Men's Basketball

Upset Alert: Loyola Defeats No. 5 Florida 65-59 to Improve to 9-1

Steve Woltmann | Loyola AthleticsSenior forward Aundre Jackson put up a team-high 23 points in the victory over Florida Dec. 6.

What went down: The Loyola men’s basketball team (9-1) traveled to Gainesville, Florida to take on the No. 5-ranked University of Florida. After making 10 of their first 13 points early on, the Ramblers held on to defeat the Gators 65-59. This is Loyola’s first victory over a top-five ranked team since the Ramblers knocked off the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 63-62 in 1984.

How it happened: The Loyola offense was clicking throughout the game. The Ramblers shot 52 percent (26-for-50) for the game and 50 percent (6-of-12) from three-point range. Just before halftime, redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer went down with a leg injury. An official diagnosis hasn’t been released.

Analysis: Coming into the game, Florida lost two straight games to No. 1 Duke University and Florida State University. The Gators only shot 36.9 percent for the game, which wasn’t enough to contain the Ramblers and stop the losing streak.

Senior forward Aundre Jackson led the way for Loyola, going 10-for-12 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range for a total 23 points. He’s been a driving force for the offense all season, which held up against a team as talented as Florida.

First-year center Cameron Krutwig also had a good game for Loyola, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds. The Algonquin native saw 36 minutes on the court –– his most of the season. With senior guard Ben Richardson still out of the lineup, Krutwig has fit well into the starting lineup and continues to impress in his first season at Loyola.

With Custer going down with an injury, senior forward Donte Ingram and first-year guard Cameron Satterwhite split time at point guard. Depending on the severity of Custer’s injury, the duo will have to step up so long as Custer’s sidelined.

What’s next? Loyola is scheduled to return to Gentile Arena to take on Norfolk State University Dec. 9.

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