(New Orleans, La.) #6 William Carey University used a 17-0 run in the first half on their way to a 67-48 victory in men’s basketball over Loyola University New Orleans Thursday night at The Den.
Robert Lovaglio scored two of his 15 points at the 11:53 mark of the first half, but Loyola did not score again for the next six minutes and 39 seconds. During that stretch, Kelvin Nixon and Jeremiah Dunnings scored 14 of the Crusaders’ 17 points to open up the game. William Carey was able to maintain that advantage throughout the half, holding a 39-15 advantage at the break.
Daniel Kuhl started the second half by making a three point basket, but the Crusaders went on a 15-8 run to push the lead up to 28. Loyola clawed back in the game led by Kyle Simmons, McCall Tomeny, and Lovaglio. Simmons scored all seven of his points in the second half, while Tomeny scored six of his eight, and Lovaglio added nine after halftime. The press defense from the Wolf Pack forced William Carey into nine second half turnovers.
The Wolf Pack were able to cut the deficit to 14, but it was too little too late and they were unable to get the score any closer. William Carey (14-2, 7-0) remains undefeated in the conference while Loyola (9-7, 4-3) drops to fifth place in the competitive Western Division of the SSAC.
The game was marred by poor shooting from both teams. The Crusaders shot 41% from the field. Loyola shot 33% from the field, 17% from the three point line and 31% from the free throw line.
Dunnings led the Crusaders with 25 points on the strength of five made three pointers. Nixon added 16 for William Carey and Daron Bell scored 10 while pulling down six rebounds and dishing out four assists. William Carey is ranked sixth in the latest NAIA men’s basketball poll.
Lovaglio’s 15 points moves him to 972 career points for the Wolf Pack. The Junior forward is 25th on the school’s all-time scoring list and will look to cross the 1000 point threshold when the Wolf Pack play against the University of Mobile on the road on Saturday, January 12 at 5:00 p.m.
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