Lafayette (4-11) at Loyola-Maryland (7-8)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, January 13, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reitz Arena (2,100) -- Baltimore, Maryland.
Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Lafayette 2-5, Loyola 4-2. Away Record:
Lafayette 2-6, Loyola 3-6. Neutral Record: Lafayette 0-0, Loyola 0-0.
Conference Record: Lafayette 0-4, Loyola 2-2. Series Record: Series is tied,
GAME NOTES: The Lafayette Leopards will try to put the brakes on a six-game
slide when they visit the Greyhounds of Loyola-Maryland for a Patriot League
tussle on Monday night.
Lafayette brings a dismal 4-11 record, 0-4 in Patriot League action, into the
contest, reaching that mark by logging three distinct streaks over the first
two months of competition. The Leopards opened the campaign with five straight
losses, but then went on a four-game win streak, only to fall back to their
losing ways with their current skid. Lafayette, which lost at home to Boston
University on Saturday (89-78), is just 2-6 in true road games, and this is
the first of two straight and three of the next four the team will play away
While not quite as hapless of its counterpart this evening, Loyola has still
had a disappointing season in its inaugural foray in the Patriot League,
checking in at a game under .500 overall (7-8) and dead even in conference
(2-2). The Greyhounds are coming off a 72-68 home triumph over Lehigh, and
that victory stopped a brief two-game losing streak, while also serving as
only their second win in the last eight games. Loyola is 4-2 at home this
season, winning its last two at Reitz Arena.
There isn't much history between these two clubs, with this being only the
third meeting. Both teams have a victory over the other to their credit, and
this is the first encounter since Lafayette claimed a 69-64 win in Baltimore
on Dec. 29, 1962.
Lafayette began the season with one of the top players in the Patriot League
on its roster, as Seth Hinrichs started off like gangbusters in averaging 20.2
points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field,
which included a stellar 47.2 percent effort from 3-point range.
Unfortunately, the junior guard suffered a knee injury nine games in and is
sidelined indefinitely. That leaves guys like Bryce Scott (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg),
Dan Trist (13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Joey Ptasinski (10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and Nick
Lindner (10.1 ppg, 4.0 apg) to pick up the slack for a team that is netting
75.1 ppg behind typical shooting efforts of .466 overall and .392 from beyond
the arc. With the offense certainly doing its part, it's been a lax approach
on defense (79.6 ppg, .471 FG percentage, .435 3-point FG percentage against)
that has hurt the team the most.
In the recent loss to Boston University, Trist scored a game-high 19 points on
8-of-11 shooting and Lindner added 16 to go along with five assists. Ptasinski
chipped in 13 points and Alan Flannigan tacked on 10 for the Leopards, who
forced 16 turnovers, while committing only nine themselves. Both teams shot
better than 50 percent from the field, but BU nailed 15 treys compared to only
five for Lafayette.
While not nearly as potent an offensive team as Lafayette, Loyola does have
the top scorer in the Patriot League on its roster in Dylon Cormier, who is
averaging 22.5 ppg while also adding 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per tilt to
his impressive stat line. No other player is netting double figures for the
Greyhounds, who have had their share of trouble stopping the opposition from
doing pretty much what they want, particularly with regard to 3-point FG
percentage against (.381) and rebounding margin (-8.1). Loyola does do a nice
job in the turnover battle, winning it by nearly three per game as it goads
the opposition into almost 15 giveaways per outing.
In Loyola's recent win over Lehigh, Cormier was high man for the 14th time in
15 games as he scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Cormier went 10-
of-18 from the floor, helping the Greyhounds log an even 50 percent shooting
effort. Jordan Latham added 14 points and six boards for the Greyhounds, who
claimed a 16-8 edge in points at the foul line to aid in the victory.
In a battle between two lackluster squads, the nod goes to the home team which
just so happens to have the Patriot's top performer on its side.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Maryland 73, Lafayette 65
01/13 10:34:49 ET
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