CENTRAL, S.C. – In their first chance to secure a conference victory, the Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated Southern Wesleyan 78-70 Friday night inside Tysinger Gymnasium. The Wolfpack move to 4-0 on the season.
The ‘Pack had four players in double digit scoring tonight. Robert Lovaglio achieved a season high 26 points on 9-15 shooting, along with eight rebounds. Corey Gray scored 16 points on 4-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Finally, both Cameron Cates and Chris Joseph tallied 10 points to push the Wolfpack to victory.
Loyola led the entire game thanks to inspired play on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the ‘Pack shot 50% from the floor, 47% from three-point range, and converted on 21-30 free throws. Defensively, the Wolfpack forced 24 turnovers, including 10 total steals. Both Chris Joseph and Kyle Simmons secured three steals each.
The Wolfpack’s pressure kept Southern Wesleyan’s and the SSAC’s second best scorer under his game average. Nikola Lambic tallied 16 points tonight, five under his average. Sebias Duck and Phillip Williams also contributed for the Warriors, scoring 20 and 17 points respectively.
“It was a tough, hard fought road win tonight. The team had to grind this one out to the very end,” said head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. “I’m proud of our bench who came in and played quality minutes.”
The men quickly return to action tomorrow afternoon when they clash with their second conference opponent Truett-McConnell at 4 p.m. CST.
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