Dec. 23, 2013
Bronx, N.Y. - Host Fordham (7-4) shot 58% from the floor in the second half, rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit to knock off Loyola (5-7), 83-69, this afternoon at Rose Hill Gymnasium in the Bronx, N.Y. Devon Turk drilled five three-pointers and tied his season-high with 17 points in defeat to lead the Ramblers.
Both teams got off to slow starts, offensively, as the game was tied at six with over six minutes gone on the clock. Turk knocked down his first three and it seemed to ignite both squads, as the next five baskets were all treys, three for each squad, to forge a 15-all tie at the 10:51 mark. The teams traded lay-ups before the Ramblers made a surge as Cody Johnson scored six points in an 11-2 spurt that gave the Ramblers a 28-19 lead at the 4:55 mark. The lead grew to 11 (36-25) later on a Christian Thomas basket before the visitors settled on a 38-29 lead at intermission. Despite the slow start, Loyola finished the opening half shooting an even 50% (16 of 32) while Turk drilled four of LU's six three-pointers.
After shooting just 35% in the opening half, Fordham got hot early in the second half, starting the period on a 12-2 run to take a 41-40 lead with just under four minutes elapsed. The teams traded baskets, and leads, over the next three minutes before the Rams opened up an eight-point lead (56-48) on a Bryan Smith triple with 8:29 to go.
Turk responded with a three-pointer and Milton Doyle converted in transition to quickly get the Ramblers back within three but the home team stayed hot, upping the lead back to seven with just over four minutes left. A Jeff White three drew Loyola back within four (66-62) but Fordham's Jon Severe buried a three-pointer to get it back to seven and the Rams were perfect from the line the rest of the way to seal the win.
Turk broke out of a mini-shooting slump, knocking down five three-pointers en route to his 17 points. Cody Johnson added a season-high 11 points and also pitched in with five rebounds as Loyola received 33 points from its bench. White finished with nine points, five rebounds and five assists while Doyle battled foul trouble to post six points, eight rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes.
Loyola turns it attention to Missouri Valley Conference play as the Ramblers return to action on New Year's Day, taking on Indiana State in Terre Haute in its maiden MVC game.