NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated SUNO 84-78 Tuesday night inside The Den. The Wolfpack halted their two game skid, split the two game season series with SUNO, and improved to 7-4 on the season.
Robert Lovaglio recorded his fifth 20+ scoring game of the season. The sophomore forward tallied 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Lovaglio shot 7-12 from the field and 11-13 from the free throw line.
Cameron Cates and Corey Gray also scored double-digit points for the ‘Pack. Cates achieved 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Furthermore, he shot 7-14 from the floor. Gray also delivered a 16-point performance. The senior shot 4-9 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc. Gray moves to 23rd, passing Zach Tyson on the Loyola all-time scoring list with 1,025 career points.
“I am very proud of the team for it was a complete team effort. Our bench produced solid minutes and got us back into the game to start the second half,” explains Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
Loyola shot 49% from the floor, 46.2% from three-point range, and 85.7% from the free throw line. In addition, the ‘Pack went 9-9 from the free throw line in the final three minutes to ice the game. Lovaglio, Simmons, James, and Joseph all contributed from the line to claim the win.
Four players registered double-digit points for the SUNO Knights. Kevin Dukes led the team in scoring with 21 points. Anthony Jackson led the team with seven rebounds and also scored 15 points along the way. Finally, Merlin Walker tallied 13 points and Nicholas Washington scored 12 points.
“Every victory is important,” continues Giorlando. “We were struggling a little bit, and we wanted to bounce back and get our chemistry back. This win is exactly what we needed.”
The Wolfpack return to action Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholls State in an exhibition match.
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