Robert Lovaglio had a twisting layup with two minutes remaining in the first half to cross 1,000 points for his career. The short jumper was just two of Lovaglio’s 22 points as Loyola University New Orleans (10-8) defeated their intra-city rivals Dillard University (1-12) 73-58 in a Wednesday night matchup at the Battlefield Gymnasium.
Lovaglio became the 25th player in Wolf Pack history to cross the 1000 point threshold as he shot 7 for 14 from the field and 8 for 11 from the line. McCall Tomeny also tallied 22 points in the Wolf Pack victory. Steve Davis had five points off the bench including an alley-oop dunk on a feed from point guard Kyle Simmons. Simmons finished with nine points.
The Bleu Devils had three players score in double figures as Jaquan Green led them with 14. Jordan Kilson and Jarrain Jenkins scored 12 apiece.
Loyola shot 40% in both halves and 80% from the line while holding Dillard to 37% shooting. Dillard shot 58% from the line and turned the ball over 16 times in defeat.
The two teams played earlier this year in a hotly contested game in which Loyola defeated the Bleu Devils 80-73 at The Den.
“It was great that Robert hit the 1,000 point mark tonight. It speaks volumes of him as a player and the players we have around him. He had a solid outing with some silent points by passing out four assists and getting to the line 11 times. He’s worked hard and improved each year he has been with us,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. “Dillard is a well coached, dangerous team. We were able to respond to their runs this evening and get to the free throw line and convert. I thought it was the difference.”
Loyola returns to action Saturday with a conference tilt against Jesuit rival Spring Hill College. Tip off in The Den is slated for 4 p.m.