(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans fell 79-78 in overtime to Auburn University Montgomery in the regular season finale Saturday at AUM’s Physical Education Complex. Michael Acoff hit a layup with one second remaining to give AUM the win after Aleksander Matoski had sent the game to overtime.
The Warhawks opened the game by outscoring Loyola 29-12 in the first 10 minutes of the game, however Loyola fought back and trailed 39-32 entering the second half thanks to 13 first half points from Robert Lovaglio.
AUM opened the second half on a 8-0 run as four different players scored to open up a 15 point lead. Loyola responded with a 20-6 run thanks to 10 points from McCall Tomeny during the spurt. The Pack took their first lead of the game with 9:35 remaining when Lovaglio hit a jumper in the paint. After that point, neither team led by more than four points.
Loyola (15-13, 9-9) trailed by four with 34 seconds remaining, but McCall Tomeny made a layup and AUM missed the front end of two straight 1 and 1 free throws which allowed Matoski to tie the game with one second remaining to force overtime.
AUM (13-13, 10-8) scored the first six points in overtime, four of which came from Acoff. Loyola fought back once again as Lovaglio hit a three and Steve Davis made two shots, the second of which came off one of Kyle Simmons’ 10 assists. However, Acoff made a layup with one second remaining to give the Warhawks the victory.
Tomeny continued his stretch of good play with a 27 point night to go along with five rebounds for the Wolf Pack. Lovaglio scored 19 and had five assists. Matoski came off the bench to score 11 points for the Pack. Tomeny and Matoski both finished with five rebounds.
AUM was led by a 20 point night from Acoff and Quay Davis. Reshad Bickham finished with 11 points and a game high seven rebounds. LaRel Jackson led AUM with seven assists.
The victory by AUM secured the third spot in next week’s conference tournament while Loyola will open the SSAC championship as the fourth seed in the Western Division.
Loyola shot 50% from the field for the game, but was outdone by AUM’s 60% shooting night. The Wolf Pack stayed in the game as they shot 71.4% from the line compared to the Warhawks 41.7% shooting from that distance. The Pack were outrebounded 34-24.
The Wolf Pack will open the conference tournament on Wednesday, February 27th against either Coastal Georgia or Truett-McConnell at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl.