Men's Basketball Loses First Game of the Season

Sat, 11/19/2011

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell just short of a perfect weekend, losing 88-85 in the final seconds against SSAC opponent Truett-McConnell. The Wolfpack move to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

The ‘Pack’s offense was fueled by a career night from Corey Gray, who set new career highs in points (31), field goals (11), field goal attempts (20), three-pointers (6), and three-point attempts (13).

Robert Lovaglio and McCall Tomeny also added impressive contributions despite the defeat. Tomeny came just short of his first double double, earning career highs in points and rebounds with 12 and 9 respectively. Lovaglio scored just above his average of 18 points per game with 21 tonight, bringing his weekend total to 47.

Corey Gray sparked the attack in the first half. The senior connected on his first six shots of the game, ending the half with 20 points on 8-14 shooting, including 4-8 from beyond the arc. The ‘Pack also utilized their big men early on, who scored 24 points in the paint. The half ended on a buzzer beater by Robert Lovaglio, which extended the Wolfpack lead to 48-39 going into halftime.

The hot Loyola offense continued to roll in the second half with immediate back-to-back three-pointers by Corey Gray and Robert Lovaglio. The ‘Pack went on a 17-5 run to start the half, and maintained a double-digit lead until the five minute mark, when the Bears rallied to pull within four points.

With 90 seconds left in the match, Loyola was charged with a technical foul, which resulted in them trailing for the first time in the second half. Chris Joseph responded with two clutch free throws that tied the game at 85 a piece with less than a minute remaining. However, the Bear’s Roderick Bombard hit the game winning three-point shot to seal the game at 88-85.

Roderick Bombard and Anthoney Dorsey led Truett-McConnell to the win. Bombard finished the day with 28 points, four rebounds, and seven assists. Dorsey added 23 points on 9-19 shooting.

Loyola’s road trip continues November 22 when they return to New Orleans to take on Southern University New Orleans at 7 p.m.

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