Men's Basketball Opens Home Schedule Friday Night Versus Towson

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Nov. 16, 2017

Game Information
Opponent Towson Tigers
Date Friday, November 17, 2017
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland opens its home slate of games on Friday, November 17, 2017, when it hosts nearby foe Towson University at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena. The game will air live on the Patriot League Network.
  • On Tuesday at Fairfield, Andre Walker recorded his 13th career game after tallying a game-best 27 against the Stags. His 13 are the most by a Greyhounds player since Dylon Cormier had 28 from 2010-14).
  • Walker’s 27 points moved him up four spots on the career scoring chart. He is now 19th with 1,260. With five more points, he will move past Robert Olson (2009-13) into 18th.
  • The Greyhounds return 75.8 percent of their scoring and 78.5 percent of rebounds from a year ago. Four players who started more than half of last year’s 33 games return for the 2017-2018 season, and another player returns after starting 13 games.
  • Cam Gregory shattered the school single-season field-goal percentage record in 2016-2017, making 63.8 percent of his field-goal attempts (134-of-210). He averaged 12.6 points in Patriot League action, 9.9 for the season, last year., and versus Northwestern, he moved into 11th at Loyola with 632 career rebounds.

Series History Versus Towson

  • Loyola and Towson will meet for the 74th time when they take the court on Thursday night. The series is the second most-played in Loyola history, behind only Mount St. Mary’s, a team the Greyhounds faced for the 173rd time next month.
  • Thursday’s game is the third of a four-game series between the schools.
  • The Greyhounds hold a 44-29 advantage in the all-time series, but the Tigers have won the last two meetings, including a 70-53 victory on December 7, 2016, in Towson.
  • In last year’s game, Towson turned an 11-9 lead seven minutes into the game to a 41-17 halftime advantage, using a defense that stretched the floor, and despite a Loyola second-half run, the Tigers posted a 70-53 win.
  • Andre Walker hit a three at 13:07 that drew the Greyhounds within two, 11-9, but Loyola had just two field goals and three free throws during the remainder of the half. Mike Morsell scored eight of his game-high 21 points during that 30-8 Towson run. He was one of four Tigers in double-figures, going 10-12 from the free-throw line for nearly half of his points
  • Towson stretched its advantage to as many as 32, 55-23, less than seven minutes into the second half, but John Davis’ jumper at 13:37 was just one of two field goals the Tigers made over the next six-plus minutes. William Adala Moto scored in the paint with 11:35 on the clock to put Towson in front 57-30, but Loyola reeled off the next 11 points, capped by James Fives scoring four in a row.
  • An Ian Langendoerfer three from the left side with 5:31 to go cut the Tigers’ lead to 13, and Chancellor Barnard had a steal and was fouled, hitting one of two at the line to bring Loyola within 11 at 3:47. The teams would trade baskets on the next two possessions, and Loyola could not draw closer than that margin.
  • Jarred Jones scored 11 of his Loyola-best 13 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds. Cam Gregory added 10 points and eight rebounds, pacing all players on the boards. Jones also had seven rebounds.

About The Tigers

  • Towson enters the game with a 1-1 record having lost 57-54 in its season-opener at Old Dominion and beaten Frostburg State, 89-45, on Monday night.
  • Last year, the Tigers went 20-13 overall and 11-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
  • Zane Martin leads Towson with 16.0 points per game through the first two, while Mike Morsell is averaging 12.5. Justin Gorham is pacing the Tigers with 8.0 rebounds per game, while Eddie Keith II is tops on the team with 3.0 assists in the first two.

Last Time Out

  • Andre Walker scored a game-high 27 points for Loyola, but four Fairfield players tallied 11 or more, and the Stags defeated the Greyhounds, 64-52, at Webster Bank Arena on Tuesday night.
  • Walker made five 3-pointers in the game and logged his 13th career game with 20 or more points. He scored 20 of his points in the second half and in the process moved into 19th at Loyola in career points (1,260). 
  • He was on the assisting end of a Cam Gregory dunk with 8:02 remaining in the first half that gave Loyola an 18-11 lead, but Jonathan Kasibabu scored on the opposite end for the Stags, starting a 19-3 run to close the half.
  • Fairfield’s lead stretched to 43-26 on a layup and free throw by Kasibabu at 15:08 in the second half, but it would be Loyola’s turn to go on a run. Walker bookended a Cam Gregory layup with two 3-pointers, the second coming at 11:58 to make it 43-35 Fairfield. The Stags, however, scored five-straight, and Loyola would not get closer than eight for the remainder of the game.
  • Milin led Fairfield with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Kasibabu and Nelson each tallied 12. Ferron Flavors Jr. added 11 and nine rebounds. Gregory had seven points and a team-high eight rebounds for Loyola, while James Fives, Kostecka and Hart each scored five.

Moving Up

  • Andre Walker’s 27 moved him past four players on Loyola’s all-time scoring list, vaulting the senior guard into 19th all-time at the school with 1,260 points. With five more points, he will past Robert Olson (2009-13) for 18th, and he is 28 points back of Tracy Bergan (1989-94) for 17th.
  • Walker, who was named to the five-player Preseason All-Patriot League Team this year after earning All-League First Team recognition last year, has averaged 10.2 or more points per game in all three of his previous Loyola seasons.
  • His 27-point effort on Tuesday night was the 13th of his career with 20 or more, and his 68th with 10-plus.

Strong Seconds

  • Loyola scored 51 second-half points Friday night at Northwestern, shooting 55.2 percent (16-29) from the field and 87.5 (7-8) from behind the 3-point line. The 51 points were the most the Greyhounds have scored in a second half since December 21, 2013, when they tallied 53 against Saint Joseph’s.
  • Meanwhile, Loyola held Northwestern to 35.5 percent from the field after the break and 41.0 overall in the game.
  • The Greyhounds then held Fairfield to 33.3  percent from the field in the second half Tuesday.

D From Three

  • Through two games this season, Loyola has held Northwestern and Fairfield to 10 of 44 (22.7 percent) from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks 25th among NCAA Division I teams. Of the 10 threes opponents have made this year, four came on 11 tries by Northwestern’s Scottie Lindsey.

Kostecka Keys

  • Andrew Kostecka scored six of Loyola’s first eight points against the Wildcats, 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.

Where He Left Off

  • Cam Gregory started the 2017-18 season much the way he finished 2016-17, with a double-double. The senior post player scored 18 points and matched James Fives for game-high honors with 11 rebounds for the 12th double-double of his career.
  • Last year, Gregory had seven double-doubles, all coming in the last 16 games of the year.

Debut Numbers

  • Isaiah Hart and Brent Holcombe made their collegiate debuts Friday night for the Greyhounds with each contributing in big ways to the second-half comeback Loyola launched.
  • Hart saw 17 minutes of action after halftime, scored four points and had three assists to just one turnover while Loyola outscored Northwestern, 51-42.
  • Holcombe tallied all 13 of his points after the break, making all four of his second-half 3-pointers and missing only once from the field. His 13 points were the most by a Loyola freshman in his debut since Andre Walker led Loyola with 17 points at Texas Tech on November 14, 2014.

Preseason Prognostications

  • Andre Walker was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team by the conference’s coaches. The Greyhounds’ leading scorer the last two years, Walker is the active career scoring leader in the Patriot League with 1,225 points heading into the 2017-2018 campaign.
  • The Greyhounds were picked to finish sixth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.

New Faces

  • Loyola welcomed five new players and an assistant coach to the program over the offseason.
  • Isaiah Hart, Brent Holcombe, Luke Johnson, Ethan Norton and River Reed will don their Loyola uniforms for the first time this season, while Kevin Driscoll will make his first appearance on the Greyhounds bench as an assistant.
  • Driscoll joined the Greyhounds after spending 2016-2017 at NJIT and Holy Cross from 2013-2016.
  • Hart was an All-State guard at Whitefield Academy in Smyrna, Georgia, where he averaged 20 or more points as a junior and senior. He averaged 26.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior and was named the Georgia High School Association Player of the Year.
  • Holcombe joins the Greyhounds out of Miami’s Coral Reef High School where he was an All-Dade County Second Team honoree in both 2015-16 and 2016-17. Last year, he averaged a double-double with 18.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots.
  • Johnson was a four-year standout at Lexington (Kentucky) Catholic, picking up All-Kentucky Second Team recognition as a senior. He averaged 22 points and seven assists as a senior in 2016-2017.
  • Norton, the younger brother of fellow Greyhounds walk-on Sam, was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Team after garnering The Hill School’s Most Valuable Player honors in 2016-2017.
  • Reed averaged 16.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Reagan High School in San Antonio as a senior where he was named All-Area 6A. Over his four-year career, Reed averaged 11.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Rattlers.

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.
  • 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 for a two-point win.
  • 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.
  • In the 2017 Patriot League Quarterfinals, Walker became the 25th player in program history to score 1,200 or more points. With 1,260 points, Walker currently sits 19th in Loyola history. Against Lafayette in the Patriot League First Round, he became the 10th player in school history with 300-plus assists and is 10th with 318. His 149 steals rank seventh 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 11th all-time at Loyola with 632 rebounds and is one of two active Patriot League players with 600 or more (Nana Foulland, Bucknell).
  • Gregory had seven double-doubles last season, all of which came in the last 16 games.
  • During the stretch of 17 games, Gregory did not made less than 50 percent of his shots from the field in a game.

Postseason Play

  • Loyola took part in the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) following the 2016-2017 season and advanced to the quarterfinals. The Greyhounds knocked off George Mason, 73-58, in the first round before falling to Coastal Carolina in the quarterfinals.

Chart Climbing

Career Points

16.

1,310

Morris Cannon

1972-76

17.

1,288

Tracy Bergan

1989-94

18.

1,264

Robert Olson

2009-13

19.

1,260

Andre Walker

2013-p

Career Rebounds

9.

690

Bernard Allen

2001-05

10.

669

Erik Etherly

2010-13

11.

640

Cam Gregory

2014-p

Career 3-Pointers Made

5.

174

Brett Harvey

2006-10

6.

162

Kevin Green

1988-92

7.

153

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Free-Throws Made

9.

345

Shane James

2003-07

10.

319

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Steals

5.

159

Kevin Green

1988-92

6.

154

Mike Powell

1995-98

7.

149

Andre Walker

2014-p

Career Field-Goal Percentage

1.

.5783

Cam Gregory

2014-p

2.

.5502

Mike Krawczyk

1968-72

Next Up

  • Loyola plays its second-straight home game on Tuesday, November 21, at 7 p.m. when it hosts Goucher College.
  • The Greyhounds then head to New England for a pair on the road. They play at UMass-Lowell on November 26 and Dartmouth on November 28.


 

 

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