The Penguins celebrate their upset victory over the Ramblers.
Loyola initially started the second half right where the left off in the first half. But halfway through they hit a snag and it cost them dearly.
Star forward Ben Averkamp got into foul trouble early, Loyola’s defense had difficulty defending the outside shot, and they missed key shots down the stretch.
The Ramblers had led by 14 midway through the second half, and that’s when the trouble began. YSU outscored LU 38-31 in the second half.
They also shot over 50 percent from the field, scored 10 points off of Loyola turnovers, and took advantage of a nearly three minute stretch where Ben Averkamp wasn’t on the court because of the foul trouble.
Many of those foul calls were questionable. Especially when Averkamp was getting pulverized inside the paint and no calls were made. The Rambler nation was not happy with the officials when this one was said and done.
The Penguins hit key shots when they needed to and in the end, Loyola couldn’t keep up. Ben Averkamp had a chance to tie the game with free throws just under the two minute mark but he missed them both.
Loyola also got the benefit of a foul call with one second remaining but they couldn’t turn that into points which could have sent the game into overtime.
The end result is a 68-66 loss. The Ramblers now drop to 10-4 (1-1 Horizon League), Youngstown State moves up to 9-6 (1-1 Horizon League).
Loyola’s four-game winning streak comes to an end, and they are now 6-2 at the Gentile Center. Here is the box score from today’s game:
After the game Loyola guard Joe Crisman and forward Ben Averkamp spoke with the media:
Head coach Porter Moser also held a press conference: