(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans (12-9, 6-5) pulled away from Belhaven Unviersity (9-14, 5-6) in the second half to win a SSAC men’s basketball matchup 88-75, Saturday night at The Den.
In a two and a half minute span in the first half, the Wolf Pack went on a 12-3 run with Mason Ibert, Kyle Simmons, and Cameron Hill all converting and ones during the stretch. Simmons converted a four point play. Loyola carried the momentum into the break leading 37-30.
Loyola scored eight straight points out of halftime to push the lead to 15. Belhaven never reduced the margin within single digits for the rest of the game.
Robert Lovaglio led the Wolf Pack effort as the SSAC’s second leading scorer poured in 24 points on the night along with seven rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. McCall Tomeny added 15 points and eight rebounds to go along with two blocked shots. Daniel Kuhl put up 19 points with three made three pointers, while also collecting six rebounds. Hill came off of Loyola’s bench to contribute 11 points.
Jordan Butts led the Blazers with 21 points. Luke Rodgers hit three triples to help him score 13. Datodrick Pinkston and Curt Hall each scored 10 points off the bench. Hall had nine rebounds to lead Belhaven in that category including an emphatic putback slam which was part of a quick 5-0 spurt that cut Loyola’s lead to 10 in the second half.
Loyola shot 48% from the field including a blistering 61% from the three point arc, hitting 11 of 18 attempts from that distance. They also held the Blazers to 43% shooting.
The Wolf Pack entered the game tied with Belhaven for fourth in the conference, but pulled ahead of the Blazers and now sit alone in fourth place. The Blazers are tied for fifth with the University of Mobile.
Loyola will play third place Auburn-Montgomery in their next game on Thursday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. in The Den.