The Lion’s offense was rolling during last Tuesday as they were able to secure their second win at home this season with a 101-65 victory over Loyola New Orleans. Seven different Lions were able to score in double figures to pull away early on into the contest.
It did not take long for the Lions to take the lead. A three-pointer from freshman guard Dimi Cook started the scoring off for the Lions, who led from the first bucket to the final buzzer. The Lions were able to go to the bench early due to the building lead. All but two Lions managed to make their way into the game with each Lion putting up points towards the 55-36 lead at half.
Southeastern continued to build upon their lead going into the second half. The Lions fought to outrebound Loyola 49-27, while also tacking on 27 assists as a team throughout the night.
Shots were falling on this night for the Lions. The game marks the first time this season Southeastern has amassed over 100 points. Leading the Lions in points was senior guard Mike Hawkins, scoring 17 points off of 5-11 shooting. This game was perhaps the best all-around game for Southeastern this year according to Lions assistant coach David Kiefer.
“We have seven guys in double digits and when you can get that it just makes you a much more balanced basketball team,” said Kiefer. “Overall, it was a very good effort tonight and we have to carry this over to the next game.”
The Lions proved impressive on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Despite the big scoring night for the Lions, the defense also shined through according to Kiefer.
“Defensively we were tuned into what we were trying to do. I thought we did a good job with containing their player with the ball and then closing out on shooters,” said Kiefer. “Overall, I thought our effort was really good on the defensive end.”
Southeastern will next be in action following a break for final exams. The team will travel to Florida to take on the Seminoles of Florida State this Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.