Shortly after the No. 1 seed lost, the No. 2 seed fell, as well.
Loyola lost to No. 7-seeded Valparaiso University in stunning fashion Friday night, a 74-73 overtime loss at Enterprise Center in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) men’s basketball tournament. Valpariaso outscored Loyola 46-32 in the second half to force the extra period.
Loyola led 36-22 at halftime and stretched the lead to 18 points with 15:44 remaining in the second half. Valparaiso caught fire late in the second half, going on an 11-2 run in the final 2:50 of regulation to force overtime despite never leading in the second half.
In overtime, the Crusaders outscored the Ramblers 6-5. Valparaiso won on a layup by Eron Gordon with three seconds remaining. The Ramblers missed their final nine field goal attempts in overtime after Marquise Kennedy hit a two-point jumper to start the period.
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The Ramblers held Javon Freeman-Liberty — who earned All-MVC First Team honors — to just six points on 2-for-10 shooting. Freeman-Liberty fouled out with 3:52 left in overtime.
Free throw shooting was once again a problem for Loyola. The Ramblers went 14-for-27 from the charity stripe. Loyola redshirt junior forward Aher Uguak went just 3-for-9 from the free throw line against the Crusaders.
Keith Clemons led Loyola with a career-high 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting. No other Rambler scored in double figures.
Valparaiso advances to the semifinals where it will face the winner of No. 3-seed Indiana State University and No. 6-seed Missouri State University. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.