Despite a quick start, the Loyola men’s basketball (3-1) team fell short and lost to No. 12 University of Wisconsin-Madison 77-63 at the Kohl Center in Madison Dec. 15.
Senior center Cameron Krutwig’s 19 points and five rebounds wasn’t a match for the Badger’s frontcourt. Four Wisconsin players scored in double digits, while Krutwig and senior guard Lucas Williamson were the only ones to do so for the Ramblers.
The Ramblers did however out-rebound the Badgers 35-32, with Krutwig, Williamson, redshirt senior guard Tate Hall and redshirt sophomore guard Braden Norris all grabbing five boards.
Falling victim to low shooting percentages and high turnovers, Loyola had trouble on both the offensive and defensive side. The Ramblers shot 38.9 percent overall and totaled 14 turnovers — which Wisconsin was able to turn into 15 points. Meanwhile, the Badgers shot 43.9 percent from the field and only committed four turnovers.
“You always want to get below ten [turnovers],” Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. “I’m never pleased with that. We did have some [players] try to be very aggressive. We had three player control fouls, which happens. [Wisconsin] doesn’t turn the ball over.”
Coming out of the gates, Loyola was able to bring Wisconsin to its largest deficit in its six games so far. Norris teamed up with Krutwig to produce that seven point lead.
Wisconsin first-year guard Jonathon Davis hit the tide-changing three-pointer — the Badgers took the lead and wouldn’t trail for the remainder of the game. The Ramblers struggled to contain Wisconsin big man Nate Reuvers who totaled six points on back-to-back three-pointers.
“They bring you out with those bigs,” Moser said. “When Greuvers and [Micah] Potter are hitting threes, it really hurts us because we’re bringing Krutwig away from the basket.”
The Badgers headed into the locker room for halftime with momentum and a five-point lead over Loyola.
Williamson and Krutwig hit a pair of shots to get Loyola its last tie of the game. Despite the quick energy at the start of the half for the Ramblers, Wisconsin went on a 19-3 run to gain a 16-point lead.
A mid-half boost capped off by redshirt senior guard Keith Clemons put Loyola within nine points of the Badgers. However, the Ramblers were never able to close the gap.
Wisconsin outscored the Ramblers 46-37 in the second half and walked away with a 77-63 win.
Loyola had an uncharacteristically high number of fouls. Two players had four personal fouls and the team had 25 by the final buzzer. Last season, the team averaged 13.8 fouls per game.
“You have to play physical without fouling against a team like that,” Moser said. “You don’t see a team post up as much as Wisconsin. When you have that many post ups and they’re fundamentally physical, they’re going to draw fouls.”
The Badgers came into the game 4-1 overall with their lone loss coming from Marquette University. Redshirt senior guard D’mitrik Trice and senior guard Brad Davison led Wisconsin with 17 points apiece and Trice also added seven rebounds.
The Ramblers are scheduled to match-up against University of Richmond Dec. 18. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.