Jan. 9, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Loyola University Chicago (10-5, 1-2 Horizon) shot 32 percent (18 for 57) from the field and was unable to overcome a slow start as it saw its three-game road winning streak snapped with a 58-45 loss to host Green Bay (7-9, 1-2 Horizon) tonight at the Resch Center. Freshman Devon Turk scored a team-high 11 points to lead the Ramblers, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 16-17.
"We got whipped tonight," Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. "Give Green Bay credit. They were a hungry team tonight and we didn't answer them when they smacked us. When (Keifer) Sykes hit those threes early, it set the tone. Things we had been doing all year, like defending and executing, we didn't do tonight."
The first half was eerily similar to last year's opening 20 minutes at the Resch Center when the Ramblers managed only 12 points and hit just 5 of 19 shots (.262) from the field as they fell behind 32-12 at the break.
Tonight, Loyola never got into any kind of offensive rhythm in the first period and converted only 19 percent (5 for 26) of its tries from the field. Keifer Sykes knocked down a pair of three-pointers as part of the Phoenix's game-opening 14-2 run and Green Bay never looked back. Loyola's defense kept the game from getting out of hand in the opening period, at one point holding the Phoenix to just five points over a six-minute stretch.
A Turk three-pointer, followed by a Jeff White layup, got the Ramblers within 14 points, at 31-17, nearly four minutes into the second half, but the Phoenix reeled off eight unanswered points, the last four courtesy of Jordan Fouse, to extend its lead to 39-17. From there, Loyola never got closer than 14 points until Matt O'Leary connected for a basket with three seconds remaining to provide the final score.
Turk was the only Rambler to score in double digits, tossing in 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting, which included three treys. Jordan Hicks and O'Leary chipped in eight points apiece and O'Leary also tied Ben Averkamp for the team lead with six rebounds.
Fouse recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while also adding seven steals, to lead Green Bay. Sykes finished with 11 points and nine assists.
Loyola returns to Gentile Arena Friday night (Jan. 11) when it hosts Horizon League leader Wright State at 8 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU.