Doyle, Loyola Rallies Past Northern Iowa In Overtime, 93-87
Jan. 25, 2014
CHICAGO - Milton Doyle scored eight of his game-high 28 points in overtime as Loyola erased a six-point deficit over the final 1:52 of regulation in a 93-87 win over Northern Iowa this afternoon at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers move to 8-12 (3-5 MVC) while the Panthers slide back to .500 at 10-10 (4-4).
Devon Turk knocked down a three-pointer from the corner to open the scoring in the extra session and Doyle buried another three in the final seconds of the shot clock to give Loyola an 82-77 lead just over 90 seconds into the period. Christian Thomas answered a Seth Tuttle basket to keep the lead at five and the Ramblers extended the lead to six (88-82) when Jeff White tipped in his own miss. A Deon Mitchell three-pointer made it a one-possession game again with 21 seconds left but Doyle calmly knocked down a pair from the line to make it a five-point game and added another free throw with eight seconds left to account for the final score.
Loyola exerted a lot of energy just to make it into overtime, as the visitors led for the final 33 minutes of regulation. A Wes Washpun basket put the Panthers up 12-10 the Ramblers were playing catch-up the rest of the way. The lead grew to seven (17-10) on a Tuttle basket but Loyola managed to hang around. Trailing 32-26, LU closed the half strong, using two free throws from Joe Crisman and a White basket just before the horn to cut the deficit to just two (32-30) at intermission.
UNI extended its lead back to seven on a Mitchell three-pointer just over six minutes into the second half and the Panthers had an answer for every Loyola charge. The Ramblers pulled within two on three different occasions only to be rebuffed each time and a Tuttle free throw gave UNI its largest lead, 66-58, at the 5:29 mark. Loyola quickly cut the margin to three but still trailed by six (74-68) with 1:52 left after a Mitchell basket.
Two free throws from White cut it to four and two more from Doyle made it a 74-72 game with 1:17 to play. The teams traded a pair of charity tosses before Loyola's defense got a stop to give it a chance. Thomas was fouled taking it to the basket and his two free throws tied the game at 76, setting up a final sequence in which Mitchell missed a floater in the lane and Tuttle saw his tip-in attempt rim out at the buzzer.
Loyola continued its efficient offense at home, shooting just under 56% from the floor. The Ramblers also converted 26-of-28 (93%) from the line for the game, including a perfect 15-of-15 in the second half. UNI finished the game at 42% from the floor but the Panthers knocked down 11 three-pointers and converted 22-of-29 from the foul line.
Doyle was outstanding again, finishing with 28 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead the Ramblers. He received plenty of help from Thomas (20 points, six rebounds), White (14 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Crisman (10 points, six rebounds, three steals). Mitchell led Northern Iowa with 23 points.
Loyola returns to action on Tuesday night when it travels to Wichita to face No. 4 Wichita State. Tip-off from Koch Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.