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Late game run propels Wolfpack men over SUNO

February 27, 2009

The Loyola men’s basketball team outscored the Southern University New Orleans Knights 22-8 over the last eight minutes en route to a 76-62 win Thursday night at The Den.

Freshman guard Chris Joseph Jr., started the decisive run with back-to-back triples to bust a tie game open at 60-54 with 7:30 left in the game. Joseph then doled out an assist on the Wolfpack’s next possession to Ryan Brock for a lay-up and a 62-54 lead with seven minutes left.

The Knights cut the Loyola advantage down to five points at 64-59 after a Brent Leduff lay-in with three and a half to go in the contest.

However, the Wolfpack used a decisive 12-0 run to put the game out of reach. The run started when Torry Beaulieu stole the ball from Samuel McDonald and found a streaking Ryan Brock for a lay-in with three minutes left. Sean Bennett ended the run on a fast break lay-up following a blocked shot by Nick Tuszynski. The Bennett lay-in made the score 76-59 with just seconds remaining before the final horn.

Ryan Brock had a game high 24 points. Sean Bennett dropped in 16 points and Torry Beaulieu put in 11 points and dished out eight assists. Darrinton Moncrieffe scored eight points, grabbed a game high 13 rebounds and tied a career high with six blocked shots. Moncrieffe has swatted 23 shots in four career games against the Knights. All told, Loyola blocked nine SUNO shots on the night.

“This was a nice team victory tonight. I thought the team played the second half as good defensively as we have all year. We came up with big stops in the last five or six minutes of the game. I thought our bench did a great job giving us a defensive presence with Darrinton Moncrieffe having six blocks and Chris Joseph came in and hit a couple big shots. Tomorrow we will start getting ready for William Carey” said Loyola head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.

The Wolfpack (18-10, 11-6 GCAC) shot 63 percent (17 of 27) in the second half and finished the game hitting at a 54.5 percent clip (30 of 55). Loyola dominated inside, outscoring the Knights 50-24 in the paint while also outrunning SUNO 21-10 on the fast break. Loyola grabbed 13 offensive rebounds and turned that into 16 second chance points whereas SUNO could only get four second chance points off of nine offensive rebounds.

This season’s 18 wins is the most since Jack Orsley’s 1947-48 Wolfpack team finished their season 21-9. The 11 GCAC wins is the most since Loyola joined the league in 1995.

Brent Leduff led the Knights with 23 points. Billy Wilson added 11 and Lionel Green dropped in ten points as the leading scorers for SUNO.

The Knights (3-23, 3-14 GCAC) hit 39 percent from the field (23 of 59). The three-point arc kept the game close until the final run as SUNO knocked down 44.4 percent from deep (8 of 18). SUNO also took advantage of Loyola mistakes, turning 16 Wolfpack turnovers into 27 Knight points while Loyola could only muster ten points off seven SUNO turnovers.

Loyola finishes off the regular season Saturday evening against William Carey University on Hall of Fame/Senior Night. Loyola currently finds themselves in a three-way tie for second place in the GCAC standings with LSU-Shreveport and Xavier with the Wolfpack holding the tiebreaker over each. A win Saturday over Carey gives Loyola the number two seed in GCAC Tournament. Tip time Saturday between the Wolfpack and Crusaders is set for 5 p.m. in The Den.

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