No. 2 Loyola rolls past LSUA in Panama City, 102-81
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – After Tuesday’s 102-81 win over LSU Alexandria in the Battle at the Beach tournament, the Loyola University of New Orleans men’s basketball team has now started a season 9-0 overall for the second time in three years.
The No. 2 Wolf Pack and Generals met in the Gulf Bracket opening round. Loyola will now take on the winner of Brescia and No. 12 Science and Arts at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
In what’s been a theme for Loyola in the early portion of the season, a hot start for the Pack helped set the tone for the rest of game. Their 3-point shooting carried over from Monday, too, as the team had five made shots from beyond the arc through the first eight minutes of game time. Andrew Fava got things started with his first 3-pointer to take an early 7-2 lead, then Brandon Davis followed that up with a 3 30 seconds later, 10-2. Fava wasn’t done either, making two more 3s in a 40-second span to push the score to 16-6 with 16:11 on the clock.
Fava made his fourth 3-pointer a couple of minutes later, 23-9, then Terry Smith Jr. scored all six of his points quickly to make it a 34-19 Wolf Pack lead with 8:32 until halftime. Zach Muller got on the 3-point shooting train with a pair, 44-21, and Myles Burns and Davis combined for 10 points in the final five and a half minutes to give Loyola a 27-point lead at the half, 58-31.
Davis and Fava, once again, got things going with early 3-pointers in the second half to quickly put the Pack up 66-33, and Milan Mejia and Cameron Dumas, each with a pair of 3s, helped give Loyola its largest lead, 88-50, with 11:03 to play. Eddie Burgess and Leonard Jackson came off the bench to score late in the second half, as the Wolf Pack’s bench outscored LSU Alexandria’s bench 43-18.
• Loyola’s 9-0 record matches the best start since the 2019-20 team started the season 10-0. Head coach Stacy Hollowell’s program has started at least 8-0 in three consecutive seasons.
• This is the fifth-straight victory of more than 20 points for the Wolf Pack this season.
• Loyola knocked down a season-high 14 3-pointers for the second game in a row. This is the sixth contest this season in which the Wolf Pack have hit 10 or more triples.
• Andrew Fava led the team in shooting, going 5-of-7 from deep for 15 points. Milan Mejia hit 4-of-6 on his three-point attempts, while Brandon Davis and Zach Muller added two treys each.
• Loyola’s bench was key in the victory, with the Wolf Pack outscoring the Generals in bench points 43-18. Mejia and Muller were big parts of that, as Mejia had 16 points and Muller had 12. Muller was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, 2-of-2 from deep, and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
• Myles Burns stuffed the stat sheet on Tuesday with a line of 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and five steals.
• Burns is now 15th on the Wolf Pack all-time scoring list with 1,392 points for his career.
• Zach Wrightsil also was everywhere on the stat sheet, with 11 points, eight boards, four assists, three steals, and two blocks.
• Davis was two assists away from a double-double, dropping 16 points to go along with his season high of eight assists and two steals.
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