(New Orleans, La) Loyola University New Orleans(9-6, 4-2) will face off against #6 ranked William Carey University (13-2, 6-0) in The Den on Thursday. The 7:30 p.m. matchup will pit the Crusaders, the top team in the SSAC West Division against the Wolf Pack, who is currently in third place in the West.
The Wolf Pack is led by the duo of Robert Lovaglio and McCall Tomeny. Lovaglio is the second leading scorer in the conference with 23.4 points per game. Tomeny adds 15.1 points per game, but the two forwards also make a difference on the glass, where Tomeny is sixth in the conference and Lovaglio is eighth, both averaging more than 7.3 rebounds a night. Kyle Simmons is the only other Wolf Pack player to average in double figures, but makes his contribution distributing as well; he is seventh on the conference leaderboard in assists with 3.4 a game.
The Crusaders have a balanced attack with four players averaging between 13.3 and 17 points per game. Point guard Jeremiah Dunnings is the top scorer, but he is followed closely by Kelvin Nixon, Daron Bell, and Guy Payne. Senior Jamal Doss is the conference’s leading shot blocker with 3.25 blocks per game while also pulling down a team-high 7.9 rebounds per contest. Bell leads the conference in steals with 2.5 per game.
Loyola is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Southern Wesleyan in their last game. They fought back from a 12 point deficit early in the game, to pull within one point with 58 seconds remaining, but were not able to pull out the victory against their conference foe.
Last time out for the Crusaders, they defeated Lee University, #3 team in the country, 82-79. Dunnings led the way for WCU with 28 points. In addition to beating Lee, William Carey also boasts a win over the #17 ranked Bethel, and two wins over #16 ranked Xavier.
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