(Blue Mountain, Miss.) Loyola University New Orleans guard Jalen Gray hit a three pointer with less than a minute remaining in overtime to provide the Wolf Pack with a 71-70 overtime victory over Blue Mountain College at Wilfred C. Tyler Gymnasium on Thursday evening.
Neither team took more than a five point lead throughout the game until there was 6:22 left in the contest. Loyola took a 58-52 lead on a Jalen Gray jumper. However, DeVante’ Pulliam made two consecutive shots to quickly make it a two point game. Loyola pushed the lead to five on a Kyle Simmons shot, but Jarvis Fischer made a three pointer and Bruno Santana tied the game with just over a minute remaining to knot the score and sent the game into an extra period.
Loyola (4-10, 3-4) outscored Blue Mountain 8-7 in overtime, but neither team held more than a two point lead throughout the extra session. Pulliam made two free throws to pull the Toppers in front, but Jalen Gray hit a three pointer to give Loyola a one point lead and the victory.
Simmons led the Pack in scoring as he shot 9 for 15 from the field and nailed three triples as part of his 22 point effort. He also tallied a team best five assists. McCall Tomeny scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. The 18 points allowed the junior forward to pass 1,000 career points in a Loyola uniform. Aleksander Matoski led the team in rebounding with eight while chipping in nine points off the bench.
Four Blue Mountain (6-10, 1-5) players scored in double figures led by 14 points and seven rebounds from Pulliam. Shane Butler scored 13 while notching six boards and a team best five assists. Jarvis Fisher tallied 11 and Stefan Vukovic scored 10 off the bench.
Loyola was buoyed by 47.1% shooting from the three point line and 42.4% shooting from the field. Blue Mountain shot 44.8% for the game. The toppers held a slight edge in rebounding (37-34) and turnovers (9-11).
The Wolf Pack will be back in action on Saturday, January 18th at 4 p.m. as they return home to take on Martin Methodist in The Den.