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Loyola men's hoops: Wolfpack slips past Mobile 82-79

January 8, 2010

Junior Ryan Brock sank a free throw with 2.8 seconds left and senior Sean Bennett added two more as the Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team defeated the University of Mobile 82-79 at Pharr Gym on Thursday night.

Brock finished the night scoring 22 for Loyola and was 15 of 20 from the free throw line. Bennett led the way with a team-high 23 points and shot 7 of 12 from the field.

Loyola (9-3, 1-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) looked to have the victory sealed when senior Torry Beaulieu, who scored 12 and dished out a team-high five assists, drained a three to put Loyola up 76-68 with 2:18 left in the game. Mobile’s Ji Kimbrough, who finished with 19 points, led a comeback, including hitting a pair of free throws to tie the game at 79-79 with 16.4 second left.

After Brock converted on his free throw with the second being wiped out on a lane violation, Mobile threw the ball away on the inbounds. Bennett stepped up to hit his pair from the charity strip, and Loyola held on for the win.

Mobile (6-3, 0-1 GCAC) was led by Donte Walker with a game-high 24 points. Robert Golston rounded out the leading scorers with 15.

In the game, both teams came out on fire, with each team hitting two threes early on. Loyola grabbed a 9-7 after Brock sank one from long range at the 16:06 mark.

Loyola went into the half up 41-38 after shooting 6 of 9 from three. Bennett led the way with 13 points before the break.

Mobile took the lead at 60-56 with 10:00 remaining. Loyola then put together a 13-4 run capped off by a wide open basket by Nick Tuszynski to make the score 72-66 with 4:30 to go.

After Beaulieu’s three, the Rams chipped away at the lead but fell short in the GCAC opener.

Both teams shot well for the night, finishing at 46 percent from the field and 53.8 percent (7 of 13) from behind the arc. Mobile out rebounded Loyola 36 to 24.

Loyola returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 9, when they head to Shreveport, La., to take on the LSU-S Pilots. Tipoff at The Dock is set for 7 p.m.

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