Wolf Pack men fall in last second thriller to #25 SUNO

Sat, 12/15/2012

(New Orleans, La.) Kevin Duke’s shot in the waning moments of the game gave #25 Southern University New Orleans a 67-66 victory over Loyola University New Orleans in men’s basketball Saturday evening in The Castle on SUNO’s campus.

Loyola trailed much of the second half, but Robert Lovaglio hit a three pointer with 19 seconds to put the Wolf Pack ahead 66-65 to set the stage for Duke’s only field goal of the game.

Lovaglio led the Wolf Pack with a game high 23 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds and made 10 of 11 free throws on the evening. It was his ninth game with over 20 points and he has scored in double figures in each contest this season. Cameron Hill had his best outing in a Loyola uniform with 22 points and a game high 10 rebounds.

For SUNO (5-1), Clyde Moore led the Knights with 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Russell Moore and Merlin Walker each scored 11. Southern-New Orleans is ranked 25th in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll.

“I am very proud of the way our team rallied and gave us a chance to win the game. Give credit to SUNO for making that final shot. The difference in the second half was our ability to get to the foul line and improve our defensive rebounding that minimized their second chances. We will learn from this and get back to work after Christmas holidays,”said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.

SUNO led 38-28 at the break and forced 19 Loyola turnovers, while committing just 11. The Knights enjoyed a slim margin on the boards, outrebounding the Pack 33-31. Loyola was effective from the field converting 51.1% of shots taken, but struggled from distance converting just 2 of 11 at a clip of 18.2%. SUNO made 40.6% from the field and 25.0% from distance. Both teams made 75.0% of their free throws.

The loss snapped Loyola’s three game win streak which was their longest of the 2012-13 campaign. Each of the Wolf Pack’s five losses on the season have been to ranked opponents. Loyola (8-5) received votes in this week’s NAIA Top 25 poll.

The Pack will break for the holidays and return to action on Jan. 4 against Truett McConnell. Tip off in The Den on Loyola’s campus is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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