(New Orleans, La.) For the second time this season, Loyola University New Orleans (9-8) will take on their intra-city rival Dillard University (1-11) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th at Dillard’s Battlefield.
The game will be a rematch from earlier in the season when Loyola defeated Dillard, 80-73 at The Den behind 33 points from Robert Lovaglio. Kyle Simmons hit five threes in the game on the way to a career high 22 points. Jarrain Jenkins led the Bleu Devils with 25 points on 11 of 23 shooting from the field. Jaquan Green came off the bench to score 16. Tyrone Williams added 12 and Jordan Kilson had a game high eight assists in Dillard’s losing effort.
Lovaglio has 989 career points and needs only 11 to cross the 1000 point milestone. Lovaglio is Loyola’s top scorer this season averaging 22.5 points per game this season, he has scored at least 13 points in every game this season and has a high scoring game of 38 which came against Embry-Riddle (Fla) on November 23rd. McCall Tomeny is the Wolf Pack’s second leading scorer and leading rebounding averaging 14.6 and 7.2, respectively.
The Wolf Pack are coming off three straight conference losses and look to reverse their fortune with this non-conference game against the crosstown Bleu Devils before resuming conference play against Spring Hill on Saturday. Before starting the streak with a four point loss to Southern Wesleyan, Loyola had won four of five games.
The Bleu Devils are members of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and have three players that average in double figures. Jenkins is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder with 14.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds a game. Green is second on the team with 14.4 points a night. Terry Church is averaging 12.3 points a contest, despite coming off the bench in all four games he has played.
The Bleu Devils have had a tough season to date, they have one victory this season over Blue Mountain College, a 63-58 decision on November 17th. They have lost nine straight games coming into their matchup with the Wolf Pack.
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