New Orleans, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell to cross-town rival Xavier University of Louisiana 73-67 on Tuesday night at The Den.
Loyola, now 2-2, was led by sophomore forward McCall Tomeny who scored 19 points on the night, including two three-pointers. Sophomore Kyle Simmons, freshman Mason Ibert, and junior Robert Lovaglio each tallied 13 points. Tomeny shot 7-10 from the free throw line and added two three-pointers. Simmons was 3-4 in three-pointers and Ibert was 3-6 with four rebounds. Lovaglio and Simmons each tabbed four assists.
Xavier is undefeated thus far, notching their fifth consecutive win of the season. The Gold Rush was led by Wanto Joseph who shot 10-16 from the field and 2-3 in three-pointers, en route to a total of 26 points scored. Denzell Erves added 16 points, shooting 5-6 in field goals and a perfect 6-6 in free throws. Anthony Simmons grabbed 12 rebounds on the night.
“This was a hard fought game between two determined teams. Give credit to Xavier, who executed late and was able to withstand our runs late in the game. I thought McCall Tomeny and Robert Lovaglio gave great effort tonight. This is a good learning experience for our young club. We look forward to getting back to practice this week,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
The Wolf Pack will open conference play with Emmanuel College on Friday, Nov. 16th at 7:30 pm in The Den. The Pack will then host Brewton-Parker at home on Saturday at 5pm.