(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team will return to action on Thursday, February 13th as they host the University of Mobile in an SSAC matchup at 7:30 p.m. in The Den.
The Rams and Wolf Pack have squared off 43 times in Loyola’s new era of athletics with the Rams holding a 26-17 edge. Mobile has won seven of the past eight matchups including both contests last season and the earlier matchup this year. Loyola held a four point lead with 8:51 remaining in that game, but Mobile closed the contest on a 23-6 run to secure a 68-55 victory over the Pack. Daniel Kuhl scored a team best 13 for Loyola. Brandon Morris led the Rams with 15 points while Julien Sargent scored 14 by making all seven of his field goal attempts.
Loyola (4-17, 3-11) enters the rematch with Mobile coming off losses last week to Belhaven and Martin Methodist. The Pack fell 78-63 to Belhaven at home before succumbing 59-48 in a road contest against Martin Methodist on Saturday. McCall Tomeny led the Pack with 28 points and 13 rebounds last week, while Kyle Simmons added 20 points and six steals.
Mobile (12-10, 7-6) split their two home games last week. The Rams fell 68-73 to William Carey on Thursday before mustering a 66-62 win over Spring Hill. CJ McGill tallied 26 against William Carey and Chris Richardson scored 16 points in the Spring Hill bout. Julien Sargent had 28 points and a team best 18 rebounds for the week.
Tomeny paces the Pack with averages of 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He is 19th in the country in rebounds per game and 46th in points per tilt. Kyle Simmons leads the team with 2.7 assists per contest while also pouring in 10.7 points. Kuhl leads the team with 1.4 steals per game and ranks 14th in the NAIA in free throw percentage as he is making 85.5% of his attempts. The team is shutting down opponents from behind the three point line, only allowing 30.6% which is 16th in the NAIA. The team is also 31st in scoring defense, only surrendering 71.8 points against.
Morris leads the Rams with an average of 16.7 points while Sargent notches 9.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Kwame Beard tallies 9.6 points and a team best 4.3 assists per tilt. Cody Scott adds 11 points nightly. McGill is the most accurate three point shooter in the country as he makes his long distance attempts at a 52.1% clip. The team shoots 47.5% from the floor which is 19th nationally.
The matchup between the Wolf Pack and the Rams is part of the Annual Cancer Awareness Games hosted by the Loyola University New Orleans Athletics and Wellness department which benefits the Play 4Kay charity and the Coaches vs. Cancer Program. The two schools will also play each other in women’s basketball at 5:30 p.m. as part of the doubleheader. The event was organized by the Athletics and Wellness Student Leadership Council that is comprised of student leaders from each athletic team and student employee staff. Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is the official Play 4Kay charity. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
You can catch live video and stats of the game here: http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/mens-basketball/media.