(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans fell at the buzzer to Carver College as Derek Douglas hit a 3 pointer with .4 seconds remaining to lift Carver to a 79-78 victory in the Wolf Pack’s season opener at the Den.
The Pack took a 78-76 lead with 28 seconds remaining as McCall Tomeny threw a length of the court pass to a streaking Kyle Simmons for a wide open layup. Joseph Comer missed two inside shots on the next possession but the ball went out of bounds off Loyola to set up the Cougars final shot with 10 seconds left on the clock. After some quick passing up top, Douglas received the ball on the left wing and took a contested step back three point jumper to win the game.
The Pack and Cougars traded buckets most of the night as Carver never led by more than three points. Loyola went on a spurt in the second half as Ben Amoss found Tomeny for a dunk and was fouled with just over 12 minutes remaining. Tomeny converted the free throw which ignited a 12-0 run for Loyola. Tomeny had 10 of the 12 points in the run as part of his 31 points. He also logged a career high 15 rebounds to lead the Pack.
The Cougars were able to make a run of their own with two minutes remaining as Julian Bratton scored seven straight points to cut the Pack lead to just two with 55 seconds left. Simmons and Tomeny both went 1 for 2 at the line to leave the door open. Carver’s Troy Swanson made a shot followed by two free throws from Jonathan Robinson to tie the game before Simmons’ final layup.
Tomeny went 11 for 19 from the field and 8 for 12 at the line for his 31 points. Austin Roark also tallied a double-double as the sophomore had career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Simmons scored 11 for the Pack. Tomeny and Jared Townsend led Loyola with three assists.
Douglas scored 20 points on 7 for 19 shooting including 4 for 11 from behind the three point line. The guard also tallied five rebounds. The Cougars were lifted by their bench as Joseph Comer had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bratton and Swanson also came off the bench to score 13 and 11 respectively while each finished with five assists.
The Wolf Pack shot 44.4% from the field to the Cougars 37.1%, but the Pack was undone by 25 turnovers caused by 16 Cougar steals. Douglas led the way with five steals of his own.
The Pack will be back in action on Sunday, November 3rd as they travel across Freret Street to take on Tulane University at 7:00 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. Come to the St. Charles room starting at 5 p.m. for the pregame pep rally.