Loyola Men’s Basketball Downs Auburn Montgomery

Sat, 02/18/2012

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated Auburn Montgomery this afternoon 76-71 inside the Physical Education Complex. The Wolfpack move to 17-9, 9-7 in SSAC play, while the Warhawks drop to 5-22, 2-15 in conference play.

The Wolfpack have now won three straight games for the third time this season. Loyola has won six of their past seven conference games. Furthermore, the ‘Pack completes the season sweep of Auburn Montgomery with their victory today.

Robert Lovaglio led the team with 19 points. The sophomore shot 7-16 from the floor, 2-4 from three-point range, and 3-4 from the charity strike. McCall Tomeny registered a productive second half as he finished with 17 points. Tomeny and Lovaglio grabbed six and five rebounds respectively.

In addition, Cameron Cates recorded his second double-double on the year with his 10 points and 11 boards. Corey Gray rounded out the double-digit performances today with 14 points.

It was a back and forth battle to start the game, as neither squad could create any separation from the other until the midway point. The ‘Pack then went on a 12-3 run and maintained the lead as they went into the locker room with the score 38-31 in favor of Loyola. Gray and Lovaglio fueled the Wolfpack’s offense in the half, scoring 24 of the team’s 38 points.

The ‘Pack built their largest lead to 13 points at the nine minute mark in the second after Dylan Kremer’s lay-up gave them a 61-46 lead. Auburn Montgomery cut the deficit to one with 4:30 remaining, but thanks to great late game execution and free throw shooting from the ‘Pack, they were able to hold onto the crucial road victory.

"I was very proud of the team’s execution late in the game. It is never easy to win on the road, especially at this time of the season,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.

Marquez Brooks powered Auburn Montgomery with his 26 points on 50% shooting from the field. Michael Lee and Alex Hergott notched double figures with 19 and 16 points respectively.

The Wolfpack resumes play February 23, when they travel to Hattiesburg to take on William Carey at 7:30 p.m. inside Clinton Gym.
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