CLEVELAND, Ga. - Junior Corey Gray had a game-high 18 points and senior Ryan Brock added 15 as the Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated Truett-McConnell College, 73-65, on Saturday evening at the Bears’ Den.
Loyola (4-2) went up 35-32 late in the first half on a three-pointer from freshman Tommy Stangl and never looked back as they went on to pick up their second road victory of the season.
While Gray and Brock, two of the top scorers in the SSAC, combined for 33 points, Loyola got a team effort with eight players scoring at least four points. Junior Cameron Cates finished with 10 points and seven rebounds while freshmen Robert Lovaglio and Jamal Silas added eight and seven points respectively.
Early in the game, Brock gave LU an 8-3 lead on a field goal at the 17:45 mark. The Bears scored the next five points, and neither team gained control until Stangl’s three broke a 32-32 tie with 4:29 left. Freshman Manuel Gandara, who had four points and seven rebounds, added a field goal to put the score at 39-34 at the break.
After the intermission, the ‘Pack continued to hold a comfortable lead until Truett’s Roderick Bombard put the score at 52-50 on a bucket with 9:41 left.
The ‘Pack maintained the lead, going up 60-54 on a put-back from Brock with less than five minutes left.
Truett-McConnell made one last effort, bringing the score to 64-62 on a three from Dustin Jeffords with 1:39 remaining. However, Stangl answered with a bucket and following a Bear free throw, Lovaglio put the game away with a three-pointer.
Loyola shot 45 percent (29 of 65) from the field and held a 40-28 rebounding advantage. The ‘Pack connected on seven three-pointers, led by Gray who was 4 of 7.
Following a tightly officiated game on Friday, the Wolfpack committed only 15 fouls on the evening.
Truett-McConnell (3-4) finished at 40 percent (23 of 58) from the floor but struggled from behind the arc, making only 5 of 27 attempts. The Bears were led by Deric Ware with 17 points, Tulio Chatchou had 12, and Bombard added 10.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 27, when they travel to Hammond, La. for an exhibition game against Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m.