(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team will look for their third win in five games when they head to Heidelberg Gymnasium on the campus of Belhaven University for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the Blazers on Thursday, February 27th.
Last time these two teams squared off on February 6th, Belhaven won 78-63 thanks to a 23-7 run in the second half to open up a game the Wolf Pack led by as much as eight. McCall Tomeny fronted the Pack effort with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Simmons added 11, Jalen Gray scored 10 while each recorded two steals. Roco Gandara secured a team high eight rebounds and two blocks. The Pack shot 50% from the floor in garnering an eight point halftime lead, but their shooting dropped to 36% in the second stanza. Deon Bedford led the Blazers with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. Five Blazers scored in double figures as they got 10 from Jordan Bedford and Jerrial Dawson and 16 from Datodrick Pinkston.
The Wolf Pack (6-19, 5-13) enters this matchup coming off an 85-76 victory over Bethel University at The Den this past weekend. The Pack received all 85 points from their five starters, all of whom scored in double digits. Simmons had an all-around effort that saw the point guard tally 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Tomeny added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Cameron Hill chipped in 18 while Gray scored 17 as the Pack led throughout over Bethel.
The Blazers (14-13, 12-6) played a midweek game against Xavier of Louisiana on Tuesday evening. The Blazers fell 78-64 after falling to William Carey on Saturday 91-88. Against Xavier, Jordan Bedford had 21 points and six rebounds. Dycus Juste contributed 10. Deon Bedford had three blocks while Chris Cofield led the team with six assists as the Blazers fell behind early and were unable to make up a 15 point halftime deficit.
Tomeny is leading the team with 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per tilt. The junior ranks second in the SSAC in rebounding and sixth in scoring, while shooting the conference’s seventh best mark of 48%. Gray leads the team 2.80 assists per contest. Daniel Kuhl shoots 85.5% from the free throw line which is 13th in the NAIA, while also leading the team with 1.36 steals per game.
Jorden Bedford leads the team with 15.3 points poured in per game. Jonathan Ratliff averages a Blazer best 6.1 boards while Cofield is the 41st best assist guy in the NAIA with an average of 3.85 per game. He also leads the team 1.52 steals per contest.
Last season, Belhaven and Loyola split their two matchups with each squad winning on their home floor. Loyola holds a 24-14 edge over Belhaven in Loyola’s “new era” of athletics.
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