The Loyola men’s basketball team (1-1) suffered an 87-63 loss to Furman University Friday night in Greenville, South Carolina.
This is the second consecutive year Furman has handed the Ramblers their first loss of the season. This loss comes on the road, after last year’s defeat came at the hands of a last-second Furman dunk in Gentile Arena.
The Ramblers struggled to maintain control of the ball against the Paladins, turning the ball over 22 times compared to the Paladins’ nine turnovers. This was the highest amount of turnovers Loyola’s had in a game since 2012, according to sports-reference.com. Redshirt juniors Tate Hall and Aher Uguak led the Ramblers with five turnovers each.
Junior guard Lucas Williamson scored 18 points, but he was the only Rambler to reach double figures against the Paladins. Williamson was also responsible for three of Loyola’s four three-point makes. He shot 3-for-6 from downtown, while the rest of the team shot a combined 1-for-8.
After nearly notching a triple-double last game, Cameron Krutwig only scored eight points on just five shot attempts against Furman. The junior center also grabbed four rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists.
There was also a disparity in free throw attempts. Furman attempted 24 free throws, converting 17 of them. Meanwhile, Loyola was just 1-for-3 at the charity stripe. Since Loyola committed more than seven fouls in the second half, Furman was in the bonus with more than seven minutes left in the game and shooting free throws every time Loyola committed a foul.
Furman was led in scoring by senior guard Jordan Lyons and junior forward Clay Mounce, who dropped 24 points and 22 points, respectively. The win over the Ramblers improves Furman’s record to 2-0 this season. The Paladins were picked to finish third in the Southern Conference preseason poll, while the Ramblers were picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.
Last season, the Paladins went 25-8 and lost in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) to Wichita State University. Loyola suffered the same fate, losing to Creighton University in the first round of the NIT.
Next on the schedule for the Ramblers is a game against Coppin State University Nov. 12 at Gentile Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago+.