New Orleans, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated Morehouse College in overtime 74-69 Sunday afternoon in The Den. The victory was the second win for the Pack on the opening weekend of their season.
Junior Robert Lovaglio and sophomore McCall Tomeny led Loyola (2-0). Lovaglio scored 20 points and was 2-3 in three-pointers. Tomeny shot 8-12 from the free throw line en route to his 16 points. Steve Davis had a career high 11 points on the day, shooting a perfect 3-3 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds, while Lovaglio nabbed nine.
Tied at 60 points apiece, with two minutes left in the second half, Morehouse scored five unanswered points on a three-pointer and field goal by Shawn Allen. Loyola responded with a run of its own. Roco Gandara converted a free throw followed by Mason Ibert’s basket. With nine seconds remaining on the clock, Gandara tied the game with a field goal, forcing an overtime.
In overtime, Morehouse took the lead, scoring the first two buckets. Loyola then stopped the Tiger’s offense, going on a nine-point unanswered run. Lovaglio and Daniel Kuhl scored buckets to tie the score at 69. Later, Davis converted two free throws to give the Wolf Pack the lead for good. Kyle Simmons and Kuhl added free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Maroon Tigers (0-2) were led by Andrae Nelson who was 9-15 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line, recording 23 points. Allen added 12 points and Austin Anderson chipped in 11. Nelson grabbed seven rebounds while Raphael Walker had five.
“It was a hard fought game tonight. Our team was resilient in regulation to rally to get to overtime and later in the overtime to get the win. We did a nice job rebounding and limited their second chance opportunities. We were poised on the offensive end and did a good job with our shot selection,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
The Wolf Pack will head to Lafayette, La for an exhibition game against the University of Louisiana. Game time is slated for 7pm on Tuesday.