HAMMOND — The Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball team will make its debut on Wednesday hosting Millsaps College in an exhibition game at the University Center.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Southeastern returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last year’s team, which finished 12-17 overall and fell one game short of reaching the Southland Conference tournament. One returning player is guard Brandon Fortenberry, who was averaging 17.6 points per game before missing the final 22 contests last season with a foot injury.
He’ll be joined by returning seniors Roosevelt Johnson, Todd Nelson, Jan Petrovcic. Antonnio Benton, Jeremy Campbell and Mandeville’s Quin Cooper are returning juniors, along with sophomore Onochie Ochie.
Five newcomers are on the roster, including a trio of junior college performers and a pair of high profile Mississippi prep prospects. Juniors Dre Evans, Jeffery Ricard and Jamaal James will be looked upon for immediate contributions, while the freshman tandem of Roger Woods and Avery Woodson will look for playing time.
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 92, LOYOLA (N.O.) 72: In Lafayette, Bryant Mbamalu scored 18 points and Shawn Long added 17 points and eight rebounds as the Ragin’ Cajuns tipped off their 100th season of basketball with an exhibition win over Loyola-New Orleans Tuesday night at the Cajundome.
Long was 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-4 on 3-pointers with eight rebounds, while Mbamalu was 4-for-7 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line with four rebounds.
The Wolf Pack was led by Robert Lovaglio and McCall Tomeny. Lovaglio was 6-of-15 from the field and scored 23 points on the night. He was a 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Tomeny scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was 5-for-7 from the free-throw line and 6-for-8 from the field.
The game was tied at twice early, but the Cajuns used a 15-2 run to break open a 7-7 tie and take a 22-9 lead with 13:20 left on a dunk by Matthew Moss.
DOLPHINS SPLIT GAMES WITH MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST: In New Orleans Delgado Community College’s men’s basketball team scored a 67-63 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday, while the women dropped an 82-46 decision for their second loss of the season.
In the men’s game, Melvin Davis led Delgado (2-1) with 29 points, followed by Brian Elphage with 14 points. Mississippi Gulf Coast was led by Angel Matias with 24 points.
In the women’s game, Jacqueline Breland led the Dolphins with 11 points.
GREEN WAVE TO APPEAR ON TV EIGHT TIMES: In New Orleans, Tulane’s men’s basketball team will appear on television eight times during the upcoming season, including three games at home.
Tulane will face Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. on Friday from Atlanta on the ACC Network. The game will also be carried on ESPN3.com. Tulane’s game at Nebraska on Nov. 21 will be carried live on the Big Ten Network and BTN.com, while the Dec. 30 game at Alabama will be aired live on ESPNU.
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast will broadcast a pair of Green Wave games, including the Jan. 26 game against Rice in New Orleans and the Feb. 9 game at Houston. Tulane’s Jan. 22 game at Memphis will be carried by SportsSouth. Cox Sports Television will carry the Tulsa game on Jan. 19 in New Orleans, and Fox Sports Net will broadcast the Feb. 16 home game against SMU.