(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball returns home for a matchup with Martin Methodist College on Saturday, January 18th at 4 p.m. in The Den.
The Wolf Pack (4-10, 3-4) are coming off a thrilling 71-70 overtime victory over Blue Mountain College on Thursday evening. Jalen Gray hit a three pointer with 40 seconds left to pull Loyola in front. The Pack then got a defensive stop on the other end to preserve the win. Nate Pierre forced overtime late in regulation as he blocked a buzzer beating layup to keep the score even. Kyle Simmons scored 22 to lead the Pack. McCall Tomeny scored 18 which allowed him to become the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 career points for Loyola. The junior forward hit two free throws with 6:49 remaining in the game to score his 1,000th point. It was part of eight straight points scored by the Baton Rouge native.
Martin Methodist (9-5, 4-2) received votes in the latest NAIA poll. The Redhawks are coming off a 73-59 victory over Belhaven University on Thursday. The Redhawks took a 13 point lead into halftime and cruised to a victory thanks to 23 points and seven rebounds from Robert Boyd. Reginald Porter added 15 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.
Tomeny tops the Pack with 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Tomeny ranks eighth in the NAIA in defensive rebounds per game with 6.55. Kyle Simmons is second on the team with 10.9 points per game. Jalen Gray leads the team with 2.4 assists per game. The Pack are top 25 in the NAIA in three point field goal percentage defense (30.5%) and scoring defense (68.85 ppg).
Boyd is one of four players who averages in double figures as tops the team with 15.2 points per game. Brian Blackmon, Darius Woods, and D’Angelo Tucker all score between 10 and 11 points per game. Porter leads the team with 6.6 rebounds. The team is 19th in the NAIA in blocks per game with 3.5 per contest and 20th in field goal percentage defense as they all 41.1%.
The Redhawks come into the game sitting in third place in the Western Division of the SSAC, while the Wolf Pack are currently in sixth place. The two teams have played twice in their history, and the Redhawks were victorious in both matchups, with the last one being a 82-65 game during the 1995-96 season.
The game will have live statistics and live video from the following link: http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/mens-basketball/media.