Men's Basketball

Last-Second Shot Sends St. Joseph’s Past Loyola 45-42

Abby Schnable | The PhoenixCameron Krutwig guards against Niagara University.

In its last non-conference game of the season, the Loyola men’s basketball team (7-6) fell to St. Joseph’s university 45-42 on a last-second three-pointer.

St. Joseph’s held Loyola’s offense to a low shooting percentage. The second half exploded with momentum as the Ramblers not only scored 10 more points than the first half, but also increased their shooting percentage from 28 percent to 40.9 percent giving them a total of 34.0 percent from the field for the game.

Loyola’s offensive struggles were partly due to partly due to 16 turnovers. Head coach Porter Moser has said the team’s goal is less than 10 turnovers and more than 15 assists per game. The Ramblers committed eight turnovers after the break to finish with 16 for the game, while also dishing out only nine assists against St. Joseph’s.

The Ramblers only had two players score in the double digits — redshirt senior guards Marques Townes and Clayton Custer. Townes only had two points and Custer with four in the first half. In the second half, they erupted to finish with 12 and 10, respectively.

Those 12 points from Custer was exactly how many he needed to break 1,000 points in his collegiate career. He’s the second on the current roster to reach the milestone — after Townes did so in last year’s NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.

Loyola Sophomore center Cameron Krutwig was one point away from a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Coming into the game, St. Joseph’s ranked 120th out of the 353 Division I teams in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) and Loyola ranked 121st, according to ncaa.com. The Hawks are currently 6-5.

The Ramblers are next scheduled to open their conference season against Indiana State University Jan. 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CDT.

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