(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans captured their third straight win with a 74-64 men’s basketball victory over SSAC rival Southern Polytechnic State University on Saturday evening in The Den.
Loyola (3-3, 2-2 SSAC) fell behind 2-0 on a Kevin Phillip shot in the first 17 seconds, but Austin Roark followed with two free throws and Kyle Simmons hit a three and the Pack never trailed. Those five points started an 11-0 run capped by a Jalen Gray field goal. The Wolf Pack lead grew as large as 14 in the first half thanks to Simmons, who scored eight points in a span of 1:17 as part of his 15 first half points.
The Pack led by as much as 15 in the second half as Aleksander Matoski scored two of his 16 points to make the score 47-32 with 15:14 remaining in the game. However, the Hornets made a run to get back in the game, getting the game down to 59-54 with five minutes remaining as Kevin Phillip, Marcus Dortch, and Chris Key made shots. However, the Pack scored five straight points to put the game away as McCall Tomeny hit a jumper and Jalen Gray scored off a long pass from Simmons with 2:30 remaining to essentially end the contest.
Simmons led the Pack in scoring with 21 points and a game high six assists. The point guard went 6-11 from the field and 3-6 from behind the three point line to tally his 21 points. McCall Tomeny had 17 points and a team best eight rebounds. The Pack shot 44.9% from the field and made 25 of 33 free throws to help secure the win.
The Hornets (3-4, 1-3 SSAC) were led by Chris Key’s 19 point, 10 rebound effort off the bench. Kevin Phillip and CJ McElrath each scored 10 while Ricky Fuller contributed 11 off the pine. Evyn Smith had a team best three assists. The Pack held Southern Poly to 35.9% shooting and only 16 free throw attempts for the contest. Eight different Hornets players recorded a steal, but Smith was the only player with two.
“I’m really proud of our team effort. This is a quality win over a tough opponent to cap off the weekend. Kyle Simmons hit some big shots for us tonight and really took care of the ball. I thought our team defense was outstanding. We’ll enjoy this win tonight and get back to work on Monday,” said Head Coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
The Pack will be back in action on Tuesday, November 26th as they take on Southern University New Orleans at 7:30 p.m. in The Den.