(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team will honor their seniors in their last home contest of the season. They will take on Blue Mountain College on Saturday, March 1st at 4 p.m. in The Den.
The only time these schools have faced off in their history was earlier this season when Loyola came away 71-70 overtime winners thanks to a Jalen Gray three pointer with less than a minute remaining. Nate Pierre had one of his four blocks to save the game in regulation as he blocked a layup with less than five seconds remaining to send the game into the extra session. Neither team took more than a six point lead throughout the game. Kyle Simmons led the way for Loyola with 22 points on 9 for 15 shooting as he drained three triples. McCall Tomeny scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pack. DeVante’ Pulliam led the Toppers with 14 points and seven boards. Shane Butler tallied 13 points and five assists.
The Wolf Pack is coming off a 59-51 defeat to Belhaven University in their road finale this past Thursday evening. McCall Tomeny led the team with 14 points while Daniel Kuhl added 13 as Loyola fell behind by as many as 16 in the first half and was never able to recover as they fell to a Belhaven squad that received votes in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll.
Blue Mountain (8-20, 3-15) defeated Spring Hill on Thursday night thanks to a driving layup from Butler with 4.5 seconds left to give the Toppers a 67-65 win. The layup was two of a team high 14 points from Butler. Jarvis Fischer and Corbin Harris each added 12 while Harris handed out five assists.
Tomeny is leading the Pack (6-20, 5-14) with 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per tilt this season. The junior has tallied seven double doubles and ranks 22nd in the country in rebounds per game. Simmons and Kuhl are both averaging 9.7 points per game while Jalen Gray paces the Pack with 2.81 assists nightly. The Wolf Pack ranks sixth in the country in opponents three point field goal percentage allowed as they have only allowed opponents to shoot 29.4% from behind the arc.
Butler leads the Toppers in scoring with 18.1 points and 1.04 assists per game. Pulliam scores 13 while grabbing six boards and leading the country in field goal percentage with a mark of 72.3%. Harris is 11th in the NAIA in assists per game with 4.92. Blue Mountain is ranked 14th in the nation in total assists with 491 and 10th in assists to turnover ratio as they average 1.194 assists to every miscue.
Prior to the game the Wolf Pack will honor seniors Manuel “Roco” Gandara and Cameron Hill. Gandara is a native of Tintillo Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Gandara ranks eighth in career blocks in Loyola history and is averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds on a team best 50.7% from the field this season. Hill, from Chicago, Illinois, has made seven starts and is averaging 5.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Pack. This is the last regular season game for the Pack in the 2013-14 campaign.
You can find live stats and video of the game at http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/mens-basketball/media.