The Loyola men’s basketball team won their first home conference game of the season on Jan. 30 when they beat Milwaukee 76-65. Seniors Ben Averkamp and Jordan Hicks led the way for the Ramblers both dropping more than 20 points in the victory.
Head coach Porter Moser said, “ It was great to see those guys play aggressive and when our seniors are aggressive its contagious to the whole team.”
Milwaukee jumped out to an early lead in the game leading the Ramblers 23-15 at the halfway point of the first period. But thanks to a steal and layup by freshman guard Jeff “KeKe” White the Ramblers began a 10-1 run that culminated in a layup by sophomore guard Christian Thomas, giving the team a 25-24 lead. Milwaukee battled back however and by the end of the first half the Ramblers were down 33-32.
The lead did not last long however, the Ramblers came out firing in the second half going on a 20-0 run and opening up a 62-44 lead. Over the course of the run the Ramblers held Milwaukee scoreless for a total of 8:27 while connecting on 57 percent of their shots themselves. The Ramblers would never look back with back-to-back threes by junior guard Cully Payne and freshman guard Devon Turk locking up the win for Porter Moser’s team.
The game was filled with personal achievements for a number of Ramblers. In the midst of his third double-double of the season Averkamp, who scored 22 points with 12 rebounds, moved into a tie with John Egan for 17th place on the Ramblers all-time scoring list with a career total of 1,315 points. Hicks scored 21 points on the night, notching his highest point total since 2010. Christian Thomas had another great night for the Ramblers scoring 16 points on the night.
However, there was one sour note for the Ramblers: sophomore Joe Crisman did not see any action due to a broken finger he suffered in Saturday’s loss to Detroit. Crisman is not expected to be back on the court for 2 to 3 weeks.
The Ramblers close out their three game homestand on Feb. 2 when they take on Green Bay at 1 pm.
By Brigitte Sheerin