Feb. 10, 2011
CHICAGO - Andy Polka posted his first double-double of the season and the 10th of his career, and Terrance Hill added 15 points, but Loyola University Chicago (13-12, 4-10 Horizon) couldn't overcome cold shooting and costly turnovers as Milwaukee (14-11, 9-5 Horizon) earned a 66-57 victory at the Gentile Center tonight. The loss is the Ramblers' fourth straight following three consecutive victories.
The Ramblers got off to a slow start, committing five turnovers in the opening six minutes of the contest as the Panthers built an early 16-2 lead. Milwaukee extended its advantage to as many as 19 points, at 26-7, before Loyola finally found a rhythm on offense. A free throw by Polka, which preceded a dunk, kicked off a 12-4 Rambler run that brought cut the deficit to 30-20.
After Milwaukee built its lead back up to as many as 15 points early in the second half, Loyola slowly chipped away and a three-point play by Hill cut the hole to 44-36 with 10:11 remaining.
However, each time the Ramblers got within single digits, the Panthers had an answer. A lay-up by Polka with 7:16 left in the contest got Loyola within 49-40, but Tony Meier's three-pointer from the wing pushed UWM's advantage back to 12 and Loyola never got closer than nine points the remainder of the way.
Polka set a season high with 14 rebounds and added 16 points for his second straight strong outing, coming on the heels of an 18-point performance at Detroit last Saturday. Hill chipped in 15 points and four rebounds, while Ben Averkamp (10 points) scored in double figures for the eighth consecutive contest.
Loyola shot just 33 percent (17-for-51) from the field and turned the ball over 15 times, though the Ramblers did force 15 Panther turnovers themselves.
Meier led Milwaukee with 16 points.
Loyola plays its final home League game of the 2010-11 campaign when it hosts Green Bay on Saturday at 3 p.m.