New Orleans, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team won their season opener against Carver College 78-59 Saturday afternoon in The Den.
The impressive duo of junior Robert Lovaglio and sophomore McCall Tomeny led the offense for the Wolf Pack. Lovaglio scored 27 points, shooting 12-17 from the field, 3-4 on the free throw line, grabbed seven total rebounds, and had three assists. Tomeny had a hot hand on the afternoon shooting 10-12 from the field en route to 20 points. He grabbed a game high 11 rebounds for the double double and added two assists.
The Wolf Pack dominated the Cougars from the onset of the game. After the teams traded buckets to start the game, Loyola went on a 10-2 run in the first three minutes and continued the lead well into the first half. The lead grew to as many as 18 points in the opening stanza with a Logalio bucket at the 1:16 mark putting the Pack up 39-21. The Wolf Pack led 39-23 at the break.
In the second half, Loyola extended the margin to as many as 28 points with a Kyle Simmons field goal made the score 63-35 with 9:36 left in the game. Simmons finished with 10 points and six rebounds on the afternoon.
For Carver (0-2), Nickolas Hood shot 6-14 from the field, 5-6 from the free throw line, and totaled 18 points to lead the Cougars. Joe Comer and Julian Bratton each finished with 12 points for Carver.
The Wolf Pack enjoyed a sizeable advantage from the field, shooting at a 62.7% clip, while holding the Cougars to 36.7%.
Loyola returns to the court on Sunday when they play Morehouse College in The Den at 3 p.m.