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Loyola tops Faulkner in men's and women's basketball

January 21, 2011

Gray's career high leads Loyola over Faulkner

Junior guard Corey Gray scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed five rebounds, as the Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team overcame a late deficit to beat Faulkner University, 80-77. Gray went 8-for-10 from behind the three-point line, leading the team to a 12-for-20 shooting night from three.

"Tonight, was a hard fought battle between two teams that were trying to get a win," head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando said.

In the first half, Loyola scored the first nine points of the contest with Darrinton Moncrieffe putting the Wolfpack on the board in the opening moments. Gray capped the run with a three pointer at the 15:46 mark. Faulkner responded with seven unanswered over a 90 second span as Decorey Jones pulled the Eagles to one possession, 9-7.

Later, Jones scored six straight points for Faulkner, giving them their first lead of the contest with 9:55 remaining in the half. Loyola answered, tying the game on three occasions before Tommy Stangl gave Loyola a 28-26 lead with a deep ball at the 5:34 mark.

Jake Mitchell responded with a three pointer of his own as the Eagles retook the lead. The margin later grew to nine points on a jumper by Birama Konate with 1:13. The half ended with Faulkner leading 41-35.

Coming out of the half, Loyola started out on fire, going on a 20-8 run and hitting six consecutive field goals to take a 58-49 lead. During the streak, the 'Pack connected on 4-of-5 three-point attempts.

The Eagles (5-13, 0-2 SSAC) responded with a run of their own, outscoring LU 22-6 to take a 72-65 lead. From there, the Wolfpack took control, led by Gray. Over the final 4:49, Gray scored 14 points on 3-for-3 shooting from three, sparking a 15-5 Loyola run to finish the game.

"We're very fortunate to make our free throws down the stretch. I thought our defense really stepped up on the last three possessions to give us a chance to win," Giorlando said.

Robert Lovaglio grabbed seven rebounds to lead Loyola (8-8, 1-1 SSAC) on the boards. The freshman from Winter Park, Fla. also put up 16 points and added five assists in the winning effort. LU men next take the court on Saturday in a home conference matchup against Belhaven University. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at The Den.

Loyola's Amy Moody scores career high 27 points in win over Faulkner

Freshman Amy Moody had a career high 27 points as Loyola University New Orleans defeated Faulkner University 76-69 in women's basketball Thursday night in The Den.

Loyola never trailed in the game as Jasmine Brewer scored the opening points with a jumper two minutes into the contest. Faulkner answered on their next possession as Brittney Carter knotted the score. Keiva Council responded to give Loyola the lead for good on one of her career high six three pointers in the game.

Later, Council pushed the lead to 10 points with another three pointer with 7:08 to play.

Faulkner rallied with six unanswered over the next two minutes, capped by a Lueticia Cuellar bucket in the paint. The four point deficit was as close as the Eagles would get the rest of the half.

Moody, who converted 3 of 6 from distance, gave Loyola the largest lead of the stanza with another three pointer to make the score 40-29.

Faulkner closed out the remaining 1:46 with five unanswered as the Wolfpack led 40-34 at the break.

In the second half, Faulkner kept it within single digits until the 9:52 mark. Consecutive buckets by Moody made the score 65-52, Loyola's largest lead of the game with 8:51 to play. The Eagles rallied with a 12-0 run, capped by a Carter lay-in to cut the Wolfpack margin to a single point with 3:55 remaining. The streaky play continued with eight straight points by Loyola. Jackie Padilla extended the Wolfpack lead to 73-64 with a field goal at the 1:59 mark and the Wolfpack held on for the 76-69 victory.

Moody, who transferred at the break from Oral Roberts, converted 8 of 14 from the field and 8 of 9 from the line en route to her 27 points. Brewer had the second double double of her career as the freshman from Houston had 19 points and a career high 12 rebounds. Council finished with 19 points, including 6 of 7 from behind the arc. She also added seven assists. Amy Sprout had 10 rebounds for Loyola (13-5, 2-0 SSAC).

The victory moves Loyola into sole possession of first place in the SSAC West Division. The Wolfpack women will return to action on Saturday afternoon in The Den against Belhaven. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.

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