NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team (6-2, 1-1) is set to host a pair of conference opponents this weekend inside The Den. On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Wolfpack clash with #12 Shorter University (7-0, 2-0), and on Saturday at 5 p.m. they take on Emmanuel College (5-3, 1-1).
Loyola is coming off a 66-59 win over #21 Xavier, in which Robert Lovaglio recorded his second double double of the season. Lovaglio scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out two assists. He was recently named to the Jesuit honor roll for his performances during the week of Nov. 21-28.
Furthermore, senior Corey Gray is just six points away from 1000 in his Loyola career. He is currently averaging 17.25 points per game, shooting 41.2% from the field and 45.8% from beyond the arc.
Shorter head coach Chad Warner is now in his fifth season with the Hawks. His 74 victories are the highest four year win total for the men’s program in 43 years. Last season, Shorter finished 23-8 and tied for second in the SSAC East with a 7-5 conference record. Friday will mark the first time Shorter and Loyola will meet on the basketball court.
This season, Shorter is projected to finish first in the SSAC and currently boasts a #12 national ranking, their highest in the school’s history. Junior forward Walter Hill powers the Hawks attack, averaging 18.43 points per game. Junior Dante Harvey averages 16.14 points per game and nine rebounds per game (15th best in NAIA). He has recorded three double doubles on the year.
Last season, the ‘Pack squared off against Emmanuel for the first time and lost 78-81 in overtime. On Saturday, Loyola will seek revenge with the home court advantage on their side this time around.
Emmanuel is coming off back-to-back losses against William Carey and Point University, and will battle with Spring Hill Friday night in Mobile, Alabama. Asmatiek Fields leads the Lions in points per game (14.63), rebounds per game (6.13), and assists per game (2.75). The ‘Pack will also have to score against junior center Andre Holder, who ranks #15 in the nation in total blocks (14).
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