(Central, S.C.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team fell 76-70 to Southern Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at Historic Tysinger Gymnasium.
The Warriors jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game with Cameron Soloman scoring 10 of his 20 first half points during the early run.
Loyola countered later in the period to cut the deficit to five with a 7-0 run thanks to a field goal from Aleksander Matoski and a three point play from McCall Tomeny. Jalen Gray cut the lead to 22-18 with a three pointer. The Warriors responded with an 11-2 run with four points apiece from Soloman and Terrance Hutchins. Southern Wesleyan held a 41-33 advantage as the teams entered halftime.
The second half was a back and forth affair, with Loyola slowly cutting down Southern Wesleyan’s lead. Gray hit two free throws to cut the deficit to 65-63 with 4:07 remaining in the game. However, Hutchins hit two straight shots in the paint to push the margin back to six. The teams exchanged free throws down the stretch, but Loyola could not get any closer.
Tomeny led the Wolf Pack (3-10, 2-4) with 24 points and eight rebounds. Gray had a career high 17 points and Daniel Kuhl chipped in 11. Tomeny and Kyle Simmons each dished out three assists.
Southern Wesleyan (9-6, 4-2) received 32 points from Soloman. Hutchins contributed 16 points and team bests with nine rebounds and five assists off the bench. Jordan Wallace scored 13 and Dwayne Bryant added 11 points and three blocks.
The Wolf Pack shot 39.3% for the game while Southern Wesleyan shot at a 48.2% clip. Loyola won the free throw battle as they shot 71.9% on 32 attempts while only allowing 25 attempts. Loyola never led in the game, but came back in the second half, outscoring Southern Wesleyan 37-35 in the frame.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action on Thursday, January 16th as they head to Mississippi to take on Blue Mountain College at 7:30 p.m.