Loyola men’s hoops can’t maintain edge in rivalry

Thu, 01/30/2014

Aleksander Matoski scored 10 points but Loyola couldn't defeat Spring Hill

(Mobile, Ala.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell 86-71 to Jesuit rival Spring Hill College on Thursday night in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center in Mobile, Alabama.

The two teams were evenly matched in the first half as neither squads could gain more than a four point advantage. The two sides managed 10 ties through the first 16 minutes of action. However, with Loyola leading 31-30 after a pair of Aleksander Matoski free throws, the Badgers made a run. They finished the half on a 11-2 spurt as Jackson Fos hit two consecutive three pointers and Sam Hutcheson converted a three point play allowing Spring Hill to take a 41-33 lead into the break.

The Badgers stayed hot in the second half as they opened the stanza on a 29-12 run. Frederick Gatson scored the first six points of the frame for Spring Hill to help open up the lead. The Wolf Pack cut the deficit to single digits as Roco Gandara scored seven straight points and Jared Townsend contributed five as the Pack went on a 22-6 run to make the score 76-67 with 2:59 remaining. However, the Badgers converted enough free throws to stem the Wolf Pack rally and secure the win.

The Wolf Pack (4-14, 3-8) were led by 14 points and four steals from Daniel Kuhl who did his damage at the line, hitting 7 of 8 free throws. Matoski scored 10 points on only five shots, while junior guard Kyle Simmons contributed 10 points five rebounds and four steals. McCall Tomeny returned from an injury to score seven points and tally a team best six rebounds and three assists off the bench. The Wolf Pack’s streak of five consecutive victories over Spring Hill came to an end with the defeat.

Gatson notched team highs for Spring Hill with 17 points and six rebounds. He led five Badgers in double figures. Both Robert Gipson and Ty McCants poured in 13 points despite coming off the Badger bench. Alex Looney dished out four assists.

The Badgers (4-16, 3-7) were aided by their efforts from downtown as the team hit 10-21 of their three pointers with two apiece from Gatson, Fos, Gipson and McCants. The team shot 55.4% from the floor while holding Loyola to 37.7% shooting. The Wolf Pack had a 13-7 advantage in steals and shot 37 free throws, converting 25 compared to Spring Hill who went 14 of 19 from the stripe.

The Wolf Pack will return to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 1st as they take on Bethel University at Baker Gymnasium in McKenzie, Tennessee.

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