Detroit Proves Too Much For Loyola In 90-69 Loss In Horizon League First Round
March 1, 2011
DETROIT - Four Ramblers scored in double figures, led by Ben Averkamp's 15 points, but host and No. 5 seed Detroit shot 52 percent from the field en route to a 90-69 victory over eighth-seeded Loyola University Chicago (16-15) tonight at Calihan Hall in a first round game of the Horizon League Championship. With the loss, Loyola's season comes to a close with a 16-15 ledger.
"We just got beat to the punch tonight," Loyola head coach Jim Whitesell said. "In the first half, we just didn't get enough good looks to go down and after we cut it to six in the second half, they handled our press well and kind of broke us at about the eight-minute mark."
Both teams got off to a sluggish start shooting the basketball as through the first four minutes of action, they combined to connect on only 3 of 14 attempts from the field. Detroit used a 13-5 run that began midway through the first half to turn a five-point lead into a 30-17 advantage.
Trailing 49-37 early in the second half, Loyola slowly chipped away at the deficit and Geoff McCammon's second three of the night closed the gap to 55-49. But a lay-up by LaMarcus Lowe was the first of eight unanswered Detroit points that stretched the Titan lead to 63-49 and the Ramblers got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Andy Polka finishes his career with 989 rebounds, a total that places him third on Loyola's career chart. McCammon, who set a single-season school record with 85 three-pointers this year, finishes his tenure in sixth on Loyola's career triples list with 143.
In addition to his 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half, Averkamp added six rebounds and two blocks. Senior Terrance Hill tallied 12 points and five boards, while fellow senior McCammon added 11 points, four boards and two blocks. Polka notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, to round out Loyola's double-figure scorers.
Chase Simon led six Detroit players in double digits with 19 points.
Next season, Loyola will have to replace the scoring and contributions of McCammon, Hill, Polka and Ryan Sterling.