best six rebounds, and he matched both of those numbers in the win over Boston University.
  • In three Patriot League games, he is averaging 4.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.

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 but one of the 10 games he's played this year, and he has posted 15 or more in seven of Loyola's last eight contests to lead the Greyhounds with 15.8 points per game.

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.
  • Loyola has used eight different starting lineups this year, and Greyhounds players have missed a combined 47 games because of illness or injury through Jan. 6.


  • 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, and Walker had 22 at Army West Point.

Slick Shooting

  • Loyola made 24 of 47 shots from the field against Navy in the Patriot League opener, 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.

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 nine games, Hart has averaged 14.0 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.8 points.

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 Holy Cross, he became the 13th player in school history to score 1,400 or more points. With 1,404 points, Walker is 13th 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 ninth with 351. His 161 steals rank fifth all-time.

Chart Climbing

Career Points



Maurice Hicks




B.J. Pendleton




Bob Connor




Andre Walker


Career Rebounds



Mike Krawzcyk




Farrell Fenzel




Mark Rohde




Cam Gregory


Career 3-Pointers Made



Jason Rowe




Brett Harvey




Andre Walker


Career Free-Throws Made



Shane James




Andre Walker


Career Steals



Damien Jenifer




Andre Walker


Career Assists



Ed Butler




Andre Walker


Career Field-Goal Percentage



Cam Gregory




Mike Krawczyk


Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its next two games, starting with a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday, January 14 against Lafayette College.
  • Bucknell University then visits Baltimore on Wednesday, January 17 for a 7 p.m. outing.



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