Feb. 14, 2008
DAYTON, Ohio - Despite a solid defensive effort, Loyola University Chicago (9-15, 5-9 Horizon) dropped a hard-fought 55-51 contest to Wright State (18-6, 10-4 Horizon) tonight at the Nutter Center. The Ramblers turned the ball over only nine times and were led by 13 points from Leon Young.
Wright State started fast, scoring the first 11 points in the game before the Ramblers stung the hosts with a 22-4 run. After the Raiders pulled within four points, Justin Cerasoli hit his third three-pointer of the half, and J.R. Blount sank a free throw to give the Ramblers a 28-20 lead. However, Wright State scored seven of the final nine points of the period to pull within 30-27 at the half.
The nip-and-tuck second half featured four ties and 11 lead changes. Tracy Robinson's bucket with 3:09 left to play put Loyola on top, 47-46, but Wright State would score five unanswered points to take a 51-47 lead they would never surrender. Loyola pulled within three, at 51-48, with just under a minute remaining, but Vaughn Duggins hit a tough shot from 15-feet with 28 ticks left of the clock as the Raiders sealed the win.
Young tallied a team-high 13 points and added four rebounds off the bench for Loyola, while Blount chipped in 10 points, three boards and three assists. One of the top foul shooting teams in the Horizon League, the Ramblers converted just 7 of 16 tries from the foul line. Wright State received 20 points and six boards from Duggins.
Loyola looks to rebound when it travels to Detroit on Saturday, Feb. 16.