(New Orleans, La.) – The finish line was in view for the Loyola University men’s basketball team as they traveled to Ellisville, Miss. for a matchup against the No. 17 William Carey Crusaders.
Following an emotional victory at against Martin Methodist on Monday, the men’s squad hoped to extend its win streak to six games.
Behind a big-time game from Nick Parker, who tallied 26 points and nine rebounds and some sharp shooting throughout the night, Loyola extends the win streak to six games with the 91-81 win over the Crusaders.
On the season, the Wolf Pack improves to 20-8 overall and 13-6 in conference play. With the Thursday’s victory, Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
The road team could not miss from beyond the arc in the first half, as Ethan Turner lined up a triple and knocked it down plus the foul to give his team its largest lead of the first half at 21-10 at the 13:24 mark of the half.
A two-pointer by Parker kept the lead at double digits, putting the score at 25-15 with 10:26 on the game clock.
With 0:35 seconds to play before intermission, the Crusader’s Troy Salvant made the lay-in to cut the lead to five at 42-37.
The Wolf Pack maintained the five point lead heading into to the locker room.
Loyola shot 16-of-36 from the field (44.4%) in the opening half. The team also connected on 7-of-11 from the three point line (63.6%) in the first 20 minutes. Parker and Turner led the way with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
William Carey took its largest lead of the ballgame at 51-48 on a jumper by Quinton Williams with 14:50 to play in the game.
Tre’Von Jasmine responded with a three pointer to knot the score at 51-51 on the ensuing possession.
Over the next three minutes, the Crusaders managed a two point lead until another three by Jasmine put his team on top 58-57 with 11:47 to play in the final frame.
There was 3:33 remaining in the contest when a three pointer by Parker and a layup by Jalen Gray brought the lead to 85-74, sealing the game for Loyola.
The Wolf Pack went on to win it 91-81 to claim its sixth-straight victory heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against Blue Mountain College at 4:00 p.m.
Parker led five players in double figures, totalling 26 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Entering tonight’s game. Parker had collected 975 career points throughout his three seasons with the Wolf Pack. Following his 26-point performance against the Crusaders, Parker joined Jalen Gray as Wolf Pack men’s basketball players to score 1000 career points this season.
Jasmine added 16 points off the bench and Gray added 14 points and four assists.