NEW ORLEANS, LA.- The Loyola University New Orleans Wolf Pack Men’s Basketball team took the short drive across town to face the (RV) Dillard University Bleu Devils on Tuesday evening.
Loyola came into the game riding a four-game winning streak but Dillard pulled away late en route to a 93-80 victory inside Dent Hall.
After pouring in 40 points in the previous game, So. G Nick Parker (Port Allen, La./Port Allen) started off the scoring with two free throws following a steal by Jr. F Johnny Griffin (Chicago, Ill./Bloom Trail High). Another steal by Fr. G Tre’Von Jasmine (Edgard, La./East St. John High) led to two more points and an early 4-0 advantage for the visitors.
However, the Bleu Devils responded with a 21-2 run that gave Loyola a 15 point deficit with 13:56 remaining in the first half. The Wolf Pack began to chip away at the lead, but were down 32-19 with just over seven minutes remaining.
Jr. Jalen Gray (New Orleans, La./Brother Martin) hit a jumper to ignite a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to four. The Bleu Deveils extended their advantage back to eleven before Gray sank two free throws and Fr. G Ethan Turner (Covington, La./Mandeville High School) hit a three at the buzzer to send Loyola into the locker room trailing 43-37.
In the second half, the Wolf Pack trailed 48-39 with 18 minutes remaining, So. G Sam Kohnke (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman School) hit a three-pointer to spark the Loyola offense. The Wolf Pack went on a 15-7 run, capped by a field goal from So. C Nate Pierre (Folsom, La./Covington), to close the deficit to 55-54 with 12:28 remaining in the game.
Not long after the Loyola pulled within one, Parker scored to tie the game for the first time since early in the first half, 60-60. However, the Bleu Devils pulled away over the last ten minutes, leading by as much sixteen, before defeating Loyola 93-80.
The Wolf Pack shot 29-of-60 (48.3%) from the field and 5-of-18 (27.8%) from beyond the arc. Loyola was effective from the charity on Tuesday, managing to convert on 17-of-22 (77.3%) attempts. Defensively, The Wolf Pack forced 19 turnovers and had six blocks, led by SSAC-leader Pierre with three.
Five members of Loyola scored in double-digits led by Gray with 16 points. Coming off his big game, Parker pitched in 13 points. Pierre, Griffin, and Jasmine each added ten points for the Wolf Pack.
As a team, Dillard shot 34-of-69 (49.3%) and 11-of-18 (61.1%) from three-point range. They were led by Dennis Hightower and Demetric Austin with 27 points a piece.
The Wolf Pack get back on the court Saturday, February 20 against Southern States Athletic Conference rival Mobile at 4:00 PM in The Den.