Doyle Leads Balanced Loyola Attack Past Rockhurst, 83-65
Ramblers shoot 55 percent and dish out 20 assists to move to 2-0 at home
Nov. 19, 2013
CHICAGO - Milton Doyle scored a season-high 24 points, hitting 10 of 13 shots from the field, and added five rebounds, five assists and three steals as Loyola University Chicago (2-2) earned an 83-65 victory over a pesky Rockhurst University (2-2) squad tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers shot 55 percent (32-for-58) from the field and dished out a season-best 20 assists to snap a two-game losing skid and move to 2-0 at home this year.
"Rockhurst is a great shooting team and wouldn't go away so I give them a lot of credit," Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. "The stat that excites me is 20 assists and the other thing that I liked was Milton's energy level defensively. His energy was contagious."
The Ramblers took control of the game from the outset, scoring 10 unanswered points to open the contest, five coming from Doyle, before a basket by Kareem Amedu put the Hawks on the board.
Loyola would stretch the lead to 17 points when Doyle connected for his second three-pointer of the half to make it 26-9, but the gritty Rockhurst squad wouldn't go quietly. The Hawks rattled off 10 straight points of their own to close within seven before Loyola was able to push its advantage back to double digits.
Rockhurst was able to get within 10 points, at 47-37 with 15:57 remaining in the game, but a bucket by Nick Osborne sparked a 9-2 Loyola run, which was capped by another three from Doyle, that extended the lead to 56-39. From that point forward, the Ramblers never allowed the Hawks to get closer than 14 points.
In addition to Doyle's productive night at both ends of the floor, Christian Thomas tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds to extend his streak of double-digit-scoring efforts to 20. The junior forward has now recorded a double-double in five of his last 10 games.
Rockhurst was led by Brandon McCann's 15 points.
Loyola travels to Portland State, where it will face the host Vikings on Friday (Nov. 22) to open up play at the Portland State Invitational. The Ramblers will play three games in three days at the tournament, matching up with UC Davis on November 23 and SIU Edwardsville on November 24.