(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell 72-59 to Dillard University on Monday night in The Den.
The Wolf Pack opened the second half on a 24-10 run to trim a 20 point half point deficit to only six. Jalen Gray scored seven of his 16 points in the eight minute spurt that tightened the game. However, the Bleu Devils responded with a 12-0 rush as all five players on the court scored for Dillard. The Wolf Pack ended the game on a 10-4 burst but it wasn’t enough as they fell by 13
Loyola (3-7) fell behind in the first half as Dillard went on a 17-0 streak after Loyola took a 14-13 lead on a Gray free throw. Robert Pratt tallied five and Jeremy Rixner had four in the Bleu Devil run.
McCall Tomeny notched his fourth double double of the year as he led the Pack with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Gray had a career high with 16 points, the freshman also had a team best four assists. Cameron Hill, who was inserted into the starting lineup, had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Jarrain Jenkins topped Dillard (4-1) with 19 points as he shot 7 for 16 from the field. Rixnor narrowly missed a double double with 10 points and a team best nine rebounds while also rejecting five Wolf Pack shots. Houston Chatman scored 11 and Pratt added 13 off the bench. Jordan Kilson had a game high eight assists.
The Pack fell behind as they shot 32% while allowing 51.4% in the opening stanza. That normalized in the second half as the Pack outscored Dillard 38-31. Loyola shot 41.4% after intermission while Dillard shot 46.4%. The Wolf Pack continued attacking the rim as they got to the line 23 times while only surrendering seven free throw attempts on the other end. Dillard held a decisive rebounding edge, 46-28. The Pack had seven steals and forced 14 turnovers while only coughing up the ball 11 times.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action on Thursday, January 2nd at 2:00 p.m. as they head across town to take on Southern University New Orleans at The Castle.