Loyola Clipped By Golden Eagles, 74-69
Nov. 12, 2013
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Milton Doyle scored a game-high 23 points and Loyola University Chicago (1-1) shot 51 percent from the field, but Tennessee Tech (1-1) rallied from a 12-point, second-half deficit to earn a 74-69 victory tonight at Eblen Center. Doyle was one of three Ramblers to score in double figures and was joined by Christian Thomas (18 points), who reached double digits for the 18th straight contest, and Jeff White (12 points).
"Our effort was there but our weaknesses were exposed tonight," Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. "We had so many breakdowns defensively and got totally destroyed inside. We can't get pounded on the glass like that."
Playing its 2013-14 home opener, Tennessee Tech jumped out to a 19-12 lead in the first half by hitting three of its first four attempts from beyond the arc. The Ramblers bounced right back and a three-pointer by Devon Turk sparked a 10-3 Loyola run that was capped with a game-tying three from White.
After Tech built up a five-point lead (30-25) late in the period, the Ramblers reeled off seven unanswered points, five courtesy of Doyle, before a layup by Dennis Ogbe sent the teams into the locker room tied at 32.
Thanks to a 26-9 run that spanned two halves, and behind some hot shooting, mostly from Doyle, who scored 11 of the Ramblers' first 19 points of the second half, Loyola bolted out to a 51-39 lead with 15:26 remaining in the game. Loyola opened the second stanza by hitting its first seven shots from the field, including its first five from three-point land.
The Golden Eagles slowly chipped away at the Loyola lead over the next six-plus minutes and grabbed a 58-56 advantage on Ty Allen's free throws.
Two free throws from Doyle evened the game at 65 with a little under six minutes to play, and after Tech scored its next five points from the foul line to take a 70-67 lead, Thomas' layup with 1:32 remaining brought Loyola within a point at 70-69.
However, a conventional three-point play by Dennis Ogbe stretched the Eagles' lead to four points and Loyola misfired on its final two shots, both from behind the arc, as Tech held on for the win.
Loyola shot 57 percent (12 for 21) from the field and 63 percent (5 for 8) from long distance in the second half alone, but hit only 61 percent (14 for 23) of its tries from the free throw line on the night.
Tennessee Tech, which won the battle of the boards, 39-25, was led by 13 points from Ogbe.
Loyola returns to action Saturday (Nov. 16) when it travels to Tulane.