(Montgomery, AL) Faulkner University held off a late rally from Loyola University New Orleans to win 63-57 Thursday night in men’s basketball at Tine Davis Gymnasium. Cyrille Sandjon scored on Faulkner’s first possession of the game and Faulkner never trailed, as Loyola’s late charge came up just short.
Loyola cut the halftime deficit to 37-23 when Mason Ibert hit a jumper with one second remaining in the half. The Wolf Pack came out of the break on a 22-13 run to cut the lead to five, but Jamarious Alderson scored four quick points to quell the run.
Later, Anthony Johnson blocked a shot by McCall Tomeny that would have reduced the lead to four with 1:27 left in the game to help the Eagles stave off Loyola. The Wolf Pack fouled the rest of the game but could never get closer than six.
Robert Lovaglio led the Wolf Pack in scoring with 16 points. Tomeny contributed 12 points and Daniel Kuhl tallied 10. Ibert came off the bench to lead all players in rebounding with eight.
Faulkner had a very balanced attack as Nick McHenry was the only Eagle to score in double figures and he barely did, tallying 10. However Lante Phillips, Terrance Glass, and Alderson scored nine while Sandjon and Jake Mitchell put eight points on the board. Sandjon led the team with seven rebounds.
Loyola lost despite outscoring the Eagles 34-26 in the second half and shooting 52% from the field. They held Faulkner to 39% shooting but were undone because they shot 16.7% from the three point line and only 45% from the free throw line. The Wolf Pack also turned the ball over 19 times as Faulkner had 12 steals.
Faulkner (18-3, 9-1) is now tied with William Carey atop the Western Division of the SSAC. With the loss Loyola (11-9, 5-5) falls into a fourth place tie in the Western Division. The Wolf Pack is now tied with Belhaven and will face the Blazers at 4 p.m. on Saturday at The Den.