Loyola University Chicago struggled from the field in the second half, shooting only 24 percent (6-for-25), as Wichita State pulled away for an 81-64 victory this afternoon at Gentile Arena. The loss drops the Ramblers to 16-11 overall and 6-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while the Shockers improve to 23-4 and 13-1 in league play.
Coach Moser's Thoughts
"Give Wichita State credit. They shot the ball well and we didn't. We knew we would have to have a good shooting day to have a chance to win."
How It Happened
Playing in front of a raucous home crowd, the Ramblers got off to a quick start, staking claim to an early 10-6 lead. A three-pointer by Rashard Kelly gave Wichita State a 20-17 edge, but a Maurice Kirby layup opened up a 10-3 Loyola run, highlighted by back-to-back threes from Milton Doyle and Donte Ingram, that gave the hosts a 27-23 edge with a little over 10 minutes left in the opening period.
That lead would only last a few minutes, however, as a basket by Landry Shamet ignited an 11-2 Shocker spurt that gave Wichita State a 34-29 lead and it would take a 40-36 advantage into the break.
After Wichita State doubled its lead to begin the second half, Clayton Custer scored six straight points for Loyola and his three-pointer got the Ramblers with 46-42 with 17:34 left to play.
But, Loyola went cold from there and Wichita State scored 13 of the next 17 points to bust open a 59-46 advantage. The Ramblers were able to mount one more comeback attempt and a pair of Doyle free throws capped an 8-2 Loyola run that trimmed the deficit to 61-54.
Wichita responded with a 13-2 run of its own however, to stake claim to a 74-56 lead, and it never looked back as Loyola dropped its fourth straight game.
A Look At The Numbers
- Custer finished with 19 points to lead all Loyola scorers and over the last two contests, he is putting up 18.5 points per game.
- Aundre Jackson hit his first four field goal attempts on the day before missing his first career basket against Wichita State after 11 straight makes. The junior, who went 7-for-7 from the field at Wichita State last month, finished with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field today.
- Milton Doyle scored in double digits for the 28th consecutive outing, finishing with 13 points to go with five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
- Conner Frankamp and Landry Shamet scored 16 points apiece to lead the Shockers.
Loyola looks to earn a series sweep of Indiana State when it hosts the Sycamores on February 15.