Capps helps lead Lions to fourth straight win, 80-53, over Loyola

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HAMMOND, La. – Senior forward Jordan Capps tossed in 21 points to help lead Southeastern Louisiana to its fourth straight victory, 80-53, over Loyola-New Orleans Tuesday night in the University Center.

The Lions’ four-game streak is their first since a Feb. 24-March 3, 2016. Southeastern’s previous four-game win streak in non-conference play was from Nov. 24-Dec. 5, 2009.

Capps set a career best with three 3-pointers in scoring at least 18 points for the third straight game. Junior forward Moses Greenwood just missed a double-double with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard D’Angelo West hit four 3s in scoring a career-high 12 points. Southeastern (5-3) hit 11 3s and shot 45 percent overall while pulling down a season-high 41 rebounds.

Loyola (3-3) was led by Nick Parker with 14 points. Joseph Ruzevich had eight rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 34.6 percent and had 34 rebounds.

Southeastern started out hot for the second straight game, shooting 59.3 percent in jumping out to a 43-21 lead at the half.

Junior guard Keith Charleston converted a three-point play following a putback to extend the lead to 50-23 at the 17:47 mark of the second half. Loyola got to within 21 on a 3 by Parker with 16:12 left. Ethan Turner cut the deficit under 20 at 56-37 with a layup with 12:47 remaining. But Greenwood and senior guard Joshua Filmore countered with 3s to push the lead back to 62-37 with 10:37 left.

A pair of 3s by Capps gave Southeastern a 70-39 lead at the 7:58 mark. Two Josh Leaney free throws made it 70-46 with 4:17 left. But West hit 3s on the Lions’ next three possessions to extend the lead back to 80-49 with 1:43 remaining.

Senior forward James Currington blocked a jumper by Chase Eckholdt and drove in to give Southeastern a 9-4 lead with 15:09 left in the first half. Greenwood hit a jumper in the paint and Charleston followed with a 3 from the left wing to extend the margin to 18-9 at the 11:52 mark.

After a Parker jumper, the Lions went on an 8-0 run as West hit a 3 and Capps added two free throws for a 28-11 lead with 7:32 left. A jumper by Capps made it 33-13 with 6:33 remaining. A Trey Smith free throw got the Wolf Pack back to within 36-19 with 1:26 left. But Capps nailed a 3, junior guard Marlain Veal scored off a steal and senior guard Jabbar Singleton made two free throws for a 43-21 halftime lead.

NOTES:

Southeastern won five games in November for the second straight year.

The Lions moved to 22-1 when scoring 80 or more points under head coach Jay Ladner.

Capps led or had a share of the team lead in scoring for the third straight game. He tied Filmore for team honors with 19 points at Samford on Friday, then scored a team-best 18 at Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.

Loyola’s 51 points, 18 field goals and 34.6 percent shooting were all lows by a Southeastern opponent this season.

Southeastern improved to 18-9 against Loyola with its 12th straight win over the Wolf Pack.

QUOTES:

Southeastern head coach Jay Ladner:

“I’m proud that we won. There were certainly some bright spots. But we have some work to do and I’m glad that we have a break. Again, want to congratulate Loyola. They were exactly what we thought, a very well coached team, good, smart players and a good, smart offensive scheme. They ran some nice offense and caught us a few times. Overall, though, I’m pleased that we are 5-3 and have won four in a row. I want us to continue to set the bar. If we are going to get where we want this program to be, that is what we are going to have to do.”

UP NEXT:

Southeastern will take a break for exams before traveling to play Central Florida on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in Orlando.

BOX SCORE

Southeastern La. 80, Loyola-New Orleans 53

LOYOLA-NEW ORLEANS (3-43)

Parker, Nick 5-10 2-2 14; Aldridge, Tensley 3-5 0-0 6; Jasmine, Tre’Von 2-6 1-2 5; Eckholdt, Chase 2-5 0-0 5; White, Robert 2-3 0-0 4; Murrell, Brooks 1-3 1-2 4; Ruzevich, Joseph 0-3 4-4 4; Smith Jr., Terry 0-2 3-6 3; Clark, Hunter 1-1 0-1 2; Turner, Ethan 1-5 0-0 2; Leaney, Josh 0-2 2-2 2; Brown, Eric 1-3 0-0 2; Fields, Benjamin 0-1 0-0 0; Griffin, Noah 0-1 0-0 0; LaForge, Trey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 13-19 53.

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (5-3)

Capps, Jordan 7-10 4-8 21; Greenwood, Moses 6-8 2-2 15; West, D’Angelo 4-10 0-0 12; Charleston, Keith 3-4 1-1 8; Veal, Marlain 3-6 1-2 7; Polanco, Eddy 1-7 2-6 5; Filmore, Joshua 2-3 0-0 5; Currington, James 1-4 2-4 4; Singleton, Jabbar 0-3 2-2 2; Thomas, Quinton 0-2 1-2 1; Gonzalez, Brandon 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 15-27 80.

Loyola-New Orleans………… 21 32 – 53

Southeastern Louisiana…….. 43 37 – 80

3-point goals–Loyola-New Orleans 4-17 (Parker, Nick 2-6; Eckholdt, Chase 1-1; Murrell, Brooks 1-2; Turner, Ethan 0-2; Brown, Eric 0-2; Griffin, Noah 0-1; LaForge, Trey 0-1; Jasmine, Tre’Von 0-2), Southeastern Louisiana 11-28 (West, D’Angelo 4-10; Capps, Jordan 3-4; Charleston, Keith 1-1; Greenwood, Moses 1-1; Polanco, Eddy 1-3; Filmore, Joshua 1-2; Gonzalez, Brandon 0-3; Thomas, Quinton 0-2; Singleton, Jabbar 0-1; Veal, Marlain 0-1). Fouled out–Loyola-New Orleans-None, Southeastern Louisiana-Capps, Jordan. Rebounds–Loyola-New Orleans 34 (Ruzevich, Joseph 8), Southeastern Louisiana 41 (Greenwood, Moses 9). Assists-Loyola-New Orleans 5 (Turner, Ethan 2), Southeastern Louisiana 12 (Filmore, Joshua 3; Singleton, Jabbar 3; Veal, Marlain 3). Total fouls–Loyola-New Orleans 23, Southeastern Louisiana 18. Technical fouls–Loyola-New Orleans-TEAM, Southeastern Louisiana-None. A-754

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