NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Spring Hill College men's basketball team fell 67-56 at Loyola University (La.) in a conference game at the Den on Saturday evening.
Throughout the early part of the first half, the Wolfpack steadily built a lead with Ryan Brock giving LU its biggest advantage of the half when he hit a 3-pointer with 7:56 remaining in the first period giving the Wolfpack the 23-15 lead.
Corey Gray connected on 3-of-8 from three-point range in the first half and led the Wolfpack team with 11 points heading into the break. Darrinton Moncrieffe blocked three Badger shots in the half as the Wolfpack closed out the first half with a
The two teams traded buckets for the first part of the second half with LU holding narrow margin. The Badgers hung around, however, and took their first second half lead with 8:25 to play off a put-back layup by senior forward Greg Gardner's put-back layup.
The Wolfpack responded with an 11-1 run to put LU firmly back in control. The run was capped off by a pair of Richard Kohnke free throws that put the Wolfpack up 59-50 with 5:41 remaining. Loyola shot 18-for-24 from the free throw line in the second half to help seal the victory.
Senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Spring Hill while junior guard Steve Edwards scored 15 points in the Badger cause.
Loyola (11-10, 4-3 SSAC West) was led by Brock with 18 points, Tommy Stangl with 15 points and Gray with 13 points.
The Badgers finished the night shooting 41.2% (21-51) from the field and 33.3% (4-12) from 3-point territory. SHC turned the ball over 16 times and pulled in 33 rebounds.
Loyola shot 36.5% (19-52) from the field and made 27.3% (6-22) of their 3-point attempts. The Wolfpack also turned the ball over 11 times while hauling down 40 rebounds.
Spring Hill (7-12, 2-5 SSAC West) will next face long-time non-conference rival the 11th rated Xavier University (La.) Gold Rush (21-2) in a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Monday.
The Loyola University Sports Information Department Contributed to this release