NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated Auburn Montgomery 81-55 in the Southern States Athletic Conference Game of the Week. The Wolfpack have now won back to back conference games as they move to 13-7 overall and 5-6 in SSAC play. The Warhawks drop to 5-15 and 2-9 in the SSAC.
Corey Gray led the team in scoring with 21 points. The senior guard shot 8-11 from the field and 5-8 from beyond the arc. Gray is now #14 on the Loyola all-time career scoring list with 1,193 points, surpassing Chad Barnes (1,191) in today’s performance.
The Wolfpack started the game hot from beyond the arc, as they connected on their first three shots from three-point range. Tyler James contributed two more three’s, totaling six points on the game, as the ‘Pack shot 5-7 from beyond the arc in the first half and 61.1% on the game. Loyola’s defense also looked strong in the first half as the ‘Pack limited the Warhawks to just five points in a 12.5 minute span.
In the second, the Wolfpack brought their largest lead of the game to 31 points. In addition, the Wolfpack played deep, utilizing 10 players tonight as the team registered 29 bench points. Manuel Gandara tied his career high of six points, Luke Livaudais recorded his first assist on the season, and Dylan Kremer tallied six points going 2-3 from three-point range.
Cameron Cates recorded 12 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor this afternoon. The senior secured his 15th double-digit scoring effort of the season. In addition, Loyola’s scoring and rebound leader Robert Lovaglio returned to the line-up today and gave the Wolfpack a boost. The sophomore forward scored five points and grabbed five rebounds.
This afternoon, Loyola shot 50.9% from the field and 93.3% from the free throw line. The Wolfpack won the battle of the boards 36-30, converted 16 points off of turnovers, and knocked down 26 points in the paint.
Freshman forward Trey Geter led the Warhawks in scoring with 16 points. Geter shot 6-10 from the field, 2-5 from beyond the arc, 2-4 from the free throw line, and grabbed three boards. Senior guard Michael Lee led the squad in rebounds with six.
The ‘Pack victory not only kept the squad within striking distance of division leader Belhaven, bet helped kick off the Loyola Hall of Fame ceremony. Legendary college football coach Clark Shaughnessy, baseball players Jerry Brady '62 and David Lindsey '00, and cross country standout Stephanie Legleu Crews '02 were honored at halftime and will be inducted into the Hall later this evening.
The ‘Pack begin a three game road trip starting at the University of Mobile February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
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