NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team (7-4, 1-3) squares off against Nicholls State (1-6) in an exhibition match Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST inside the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.
The Wolfpack returns after a 84-78 victory over cross-town foe SUNO inside The Den. Nicholls State is the third NCAA Division-I school Loyola has faced this season in exhibition games, earlier competing against Southern Mississippi and Tulane. Head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando seeks his first win over a NCAA Division-I opponent in his eight year career with the ‘Pack.
Robert Lovaglio and Corey Gray continue to fuel the ‘Pack’s attack. Lovaglio now ranks 11th in the NAIA in total scoring (210) and 15th in total rebounds (88). In addition, Gray ranks 17th in total three-pointers made (26), and currently sits 47 points behind Steve Alfonso, who ranks 22nd, on the Loyola all-time career scoring list.
Loyola will take their 30th NAIA ranked total scoring offense to Houma and test a Colonels squad that is allowing 84.7 points per game. The ‘Pack is currently averaging 72.8 points per game, shooting 44% from the field, and 31.8% from beyond the arc.
The Wolfpack is 2-12 in the overall series against the Colonels, which started in the 1968 season. Loyola last played Nicholls State in the 2004 season, where they lost 50-56. Nicholls State has lost three straight coming into Friday night’s game.
The Colonels have two players averaging double-digit points. Chris Talkington averages 14.1 points per game and is shooting just under 50% from three-point range. Furthermore, Trevon Lewis averages 13 points per game, and leads the team in total rebounds with 34.
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