Men's Basketball Returns To Reitz Sunday Afternoon To Face Leopards

Andre Walker
Jan. 12, 2018

Game Information
Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Sunday, January 14, 2018
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball returns to Reitz Arena on Sunday, January 14, to host Lafayette College in its next Patriot League contest.
  • The Greyhounds and Leopards will tipoff at 2 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.
  • Andre Walker matched his season-high with 27 points against Boston University on Jan. 5 and is averaging 18.4 points in five Patriot League games this year.
  • Cam Gregory is 16th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.6). He also is second in the league and 44th nationally in overall rebounding (9.1).
  • Chuck Champion has tallied 11 or more points in all but two of the 11 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 13.5 points over the Greyhounds last 10 games and is the team’s second-leading scorer in that stretch. Since joining the starting lineup 13 games ago, he is averaging  11.6.
  • 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 Lafayette

  • Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the 13th time in series history when the teams take the floor on Sunday. Loyola took a 7-5 lead in the all-time series after splitting the 2016-2017 regular-season meetings and then posting a 67-64 Patriot League First Round win on February 28.
  • Loyola has won five of the eight Patriot League regular-season meetings since joining the conference in 2013-2014, and the teams have split two Patriot League Championships contests.
  • Loyola held visiting Lafayette without a point for the final three-plus minutes of regulation, and the Greyhounds made their last four free throws to cap a 67-64 victory in last year’s Patriot League First Round. Lafayette led for more than 32 minutes of the game, but an Andrew Kostecka 3-pointer from the left corner put the Greyhounds in front, 62-61, with 4:08 left on the clock.
  • The Leopards, however, tied the game when Matt Klinewski made one of two at the line 23 ticks later. James Fives put Loyola back up by one, 63-62, making the front-end of two at the line, but Eric Stafford drove the left side and scored in the paint for the Leopards at 3:10. Stafford’s basket made it 64-63 Lafayette, but the Leopards’ lead was short-lived. Fives was again fouled, and he converted both from the charity stripe to put Loyola in front, 65-64, at 2:48.
  • Loyola limited Lafayette’s looks on its next two possessions, and a midrange jumper and a three by Paulius Zalys went off the mark, and the Greyhounds called a timeout with 1:32 left, clinging to the one-point lead. Lafayette, however, forced a Greyhounds turnover and took possession with under 75 seconds left. The Leopards’ Nick Lindner drove, but Chuck Champion kept good defensive position, the Lindner’s layup rolled off the rim and into the hands of Cam Gregory for Loyola. The Greyhounds ran almost all of the 30-second shot-clock, but they came away without points as a shot rimmed out.
  • Lafayette again put the ball in Lindner’s hands, but Champion cut off his drive and he threw a pass to Zalys at the top of the perimeter. Zalys’ three was wide to the left, and Champion grabbed the rebound, dribbled for nearly five seconds and was fouled. He sank both free throws with 9.7 seconds left to increase Loyola’s margin to three. The Leopards inbounded the ball to Lindner who tested Champion on the left side, but only a double-shot fake drew space for the Lafayette guard. His 3-point attempt went off the rim, and Loyola clinched the win.
  • Jarred Jones led all players with 21 points, while Gregory and Andre Walker each added 11. Gregory paced all players with 11 rebounds as Loyola held a 35-25 advantage on the boards.

Last Time Out

  • American led by as many as 19 early in the second half, a lead Loyola cut to seven on multiple occasions, but the Eagles held on for a 76-65 Patriot League victory on Thursday night at Bender Arena.
  • American shot 69.6 percent from the field in the first half and then scored 12 of the second half’s first 14 points to lead 51-32 after a Sa’eed Nelson three with 15:01 left in regulation. Loyola chopped its deficit to seven five times with under 10 minutes to play, but the Greyhounds could not draw closer. Andre Walker hit a three with 8:22 to play, pulling Loyola within 60-53, but two Sam Iorio free throws 21 seconds later pushed the American lead back to nine. Isaiah Hart then converted a layup in the paint at 6:45, making the deficit seven once again, but James Washington knocked down a three from the right corner at 5:21, pushing the Eagles back in front by 10.
  • Cam Gregory, who led Loyola with 19 points and nine rebounds, scored on a layup at 5:05 and made one of two at the free-throw line 32 seconds later to make it 65-58 Eagles, but with the shot-clock expiring on their ensuing possession, Marvin Bragg hit a three to push the lead back to 10. Hart scored again with 1:43 left, getting Loyola within seven, 68-61, and despite a missed layup on the American end, the Greyhounds misfired on their offensive end.
  • Iorio and Nelson tied for game-high honors with 20 points each, and Bragg scored 11. Iorio had a double-double with 11 rebounds, and Larry Motuzis grabbed 10 for the Eagles. Walker added 16 points, six rebounds and four steals for Loyola, while Andrew Kostecka scored 13 points off the bench to go with six boards, three assists and three steals.

Andre In Patriot League Play

  • Andre Walker has scored 16 or more points in four of the Greyhounds’ five Patriot League games so far this year, and he has two outings with 22 or more to average 18.4 in five conference games.
  • In 59 career Patriot League games, Walker has scored 847 points, an average of 14.4 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 Jan. 2 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, a performance which moved him past three former Greyhounds – Brian Carroll (1997-01, 754), Jimmy Smith (1972-76, 749) and Ed Butler (1969-73, 747) – 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 766 career rebounds rank ninth in Patriot League history.
  • Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.6).

Kostecka Keys

  • Andrew Kostecka has come off the bench for the Greyhounds since returning to action after a four-game layoff with an ankle injury, and his spark to the rotation has been notable.
  • On Jan. 11 at American, Kostecka went for 13 points while grabbing six rebounds. He also had three steals, a blocked shot and three assists in 27 minutes of action.
  • Defensively, he is among the Patriot League leaders in both steals and blocked shots per game, checking in second in swipes (1.8) and third in swats (1.1).

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 five Patriot League games, he is averaging 5.4 rebounds per contest.

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 two of the 11 games he’s played this year, and he has posted 15 or more in seven of Loyola’s last nine contests to lead the Greyhounds with 14.5 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 49 games because of illness or injury through Jan. 11.


  • 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 10 games, Hart has averaged 13.5 points over, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.6 points. He has scored fewer than nine points just once since Dec. 2.

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 1,420 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 353. His 165 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



Tyler Hubbard




Jason Rowe




Andre Walker


Career Free-Throws Made



Gerald Brown




Andre Walker


Career Steals



Damien Jenifer




Andre Walker


Career Assists



Ed Butler




Andre Walker


Career Field-Goal Percentage



Cam Gregory




Mike Krawczyk


Up Next

  • The Greyhounds stay at home for their next game, hosting Bucknell University on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.
  • Following that contest, Loyola will travel to Hamilton, New York, for a Saturday, Jan. 20 contest at Colgate University that is slated for a 2 p.m. tipoff.




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