(Hattiesburg, Ms.) Daron Bell made a three pointer with one second remaining as #18 William Carey University defeated Loyola University New Orleans 62-59 on Saturday night in Hattisburg, Mississippi.
The Crusaders led by two with 35 seconds remaining when Loyola’s Daniel Kuhl stole the ball from Bell and converted a breakaway layup to tie the game at 59. William Carey held the ball for the last shot and was able to get it with Bell’s three pointer. The Wolf Pack were not able to get a game tying shot off before time expired.
Loyola jumped out to an early lead in the first half which was sprung by an 8-0 run that brought the score to 15-6. The Crusaders responded with a 7-0 run of their own which was punctuated with a Jeremiah Dunnings layup. The Wolf Pack didn’t fold as six different Loyola players combined to score the next 13 points. The first half ended with Loyola leading 28-18.
The Wolf Pack still led by 11 with 9:10 remaining, but the Crusaders scored seven straight thanks to two dunks from Kelvin Nixon. Donzedrick Smith made a putback layup to tie the game with four and a half minutes remaining as part of an 11-0 Crusaders spurt.
Loyola was still down four with just over a minute remaining when Steve Davis dunked home a pass from McCall Tomeny which set up Kuhl’s steal and layup to tie the game, before Bell’s game winner.
“Our team played their hearts out tonight against a top 20 team. I could not be more proud of their toughness on the road. It went down to the wire and that’s all we could ask,” said Head Coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
Tomeny was the Wolf Pack’s leading scorer putting up 15 points. Robert Lovaglio added 13 points four rebounds and three steals. Kyle Simmons scored 11.
Dunnings led the Crusaders with 19 while Bell posted 18 points of his own to go along with six steals. Jamal Doss was a big factor defensively as he had four blocks and a game high 16 rebounds.
The two teams were very even throughout the contest as they took turns making runs. The Wolf Pack shot 37% to William Carey’s 39%. The Crusaders turned the ball over 19 times to Loyola’s 17 and both teams finished with 43 rebounds.
With the loss, Loyola (13-10, 7-6) falls a half game behind idle AUM for third place and now sit a game ahead of Mobile for fourth. William Carey (18-4, 11-2) is a game behind Faulkner for first place in the SSAC’s western division.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7th as they take on Mobile at The Den.