NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team succumbed to Emmanuel College 55-65 inside The Den Saturday evening. The Wolfpack fall to 6-4 on the season and 1-3 in the SSAC, while the Lions move to 6-4 and 2-2 in conference play. Emmanuel now leads the overall series 2-0.
The trio of McCall Tomeny, Robert Lovaglio, and Cameron Cates fueled the ‘Pack’s attack. Cates led the team in scoring with 17 points on 3-8 from the field and 11-15 from the free throw line. Lovaglio led the team in rebounds with eight and tallied 12 points, three blocks, and three steals along the way. Finally, Tomeny registered 13 points and six rebounds.
It was a tale of two halves for the Wolfpack. Loyola took a 34-23 lead into halftime, thanks to great play in the paint and from the free throw line. The ‘Pack converted 12 points from inside the paint and outrebounded Emmanuel 23-14. Furthermore, the Wolfpack knocked down 14 of their 17 free throw opportunities.
Loyola started the second half strong, building their lead to 14 points with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Then the Lions responded with a 13-0 run, thanks to three straight three-pointers from Luke Miller, John Pennerat, and Jeremy Burgess.
Emmanuel took their first lead of the game at 7:23 mark off of another three-pointer, this time from Graham Maxwell. Emmanuel finished the final 12 minutes with a 33-9 run to clinch the win.
“It was an unfortunate ending. For two-thirds of the game, we played hard and smart with a double-digit lead, then they hit three straight three-point shots and it was game on from that point,” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. “We found it really hard to regroup and we have to learn how to keep it together and sustain the other team’s runs.”
Luke Miller, Graham Maxwell, and John Pennerat powered the Lions attack. Miller scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting from the field and 3-6 from beyond the arc. Maxwell tallied 12 points on 4-13 shooting. Finally, Pennerat recorded 10 points, going 3-3 from the field, 1-1 from three-point range, and 3-3 from the line.
The Wolfpack return to action December 6 at 7:00 p.m. inside The Den against cross-town rival SUNO.
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