NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell in a heartbreaker to Tulane University 70-68 in an exhibition Sunday night at Fogelman Arena.
Sophomore Robert Lovaglio had a big night for the Wolfpack, scoring 19 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, dishing out three assists, and garnering one block. Cameron Cates and Chris Joseph joined Lovaglio in double digit scoring, knocking down 10 and 12 points respectively.
“It was a great game tonight. Both teams played hard,” said head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. “Everyone that got in made contributions, and that’s all you can ask for from a team.”
In the back and forth first half that saw 10 lead changes, Tulane struck early, building a 17-10 lead in the first eight minutes. The ‘Pack fought back with a 13-4 run that included a pair of three pointers by Lovaglio to give Loyola a lead at 23-22.
It remained a one possession game until the 2:37 mark when Josh Davis hit a three pointer for Tulane to extend the margin to 40-34. Damir Durmo answered with a three pointer of his own for Loyola. Ricky Tarrant scored the last points of the stanza with a layup to give Tulane a 42-37 lead at the break.
Another bucket by Tarrant after intermission gave Tulane a seven point lead before the Wolfpack went on a 10-2 run to take their first lead of the second half, as a Chris Joseph bucket make the score 47-46.
After a jumper by Davis, Joseph again put the Wolfpack on top 49-48 with 14:58 to play.
Davis answered as well for the Wave, as he sparked a 13-1 run that was later extended to a 12 point lead with Dan Monckton’s three pointer, giving Tulane their largest lead of the contest with 8:41 to play.
Loyola rallied again, outscoring the Green Wave 16-6 over the final eight minutes, including nine points from Joseph in the run. The last Joseph bucket came off a steal and lay-in with 22 seconds remaining that cut the Tulane margin to 69-68.
Trent Rogers converted one of two free throws to make the score 70-68 with 5.1 seconds left.
Joseph took the Loyola inbounds and was fouled on a drive to the basket. He missed the front end of the one and one with 1.2 seconds remaining and Timmons secured the rebound and victory for Tulane.
“I was very proud of the support from the Loyola community,” continued Giorlando. “The crowd was outstanding. They played a big part in our run down the stretch. Our guys used their energy to our advantage tonight.”
Sophomore forward Josh Davis and freshman guard Ricky Tarrant spearheaded Tulane’s offense. Davis recorded a double-double scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Tarrant scored 19 points on 8-14 shooting from the field. The Green Wave’s inside game was a big difference maker tonight, scoring 38 points in the paint.
The two point loss was the closest Loyola has come to defeating Tulane since 1971 when the Wolfpack downed the Green Wave 89-73.
Loyola returns to action November 10 at 7 p.m., when they host St. Thomas in The Den.
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