Loyola University New Orleans (10-8, 4-4) will look to start a winning streak as they face off against fellow Jesuit and SSAC foe, Spring Hill College (4-16, 3-6) in the Hall of Fame game at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon at The Den.
On Saturday, Loyola will be inducting three new members to the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame. The 2013 inductees are Peter Finney, Sr. ’49 (Basketball 1948–1949, Freshman Basketball Coach 1949, Sports Information Director 1950–1960), Kelly Fridge ‘06 (Volleyball 2002-2006), and Michael Gulotta ’04 (Cross Country 2000-2004). Erwin Caswell, Jr. ’56, J.D. ‘70 will also be honored with the St. Sebastian Award for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes off the field of play. The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Danna Student Center, with a reception after the basketball game and before the induction ceremony at 5:45 p.m.
Loyola stopped a three game losing streak in their last outing by defeating their cross town rivals at Dillard University, 73-58. In the first half Robert Lovaglio scored his 1,000th career point, the
25th player in Wolf Pack history to accomplish the feat.
Lovaglio is second in the SSAC in scoring this season at 22.5 per contest while also pulling down 6.9 rebounds. McCall Tomeny leads the team in rebounding with 7.1 and is second in scoring with 15 points a night. Tomeny is 5th in the SSAC in field goal percentage this season, shooting 53.8% for the season.
Spring Hill enters the game after having beaten Auburn Montgomery 57-55 on Thursday night. The Badgers held a 20 point halftime lead, but almost let it slip away as AUM scored 10 straight points in the last three minutes to cut the lead to 2 with 51 seconds remaining, but they couldn’t tie the game on a last second shot. The victory by Spring Hill broke a three game losing streak.
Spring Hill is led in scoring by Alex Looney who averages 12.7 points per game. Frederick Gatson leads the Badgers with 6.5 rebounds nightly. Todd Martin is the second leading scorer with 10.6 points a night.
Saturday’s matchup between Spring Hill College and Loyola University New Orleans is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Spring Hill and Loyola are Jesuit schools.
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.
The spotlight project includes awareness announcements during these designated games and during game casts on radio and television; and other awareness opportunities. Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago.