No. 2 Loyola dominates Saturday at Brewton-Parker
MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – It didn’t take long for the No. 2 Loyola Wolf Pack men’s basketball to impose their dominance on Brewton-Parker College Saturday. After the 78-40 win over the Barons on the road, Loyola remains unbeaten on the season with a 7-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
Saturday was the third game away from New Orleans in five days, and the team will get a rest day tomorrow before traveling to Panama City, Florida, to begin the three-day Battle at the Beach Monday, Nov. 22.
Loyola started the game strong on both sides of the floor, scoring 18 points while forcing eight steals through the first eight minutes. In fact, Brewton-Parker did record its first point until the 12:23 mark of the first half, as the Wolf Pack quickly built an 18-0 lead. Myles Burns, Zach Wrightsil and Andrew Fava all forced steals and all scored during the first three minutes, then Brandon Davis and Terry Smith Jr. forced a BPC turnover while also scoring to push the score to 12-0. Smith actually scored three straight times from the floor to bring it to 18-0.
The Wolf Pack continued to score off turnovers, but they dominated on the offensive glass, too. When they weren’t turning steals into points, rebounders like Burns, who had 10 rebounds in the first half, Wrightsil, Smith and Jalen Galloway were pulling down one of the team’s 11 offensive boards, which resulted in seven second-chance points. Wrightsil had an offensive rebound and scored with 2:20 left in the half to give Loyola a 27-point lead, 38-11.
Loyola played 11 different players in the first 20 minutes – with eight scoring – to help take the 42-15 lead into halftime.
It was much of the same story in the second half, as the Wolf Pack quickly extended the lead to 31, 49-18, after a 3-pointer by Galloway. Zach Muller scored and another 3 by Galloway kept the pedal to the metal, 59-23, eight minutes into the half. A Brandon Davis score gave Loyola a 40-point lead, 63-23, with 12 minutes to play before Brewton-Parker chipped into the lead a little. Leading by 29 points, Andrew Fava made back-to-back 3s and Milan Mejia added another to put the Pack back up by 40, 76-36, and a score by Smith gave Loyola its largest lead, 78-36, with 90 seconds to play.
• This is Loyola’s largest margin of victory over a conference opponent since Jan. 19, 2019, when the Wolf Pack outscored Brewton-Parker 105-69 at home.
• Myles Burns recorded a double-double for the second game in a row. He had 12 points, 10 of which came on dunks, and 13 rebounds.
• As a team, Loyola came up with 19 steals, matching a season-high. Brandon Davis led the team with five takeaways, followed by Burns with four, Zach Wrightsil with three, and Andrew Fava and Terry Smith Jr. with two apiece.
• This is the fifth game this season in which the Wolf Pack collected at least 10 steals.
• With 12 points on Saturday, Wrightsil now has 1,553 for his career, moving him into sole possession of seventh on Loyola’s career scoring list.
• Fava and Smith tied for a game-high in scoring with 13 points each. Fava also led the team with five assists.
• Jalen Galloway now has back-to-back games scoring in double figures. He hit three of his four attempts from deep, scoring 12 points total.
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