NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell just short of earning their first victory on UNO’s home court at Lakefront Arena, losing 81-73. The Wolfpack drop to 14-9 as the Privateers jump to 15-11.
Loyola splits the two game season series vs. UNO, with each team winning on their respective home courts. The ‘Pack finish 6-2 against in-city foes.
In his first start since January 6 vs. Brewton-Parker, Robert Lovaglio jump-started the offense, scoring eight of Loyola’s first 13 points. The sophomore finished with 18 points on 7-10 shooting from the field and 4-9 from the free throw line.
McCall Tomeny and Corey Gray recorded double-digit nights with 12 and 17 points respectively. Tomeny shot 6-9 from the field, while Gray added eight rebounds to his season resume.
With the Wolfpack down 25-18 midway through the half, Loyola produced a 19-4 run, gaining their first and largest lead of the game, up eight. The Privateers countered with a 11-3 run, as the ‘Pack and UNO headed into half deadlocked at 40.
The second half was a hard fought back and forth battle that saw seven total lead changes. Cameron Cates stepped up, tallying 12 of his 15 points in the second. With the game tied at 69 with five minutes remaining, the Privateers pulled away, escaping with the win.
Loyola finished 48.1% from the floor, 4-18 from three-point range, and 65.4% from the charity stirke. The Wolfpack out-rebounded the Privateers 41-25 and outscored them in the paint 36-32.
Junior forward Lovell Cook powered the Privateers offense this evening. Cook scored 22 points on 11-15 shooting from the field. Eleven total UNO players recorded at least two points for the Privateers.
Loyola returns to action Saturday, when they host Faulkner inside The Den at 4 p.m.
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