Parker’s 27 leads Loyola Men’s Basketball to comeback 75-67 upset of No. 16 William Carey
The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team traveled to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Thursday to open up its Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) schedule in the second game of a men’s and women’s doubleheader against No. 16-ranked William Carey University.
Coming off of a home upset of No. 15 Dillard in its last game on Nov. 22, the Wolf Pack (4-3) were able to take down another ranked team in the Crusaders (4-2) behind another huge performance from senior Nick Parker (SR/Port Allen, La.). Loyola starts SSAC play with a conference record of 1-0 while William Carey falls to 0-1 in conference games.
After being down 37-29 at halftime, the Wolf Pack put together a strong second half comeback that would lead to a victory. With a little over eight minutes left in the game, Nick Parker was fouled on a made layup attempt which tied the game and sent him to the line. His free throw was good, and Loyola took its first lead of the game at 53-52.
Wolf Pack would steadily pull away for the remainder of the game. Parker scored 11 points in the eight minutes following Loyola’s first lead as a part of his huge scoring night, and the Pack overall would outscore the Crusaders 46-30 in the second half. After shooting an already high percentage of 47.8% from the field in the first half, Loyola as a team would shoot an efficient 11-19 from the floor in the second half for 57.9%, bringing its percentage for the game up to 54.8% on 23-42 shooting. Free throws down the stretch also were a big factor in the game, as the Wolf Pack had 30 attempts from the line (making 21 of them for 70%), while the Crusaders only hit 16 of their 24 attempts.
Parker finished with 27 points on 7-14 shooting (50%) and 9-10 on free throws. He also ended up with 2 steals, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Ethan Turner (JR/Covington, La.) finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds, going 6-8 from the floor while only missing one of his five three-point attempts. Terry Smith, Jr., contributed a big double-double, putting up 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Tensley Aldridge (FR/Denham Springs, La.) only finished with six points, but four of them came on two key baskets in the final five minutes of the game that helped seal the victory for the Wolf Pack. Chase Eckholdt (SR/Mandeville, La.) and Robert White (SR/Los Angeles, Ca.) also hit free throws in the final five minutes to extend the lead for Loyola.
For William Carey, Jaylen Moore led the team with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Maurice Stephens and Troy Salvant each finished with 12 points.
The next game for the Wolf Pack comes in another SSAC men’s and women’s doubleheader as Loyola takes on Blue Mountain College on the road on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m.
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