NEW ORLEANS - Loyola, held to just 37 points in its first meeting with Faulkner last month, turned the tables here Saturday afternoon in a blistering offensive performance early en route to a 86-76 victory over the Eagles in a Southern States Athletic Conference shootout at The Den.
After shooting an ice-cold 28 percent in a 17-point loss in mid-January, the Wolfpack grabbed control from the start, eclipsing their entire previous game output in the first half. Loyola led 44-34 at the break, and Faulkner never seriously threatened in the second half in seeing its three-game conference winning streak skid to an end.
The Wolfpack (15-9 overall, 7-7 SSAC) made 56 percent of their shots in the decisive first half, using a balanced scoring attack to keep Faulkner confused defensively. Five Loyola players, led by Corey Gray's 18 points, scored in double figures. McCall Tomeny and Robert Lovaglio had 17 apiece, followed by Cameron Cates with 15 and Chris Joseph with 11.
Loyola also controlled the boards, outrebounding the Eagles 44-31.
The Eagles host Spring Hill in an SSAC West matchup Thursday night at 7:30.