March Madness

End of the Road: Loyola Falls to Michigan 69-57 in Final Four

Hanako Maki | The PHOENIXFirst-year center Cameron Krutwig led Loyola with 17 points in the season-ending loss to Michigan March 31.

The Loyola men’s basketball team (32-6, 15-3) saw its season come to an end with a 69-57 loss to the University of Michigan in San Antonio March 31.

The Ramblers took a 29-22 lead into halftime and were 23-0 when leading at the break. But, Michigan shot 16-for-28 in the second half, compared to Loyola’s 12-for-26, to come out with the victory.

The loss caps a historic season for Loyola, the 100th in program history. The team’s 32 wins set a program record and the Ramblers made it to the Final Four for just the second time in school history. It was the program’s first appearance in the big dance since 1985. Loyola also won its first Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title this season.

Loyola is expected to return 10 of its 15 players to the roster next season, including MVC Player of the Year Clayton Custer and MVC Freshman of the Year Cameron Krutwig.

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