(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will renew their rivalry with Spring Hill College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center in Mobile, Alabama.
Loyola enters the contest after a high scoring game against #8 William Carey in which they lost 95-90. The Pack jumped out to an early eight point lead, but the Crusaders countered with an 18-2 run to take a halftime lead they never relinquished. Daniel Kuhl was a catalyst for the Wolf Pack as he set career highs with 23 points and nine rebounds. Jalen Gray tallied 21 points while Kyle Simmons dished out 13 assists both of which were career bests.
Spring Hill fell 82-74 to Bethel University in their last contest, as Bethel used a strong second half run to overcome a one point halftime deficit. Spring Hill had four players in double figures led by 18 from Jarrett Calhoun and 17 from Robert Gipson. Frederick Gatson poured in 14 poinst and a team best eight rebounds and five assists.
This will be the first matchup between the SSAC and Jesuit basketball rivals this season. Loyola is sixth and Spring Hill is seventh in the western division of the SSAC. The Pack (4-13, 3-7) enter the contest ½ game up on the Badgers (3-16, 2-7).
McCall Tomeny fronts the Pack with averages of 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Simmons scores 11 points with a team best 2.9 assists per game. Kuhl grabs 1.2 steals per game and ranks 17th in the NAIA in free throw percentage with 85.4%. The Pack is 22nd in the NAIA in three point field goal percentage defense with 31.5% allowed to opponents.
Gatson leads the Badgers with 10.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 0.7 steals per game. Calhoun stops the squad with 2.8 assists per game. The team has six players who average between 8.1 and 10.6 points per game. The team has made 125 three point field goals this year which is 43rd in the NAIA, while Gipson ranks 43rd with 41.7% shooting from three point range.
The Pack has won five straight games in the rivalry with Spring Hill and now holds a 22-15 all-time advantage. In their last meeting, on February 13th of last season, the Pack went on a 21-2 run to secure the win. Cameron Hill scored 16 points off the bench for the Pack while Gipson also scored 16 for the Badgers.
Tomorrow’s matchup between Loyola and Spring Hill is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program. The game is just one of many this season between the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Dedicated to academic rigor, research, faith and serving
others, Jesuit, Catholic education stands at the intersection of minds, hearts and souls.
Wolf Pack fans can find live stats and video of the game by following this link: shcbadgers.com.