Nov. 5, 2014
|Date||Thursday, November 6, 2014|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
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A new season of Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball opens Thursday night in Reitz Arena when the Greyhounds host Bridgewater College in a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game. Loyola and second-year Head Coach G.G. Smith will debut this year’s squad in front of fans for the first time against the Eagles, a NCAA Division III team from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Admission to the game is free, and it will also be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. Loyola returns eight players from last year’s squad and mixes in five freshman and a junior transfer who is now eligible after sitting out last season under NCAA year-in-residency rules. All of the Greyhounds participated in practices and games on their five-game, seven-day trip to Montreal and Quebec City in late August. A quarter of juniors, guards Tyler Hubbard and Eric Laster and post players Jarred Jones and Franz Rassman, join the team’s lone senior, guard Denzel Brito, to form a veteran group that will lead Loyola into the season. Jones is the top returning scorer and rebounder after serving as one of the Patriot League’s top sixth men last year. In 30 contests, Jones averaged 8.6 points and 4.5 rebounds, highlighted by his career-highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds in the Patriot League Championships First Round against Lafayette. Laster averaged 8.3 points last year and was the team’s top scorer in its five wins in Canada with 15.0 points per game. He also shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range to lead Loyola in 2013-2014. Hubbard, meanwhile, topped the team with 44 3-pointers made, and his range was on display north of the border where he made 45.2 percent of shots from behind the arc. Rassman closed the 2013-2014 regular-season with consecutive games of 15 points and earned Academic All-Patriot League and Academic All-District First Team honors following the campaign. Brito started 10 games last year and returns as the Greyhounds’ leader in assists, a category that he contributed 3.4 per game in Canada. Three sophomores – guard Sean Tuohy Jr. and posts Josh Forney and Nick Gorski – return to add depth for the Greyhounds, and junior guard Stefano Mancini will see his first intercollegiate playing time for Loyola after transferring to the University before last season. Five freshman will contribute to the rotation this year: guards Colton Bishop, Matt Staubi and Andre Walker, swingman Chancellor Barnard and post Cam Gregory.