(New Orleans, La) Loyola University New Orleans (11-8, 5-4) picked up a crucial conference victory over Spring Hill College (4-17, 3-7). The 58-53 victory moved Loyola into a three way tie for third place with Mobile and Belhaven in the Western Division of the SSAC.
Loyola jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as McCall Tomeny and Kyle Simmons hit three pointers on the Wolf Pack’s second and third possessions of the night. Loyola did not trail the entire game. The lead jumped to 10 after just 5:43 of action as all five of Loyola’s starters scored early.
Tomeny stretched the lead to 17 after he made a shot with 4:51 remaining in the first half. Spring Hill was able to cut the lead to 12 at halftime, 34-22. Loyola led by 16 with only 8:08 remaining in the game, but the Badgers made a run cutting the lead to one with a Wesley Pietri three pointer with 1:33 remaining.
Trailing by one, Spring Hill pressed high up the court, but the Wolf Pack broke the press and Manuel Gandara fed Tomeny for an open court dunk to seal the game. Alex Looney tried a desperation three pointer with a couple seconds remaining, and Kyle Simmons made two free throws to provide the final margin with 1.4 seconds left.
Tomeny finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds. A game after scoring his 1,000th point, Robert Lovaglio moved into 24th place on the all-time scoring list, passing Zach Tyson. Tyson finished his career with 1,017 points. Lovaglio has 1,022 after tonight’s 11 point effort. Steve Davis also scored 11 points and added a team-high eight rebounds.
Alex Looney scored 15 points and also pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Badgers in both categories. Robert Gipson was the only other player in double figures, scoring 11.
Loyola shot 50% in the first half and 44% for the game to help them come away with the victory. Sprinig Hill made all seven of their free throw shots for the game, but shot only 36% from the field in the losing effort.
Saturday’s matchup between Loyola University New Orleans and Spring Hill College was also a part of a nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education.
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.
The spotlight project includes awareness announcements during these designated games and during game casts on radio and television. Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago.
Loyola will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24th in Montgomery for a game against Faulkner, the 21st ranked team in the country.