NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team (13-8, 5-7 SSAC) will have to rebound quickly after suffering a tough 75-86 loss to the University of Mobile Thursday night. The Wolfpack travel back to Mobile Saturday, but clash with Spring Hill College (10-9, 5-7 SSAC) this time inside the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
As the ‘Pack journey into their final seven games of the regular season, they now find themselves two games behind division leader Belhaven (7-5 SSAC). William Carey and Mobile are tied for second with 6-6 records, and both will square off with the Wolfpack one more time before the end of the season. Loyola currently shares third place with their Saturday opponent Spring Hill, which marks a pivotal turning point for both squads.
The Wolfpack lead the Loyola-Spring Hill overall series 68-60. The ‘Pack looks to sweep their conference Jesuit rival and claim victory inside Arthur R. Outlaw Rec. Center for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Loyola defeated Spring Hill on January 12 of this year at home by the score of 67-65. In the game, senior guard Corey Gray scored 23 points, shooting 8-14 from the field, 4-7 from beyond the arc, and 3-4 from the free throw line. In addition, Kyle Simmons recorded a career high 11 points.
After Thursday night’s 16 point performance, Gray sits with 1,230 career points, and needs just nine points to surpass Jonathan Hernandez and claim the 13 spot on the Loyola all-time scoring list.
Robert Lovaglio continues to rebound from his ankle injury, contributing 18 minutes and 13 points last night, the most since his return. Also, McCall Tomeny recorded his second 20+ scoring game of the season with his 24 points against Mobile.
Spring Hill enters Saturday’s contest on a three game losing skid, dropping six of their past eight games. Once again, the ‘Pack will have to find a way to subdue the Badgers’ biggest offensive threat in Jake Thelen. The freshman center recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the previous game with Loyola this year. Furthermore, Thelen ranks 10th in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.619) as he averages 18.11 points per game.
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