(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team survived a late run from Mobile and walked out of The Den with a 58-56 victory on Thursday night behind 24 points from McCall Tomeny.
Chris Richardson opened the game with five straight points for Mobile (12-11, 7-7). The Pack fought back, tying the game at 16 with 10:18 remaining in the period when Tomeny drained a three. Neither team took more than a one point lead over the next 10 minutes. Loyola held a one point lead, but Tomeny beat the first half buzzer with a jumper off a feed from Jalen Gray to make the score 28-25.
The Pack (5-17, 4-11) pushed the lead to 10 in the second half thanks to a 5-0 in which Cameron Hill contributed three points. However, the Rams answered with a 12-3 spurt as Brandon Morris scored nine of his team high 16 during that stretch. Later, with the game knotted at 52, the Pack scored six straight as Roco Gandara, Daniel Kuhl, and Tomeny converted field goals. However, they were not through the danger as CJ McGill hit a three and two straight Pack turnovers allowed Mobile a chance to tie the game with under 20 seconds remaining. However, Morris missed and Kwame Beard’s putback attempt fell off to allow the Pack to escape with the win.
In addition to Tomeny’s 24, Kuhl scored in double figures with 14 while Gray and Hill each added eight. Tomeny and Kuhl split team high honors with five rebounds while Tomeny had three of the five Wolf Pack blocks. Simmons led the team with four dimes. The Pack shot 48.9% from the field and walked away with the win despite shooting 58.8% from the line and 33.3% from downtown.
Mobile’s Beard had 10 points and a game high 12 rebounds, but was marred by 1 of 5 shooting from the free throw line. Morris had 16 but was forced into 14 shots in order to do so, he also tallied three assists. The Rams shot 41.8% from the floor, but lost as they made 25% from behind the arc and only 42.9% from the free throw line. They outrebounded the Pack 36-28 while both teams coughed the ball up 11 times.
“Very proud of our team tonight, we rose to the occasion after a lot of adverse situations this season. Our team showed a lot of grit, especially the last five minutes. I thought the play of Rex Warner, Cameron, and Roco played a big part in our success tonight. McCall and Dan played big late. Let’s hope we can use this game as a springboard to finish the season strong,” said head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
The Wolf Pack men’s basketball team will be back in action on Saturday, February 15th at 4 p.m. as they hit the road to take on William Carey University.