(Montgomery, Ala.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell 77-57 to Auburn University at Montgomery on Saturday at the AUM Physical Education Complex.
The Warhawks opened the game on a 5-0 run but the Wolf Pack countered with a 10-0 spurt with four points apiece by Daniel Kuhl and Aleksander Matoski. The Warhawks immediately followed with a 14-2 run with baskets from five different players. The first half was fueled by runs as the Wolf Pack held a 29-23 advantage with 3:44 remaining in the first half. However, AUM went into intermission leading 34-32. The second half was a different story, Kuhl hit a shot to open the stanza and tie the contest, but the Warhawks rattled off five straight points and never trailed the entire period.
Kuhl led the Wolf Pack (0-3, 0-2 SSAC) scoring effort with 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting. The junior hit three 3’s and pulled in five rebounds. Aleksander Matoski scored eight points and tied with Kuhl for team high honors in rebounds with five. Mason Ibert also tallied eight bounds while Cameron Hill had seven. Kyle Simmons led the team with four assists.
The Warhawks (2-3, 1-1 SSAC) had four players in double figures led by 17 from Brett Person. Person also pulled down 12 rebounds. Da’Keidres Wade had 15 points and three blocks. LeShaun Murphy scored 13 points and led AUM with six assists. Quay Davis came off the bench to score 14.
The Pack was outshot 52.5% to 35.8% but was able to get to the line 29 times to only 11 by AUM. Both teams secured 36 rebounds, but AUM won the turnover battle 16-13.
The Wolf Pack return to action when they take on Xavier at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19th at the Convocation Center on Xavier's campus.