(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will complete a four-game road trip with a matchup against Blue Mountain College on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Wilfred C. Tyler Gymnasium.
The Wolf Pack (3-10, 2-4) will look to bounce back in conference play after losing two SSAC matchups on the road last weekend to Emmanuel and Southern Wesleyan. McCall Tomeny scored 16 points against Emmanuel before tallying 24 in Loyola’s 76-70 defeat to Southern Wesleyan. The 40 points bring Tomeny’s career total to 985, just 15 short of 1,000 career points. There have been 25 Wolf Pack players to eclipse 1,000 career points in a Wolf Pack uniform.
Blue Mountain (6-9, 1-4) enters the matchup on a two game losing streak at the hands of Brewton Parker and Coastal Georgia. The Toppers fell 86-71 to Coastal Georgia on the road despite getting 25 points from Shane Butler and 17 from Devante Pulliam. Pulliam is the top ranked shooter in the NAIA as he is making baskets at a 74.1% clip.
Tomeny leads the Pack in scoring, rebounding, and blocks with averages of 18.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. He ranks 34th in the NAIA in points per tilt, and is in the top 20 in rebounds and defensive rebounds per contest. Jalen Gray is posting 2.54 assists per game and Daniel Kuhl is averaging 1.1 steals to top the team. The Wolf Pack are ranked 15th in the NAIA in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing teams to shoot only 29.9%. They are also 20th in scoring defense allowing a stingy 68.8 points per game.
Butler is 10th in the NAIA in points (21.6) and 12th in assists (5.06) to lead the Toppers. Corbin Harris outdoes his teammate with a 5.13 assists per night, which is good for 10th in the NAIA. Pulliam paces the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. The team is 15th in knocking down three pointers at 37.8%. They are also sixth in assists per game and fifth in assist to turnover ratio.
This will be the first matchup between the two teams as Blue Mountain College is in the midst of their debut season in the SSAC. The two teams will square off again on March 1st in the Den as the Wolf Pack celebrates its seniors before the regular season finale.
There will be live stats of the game at http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&sea=NAIMBB_2013&team=409.