(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team will take their longest trip of the season as they head to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP. The matchup is set to tipoff on Saturday, November 9th at 8 p.m. central time in the Don Haskins Center.
Head Coach Dr. Michael Giorlando will be facing off against Tim Floyd, the head coach of UTEP. Giorlando was an assistant coach under Floyd at University of New Orleans during the 1991-92 season.
The Wolf Pack (0-1) is coming off an exhibition loss to Tulane University in the Battle of Freret Street in their last contest. Loyola jumped out to an early 13-6 lead , but a 27-6 run flipped the game in the Green Wave’s favor. Mason Ibert led the Pack with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block in a great all around effort against the Green Wave. Aleksander Matoski and Cameron Hill came off the bench to contribute 27 points for the Pack.
McCall Tomeny led the Pack in their opening game, a 79-78 loss to Carver College, as he scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Austin Roark posted 19 points and 10 rebounds to set career highs in the game against Carver.
UTEP will begin their season with the contest against Loyola. Last season, the Miners went 18-14 with a 10-6 record in Conference USA. Julian Washburn returns after leading the team with a 12.3 scoring average in the 2012-13 season. John Bohannon is also back after scoring 10.2 points and leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.
UTEP played an exhibition contest against Southeastern Oklahoma State last Saturday and came away 91-63 winners. Bohannon led the Miners effort with 16 points and nine rebounds. Vince Hunter came off the bench to contribute 15 points and eight rebounds while Jalen Ragland also tallied 15 points.
Also of note, Loyola graduate James Olivard played Louis 'Flip' Baudoinin the movie Glory Road which depicted the Texas Western run to the 1966 NCAA Championship. Texas Western later became UTEP.