Loyola men host Mobile for SSAC West Crown

Fri, 02/24/2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team (18-9, 10-7 SSAC) will host the University of Mobile (13-15, 9-8 SSAC) this Saturday in The Den. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The match-up is for the SSAC West divisional crown and a top seed in the ten team SSAC Tournament slated to start on Wednesday. Loyola currently leads Mobile by one game in the West standings. The Rams own an advantage in the tie breaker and would earn the West’s top spot with a victory over the Wolfpack. A ‘Pack win would be Loyola’s first Division title in just their second year in the SSAC.

The ‘Pack are coming off of a great come from behind win against William Carey Thursday night. Loyola trailed 38-30 to start the second half and roared back in dramatic fashion to claim the 63-58 win.

Sophomore Robert Lovaglio, who scored 21 points last night, has seven 20+ point games this season.

Loyola has won four straight games equaling their longest streak of the season. The Wolfpack has also won seven of their last nine games and five straight conference games.

The Wolfpack traveled to Mobile on February 2 and suffered an 86-75 loss. McCall Tomeny scored a team high 24 points, as Gray and Lovaglio followed with 16 and 13 points respectively.

Gray, who is shooting 38% from the floor this season, is nationally ranked in the NAIA in eight categories. Gray needs 15 points to surpass Sean Bennett (1,340) on the all-time career-scoring list and claim the #11 spot.

Antonio Hester leads the Rams in scoring, rebounds, and blocks. The junior forward averages 15.75 points per game, shooting 67.3% from the floor. Hester also averages 8.75 rebounds per game and 1.54 blocks per game.

Loyola will honor their seniors in Saturday’s regular season finale. Corey Gray, Damir Durmo, Chris Joseph, Cameron Cates, Dylan Kremer, and manager Jeffrey Ramon will be acknowledged before tip-off.

Wolfpack fans who cannot make it out to The Den Saturday can catch the game online at www.livestream.com/loyolawolfpack or follow the live stats at http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10

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