(Thibodaux, La.) Loyola University New Orleans fell 87-62 in an exhibition contest in men’s basketball to NCAA Division I foe Nicholls State University on Saturday afternoon at Stopher Gym on Nicholls’ campus.
Jalen Gray cut the Nicholls lead to 24-18 when he made a driving layup with 8:20 remaining in the first half, but the Colonels used a 22-8 run to end the half and open up the game. They took a 20 point advantage into intermission. Luke Doyle and Amin Torres scored five, while Shane Rillieux and Travis Julien added four each in the 22-8 spurt.
McCall Tomeny scored 10 of the first 11 Wolf Pack points in the game thanks in part to two threes. The junior also collected five first half rebounds on his way to 23 points and 10 rebounds as he garnered his fourth double double in six games so far this season. Daniel Kuhl and Gray each had eight points for Loyola while Kuhl collected five rebounds. Roco Gandara had four blocks and a steal to aid the Pack’s defensive effort.
Nicholls was led by 20 points off the bench from TJ Carpenter as he hit 5 of 8 three pointers and 7 for 11 from the field on his way to 20 points. Jeremy Smith shot 8 for 11 from the field and had 16 points and a team high nine rebounds. Dantrell Thomas overcame some first half foul trouble to score 13 points for the Colonels.
Loyola shot 40.4% for the game and 46.2% from behind the three point line, but were unable to overcome 15 turnovers and a 46-33 rebounding disadvantage. Nicholls shot 50% for the game which helped the Colonels deal with 38.9% shooting from the free throw line.
The Wolf Pack competed in the second half as they hit 14 of their 28 shots and were only outrebounded by one. The Pack was outscored 41-36 in the second stanza.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action on Saturday, December 14th as they take on Xavier University of Louisiana at 4 p.m. in The Den.