The Loyola men’s basketball team (7-4) outlasted Norfolk State University 64-45 at Gentile Arena sunday afternoon. Loyola redshirt junior guard Tate Hall led the way with 21 points — all coming in the second half.
After starting the season 3-4, the Ramblers are now on a four-game winning streak — the longest since 2017-18.
“I had called out Tate [Hall] at halftime,” Loyola head coach Porter Moser said after the game. “I don’t know if I’ve seen a more dominating half since I’ve been here.”
In addition to scoring all of his points in the second half, Hall tallied four steals, five rebounds and an assist after halftime. This came after he only tallying one assist and one steal in the first 20 minutes.
“[I] just had the mindset of ‘keep shooting,’” Hall said. “Shooters have short-term memory, so I just moved on [from the first half] and had the confidence to keep shooting.”
It was a tale of two halves for the Ramblers. Loyola struggled in the first half, leading by just three points at the break and shooting a combined 27.6 percent as a team. In the second half, the Ramblers shot 61.9 percent as they outscored Norfolk State by 16 points.
Junior center Cameron Krutwig and junior guard Jalon Pipkins scored in double figures for Loyola, each putting up 14 points. Krutwig also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists — both of which were the highest marks on either team.
Lucas Williamson struggled offensively against the Spartans after scoring 25 points on 8-for-9 shooting against Quincy University Dec. 7. The junior guard scored five points on 1-for-7 shooting against Norfolk State, but he added five rebounds and three steals.
“Lucas can do so many things — he can rebound, he can defend, he can lead,” Moser said. “His shot shouldn’t dictate those other things, and it hasn’t. … He went 1-for-7 tonight. I’ll look at the tape, but I felt like he was really guarding, as he always does. … My message to him is to keep shooting and understand your value. [He’s] not a one-dimensional player.”
Norfolk State falls to 3-9 this season and has yet to win a game against a Division I school. The Spartans belong to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and were chosen to finish fourth out of 11 teams in the conference in the MEAC preseason poll. This is the fourth consecutive year the Ramblers and Spartans have played, and the Ramblers have won all four years.
Loyola is next scheduled to travel to Phoenix, Arizona to take on Vanderbilt University Dec. 18. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. CST and the game is scheduled to be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.