(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated Emmanuel College 70-64 Friday night in The Den in the first Southern States Athletic Conference game of the season.
Robert Lovaglio led all scorers with 25 points on 11 of 14 shooting from the field. He grabbed a team high eight rebounds. It was Lovaglio’s third game this season with 20 or more points. The Wolf Pack had three other players in double figures. Mason Ibert had a career high 16 points in just his fifth college game. McCall Tomeny and Kyle Simmons added double figures with Tomeny scoring 14 and Simmons contributing 13.
For Emmanuel (7-1, 0-1 SSAC), Adrian Justice led the Lions with a team high 17 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field. Isaiah Tyus had 13 points off the bench. It was the Lions first loss on the season.
Loyola (3-2, 1-0 SSAC) shot 54.2% from the field, including 54.5% from behind the arc. The Pack defense held Emmanuel to a shooting clip of 35.8% from the field and 21.7% from distance. Loyola enjoyed a sizable advantage on the boards as they outrebounded the Lions 39-24.
The Wolf Pack trailed only in the opening moments of the contest as a jumper by Justice off an early Loyola turnover gave Emmanuel a 2-0 lead. The Pack answered with a 19-2 run, culminating with a Lovaglio jumper at the 12:26 mark. The Lions battled back to cut the lead to 30-23 at the break.
In the second half, Emmanuel would cut the Loyola advantage to one point on three different occasions, the last came on a field goal by Patrick McCrary with 15:12 to play. Loyola extended the margin to 13 points with 1:48 to play and held on for the 70-64 win.
“I was proud of the effort our guys gave tonight. We understood the scheme and personnel that Emmanuel has. I felt our team did a great job applying our scouting report in tonight’s game and gave a great effort for the win,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
The Pack returns to action on Saturday with another SSAC tilt. Brewton Parker travels to The Den for a 5 p.m. tip off.
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