(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team will return to the court on Thursday, February 20th as they take on Jesuit Rival Spring Hill College at 7:30 p.m. in The Den.
The two teams faced off earlier this year in Mobile, Alabama on January 29th as the Badgers came away 86-71 victors. They used a 29-12 run to open the second half and while the Pack countered with a 22-6 run later in the period it wasn’t enough. The Wolf Pack was led by 14 points and four steals from Daniel Kuhl. Aleksander Matoski and Kyle Simmons each contributed 10 points while McCall Tomeny tallied a team best six rebounds.
Frederick Gatson notched team highs for Spring Hill with 17 points and six rebounds. He led five Badgers in double figures. Both Robert Gipson and Ty McCants poured in 13 points to help the Badgers despite coming off the bench.
The Wolf Pack (5-18, 4-12) are coming off a 1-1 week in which they defeated Mobile 58-56 at home before falling 63-81 on the road to William Carey. McCall Tomeny scored 24 points and pulled down five rebounds as the Pack defeated Mobile. Kuhl chipped in 14 points and tied with Tomeny for team high honors with five boards as the Pack survived a late rally and defensed two last second potentially game tying shots from Mobile to secure the win. Kuhl and Cameron Hill tied for the Loyola lead with 15 points against William Carey while Jalen Gray added 14 and a team best five assists.
Spring Hill (5-20, 4-11) is coming off losses to Belhaven and Bethel. They fell 53-73 at Belhaven before a 97-91 home defeat to conference newcomer Bethel. Gipson led the team with 17 points off the bench against Belhaven. Drummond scored 16 while Gatson and Jarrett Calhoun each added 15 with Gaston leading the team with seven boards. Gatson was the only player in double figures as he scored 13 against Bethel.
Tomeny is leading the Pack with 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Tomeny is 22nd in the NAIA in rebounds per game and 46th in points per game. Gray and Simmons are neck and neck for the team lead in assists as Gray averages 2.74 and Simmons dishes out 2.65 per game. Kuhl tops the team with 1.5 steals and is 15th in the country with an 85% mark from the free throw line.
Gatson tops the Badgers with averages of 11 points and 6.8 rebounds. Calhoun dishes out 2.8 assists per game for the team that is ranked 30th in the NAIA in total assists and 38th in assists per game. Gipson adds 10.3 points per tilt.
The Pack had a five game winning streak in the rivalry snapped in their last matchup with Spring Hill. The Pack now holds a 22-16 all-time advantage over the Badgers.
Tomorrow’s matchup between Loyola and Spring Hill is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program. The game is just one of many this season between the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Dedicated to academic rigor, research, faith and serving others, Jesuit, Catholic education stands at the intersection of minds, hearts and souls.
You can find live stats, video, and audio for the game at http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/mens-basketball/media.