Five players scored in double figures and Loyola University Chicago shot 55 percent from the field in the second half to race past Drake (7-22, 5-12 MVC), 80-65, tonight at Gentile Arena in the Ramblers’ final home game of the 2016-17 season. The win improves Loyola to 18-12 overall and 8-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference and earns the Ramblers a bye into the MVC Tournament quarterfinal round next Friday (March 3) in St. Louis.
Coach Moser's Thoughts
“First of all I want to say thank you to the students and the spirit teams. What a shot of adrenaline that was tonight to see our student section nearly full at tipoff. I’m really happy for Milton (Doyle). He was special tonight and really controlled the game. He let the game come to him and had a special night when we needed it. In the second half, we held Drake to 3 of 13 from three and that was the key to the game.”
How It Happened
Loyola scored seven unanswered points, five of which came from Donte Ingram, early on to erase a two-point deficit and grab a 14-9 lead. Late in the first half, another Ingram bucket put the Ramblers ahead 28-25, but back-to-back baskets by Nick McGlynn and an Ore Arogundade three-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 32-28 advantage, their largest of the night. Loyola answered right back however, as Aundre Jackson’s layup and a three from Ingram sent the Ramblers into the locker room on top, 33-32.
Milton Doyle set the tone in the second half, scoring the first five points of the period, and his three-pointer capped a half-opening 15-2 spurt that provided some breathing room as Loyola’s lead swelled to 48-34.
Drake would claw its way back and cut the Loyola lead down to single digits (56-47) on Reed Timmer’s three-pointer, but an 11-3 Rambler run that included five points from Ben Richardson, put the game out of reach as the lead ballooned to 67-50.
Loyola’s advantage would grow to as many as 22 points (75-53) and the crowd saved its largest ovation of the night for when senior Glorind Lisha checked in and classmate Doyle, who was also playing in his final home game as a Rambler, subbed out at the 1:06 mark.
The Ramblers shot 54.5 percent (18-for-33) from the field in the second half, while limiting Drake to 37.5 percent (12-for-32) from the field and just 3 of 13 (.231) from three-point territory. Richardson and Doyle came up especially big in the second half, combining for 25 of Loyola’s 47 points.
A Look At The Numbers
- Doyle couldn’t have been more impressive in his final regular-season game at Gentile Arena, going for 16 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals.
- Richardson also added 16 points, hitting 6 of 7 shots from the field, for his best scoring effort since January 7 at Bradley (17 points).
- Jackson pitched in 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Ingram, who went for 30 points and 10 boards at Drake in December, tallied 14 points and a career-best 11 caroms.
- Cameron Satterwhite also provided a lift off the bench, totaling a career-high 10 points in 19 minutes of action.
- Loyola committed just seven turnovers on the night and has turned the ball over just 11 times in its last two outings.
- Graham Woodward led Drake with 14 points.
Loyola closes out the regular season Saturday (Feb. 25) when it travels to Southern Illinois.