Loyola Falls At Portland State, 67-63
Nov. 22, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. - It was a tale of two halves as Loyola University Chicago (2-3) was unable to make a 17-point second-half lead hold up as host Portland State (2-1) rallied to post a 67-63 victory tonight at Stott Center on the opening day of play at the Portland State Tournament. The Ramblers, who were led by Jeff White's 17 points, shot 51 percent for the game, but were hurt by 16 turnovers.
"This is a heartbreaking, disappointing and gut-wrenching loss," Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. "It's about knowing how to win. We've got to get through this growth period and bounce back."
Loyola closed the first half on a 24-9 run to take a 35-20 lead into the break. A stifling Rambler defense limited the Vikings to just 24 percent shooting (6-for-25) from the field in the opening period, while the visiting Ramblers connected on 52 percent (13-for-25) of their tries after weathering some empty possessions in the game's first few minutes.
Christian Thomas opened the second-half scoring with a basket to give the Ramblers a 37-20 advantage, their largest of the night, but a 13-2 Vikings run that featured six of Aaron Moore's game-high 20 points, chopped the Loyola lead down to 39-33.
Back-to-back buckets by Thomas and Nick Osborne, the latter coming on a rebound of a missed free throw, gave Loyola a 10-point (45-35) cushion again. Portland State responded by going on a 24-12 run over the next 9:08 to grab the lead on Moore's turnaround jumper in the lane with 3:10 remaining.
After Portland State pushed its lead to 63-59, a Doyle free throw and subsequent basket brought the Ramblers within a point, but the Vikings hit 4 of 6 shots form the foul line in the final 26 seconds to hang on for the win.
In addition to his team-high 17 points, White grabbed five rebounds and hit 6 of 9 shots from the field to lead Loyola. Thomas extended his string of double-digit-scoring games to 21 by totaling 11 points and Doyle finished with 10.
Portland State converted 55 percent (16-for-29) of its field goal attempts in the second half after a cold-shooting first period. Moore led the Vikings with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Andrew Winston 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
Loyola continues play at the Portland State Tournament tomorrow when it meets UC Davis at 3 p.m. Pacific.