No. 20 LSUS Drops Second Straight Contest
January 27, 2009
New Orleans, La.- Loyola forward Ryan Brock scored at least 20 points for the sixth straight game, leading the Wolfpack to a 82-74 victory over the 20th-ranked LSU-Shreveport Pilots Monday night at The Den.
The Pilots controlled the tip and Clarke Jackson scored inside for a 2-0 Pilot lead in the opening seconds of the contest.
After Ryan Brock tied the game on the Wolfpack’s ensuing possession, LSU-S came down and scored off a lay-in by Derrick Parker to lead 4-2. It was the Pilots last lead of the game.
The Pilots tied the game at 17-17 on a basket by Tyrone Hamilton with just under 11 minutes to go in the first half. Torry Beaulieu’s three ball on the Wolfpack’s next trip started an 18-5 Loyola run that gave Loyola their largest lead of the game at 35-22 with just over 5:30 left before half.
The Pilots responded with a 14-4 run of their own, culminating with Clarke Jackson making two from the charity stripe, to cut the Wolfpack advantage to 39-37 with 1:30 left. The Wolfpack took a 43-39 lead into the break.
In the second half, another Torry Beaulieu three pointer, this one three and a half minutes into the second period, pushed the Wolfpack’s advantage back up to double-digits at 54-44.
With Loyola holding onto a nine point lead at71-62, the Pilots scored nine unanswered to tie the game at 71 with just over four minutes left to go.
However, Torry Beaulieu found Sean Bennett to start a game clinching 7-0 Wolfpack run that Beaulieu finished off with a basket of his own to make it 78-71 with just under 1:30 to play.
Ryan Brock led all scorers with 20 points. Torry Beaulieu added 14 and Nick Tuszynski put in 12 to lead the Loyola offensively. Tuszynski also grabbed a game high nine rebounds. The Wolfpack (12-6, 5-2 GCAC) shot 51.5% from the field (34 of 66). With the win, Loyola moves into a share of the conference lead.
Five Pilots scored in double figures, led by Chris Gatlin’s 14 points. Jared Stevenson added 12, Derrick Parker put in 11 while Tyrone Hamilton and Brandon Mims each scored ten points apiece. The Pilots (12-7, 5-2 GCAC) hit 42.4% from the field (28 of 66) and 38.5% from above the arc (10 of 26).
*Story Courtesy of the Loyola Sports Information Department