NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team hosted city-rival Xavier University on Monday night at The Den and the Gold Rush came away with an 85-66 victory.
Xavier (10-0) only trailed once in the game, 2-0, following a Ryan Brock bucket off the opening tip. The Gold Rush answered with a 7-0 run, and then later in the half, put together an 18-2 run to lead 31-13. Loyola managed to cut the deficit to single digits on four separate occasions, but Xavier would expand their lead to as much as 23 points late in the game before going on to take the contest, 85-66.
Brock led Loyola (5-5) in scoring with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-16 from the field. Chris Joseph, Jr. was next with a career-high 18 points which included 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Corey Gray chipped in with 10 points.
Xavier had a balanced attack with nine players scoring at least six points. The Gold Rush, who shot 59 percent from the field for the night, was led by Andrew Devin and Jamaan Kenner with 13 points each. Wanto Joseph came off the bench for 10 points and had a game-high six assists.
After trailing 45-33 at the break, Joseph brought the score to 48-39 with a three ball. However, XU responded with a 9-2 run, capped off on a three from Kenner at the 12:33 mark to make the score 57-41. The Gold Rush would hit 4-of-4 from behind the arc in the second period and finished the night 7-of 11 (64%).
The Wolfpack was never able to come closer than 13 the rest of the way, as Xavier went on to stay undefeated.
The Gold rush outrebounded LU, 32-20, with Anthony Simmons collecting 12. Both teams struggled taking care of the ball, combining for 43 turnovers.
The ‘Pack finished at 43 percent from the field and was 8-of-19 from long range.
Loyola heads to Houma, La. on Wednesday night to take on Nicholls State University for an exhibition contest. Tipoff at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center is set for 6:30 p.m.