(Franklin Springs, Ga.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell 75-59 to Emmanuel College on Friday evening in the Williamson Basketball Arena.
McCall Tomeny hit two free throws with 15:19 remaining in the first half to tie the game at six, but Emmanuel went on a 28-8 run over the next 10 minutes to open up an insurmountable lead on the Pack. Steven Guinchard hit two three pointers in the streak as the Lions made three pointers on three consecutive possessions.
The Emmanuel lead got as high as 23 in the first half but Nate Pierre made consecutive shots in the paint to cut the halftime deficit to 19. The Wolf Pack opened the second half on a 17-9 run fueled by five points apiece from Tomeny and Daniel Kuhl, but the Lions were able to prevent the lead from getting into single digits.
Tomeny finished the game with 16 points and five rebounds. Kuhl tallied 13 points and hit two three pointers. Cameron Hill led the Loyola rebounding efforts with six while Jalen Gray dished out two assists. Pierre tallied two blocks to go along with five points.
Michael Stanley led Emmanuel (12-2, 3-2) with 16 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Adrian Justice had 15 points and six assists off the bench. Guinchard and Patrick McCrary each tallied 10 for the Lions squad which received votes in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll.
Loyola’s offense picked up after halftime as they shot 48.1% in the second stanza compared to 34.8% in the first half. However, the Pack was outrebounded 37-26 and lost the turnover battle 18-10. The Lions jumped out to the early lead on the back of 60.6% shooting in the first period, but cooled off considerably in the second as they shot 38.7%. Loyola outscored Emmanuel 34-33 in the second half.
Loyola (3-9, 2-3) will continue SSAC play on Saturday afternoon as they take on Southern Wesleyan at 4 p.m. central time at Historic Tysinger Gymnasium in Central, South Carolina.