(New Orleans, La.) Kyle Simmons had a team high 15 points, but it was not enough as Loyola University New Orleans fell to Tulane University 69-57 in men’s basketball Tuesday night in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulane never trailed, scoring the first seven points of the contest. After a bucket by Loyola’s Robert Lovaglio, the Green Wave extended the margin to 17 points over the next seven minutes as a Jordan Callahan jumper made it 26-9. Later, Ricky Tarrant gave Tulane their largest lead of the period, 36-13, with a layup at the 5:10 mark. Loyola closed the gap to 19 as Simmons hit one of his three made field goals from behind the arc to send the teams to the locker room with the score 41-22.
In the second half, Callahan gave Tulane their largest advantage in the contest with 18:42 to play on a three pointer to make the score 46-22. The Wolf Pack whittled away the lead over the next 12 minutes to 12 points with a Lovalgio jumper to pull Loyola to 61-49. The Wave responded with five straight, culminating with a pair of Tomas Bruha free throws. Loyola again pulled to 12 points with a jumper by Daniel Kuhl with 41 seconds remaining to make the final 69-57.
“We got down early and it was difficult for us to overcome,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. “I was proud of our effort on the defensive end. I thought that Daniel Kuhl and Rocco Gandara gave us quality minutes and effort off the bench. This will serve as a good learning experience as we head into a pair of conference games this weekend.”
Other leaders for Loyola included Robert Lovaglio with 14 points and Daniel Kuhl, who came off the bench to score 11. The Wolf Pack outscored Tulane 35-28 in the second half and only committed 10 turnovers in the game. The game counted as an exhibition for the Wolf Pack.
For Tulane, Josh Davis had 17 points and a game high 16 reboundS for the double double. Kendall Timmons led all scorers with 18 points and Tarrant finished with 11. The contest counted as a regular season game for the Green Wave, who improved to 5-2.
Loyola (5-3) returns to action this weekend with a pair of conference games on the road. The Pack will travel to Lee on Friday with a 7:30 p.m. tip off and follow that game with a 4 p.m. start against Southern Poly on Saturday.
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