Loyola’s men’s basketball team proved they have heart Thursday, Feb. 8. Despite best efforts from the team’s youngest players, the Ramblers fell short to Youngstown State 60-59. The Ramblers are now 13-11 overall, and 3-8 in conference play.
The Ramblers were down 18 points at one point in the first half and ended the half down 34-20. Loyola would battle back in the second half, however, and a jump shot from freshman guard Jeff White put Loyola in the lead with six minutes to go in the game. A three pointer by Youngstown State with 10 seconds to go gave the victory to Youngstown. Loyola has lost eight of their last 11 games, while five of those losses have been by less than three points.
The Ramblers comeback in the second half was highlighted by a 50 percent field goal percentage and hit 63 percent from the three-point line.
Loyola freshman were the highlight of the game for the Ramblers. The men, who normally don’t see much playing time, stepped up to the plate against the Penguins to score 37 of Loyola’s 59 points.
Sophomore forward Christian Thomas had a game-high 19 points, while freshman guard Devon Turk added 17. Freshman forward Matt O’Leary contributed 10 points.
Senior forward Ben Averkamp sat out with a concussion, while sophomore forward Joe Crisman is still battling a broken finger. Freshman Nick Osborne got the start at forward and scored the first four points of the game, while sophomore guard London Dokubo started in place of Crisman.
Next up, the Ramblers travel to Milwaukee Feb. 12. In their last meeting, on Jan. 30, the Ramblers took the victory 76-65. The Jan. 30 game marks the last time the Ramblers have won a game.