(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team will embark on a two game road trip to resume conference play against Emmanuel College at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10th, followed by a tilt at Southern Wesleyan at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 11th.
The Wolf Pack opened conference play in November by losing to Faulkner and Auburn-Montgomery on the road. They evened their conference mark by defeating Coastal Georgia and Southern Poly at home. The Wolf Pack (3-8, 2-2) is tied with Bethel for fourth place in the western division of the SSAC.
Loyola is coming off a 67-55 loss to SUNO in their last contest. Daniel Kuhl scored 15 and Kyle Simmons had 11. McCall Tomeny tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, as the Pack failed to overcome an 11 point halftime deficit.
Tomeny leads the Pack in scoring and rebounding this season with averages of 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds on 46% shooting. Simmons adds 10.9 points per contest while Jalen Gray leads the team with 2.8 assists a tilt. The Pack are 15th in the NAIA in scoring defense as they only allow 67.4 points per game. They are also top 20 in 3 point field goal defense (29.4%) and field goal percentage defense (40.9%).
Emmanuel (11-2, 2-2) sits in third place in the eastern division of the SSAC as they defeated Bethel and Spring Hill while losing to William Carey and Belhaven on the road in SSAC action. Since losing to Belhaven, the Lions have won three straight over Johnson & Wales University, Bob Jones University, and Life University.
The Lions have four players who average in double figures led by 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game from Michael Stanley. Stanley also tops the team with 2.77 assists and 1.85 steals when he steps on the floor. Adrian Justice has come off the bench in all but one game to spark the team with 11.5 points per night. Luke Miller and Patrick McCrary score 11.2 and 10.2 points per night, respectively. Emmanuel tops the NAIA in total rebound margin as they outrebound their opponents by 15.7 rebounds per game. They also are top five in the country in 3 point field goal percentage defense (26.5%), total defensive rebounds (28.2 rpg), field goal percentage defense (37.3%), scoring defense (60.9 ppg), and scoring margin (22.1 ppg).
Southern Wesleyan (8-5, 3-1) sits in a first place tie with Faulkner atop the SSAC east. They opened conference play with three straight victories over Spring Hill, Bethel, and Blue Mountain before falling to Martin Methodist on the road. The Warriors enter this weekend having lost two straight to Limestone College and Dalton State. They will take on Belhaven on Friday night, before their Saturday matchup with the Pack.
Cameron Soloman is second in the SSAC in scoring with 23 points per game on 48.4% shooting. Kenny Holmes contributes 16.8 points and a team best 3.69 assists while Terrence Hutchins adds 11.5 points. Dwayne Bryant averages a double double with 10.8 points and a conference best 12.5 rebounds per game. The Warriors post top 30 NAIA ranks in total rebounds (40.6 rpg), 3 point field goal percentage (36.1%), and offensive rebounds (13.1 rpg).
Loyola is 3-1 all-time against Emmanuel and 1-1 against Southern Wesleyan in the program’s history. Last season, Loyola came away 70-64 winners over Emmanuel. Rob Lovaglio scored 25 and Mason Ibert had 16 as four Wolf Pack players scored in double figures to open conference play. Justice scored 15 points to lead the Lions. The Wolf Pack fell 90-86 to Southern Wesleyan last season, as Lovaglio scored the last eight points, and 24 overall as the Pack came storming back from an early 14-2 deficit. The Warriors won despite 11 points and 10 assists from Simmons. Nikola Lambic led Southern Wesleyan as he tallied 20 of his 26 points in the second stanza and hit three of four free throws in the last minute to seal the game for the Warriors.
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