(McKenzie, Tenn.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell to Bethel University 82-74 on Saturday afternoon in Baker Gymnasium.
The first half pitted two evenly matched squads as neither Loyola nor Bethel built more than a five point lead. The period featured eight ties and five lead changes. With 9:16 remaining in the half, Loyola (4-15, 3-9) went on a 5-0 run to grab the half’s largest lead as McCall Tomeny scored four straight points. However, Jonathan Williams scored two and Walt Andrews made five straight to take a two point lead for the Wildcats.
In the second half, Bethel (15-7, 6-5) was able to mount a 12-0 run thanks to six points from Williams. The Pack responded with an 8-0 run as Roco Gandara knocked in four consecutive free throws. Bethel’s lead continued to oscillate between 10 and four for the rest of the half. The Wolf Pack reduced the lead to four, several times but Walt Andrews and Cole Nelson scored on the Wildcats next possession each time to increase the lead back to six.
McCall Tomeny led the Wolf Pack with 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench, the junior shot 6 for 11 from the floor and 8 for 10 from the charity stripe. Aleksander Matoski tossed in 16 points while collecting six rebounds. Daniel Kuhl scored 11 while dishing out five assists and grabbing four steals. Gandara tallied nine points and tied Tomeny for team high honors in rebounds with seven.
Andrews went 7 for 13 from the field on his way to a game high 19 points and a team best six boards. Nelson chipped in 16 points thanks to going 12 for 12 from the free throw line. Nelson went 2 for 13 from the floor but had a team best four assists. Williams scored 14 points off the bench while knocking down 7 of 8 shots. Gary Pollard added 12.
Free throws were a big part of the game as the Pack shot 79.4% on 34 attempts while Bethel converted 71.4% of their 42 attempts. Neither team shot well as the Pack hit 33.3% and the Wildcats shot 39.4%. Bethel was 0 for 11 from behind the three point line while Loyola was 1 for 19. Each team had 40 rebounds while Bethel had 19 turnovers to Loyola’s 20.
The Pack will be back in action at 7:30 on Thursday, February 6th as they take on Belhaven University at The Den.