NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team lost 82-59 to #12 Shorter University Friday night inside The Den. The Wolfpack dropped to 6-3 on the year and 1-2 in conference play, while the Hawks remain undefeated at 8-0 and 3-0 in the SSAC.
Both Robert Lovaglio and Cameron Cates scored double-digit points this evening. Lovaglio recorded 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, one block, and two steals. Cates tallied 14 points, six rebounds, one assist, and two steals.
Corey Gray registered eight points tonight, which brings him to 1,002 career points. Gray becomes the 24th player in Loyola history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. He now sits behind Zach Tyson who has 1,017 career points.
Loyola shot 45.1% from the field, 20% from beyond the arc, and 61.1% from the free throw line.
“Give Shorter credit. Their rebounding and intensity overwhelmed our team. They hit their outside shots, and we had our chances but couldn’t convert,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. “We have to forget about this loss and come back tomorrow for another tough conference match up against Emmanuel.”
The trio of Johnathan Crawford, Eric Nix, and Walter Hill powered the Hawks attack.
Nix led the team in scoring with 20 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Crawford achieved 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Finally, Hill tallied 16 points and seven rebounds.
Shorter shot 54% from the field and 35.3% from three-point range. The Hawks secured 48 points from inside the paint and their bench produced 31 points.
Loyola looks to split the weekend tomorrow at 5 p.m. inside The Den, when they play host to conference opponent Emmanuel.
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