(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans overcame a 13 point deficit to tie the game when McCall Tomeny made two free throws with 27 seconds remaining, but the Wolf Pack fell in overtime to the University of Mobile, 65-55 Thursday night in The Den.
The Wolf Pack trailed by 13 when Julien Sargent made a layup off a pass from Brandon Morris with 14 minutes remaining. The Wolf Pack slowly cut away at the lead, but still trailed by eight when Robert Lovaglio was fouled with six minutes left. Lovaglio scored four straight points including the free throws to cut the lead to four. Lovaglio again cut the deficit to four when he hit a three with 2:37 remaining and followed that with two more free throws. Sargent made two freebies of his own before Daniel Kuhl hit a driving layup to bring Loyola within one with a minute remaining. After a turnover by Marcus Pollnet and a foul on Sargent, Tomeny calmly stroked two free throws to tie the score.
Kuhl drew an offensive foul on Kwame Beard with 1.8 seconds remaining to give Loyola a shot at victory, but Kuhl’s inbounds pass sailed over the head of Steve Davis. Mobile’s last second attempt ended with a Polnett turnover off a steal from Kuhl.
After Loyola’s great run to tie the game, overtime belonged to the Rams as they outscored the Wolf Pack 11-1 in the extra session. Five different players hit a field goal in overtime for the Rams, but the Pack couldn’t hit a shot from the field.
Lovaglio finished with 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack. Daniel Kuhl was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 16 points.
Sargent was instrumental for the Rams as he had 20 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks in the victory. Beard scored 17 while pulling down seven rebounds of his own.
Loyola (13-11, 7-7) shot 48% from the field, but only 59% from the line. The Rams won the rebounding battle 41-28 which helped them win despite shooting only 38% from the field.
Mobile (14-10, 7-7) moves into a tie for fourth place with the Wolf Pack in the western division of the SSAC.
Loyola will be back in action on Saturday, February 9 at 4 p.m. as they travel to Mobile, AL to take on fellow Jesuit school Spring Hill College.