Wed., Dec. 30, 2015 — 7:30 p.m. — Baltimore, Md. — Reitz Arena (2,100)
American University (2-9) at Loyola Maryland (1-10)
All-Time Record: Series tied, 44-44
Last Meeting: American 64, Loyola 49
Stream: Patriot League Network — Gary Lambrecht (PXP), Jime Chivers (Analyst)
Radio: WFED 1500 AM — Dan Laing (pxp), Jeremy Huber (analyst)
WASHINGTON — The American University men's basketball team opens up Patriot League play on Wednesday at Loyola Maryland at 7:30 p.m. from Reitz Arena as part of a basketball doubleheader with the women's contest beginning at 4:30 p.m.
American shot a season-best 72 percent in the first half and trailing by five (36-31) at the break, but LSU stormed out in the second half doubling up the Eagles for a 79-51 win last Tuesday.Jesse Reed led the Eagles with 12 points while James Washington added 11 in the loss.
Delante Jones is shooting 17-31 from the field in his last four games, averaging 12.7 points in 32.8 minutes per game. The Chantilly, Virginia, native is third on the team in scoring.
Wednesday is the 89th all-time meeting between American and Loyola. The Eagles and Greyhounds once played in the old Mason-Dixon Conference from 1940 until 1966. American split last season with Loyola, as each side won at home. In the opener, The Greyhounds won 56-53 in overtime. Denzel Brito had 11 for the Loyola while American finished with three players in double figures, led by 15 points from John Schoof and Pee Wee Gardner. In the second meeting, American shot 73.7 percent from the field in the opening half en route to a 64-49 win. Jesse Reed had a game-high 17 points. Schoof had 15 and Charlie Jones added 12.
Loyola is looking for a breakout year in its third season of competition in the Patriot League after moving over from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the Fall of 2013. Third-year head coach G.G. Smith — son of the legendary head coach Tubby Smith — is looking for his first winning Patriot League season since taking over for Jimmy Patsos, who stood in the MAAC (Siena) after the Greyhounds joined the PL. Loyola played a tough non-league schedule with contests against Kansas and Northwestern. The Greyhounds played a pair of overtime games against former MAAC foes Siena (L, 82-90) and Fairfield (88-94). Jarred Jones leads Loyola in scoring (13.6), rebounding (7.6) and blocks (1.4) after missing last season with a year-long injury. The Greyhounds average 70.2 points per contest with three others averaging double figures: Tyler Hubbard (12.4), Andre Walker (11.9) and Eric Laster (10.0).