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Wolfpack remains undefeated with 93-87 win over HTU

November 14, 2008

Loyola’s men’s basketball team moved to 3-0 on the season as the Wolfpack defeated Huston-Tillotson 93-87 Sunday at The Den.

The Rams jumped out to a quick double-digit lead, scoring 17 of the game’s first 21 points for their largest advantage of the game.

The Wolfpack responded with a 26-6 run that took 7:15 off the first half clock. Nick Tuszynski started the streak with a lay-in and it ended with a Ryan Brock stick in off a Darrinton Moncrieffe assist that gave Loyola a 30-23 advantage.

Huston-Tillotson worked the Loyola advantage down to two points at 36-34 after a Jordan Pratt put back with 3:30 to go before half, but the Wolfpack scored the stanza’s final eight points. A couple of Nick Tuszynski free throws gave Loyola a 44-34 lead at the intermission.

The Rams opened the second half with a 16-5 run to recapture the lead as a D’Mond Grismore basket with 15:30 left gave HTU a 50-49 lead.

Tuszynski secured the Wolfpack the lead for good when his basket off a Torry Beaulieu feed with 6:26 to play made it 71-69 Loyola. Beaulieu had a game high six assists on the evening.

The Rams kept the game close, cutting it to 87-85 Wolfpack with 57 seconds left in the contest on a James Black three-pointer. Loyola free throw shooting kept the Rams at bay. The Wolfpack’s Corey Gray sealed the victory with a pair from the line with 18 seconds left.

A Jordan Pratt stick back accounted for the game’s final points and a 93-87 Wolfpack win.

Said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando, “This was a game that really tested us from the start. Huston came out firing on all cylinders and we got down big early. We settled down and took the lead, but we knew we were going to be in for a tough second half. We were able to get stops when we needed them and our guys hit some big shots. We started understanding how to break down their match-up zone, which was good for us to see. Our bench did a great job of giving some quality minutes. Now we'll have to prepare for Southern Miss. on Saturday.”

Ryan Brock led the Wolfpack (3-0) with 24 points off 11 of 20 from the field and hit both his attempts from the free throw line. The UNO transfer and Brother Martin High alum also contributed five assists in the win.

Sean Bennett added 14 points. Beaulieu and Tuszynski both put in 13 points. Corey Gray rounded out the Wolfpack scoring leaders with 12 points.

Darrinton Moncrieffe finished the game with nine points, a team high nine rebounds and three blocks. Robert Manson also grabbed nine boards while putting in eight points.

The Wolfpack shot 59.3 percent (35 of 59) in the victory, including 50 percent (4 of 8) from deep.

The Rams (0-2) got all their scoring from their starting five. D’Mond Grismore led the way with a double-double 30 points and 13 rebounds. Robert Hartfield added 24 points. James Black dropped in 13 while Jordan Pratt and Gabe Haskins added ten points each.

Huston-Tillotson shot 45.2 percent (33 of 73) overall and 31.8 percent (7 of 22) from the land of plenty.

The Wolfpack’s next game will take them to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday, Nov. 15 for an exhibition contest against the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the Reed Green Coliseum.

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