New Orleans, La.- Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball outscored cross town rival SUNO 23-11 over the game’s final seven minutes en route to a 70-52 victory Tuesday night in The Castle.
Loyola led 28-22 at the break and enjoyed their first double digit advantage at the 18:05 mark with a bucket by Cameron Cates. Two minutes later, the Wolfpack extended the lead to 15 with a three pointer by Tommy Stangl.
SUNO rallied to cut the margin to eight points with field goal by Andre Davis with 7:33 to play. It would be as close as the Knights would get as Loyola answered with a 10-2 run to take command of the game.
For Loyola (5-2), Ryan Brock led with 22 points on 9 of 22 shooting from the field. Brock has scored in double figures in all seven games this season and it was the fourth time he had more than 20 points. Cates added 10 points and grabbed a team high 7 rebounds.
Anner Arce came off the bench and had a team best 14 points for SUNO (2-5). Andre Davis had a double double 11 points and 11 rebounds.
“It was great to get a tough road victory tonight. I thought we had a total team effort defensively, forcing them into 28 turnovers. We also did a nice job of taking care of the ball. We’ll enjoy this win tonight, but get back to work tomorrow as we get ready to play three ranked opponents in the coming week,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
Loyola forced SUNO into 28 turnovers on the evening, while the Wolfpack committed only 14. The Wolfpack defense held the Knights to a 34.6% from the floor and 28.6% from distance. Loyola converted 40.6% in field goals and 42.9% in three point attempts.
Loyola returns to action this weekend facing off against a pair of ranked opponents. On Friday night, the Wolfpack will face #12 Lee at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Southern Poly takes on Loyola at 4 p.m. Both games will be played in The Den. On Monday, Loyola will face their third consecutive ranked opponent as cross town rival Xavier travels to The Den. The Gold Rush is ranked #20 in the latest NAIA poll.
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