NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team held on to win a game they led for over 38 minutes, despite a late surge from Spring Hill College. The Wolfpack beat the Badgers, 67-56.
Ryan Brock led the way for the ‘Pack (11-10, 4-3 SSAC) with 18 points. Tommy Stangl had a career-high 15 points, and Corey Gray chipped in 13. Richard Kohnke had 10 rebounds for the ‘Pack, while Brock added eight.
Throughout the early part of the first half, the Wolfpack steadily built a lead. Brock gave LU its biggest lead of the half when he hit a three-pointer with 7:56 remaining in the first frame, giving the Wolfpack the 23-15 lead.
Gray connected on 3-of-8 from three-point range in the first half, leading the team with 11 points heading into the break. Darrinton Moncrieffe blocked three Badger shots in the half. The Wolfpack closed out the first half with a 37-32 lead.
The two teams traded buckets for the first part of the second half, with LU leading narrowly. The Badgers hung around, though, and took their first second half lead with 8:25 to play off of a Greg Gardner put-back layup.
The Wolfpack responded with an 11-1 run to put LU firmly back in control. The run was capped off by a pair of Kohnke free throws that put the ‘Pack up 59-50 with 5:41 remaining. Loyola shot 18-for-24 from the free throw line in the second half to help seal the victory.
LU’s next game will be Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. against Dillard in The Den. During that game, LU will be hosting the fifth annual Loyola Wolfpack for the Cure event, and the team will be raising money and awareness for cancer research.
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