(New Orleans, La.) Belhaven University used a 23-7 run to open the second half and defeat Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team 78-63 on Thursday night in The Den.
After five ties in the first eight minutes of the game, Loyola gained separation thanks to a 12-3 spurt. Jared Townsend, Kyle Simmons, and McCall Tomeny each contributed four points to help the Pack take a nine point lead. They pushed their first half advantage as high as 14 after Tomeny hit two free throws with 4:56 remaining in the frame. Daniel Kuhl bumped the lead back to 12 with 1:31 remaining when he drained a three pointer. However, Datodrick Pinkston and Chris Cofield made the last two buckets of the first half to cut the Pack lead to eight entering intermission.
Belhaven took control of the game with a 23-7 run as Jordan Bedford contributed eight of his 10 points during the burst. Chris Cofield added five, including a three point play as part of his 15 point night. The Wolf Pack responded with a 7-0 run thanks to four points from Cameron Hill and a three point play from Jalen Gray to get within one with 10:35 remaining. The Blazers countered with a 19-2 run which started with a three pointer from Jerrial Dawson and spanned from the 7:02 mark until there was only 1:09 left in the game.
Tomeny led the way for the Pack (4-16, 3-10) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Simmons added 11 while Gray scored 10 while each recorded two steals. Roco Gandara secured a team high eight rebounds and two blocks. The Pack shot 50% from the floor in garnering an eight point halftime lead, but their shooting dropped to 36% in the second stanza. Loyola got to the line 21 times compared to only 10 for Belhaven and converted 81%.
Deon Bedford led the Blazers (11-10, 9-4) with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. Five Blazers scored in double figures as they got 10 from Jordan Bedford and Dawson and 16 from Pinkston. Pinkston also had five assists and three steals. Belhaven shot 35% in the first half, but upped that to 60.6% in the second to take control of the game. They outrebounded the Pack 40-34 and only turned the ball over seven times while forcing 16 Loyola miscues.
Loyola will return to action on the road on Saturday, February 8th at 4 p.m. as they take on Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee.