Dec. 30, 2008
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago (8-5) led from start to finish and led by as many as 41 points en route to an 88-53 victory over visiting Alcorn State (2-11) tonight at the Gentile Center. The win was Loyola's fourth in a row and its sixth in the last seven games.
Twelve of the 13 Ramblers to see action in the game scored and fresh off of a 23-assist outing versus SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 22, they bettered that effort with 26 assists this evening. Loyola also shot over 50 percent from the floor (52 percent tonight) for the second straight outing.
Loyola opened up a double-digit lead early in the game thanks to an 8-0 run that put the hosts on top, 13-2. Darrin Williams (6 points) and Walt Gibler (5 points) accounted for 11 of the Ramblers' first 13 points of the game. After taking a 40-24 lead into the locker room, its largest lead at the half this season, Loyola opened the second period by scoring the first nine points to extend the lead to 49-24 and never looked back en route to its fifth straight victory at the Gentile Center.
Gibler recorded season highs of 19 points and eight rebounds to pace the Rambler attack. Marcus Thomas notched 14 points off the bench and was aided by a career-best 10 points from Geoff McCammon, who also came off the bench. Williams chipped in 10 points and nine boards, while Blount kicked in seven points, eight boards and six assists.
The Ramblers resume Horizon League action when they host Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m.