(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will take on the University of Mobile with crucial seeding in the western division of the SSAC on the line. The two teams will tip-off at The Den at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Februrary 7th.
Loyola (13-10, 7-6) sits just a half game behind Auburn-Montgomery for third place while Mobile (12-10, 6-7) sits just a game behind the Wolf Pack and a game in front of Belhaven for the last qualifying spot in the conference tournament.
This will be the second meeting between the two schools this year as Mobile beat the Wolf Pack 71-58 when the two squads met in Mobile on January 12th. Kwame Beard scored 16 and Chris Richardson had 15 for the Rams. Loyola was led by Robert Lovaglio’s 17 point night. McCall Tomeny tallied 13 and Kyle Simmons added 11 for the Wolf Pack.
Loyola is coming off a heartbreaking loss to William Carey. The Crusader’s Daron Bell made a three pointer with one second remaining to send the Wolf Pack home with a 62-59 defeat after they had beaten Auburn-Montgomery in their previous game. Lovaglio scored 28 points over the two games which pushed him past Steve Alfonso, Scott Thompson, and Mack Doby on the school’s all-time scoring list. Lovaglio now sits in 21st all-time with 1,090 career points.
Lovaglio is leading the team in scoring with 21 points a game this season. McCall Tomeny averages 14.5 points and a team high 6.7 rebounds. Kyle Simmons is in the top 20 on the conference leaderboard in steals (1.26) and assists (2.83), while averaging 10 points a contest.
Mobile has gone 3-4 since defeating Loyola, with their last game being a 55-50 victory over Trinity Baptist. Richardson scored 19 in that contest to lead the Rams.
Beard is the Rams’ leading scorer at 13.3 points a game while Richardson scores 13.1 a night. Dominick Brumfield is averaging 12.8 points and a team high 8.4 rebounds in only five games played for Mobile. Beard is second in rebounding on the squad with 5.5 rebounds nightly.