(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans (12-9, 6-5) will collide with Auburn University Montgomery (7-4, 9-9) on Thursday January 31st at 7:30 p.m. in The Den. The two squads are one game apart in the Western Division of the SSAC and will play each other twice in the last seven games of the regular season.
The game will be part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Program and will benefit the Play 4Kay Charity.
Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is the official Play 4Kay charity.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Loyola enters the game after defeating Belhaven 88-75 on Saturday night at The Den. Robert Lovaglio played a great all-around game scoring 24 points on the night along with seven rebounds, eight assists, and four steals for the Wolf Pack.
Lovaglio is the top Wolf Pack scorer and second in the SSAC while also pulling down an average of 6.7 rebounds, good for 12th in the conference. McCall Tomeny is second on the team in scoring at 14.7 which is 12th in the conference while also pulling down the conference’s 10th most rebounds at 6.9 a night all while shooting 54% from the field.
Auburn-Montgomery enters the matchup with Loyola on a high note after knocking off the number eight team in the country, William Carey. Reshad Bickham scored 16 in the game to help the Warhawks to a 62-55 victory.
Bickham is the top scorer on the season for Auburn-Montgomery at 11.7 a night while also pulling down a team-high 4.4 rebounds a game despite coming off the bench in 10 of the 16 games he has played this year. Quay Davis scores 10.3 points a night while also leading the team with 2.7 assists nightly.
The Warhawks victory over William Carey means they sit in third place in the SSAC’s West Division, but are just one game in front of the Wolf Pack, who are currently alone in fourth. The teams will also play in both squads’ last game of the season on February 23 in Montgomery.
Last season, the two teams squared off twice with the Wolf Pack coming away victorious in both encounters. The Wolf Pack won 81-55 at The Den on January 28th and 76-71 three weeks later in Montgomery. Senior Corey Gray paced Loyola with 21 in the first meeting while Lovaglio led the team with 19 in their second matchup.