Ben Averkamp (24) has 7 points and 3 fouls.
Loyola’s team captain hasn’t been too effective thus far. Up until the midway point in the first half, Averkamp only had 2 points. He would eventually get benched for the final three minutes of the half after getting into foul trouble early.
But not to fear as Nick Osborne, Christian Thomas, and Jordan Hicks have all done their part to keep the Ramblers ahead. But Chicago State almost came back to tie this game around the eight minute mark.
Missed shots, turnovers, and fouls almost came back to haunt Loyola as the Cougars turned those mistakes into points. Loyola saw a 17-5 lead change to a 27-21 lead within just a few minutes.
At point CSU went on a 10-7 run, but Loyola calmed themselves down, limited their mistakes, and got back on track to finish the half on a 7-5 run. The Cougars are still alive thanks to Jamere Dismukes, Quinton Pippen, and Matt Ross.
Considering that Loyola at one point had a 13-2 lead, the Cougars are in better shape now then they were when the game started. Can the Cougars force Ben Averkamp to foul out of the game?
Can Loyola keep up the momentum that they took into the locker room at halftime? Follow me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports to find out.
Here is the first half box score: