The Loyola men’s basketball team (16-11, 9-5) fell in nail-biting fashion to Missouri State University 65-61 at Gentile Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Ramblers were led by sophomore center Cameron Krutwig who finished with a career high 24 points and six rebounds in the loss. Redshirt senior Marques Townes also chipped in 23 points and dished five assists.
The first half saw the Ramblers recover from a slow start as the Bears took a 12-5 lead into the game’s first media timeout. Loyola would close the half on a 21-15 run from this point and headed for the locker room trailing 27-26. They were led by Krutwig and Townes who combined for 18 first half points.
In the second half, the Bears rebuilt a quick lead as they knocked down their first four shots from the field, all of which being three pointers. The Ramblers were able to bring the game down to one point within the last minute, but were ultimately unable to pull ahead.
The loss ends Loyola’s 13-game home conference win streak, dating back to Jan. 3, 2018.
The Ramblers’ season is scheduled to continue Feb. 20 as they take on University of Evansville at Gentile Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago.