(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team had three players honored by the Southern States Athletic Conference at the postseason awards conference on Wednesday. McCall Tomeny was named to the All-Conference team while Jalen Gray and Nate Pierre earned All-Freshman honors.
McCall Tomeny was named first team All-SSAC after averaging 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds. The junior forward tallied seven double doubles. He was the eighth best scorer in the conference. He finished second in the SSAC and 23rd in the entire NAIA in rebounds per game. He is also fifth in total rebounds in Loyola history with 561 career boards. This year he pulled down 179 boards which was the 15th most in a season for a Loyola basketball player. He currently sits 17th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,169 career points. The Baton Rouge native shot 46.9% from the floor which was the eighth best mark in the SSAC. Tomeny had season highs of 31 points and 15 rebounds in the Pack’s opening game of the year against Carver College.
Jalen Gray and Nate Pierre were tabbed to the SSAC All-Freshman team in their first season with the Pack. Gray was the team’s fourth leading scorer with 8.8 points per game and led the squad with 2.78 assists per game. He ranked 17th in the SSAC in assists while grabbing 22 steals this season. The guard from New Orleans started all 27 games and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per tilt. He scored a career high 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting as the Wolf Pack almost took down #5 William Carey. He improved as the season went along, scoring at least seven points in all but one of the final 12 games of the season.
Nate Pierre started three games and played in 16 before his debut season was derailed with a foot injury. He averaged 2.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while blocking one shot per game. Pierre had two of his best games in two Pack wins. He had seven rebounds, one steal, and three blocks as the Wolf Pack took down #19 Xavier on November 19th. He then tallied five rebounds, one steal, and four blocks as the Wolf Pack earned an overtime victory over Blue Mountain College on January 16th. The Folsom, Louisiana native blocked a layup with less than five seconds remaining to send the game into the extra period.