NEW ORLEANS, La.. – The Loyola University of New Orleans men’s basketball team (11-7, 3-6 SSAC) will host William Carey (8-11, 5-5 SSAC) Thursday night inside The Den. Tip-off for the SSAC West showdown is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Loyola returns home after suffering back to back road losses against Faulkner and Belhaven. The Wolfpack now sits two games behind divisional leader Spring Hill and one and a half behind second place William Carey. With the next four games against divisional opponents, the ‘Pack have a great opportunity to climb the standings.
Cameron Cates hopes to carry his momentum into the William Carey game, after scoring a career high 28 points against Belhaven. This season, the senior is shooting 52.7% from the field, averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, and co-leads the team with Steven Davis in total blocks with 18.
Chris Joseph is also coming off a great individual performance, in which he tied his career high of 18 points. McCall Tomeny has scored double-digit points in four out of the six games in 2012, including a career high 28 against Southern Poly. Furthermore, Corey Gray is averaging 17.28 points per game this season and is ranked 21st in the NAIA for three-point field goals made per game (2.5).
The Loyola-William Carey rivalry started in 1995, with the Crusaders currently leading the overall series 25-8. Wolfpack head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando is 5-9 against the conference foe, including a 4-3 home record against them. Last season, the two squads split the two game series, with the ‘Pack emerging victorious at home (72-54) in the last match-up between the two.
Roderick Little leads the Crusaders with 15.9 points per game and shoots 41.3% from the floor. Jamal Doss leads the team with 4.87 rebounds per game and is ranked fifth in the NAIA in blocks per game (2.4).
William Carey had lost five straight before defeating Auburn-Montgomery 83-59 on Saturday. The Crusaders enter Thursday’s contest with a 2-5 road record.
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