(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola men’s basketball team rallied to defeat the Truett-McConnell Bears 78-67 behind 19 points from Robert Lovaglio. Lovaglio scored 13 of the team’s 27 points in the first half to keep the Wolf Pack in the game, setting up a great closing run.
The Wolf Pack finished the game on a 30-12 run that saw them go from down 48-55 with 11:26 remaining to an 11 point victory. The run was started when Steve Davis converted a three point play after being fouled on a layup attempt by Brandon Joiner. Loyola was able to score 11 straight points to turn the seven point deficit into a four point lead. Lovaglio made the big shot when he hit a three point bucket with 9:18 remaining to tie the score for the first time since there was 14:25 remaining in the first half.
McCall Tomeny had four points during the stretch to help Loyola take the lead. He scored 15 points on the night while also pulling down a team high 10 rebounds. Daniel Kuhl was the only other Wolf Pack player to score in double figures, he finished with 13.
Point guard Kyle Simmons only had eight points and three assists, but his biggest contributions were defensively. Loyola put Simmons on Truett-McConnell’s top scorer, Anthony Dorsey late in the second half. Simmons stayed in front of Dorsey, who finished with 35 of his team’s 67 points, and forced him into two misses down the stretch of the game. Dorsey finished the game shooting a sizzling 15-22 from the field and 5-10 from behind the arc. Brandon Joiner was the only other Bear (2-12, 0-5) in double figures with 16.
“They are a very talented and well coached team. Credit their strategy and discipline on the offensive end. I thought we were a bit rusty off the holiday break, but we were able to make a couple adjustments in the second half. Dorsey is a phenomenal player and Alex Matoski did a great job pressuring him. We utilized Kyle as well to help slow him down in the second half,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
Loyola dominated the glass, outrebounding Truett-McConnell 41-24. The Wolf Pack pulled down 17 offensive rebounds. They were able to come back in the second half by shooting a scorching 61.5%. They shot 79% from two point range in the half, and converted 18-21 free throws to overtake the Bears.
Loyola (9-5, 4-1) will be back in action on Saturday, January 4th when they host Southern Wesleyan at 5 p.m. at the Den.
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