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Men’s Basketball team grabs two victories over the weekend

Brian Wollitz

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The Loyola men’s basketball team gained their first two wins in Southern States Athletic Conference play, defeating Brewton-Parker College on Thursday, Dec.1 and the College of Coastal Georgia on Saturday, Dec. 3.

On Thursday, the Wolf Pack claimed the 85-59 win thanks to senior Johnny Griffin Jr.’s double-double and the team’s 52 percent shooting from the floor.

The first half proved to be close as both teams exchanged points with the Barons taking the tight 41-40 lead heading into the half.

Loyola took over in the second half as they went on a 27-6 run in the fourth to extend the lead to 20 points, and eventually grabbed the 85-59 victory.

On Saturday, Loyola pulled out a tight victory against the College of Coastal Georgia winning 66-64 to extend their win streak to six games.

In the first half, the Wolf Pack and Mariners traded shots but Loyola was able to go into the half with the 35-32 lead.

The second half proved just as close as the Wolf Pack would go up by nine points with a score of 55-46, but with 3:39 remaining, the Mariners cut the lead to two points to make it 59-57.

With only 14 seconds left, senior guard, Jalen Gray went to the line and went 1-2 on his free throws to give Loyola the two-point 66-64 lead.

As time expired, the Mariners missed a shot and Loyola was able to secure the 66-64 victory.

Junior guard, Nick Parker led Loyola with 16 points and five steals while senior forward, Nick Pierre helped with 14 points and give rebounds in the win.

Loyola improves to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in SSAC play with the victory.

The Wolf Pack will next travel to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 7 to take on the Ragin’ Cajuns.

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Brian Wollitz, Sports Editor
Brian Wollitz is a junior at Loyola studying mass communication with a focus in journalism and a minor in music industry studies. Outside of the Maroon, Brian plays rugby for Loyola as well as playing keyboards and singing in his band Tight Squeeze, back home in Pacifica, California. Contact: [email protected] or @brian_wollitz
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