MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Eighth-seeded Loyola of New Orleans beat Mobile 70-53 Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the Southern States Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament.

Loyola will face on the top-seeded William Carey at 2:15 p.m. Thursday. The Wolf Pack fell to the Crusaders 105-88 last week to end the regular season.

Johnny Griffin Jr. led Loyola (16-12) with 12 points. Jalen Gray added 10 points and five assists. Henry McDonald scored 11 points off the bench.

James Davis scored 14 points to pace the Rams (15-16).