(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell to Martin Methodist College 76-62 on Saturday afternoon in The Den.
The Wolf Pack and Redhawks played a back and forth first half that saw four ties and three lead changes. The Pack jumped out to a 5-0 advantage as Kyle Simmons drained a three pointer and McCall Tomeny worked his way inside for a layup. However, LaMarcus Mosley responded with a triple of his own and Reginald Porter equaled the score. The teams were tied at 20 with 7:39 remaining in the first half, but the Redhawks ended the period on a 10-5 run thanks to a three point play from Darius Woods which made the score 30-25 at the break.
The Wolf Pack (4-11, 3-5) opened the second half on a 4-0 spurt thanks to Simmons and Tomeny. The Loyola deficit was only four with 10:28 remaining, but D’Angelo Tucker helped spur an 11-3 run with five points which pushed the lead to double digits. The Wolf Pack never got closer than eight the rest of the game.
Tomeny led the Pack with 16 points and a game high 14 rebounds, one shy of his season high. It was Tomeny’s fifth double double of the season. Simmons had 12 points and six assists as he and Jalen Gray each hit two triples. Aleksander Matoski chipped in 13 points off the bench while Nate Pierre anchored the defense with two blocks.
Porter topped all scorers with 19 for Martin Methodist (10-5, 5-2). He also pulled down eight rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end. John Taylor notched 13 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks off the bench. Woods poured in 13 while tallying a team high five assists.
Martin Methodist pulled away in the second half as they shot 52.8% in the second stanza after a 32.4% first half. The Pack shot 35.6% for the game. Loyola faltered in the rebounding battle as the Redhawks held a decisive 47-37 edge.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30 as they travel to the University of Mobile for a tilt at H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium.