Four Loyola Men Earn SSAC Men’s Hoops Honors

Wed, 02/29/2012

Rome, Ga. – The Southern States Athletic Conference tapped four Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball players with honors at the SSAC Tournament Banquet on Wednesday evening. Senior guard Corey Gray and sophomore forward Robert Lovaglio earned All-Conference honors, while senior center Cameron Cates was named All-Division. The conference also placed forward McCall Tomeny on the All-Freshman team.

Gray, a native of Greenwood, Indiana, averages 17.46 points per game. Gray is nationally ranked in the NAIA in eight categories and is currently 11th on Loyola’s all time career-scoring list with 1,345 points. He is 11 points shy of becoming only the 13th player in Loyola history to score 500 points in a season and is 15 points away from tying Sam Trombatore for 10th on the all-time Wolfpack scoring list. Gray leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.46 points per game.

Lovaglio currently ranks fifth in the conference and 38th in the NAIA in field goal percentage of .514. The Winter Park, Florida, native is averaging 16.73 points per game which is 40th in the NAIA. He is leading the team with 7.14 rebounds and 2.41 assists per game and has scored at least 13 points in each of the last six games. Lovaglio achieved three double-doubles on the year, including one in The Barn against #21 Xavier. He was named SSAC Player of the Week for his performance last week in two key wins that gave the Wolfpack the SSAC West Division Title.

Cates is a product of Flower Mound, Texas. The senior has scored double-digit points in 21 of the 28 games this season, averaging 12.5 points per game. Cates recorded two 20+ scoring games on the year, including a career high 28 points against Belhaven on January 21. The center also recorded three double-doubles on the year, netting two in the past two weeks. Cates ranks fifth in the conference and 37th in the NAIA in blocks per game with 1.29.

Tomeny is the lone freshman from Loyola to make the All-Freshman team. The Baton Rouge native has scored 11.39 points and grabbed 5.61 rebounds per game this season. He had career highs against SSAC conference foe Southern Poly on January 7th, scoring 28 points and collecting 14 rebounds in that contest. Like Lovaglio and Cates, Tomeny also accomplished three double-doubles on the year.

Loyola (19-9) will face Emmanuel (18-13) in the quarterfinals of the SSAC Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST at Darlington School. The Wolfpack, who earned the one seed from the West division, will look to extend their season high five game win streak into tournament play.

The Wolfpack, who have won eight of their past 10 games, enters Thursday’s match-up averaging 73.79 points a game. Loyola is ranked 2nd in the NAIA in free throw percentage (.743), 32nd in three-point field goal percentage (.354), and 43rd in total rebound defense (34.071).

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