Hammond, Nicholls State defeat Loyola (NO) 92-76
Bryan Hammond scored a career-high 20 points to lead six
Nicholls State players in double figures as the Colonels cruised
past Loyola (NO) 92-76 on Friday night, snapping a three-game
Nicholls State (2-6), which posted its highest point total since
beating Dillard 94-56 on Dec. 16, 2010, shot 61.5 percent from the
field in the first half (16 of 26) to lead 44-30.
After the Wolfpack of the NAIA, who counted the game as an
exhibition, got to 52-44 with 13:58 left, the Colonels answered
with a 10-0 run, sparked by 3-pointers by Shane Rillieux and
Nicholls State hit 9 of 19 from beyond the arc for the game.
Prest finished with 18 points, Sam McBeath 13, Rillieux and
Trevon Lewis 12 apiece and Chris Talkington 10.
Robert Lovaglio scored 20 and Corey Gray 17 to pace Loyola,
which was 33 of 41 from the free-throw line.