NEW ORLEANS, La.- Despite bringing the game within one point with less than two minutes to play, a late Loyola surge fell just short, as the men’s basketball team fell to Mobile, 55-51.
Senior guard Ryan Brock led the Wolfpack (10-10, 3-3 SSAC) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, registering his first career double-double and setting a career-high in rebounds. Jamal Silas added 13 points and Tommy Stangl contributed four assists for the ‘Pack.
Mobile (11-9, 4-1 SSAC) never trailed in a defensive first half. Spence Duke scored off a Wolfpack turnover to give the Rams an early 2-0 lead. Loyola tied the game on the next possession with a pair of free throws from Darrinton Moncrieffe.
Mobile responded with six unanswered points with a pair of buckets from Matthrew Turner and a Duke lay-in.
Later Ji Kimbrough have the Rams their largest lead of the half with a basket to make the score 24-12 with 3:41 remaining.
Loyola closed the half out with a 9-2 run with Corey Gray scoring four points in the last 1:27 of the stanza.
Mobile came out in the second half on fire, extending its lead to 14 when a pair of Spencer Duke free throws put the Rams up 40-26.
From there, the ‘Pack chipped away at UM’s lead over the next ten minutes of play. Silas scored three consecutive baskets for LU to reduce Mobile’s lead to eight points with 10:36 to play. Brock converted a three-point play to narrow the lead to six before a Silas fast-break layup made the game 42-38. Silas then converted another three-point play to bring the score to within one.
UM’s Donte Walker responded by hitting a three-pointer from the wing to end Loyola’s run. Bentley Hylton hit a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left to cement the game for the Rams.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday against Spring Hill College with tip off in The Den slated for 5 p.m. Saturday's game will be a part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) Project that uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. The JBS Project highlights more than 90 games this season between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.
Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago.
Loyola will also honor its 2011 Hall of Fame class at halftime of the men's game.