(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball looks to return to their winning ways with a matchup against crosstown rival Dillard University at Dillard’s Dent Hall on Saturday, November 30th at 7 p.m.
The Wolf Pack (3-4) comes off a 58-41 loss to another crosstown rival, SUNO, on Tuesday. McCall Tomeny had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pack, but they couldn’t overcome 22.2% shooting from the floor. The Pack defense has been stingy this season, holding opponents below 40% for the season and that continued against SUNO as they held the Knights to 32.8% shooting.
Dillard (2-1) sports two wins over SSAC competition in the early season having beaten Belhaven 65-63 to open the year. In their most recent game, Dillard defeated Spring Hill 47-43 on Tuesday. Jarrain Jenkins and Houston Chatman scored 11 points apiece to lead the Bleu Devils to the win. Jenkins pulled down a game high nine rebounds. Dillard is ranked third in the NAIA in three point field goal defense, only allowing teams to shoot 24.3% from behind the arc. They also rank eighth in scoring defense as they surrender 63 points per contest.
Tomeny leads the Wolf Pack with 21.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season. The junior has tallied two double-doubles in his four games while rejecting one shot per contest. Kyle Simmons averages 12.1 points and has made a team best 11 three’s. Freshman Jalen Gray leads the squad in assists with 2.9 per game.
Chatman tops the Bleu Devils with a 12.7 scoring average while Tyrone Williams accounts for 10 points per game. Jenkins pours in nine points while securing a team best 6.3 rebounds. Chatman and Jordan Kilson are both dishing out 3.3 assists per tilt.
Last season, the Bleu Devils and Wolf Pack faced off twice with Loyola coming away winners in both contests. The Pack won 80-73 on December 8th thanks to 33 points from Robert Lovaglio. Simmons scored 22 while Tomeny chipped in 14 to contribute to the Loyola win. In their last appearance at Dent Hall, the Pack scored a decisive 73-58 win on January 16th as Lovaglio and Tomeny each scored 22. Dillard holds a 25-11 all-time advantage in the series between the two New Orleans schools. In addition to the Saturday matchup, the teams will meet up on December 30th in The Den at 7:30 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on WGSO 990 AM with Ken Trahan and you can find live stats for the game at http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/mens-basketball/media.