Loyola men fall to Nicholls State in exhibition

Wed, 12/08/2010

Houma, La. Loyola University New Orleans men's basketball fell to Nicholls State 75-41 Wednesday night at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in an exhibition for the Wolfpack.

Trailing 7-2 in the opening minutes, Loyola went on a 9-0 run to grab an early advantage. During the streak, Corey Gray gave the Wolfpack their first lead of the game with a lay-up from Chris Joseph at the 17:13 mark. On the next possession, Joseph found Cameron Cates to make the score 11-7 Loyola for their biggest lead of the night.

The Colonels scored six unanswered over the next three minutes with a Anatoly Bose jumper giving Nicholls a two point margin, 13-11.

The Wolfpack responded with buckets by Robert Lovaglio and Damir Durmo. After a field goal by Nicholls to tie the score, Gray converted one of two free throws on an administrative technical foul to give the Wolfpack a 16-15 lead with 7:11 left in the half.

It would be the last Loyola lead of the game, as NSU closed out the stanza with a 14-0 run for 29-16 edge at the break.

In the second half, Nicholls, who under NCAA rules counted the contest as a game, outscored the Wolfpack 46-25 en route to the victory.

Fred Hunter lead the Colonels (4-2) with 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field and 4 of 4 from the line. Bose finished with 15 points and Ben Martin added 10.

Joseph had a team high 14 points and 4 assists for the Wolfpack.

Nicholls converted 27 of 54 field goals at a clip of 50%, while holding Loyola to 14 of 42 for 33.3%. The Colonels forced 28 Wolfpack turnovers, while committing 14.

After exams, Loyola (5-5) will return to action on December 18 against St. Thomas in Houston. Tip off is slated for 3 p.m.

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