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Walker sinks nine three’s as Hounds upset BU

By: Theresa R. Barnes

Andre Walker tied a Loyola record with nine made 3-pointers in his 35 points effort that also saw him eclipse the 1,000 point mark.

With a steam of 3-pointers by point guard Andre Walker constantly swishing the net, the Loyola Greyhounds men’s basketball team earned a 77-69 victory over the visiting Boston University Terriers on Monday night. Walker scored a career-high 35 points and tied a Loyola record with nine made 3-pointers in the game. He also topped the 1,000 career point plateau as the Greyhounds handed Boston U their first Patriot League loss of the year.

“Give Andre a lot of credit, he really came ready to play,” Loyola head coach GG Smith said. “He had six to seven 3-point shots in the first half. He really got us going early.”

Loyola led wire-to-wire and his success from outside helped open up forwards Jarred Jones and Cam Gregory, who both recorded double-doubles in the game. Gregory had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jones had 14 points and 10 rebounds to go with eight assists and four steals.

Loyola shot 46.7-percent from the floor in the game and had 16 assists on 21 made baskets. Walker hit all nine of the teams 3-pointers, but the rest of the team did not force their attempts. He went 9-for-12. The rest of the team only attempted five 3-pointers.

But while Walker’s offensive outing was the big story, the team had one of their best defensive outings of the year. Boston U was held to only 39.7-percent shooting and went an abysmal 1-for-18 from 3-point range. They turned the ball over 15 times, 10 of which were caused by Greyhound steals.

“A lot of open rebounds, lots of defensive rebounds, lots of shots and steals, and that’s how we got it down,” Walker said.

Loyola came out strong with the first four points before Cedric Hankerson was able to get Boston U’s only 3-pointers of the game. But Walker responded with his first triple to put Loyola back ahead by four and the lead continued to grow. Within four minutes the Greyhounds led by 15 points as Walker’s 3-pointer sparked a 16-2 run. Loyola had as much as a 16-point lead in the first half and led 43-31 at halftime.

It was smooth sailing in the second half too. Walker scored 15 more points after halftime and the Greyhounds built as much as a 20-point lead in the second half.

“It wasn’t just my mentality, it was the team’s mentality too,” Walker said. “We came in 0-2 from the last two home games. We needed to win so we did anything we needed to do to get it.”

Boston U’s inside scoring and free throws kept them afloat throughout the game. The Terriers actually out-scored the Greyhounds 32-8 in the paint in the second half and upped their shooting from 30.8-percent in the first half to 45.9-percent in the second half. But the lack of answers for Walker prevented the Terriers from making a comeback.

Eric Fanning led Boston U with 27 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Nick Havener scored 15 points with eight boards.

Loyola snapped a two-game skid with the victory and evened their overall record to 8-8. They will hit the road for their next two games against Bucknell and Colgate before returning home to host Holy Cross on Wednesday, January 25.

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Theresa R. Barnes

Staff Writer
It seemed as if Theresa was meant to report the news ever since she could say a complete sentence. She has always been in the know of what is going on around her since she was just a young child. Many have titled her as nosey, for there was very little that she didn't search high and low to find out about. Although she would often find herself in trouble for being in others business, you could say that she knew that her tenacious effort would soon open a door to her passion for journalism. From elementary to high school, reporting the news in school and around her church became easy and eventually expected from others. Journalism has always been a passion, but she had never narrowed down what type of reporting she likes most. Upon her studying journalism at Morgan State University, she came across a Sports Reporting and Writing class with a professor who knew how to make sports come to life with words. Not knowing much about sports writing at the time, she was a bit hesitant to cover the MCEAA High School Basketball Championship but did anyway. After that class, she realized that sports journalism was best for her. The continuation of that beat blossomed into becoming a writer for So Much Sports. Theresa also writes her own daily blog, TheresaReneeGenesis.

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