Jan. 30, 2013
CHICAGO - Ben Averkamp posted his third double double of the season and Jordan Hicks scored a season-high 21 points as Loyola University Chicago (13-8, 3-5) posted a 76-65 victory over visiting Milwaukee (5-17, 1-7 Horizon) tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers, who won for the third time in the last four games, scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to break open the game and win their first Horizon League home contest of the season.
"It was great to see our two seniors play aggressive tonight and when they play like that it is contagious to our whole team," Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. "Jordan drove the ball like he can and was able to turn the tide after a slow start."
Milwaukee got out to a 23-15 lead thanks to some torrid shooting that included a trio of three-pointers in the opening 10 minutes. But, a steal and ensuing layup by Jeff White kicked off a 10-1 Loyola run that culminated with a layup by Christian Thomas as the Ramblers took a 25-24 lead.
A basket by Jordan Aaron at the 14:25 mark of the second half broke a 42-42 tie and gave the Panthers a two-point lead, but for the second time this season, Loyola rattled off 20 consecutive points, beginning with a tip-in by Averkamp as the Ramblers built a 62-44 lead, the largest of the evening. Key among those 20 straight points were back-to-back threes from Cully Payne and Devon Turk, and when it was all said and done, the Ramblers held Milwaukee scoreless for 8:27 in the decisive stretch.
Loyola connected on 57 percent (16 for 28) of its field goal attempts in the second half and for the night, outscored Milwaukee in the paint, 46-24.
Averkamp finished with 22 points matched a career high with 12 rebounds. With his 22 points, the senior forward moved into a tie with John Egan (1961-64) for 17th place on Loyola's career scoring chart with 1,315 points.
Hicks totaled 21 points, his most since a 21-point performance at Western Michigan on November 20, 2010, and grabbed seven rebounds. Thomas pitched in 16 points as he scored in double figures for the 10th time in the last 12 contests.
Aaron scored a team-high 17 points to lead Milwaukee, which committed 16 turnovers on the night.
Loyola closes out a three-game homestand Saturday afternoon when it hosts Green Bay at 1 p.m.