Loyola’s men’s basketball team came out victorious against the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the season opener Friday night in Gentile Arena.
The Ramblers started strong, holding the Roadrunners to less than 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game while Loyola jumped out to a 27-9 lead. Peterson provided the night’s highlight when he threw down an alley-oop from sophomore guard Ben Richardson to extend the Ramblers lead to 15.
“[We] started off the game great,” said Ramblers head coach Porter Moser. “The way they were playing defense the first ten minutes of the game was awesome.”
Loyola shot just over 54 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
In his first regular season game for Loyola, sophomore transfer forward Maurice Kirby went one for one and played a key part defensively in the paint.
UTSA used an explosive 21-6 run to pull within five points with just less than four minutes to play, but Richardson nailed two straight 3-pointers that sent the Roadrunners packing.
Although the Ramblers controlled the game from start to finish, Moser said his team needs to improve its ball handling and effort in the second half of games.
The Ramblers are scheduled to play the second half of their weekend doubleheader on Saturday night against Eureka College in Gentile arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.