Loyola looking for fifth consecutive victory
Christian Thomas leads four in double figures with 18 points
Ramblers coming off 83-44 win over Abilene Christian
Thirteen different players score as Loyola posts season-high point total
Wednesday night's game is first of four-games-in-seven-days stretch
Photos from Loyola/McKendree
2013-14: Started all 32 games at a forward spot ... One of hardest working players in the Missouri Valley ... Averaged 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting a sizzling 53.5% from the floor ... Finished 10th in the Valley in scoring, fifth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage ... One of just three players to rank in the top 10 in the conference in each of those three categories (Cleanthony Early - Wichita State; Seth Tuttle - Northern Iowa) ... Despite being undersized in the post, finished fourth in the MVC in offensive rebounds ... Scored in double figures in each of Loyola's first 15 games to run his overall streak of double digit games to 31, most by a Rambler since Keir Rogers (42 straight - Feb. 1, 1990 thru end of 1991-92 season) ... Notched 14.4 ppg on 57% shooting in 14 games inside Gentile Arena ... Scored 10 or more points in 25 of 32 games and scored fewer than eight points just once (five points at Wichita State) ... Notched three double-doubles ... Showed off greatly improved perimeter skills, knocking down 16 three-pointers at a 38% clip ... Finished with 21 points (8-11 FGs) and 12 rebounds against Southern Illinois ... Posted 20 points in career-high 44 minutes in overtime win over Northern Iowa ... Racked up 17 points, eight boards and four assists in home victory versus Illinois State ... Scored 19 points in MVC opener at Indiana State ... Buried three tripes and finished with 19 points and eight rebounds at Evansville
2012-13: After getting off to a slow start, blossomed into one of the top forwards in the Horizon League ... One of two Ramblers to start all 31 contests ... Contributed 12.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg and shot a team-best 56 percent (136-for-242) from the field ... Was even better in League play, going for 14.9 ppg and 7.0 rpg ... Ranked tied for fourth in the Horizon League in rebounding (6.5 rpg) and tied for 15th in scoring (12.1 ppg), while his .562 field goal percentage ranked second ... Scored in double digits in 20 of the final 22 games, including each of the last 16 ... Topped the 20-point plateau on three occasions ... His seven double-doubles were the most by a Rambler since Paul McMillan (8) in 2003-04 and his .562 field goal percentage was the best since Demetrius Williams (.577) in 2002-03 ... Through the first nine games of the season, accounted for 4.6 ppg and 4.0 rpg, but over the last 22 contests, bumped his production to 15.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg ... His string of 16 consecutive games with double-digit points was the longest by a Loyola player since Blake Schilb in 2005-06 (21) ... Converted his first 13 attempts of the season from the foul line ... Tallied 13.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg and drained 59 percent (69-for-118) of his field goal tries at Gentile Arena ... The turning point in his development as a player was a 16-point, six-rebound performance in a victory over Mississippi State ... Sprung for 12 points and 10 rebounds at DePaul for his first career double double ... Recorded 14 points and six boards in a road win at Valparaiso ... Tallied 12 points and matched a career high with 13 boards in an overtime win at Chicago State ... For the first time in his career scored 20 or more points with a 21-point effort in a win at Cleveland State ... Loyola was 2-1 when he scored 20 or more points ... Tossed in 23 points and ripped down 11 boards in a victory over UIC ... Erupted for a career-best 31 points and pulled in 11 rebounds against Kent State ... His 31 points were the most by a Rambler at Gentile Arena since November 14, 2008 ... Was perfect from both the field (4-for-4) and charity stripe (8-for-8) en route to 16 points at UIC ... Over a three-game stretch from February 16-23, averaged a whopping 23.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg ... Made 9.4 trips to the free throw line per game over the final eight outings of the season ... Racked up 19.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg in the last six games of the year ... Earned Fourth Team All-Horizon League honors from College Sports Madness.
2011-12: Had a solid freshman season, averaging 5.0 ppg and 4.1 rpg, while shooting a team-best 57 percent (52-for-92) from the field ... Appeared in all 30 games and started 14 contests ... Scored in double figures on five occasions ... Hit 30 of his final 36 (.833) free throw attempts after opening the year 13-for-24 (.542) ... Averaged 10.5 ppg and shot 75 percent (9-for-12) from the field in two games against Valparaiso ... Earned the start on opening night at Illinois and grabbed three rebounds ... Scored11 points off the bench at Furman ... Also notched 11 points in home outings against Wright State and Valparaiso ... Narrowly missed recording his first career double double with nine points and a season-best 13 boards at Toledo ... Those 13 rebounds were the most by a Rambler true freshman since Nov. 19, 2005 ... Tossed in 10 points and snagged five rebounds in a victory at Canisius ... Went 5-for-5 from the field en route to his 11-point output at home against Valparaiso ... Notched 10 points in a road game at Valparaiso ... Shot 65 percent (24-for-37) from the field at Gentile Arena.
High School: Earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 1 All-State status as a senior thanks to averages of 21.9 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.3 spg and 1.7 bpg in 2010-11 ... Helped Clayton to a 22-7 record in 2010-11 and shot 56 percent (237-for-426) from the field, 43 percent (19-for-44) from three-point territory and 71 percent (142-for-201) from the foul line ... Also was named All-Suburban East Conference Player of the Year, Second Team All-Metro St. Louis, first team all-district and team most valuable player in 2010-11 ... Finished his four-year varsity career with 1,687 points and 1,025 rebounds ... Closed out his career as Clayton's all-time leading scorer with those 1,687 points ... As a junior, contributed 20.8 ppg and 9.6 rpg after accounting for 13.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg as a sophomore ... High school coach was Ryan Luhning ... Played AAU for Gateway Basketball Club.
Personal: Son of Jack Thomas and Cheryl Prince-Thomas ... Born June 21, 1992 ... Majoring in sports management.
Thomas' Career Statistics