Loyola Falls To Bradley, 63-54
Feb. 6, 2014
CHICAGO - Walt Lemon, Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead visiting Bradley to a 63-54 victory over Loyola tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers (8-15, 3-8 MVC) were led by Milton Doyle's 16 points. Bradley moves to 10-14 (5-6) with the win.
"Our 18 turnovers were the story tonight," said head coach Porter Moser. "They have been our achilles heel all season. If you had told me before the game that we would hold them to 36% shooting and outrebound them by 14, I would have told you we probably would have won the game."
Loyola stumbled out of the gate, missing its first four shots and turning it over six times as Bradley scored the first 10 points of the game. Two Christian Thomas free throws at the 13:55 mark got the Ramblers on the board and Nick Osborne scored LU's first field goal with 12:57 on the clock. Loyola's defense kept it in the game and the Ramblers used a 15-2 spurt over a 7:50 span to take a 15-12 lead on a Jeff White three-pointer. A Lemon bucket snapped a drought of 9:37 from the field and gave Bradley the lead back and the teams went back and forth until a Doyle three-pointer gave the Ramblers a 28-26 lead at halftime. Both teams struggled offensively in the half, with Loyola shooting 36% and committing 11 turnovers and Bradley little better, connecting at a 31% clip while turning it over seven times.
The second half started nearly the same as the first, as Bradley scored the first seven points to take a five-point lead. Devon Turk answered with a three-pointer but Lemon scored six of the eight points in an 8-0 BU run that gave the Braves a 41-33 advantage at the 15:43 mark. Loyola battled back, getting within a point (41-40) after Turk's transition three hung on the rim before falling in and, moments later, White found Doyle for a triple to make it a 43-all score midway through the half. The Ramblers kept pushing and took a 48-45 lead on a Thomas stick-back but Bradley scored the next nine, the final bucket a Tyshon Pickett three-pointer, to open a 54-48 edge with just over three minutes to play.
Loyola pulled within three (56-53) before a retroactive video review culminated in a flagrant foul on the Ramblers. Three Bradley free throws, two on the flagrant and one on the ensuing possession, made it a six-point game and the Braves would hold on from there.
Both teams managed just 19 field goals for the game but Bradley was able to win the battle at the free throw line, outscoring the Ramblers 20-9 at the stripe.
Doyle led Loyola with 16 points and eight rebounds but shot just 5-of-18 from the floor. Turk added 13 points off the bench and Thomas finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
Loyola returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Illinois State at 3 p.m. inside Gentile Arena.