NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team won their season opener against Carver Bible College 85-78 Thursday night in The Den.
“I thought our players responded well late in the second half against a tough Carver Bible school. We knew they were capable of putting up big points,” said Giorlando. “We definitely had holes in the first half, but I thought we tightened it up in the second half well; thus, was able to close it out in the end."
The duo of senior shooting guard Corey Gray and sophomore forward Robert Lovaglio powered the Wolfpack offense tonight. Gray scored 24 points, shooting six of 13 from the field and four of seven from beyond the arc. Lovaglio contributed 23 points, grabbed nine total rebounds, and dished out three assists.
The contest remained close from start to finish. Carver struck early claiming a 5-0 lead right out of the gate. The ‘Pack fought back and took a 47-44 lead to half after shooting 53% from the field.
In the second half, Loyola could not extend their lead to more than seven points. With thirty seconds remaining, the Cougars Demetrius Mack hit a big three-point shot that cut the Wolfpack’s lead to three. However, Corey Gray went on to hit four clutch free-throws to seal the game and the season opener.
Furthermore, Cameron Cates stepped up tonight, securing the double-double for Loyola. Cates grabbed a team high seven offensive rebounds (10 total), which helped contribute to the ‘Pack’s 17 second chance points.
Carver had four players in double digit scoring this evening. Bernard Parks led the way in scoring and rebounds with 18 and 7 respectively. Demetrius Mack finished with 16 points, Joseph Comer with 13, and finally Derek Douglass with 10.
The Wolfpack not only extended their career record against the Cougars to 6-0, but also extended their home opener streak to five in a row. They are now 7-1 under head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando in season openers.
The men’s team returns to action this Sunday when they clash with Tulane in the Fogelman Arena, in the Battle of Freret Street matchup. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off with the Alumni Association hosting a pep rally at 5 p.m. in the Danna Center.
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