Men's Basketball

Loyola Loses 30-Game Winning Streak at Home with Loss Against Missouri State University

Victor Adegoke | Loyola AthleticsLoyola lost its 10-game winning streak against Missouri State Jan. 22

The Loyola men’s basketball team (14-3, 5-1)  lost its 30-game, at home winning streak — fourth-longest active streak in Division I — in their loss against Missouri State University 79-69 Jan. 22. 

Prior to the game, the Ramblers came from winning their tenth straight game, where they shot a season-best 56.8% from three-point territory. Against Missouri State University, they shot their second worst of the season with 26.5%.

Missouri State, the last team to beat Loyola at Gentile Arena, came back to strip it from their home-court winning streak once again. Led by Isiaih Mosley’s 40-point performance, Missouri State shot 53.8% from the field and 42.1% from three-point territory.

The game started with a 9-2 run by Loyola, initiated by a jump shot off the hands of graduate forward Aher Uguak and finished by a three-pointer off the fastbreak by graduate guard Lucas Williamson. 

Loyola kept the lead until the seventh minute of the first half, following six unanswered points by the Golden Bears, tying the game at 14. Senior forward Chris Knight quickly put the Ramblers up by two, but Missouri State responded with an 8-0 run to put them up by six.

A three-pointer by redshirt junior guard Braden Norris brought life back to the Ramblers’ offense, followed by a free throw by Williamson and a layup by junior guard Marquise Kennedy for a 6-0 run in three possessions. Loyola had the lead once again as the scoreboard read 25-24.

Missouri State changed the lead once again with five straight points, but graduate forward Tate Hall scored on a layup and a fade-away jumper, followed by senior forward Ryan Schwieger’s layup to put the Ramblers up by two.

The Golden Bears would then dominate the final three minutes of the first half, outscoring Loyola 6-2 to close out the period. In a half with five ties and five lead changes, both teams headed to the locker rooms with a score of 35-33 in favor of Missouri State.

By halftime, the Ramblers were playing selfless ball, as six eight players scored and the team had tallied six assists. Missouri State, on the other hand, had recorded just one assist with a mere four players having scored, but Mosley and Donovan Clay with 16 and nine points, respectively, had put the Golden Bears ahead.

Missouri State hit the ground running to start the second half with a 22-6 run that extended into the first 10 minutes of the first half. Mosley contributed with 12 points in that run, leading the game in scoring at the time with 28 points.

Victor Adegoke | Loyola Athletics Isiah Mosley shot 63.6% from the field, as he led the game in scoring with 40 points.

Loyola responded with a three-pointer by Uguak, but Mosley showed up again with a three-pointer and a jumper to put the Golden Bears up by 20 — their largest lead of the game — with seven minutes to go.

Following the 62-42 score, Loyola caught fire and started to look like a different team. In six minutes, the Ramblers were able to narrow their deficit from 20 to six points, as Williamson and redshirt junior guard Braden Norris each contributed with seven points in the Ramblers 25-11 run. The score was 73-67 in favor of Missouri State with a minute and 23 seconds to go.

Two free throws by Mosley were answered with a layup by Knight, as Loyola trailed again by six, but that would be the Ramblers’ last score of the game.

Mosley sealed the game with two free throws, finishing the match with a game-high 40 points to spoil Loyola’s 30-game winning streak at home. Norris, the Ramblers’ scoring leader in the game with 16 points, said he wasn’t thinking of any streaks.

“I’m not thinking too much about the 30-game win streak,” Norris said. “It’s winning the Missouri Valley championship right now.”

Loyola head coach Drew Valentine said he remains confident in his team despite their offensive struggles in the second half.

“From that ten minute to seven minute period of the second half I think we panicked and looked like a team,” Valentine said. “I guess it’s a good thing to have been down by that many points before and it was rushed. So maybe that contributed to a little bit of the numbers… Guys just gotta step up and make them. I gotta believe and trust the same swagger and mentality that I’m talking to you with about their shooting.”

The Ramblers remain atop the MVC with only one loss, followed by Missouri State and Drake University with records of 6-2 and 5-2, respectively.

The Ramblers take the court again Jan. 25 when they take on Southern Illinois in Gentile Arena. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is set to be broadcast on Rambler Sports Network.

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