Top-seeded Loyola advances to NAIA Quarterfinals

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Myles Burns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Loyola senior Myles Burns said it best in the locker room after the Wolf Pack’s 85-67 win over Faulkner in the NAIA National Championship Round of 16 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“It’s not over yet,” Burns told his teammates. “It’s a good dub. Let’s move on to the next one.”

After a close first 15 minutes of the game, the Wolf Pack started to pull away from their Southern States Athletic Conference rival, and now they’ll turn their attention to No. 3-seed College of Idaho in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.

It was Burns who got things started for the Wolf Pack, hitting a 3-pointer for the game’s first points. Faulkner, however, made five 3s in the first eight minutes to hold a 19-17 lead over Loyola. After a scoring lull for both teams, Andrew Fava gave the Pack a 20-19 lead with a 3-pointer, and Faulkner never held a lead after that point.

Zach Wrightsil and Burns combined for the next eight points and Fava nailed another 3-pointer, as the Pack led 30-25 with 4:30 until halftime. Burns recorded three rebounds in a 10-second span after that, which gave the senior a double-double with more than three minutes until halftime. Terry Smith Jr. scored for Loyola and Jalen Galloway added a 3 to make it a nine-point lead, 35-26, and a dunk by Burns made it a double-digit lead, 39-28, with two minutes left.

Fava hit his third 3-pointer in the final seconds to cap off a 21-5 run to close out the first half, 46-30.

Faulkner had trouble making up any ground on the Pack, as the Eagles hit a 3 in the early going but Zach Muller matched it with one of his own on Loyola’s end of the floor, 51-33. Brandon Davis finally got on the board, too, hitting a 3 as well to put the Pack up 54-35 just two minutes into the second half. After Galloway converted a steal into a fastbreak dunk, Faulkner scored the next eight points to cut Loyola’s lead to 11, but that would be the closest it could get to Loyola.

Burns scored the next five points, including a 3-pointer, to regain the momentum halfway through the second half, then Smith, Wrightsil and Muller made it an 11-0 run for Loyola to quickly push the lead back to 22, 73-51, with nine minutes left. From there, Loyola cruised to the win with the two teams matching each other shot-for-shot down the stretch.

PACK FACTS
– This is the second consecutive season in which Loyola has reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship.

– Myles Burns finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and four steals, leading the team in all three categories for his 14th double-double of the season and 49th of his career. Seven of his boards were on the offensive end.

– Burns set a new single-season steals record for the Southern States Athletic Conference. He now has 140 steals this season, more than any other SSAC player since the conference was founded.

– Brandon Davis dished out four assists against Faulkner, giving him 149 on the season. That’s a new school record for assists in a season, passing Tim Cameron, who had 147 dimes in the 2019-20 season.

– Burns is also moving up in Loyola’s single-season records. He’s now 17th in points with 513 this season, and he’s fourth in rebounds with 290. Burns holds the all-time season rebounds record with 290, which was set in the 2018-19 season.

– Loyola out-rebounded Faulkner 47-33 for the game. The Wolf Pack finished with 22 offensive rebounds, with 16 of those coming in the first half.

– Zach Wrightsil finished with a stat line of 18 points, eight boards, four assists, and a steal. Loyola’s all-time scoring leader is now over 2,100 for his career with 2,103 total points.

– For the season, Wrightsil has scored 655 points. He’d need 35 more points to tie the all-time record of 690, which was set in 2003.

– Five different players scored in double figures for the Wolf Pack. Andrew Fava had 11, while Terry Smith Jr. and Jalen Galloway each contributed 10.

– Fava moved up on Loyola’s single-season three-pointers list. He now has 87 triples this season, which is the fourth-most in Wolf Pack history and just one shot behind third on the list.

WOLF PACK HEAD COACH STACY HOLLOWELL
On playing Faulkner for a third time this season:
“It was unnerving for us coming off that last game. It’s easy to think that we’re going to walk through it. I know Coach Sanderson and I know that group of players, those are tough guys. It’s big for us. It was the scariest part about coming here having to play somebody who we’ve played a few times. Just keep the pedal to the metal and keep it going.”

NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Round of 16:
Thursday, March 17
#1 Loyola 85, #4 Faulkner 67
#3 College of Idaho 71, #7 Grace 66
#1 Arizona Christian vs #5 Bethel
#2 Indiana Wesleyan vs #3 William Jessup

Friday, March 18
#5 Concordia vs #8 IU Kokomo
#2 Talladega vs #6 Jamestown
#1 Oklahoma Wesleyan vs #5 LSU Shreveport
#2 Thomas More vs #6 SAGU

You can keep up with the Pack by following Wolf Pack Athletics on Facebook at Facebook.com/LoyolaWolfPack, Twitter and Instagram @LoyolaWolfPack, and by checking out our website at LoyolaWolfPack.com.

FINAL SCORE

No. 1 Loyola (La.) 85 vs. No. 4 Faulkner (Ala.) 67 | BOX SCORE

No. 1 Loyola (La.) advances to the quarterfinal round and will face No. 3 College of Idaho on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. CT. No. 4 Faulkner (Ala.) has been eliminated from the championship.

GAME NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS

Loyola (La.) (Naismith)

–       Loyola entered the NAIA Final Site with the best record of any team playing (33-1).

–       The Wolf Pack are ranked second in the NAIA in points per game (91.1 ppg).

–       Loyola Topped 100+ points for the tenth time this season.

–       The 134 points against North American back on 10/23/21 is the most points scored in a single game by any team at the National site.

–       They split regular season meetings with Faulkner in Southern States Athletic Conference play.  Suffered only loss on January 17, 92-73 and defeated Faulkner, 121-69, on February 5.

–       Myles Burns recorded his twelfth double-double on the season.

–       Extends current winning streak to 18 games.

Faulkner (Ala.) (Naismith)

 –       Four players finished in double-figures. CJ Hines (19 points), Daniel Garmendia (19 points), Trace Hill (12 Points) and Jalon Perry (10 points).

–       Starting five scored all 67 points for Faulkner.

–       56 of the team’s 60 field goal attempts came from Hines, Garmendia, Hill, and Perry.

–       Last win at the National site in Kansas City came back on 3/14/13 in a 72-59 win over Xavier (La.).

NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Day One Recap

Top-seeded Loyola (La.) advances to NAIA Quarterfinals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – [Schedule | Bracket] William Jessup (Calif.) and Indiana Wesleyan provided late fireworks down the stretch as day one of the 2022 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship wrapped in Kansas City. The Warriors prevailed behind 16, three-pointers and was the only lower-seeded team to advance. Top-seeded Loyola (La.) advanced to play on Saturday along with College of Idaho and Arizona Christian.

First Round Results – Day One | March 17, 2022

No. 3 College of Idaho def. No. 7 Grace (Ind.) 71-66 | Box Score

No. 1 Loyola (La.) def. No. 4 Faulkner (Ala.) 85-67 | Box Score

No. 1 Arizona Christian def. No. 5 Bethel (Kan.) 82-66 | Box Score

No. 3 William Jessup (Calif.) def. No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan 88-84 | Box Score

First Round Day Two Matchups | March 18, 2022

No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan vs. No. 5 LSU Shreveport (La.)

No. 2 Thomas More (Ky.) vs. No. 6 SAGU (Texas)

No. 2 Talladega (Ala.) vs. No. 6 Jamestown (N.D.)

No. 5 Concordia (Neb.) vs. No. 8 IU Kokomo (Ind.)

News and Notes

Game 1 – College of Idaho vs. Grace

College of Idaho – No. 3 (Naismith)

–       This marked the 26th-straight game that the Yotes have led at halftime

–       The eight first half points for Ivory Miles-Williams are the most this season for the senior.

–       Tyler Robinet hit a pair of 3-pointers for the fourth time on the season. C of I is now 4-0 when he hits a pair in a contest.

–       This marked the 5th time in double figures for Ivory Miles-Williams in 2021-22. With a team-high 16 points, it is the fourth time on the year that he has led C of I in scoring.

–       Jake O’Neil has now scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 games.

–       Ricardo Time scored 15 points to become the 29th Yote in program history to reach the 1,000 career point mark.

Grace (Ind.) – No. 7 (Naismith)

–       The 27 wins this season are most for the program since going 27-6 in the 1992-93 season.

–       Grace advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since the 2015 National tournament.

–       The Lancers average 68.1-percent free throw shooting on the year. Today they shot 48-percent (12 of 25) from the free throw line.

–       Elijah Malone (18 points, 9 rebounds) came up one rebound short of what would have been his ninth double-double.

–       Grace came into the National site as the lowest seeded team to advance to the third round (7 seed).

Game 2 – Loyola (La.) vs. Faulkner (Ala.)

Loyola (Ala.) – (No. 1) (Naismith)

–       Loyola entered the NAIA Final Site with the best record of any team playing (33-1).

–       The Wolf Pack are ranked second in the NAIA in points per game (91.1 ppg).

–       Loyola Topped 100+ points for the tenth time this season.

–       The 134 points against North American back on 10/23/21 is the most points scored in a single game by any team at the National site.

–       They split regular season meetings with Faulkner in Southern States Athletic Conference play.  Suffered only loss on January 17, 92-73 and defeated Faulkner, 121-69, on February 5.

–       Myles Burns recorded his twelfth double-double on the season.

–       Extends current winning streak to 18 games.

Faulkner (Ala.) – No. 4 (Naismith)

–       Four players finished in double-figures. CJ Hines (19 points), Daniel Garmendia (19 points), Trace Hill (12 Points) and Jalon Perry (10 points).

–       Starting five scored all 67 points for Faulkner.

–       56 of the team’s 60 field goal attempts came from Hines, Garmendia, Hill, and Perry.

–       Last win at the National site in Kansas City came back on 3/14/13 in a 72-59 win over Xavier (La.).

Game 3 – Arizona Christian vs. Bethel (Kan.)

Arizona Christian – No. 1 (Cramer)

–       The Firestorm improved to 7-6 all-time at the NAIA National Championship.

–       Head coach Jeff Ruter is now just one win shy of 200 for his career at Arizona Christian, as he is now 199-81 in his nine years with the Firestorm.

–       Five players scored in double figures in the victory, with Dennis Flowers III leading the team with 16.

–       Robby Wilson had a game-high 13 rebounds and finished with a double-double with 11 points.

–       The Firestorm shot an impressive 45.8-percent from three-point range on 9-of-18 shooting.

–       The Arizona Christian defense held the Threshers to 23.3-percent from three-point range on 7-of-30.

–    This marked the 13th time this season, the Firestorm have scored 82 or more points in a game.

Bethel (Kan.) – No. 5 (Cramer)

–       The Threshers end their season with a record of 28-8.

–       This marked their fourth appearance at the NAIA National Championship and are now 4-3 all-time at the event.

–       Jaylon Scott had a double-double in the contest with 21 points and 18 rebounds.

–       His 18 rebounds were the most rebounds in a game for Scott since December 2, 2021 when   he grabbed 22 against Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Game 4 – Indiana Wesleyan vs. William Jessup (Calif.)

Indiana Wesleyan – No. 2 (Cramer)

–       The Wildcats end their season with a record of 28-7.

–       Indiana Wesleyan has won three NAIA National Championships in its history as a program, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

–       The Wildcats scored 32 points in the paint and surrendered 18 to the Warriors.

–       Indiana Wesleyan had 10 steals and eight blocks in the contest.

–       The Wildcat bench scored 27 points.

 

William Jessup (Calif.) – No. 3 (Cramer)

–       The Warriors improve to 30-6 on the year and 4-3 all time at the National Championship.

–       William Jessup hit an impressive 16 three-point field goals in the victory, going 16-of-30 for 53.3-percent.

–       WJU outrebounded Indiana Wesleyan, 45-35.

–       Cashemin Williams led the Warriors with 23 points and recorded nine assists.

–       The Warriors had three players finish with 10 or more rebounds, Tarren Storey-Way with 10, Charlie Garrison with 11 and Tim Strijaous with 12.

–       This marked the 13th time the Warriors have scored 88 or more points in a game this season.

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