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Ramblers Drop Road Tilt

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Chicago (5-5) was unable to overcome an 11-0 second-half run in suffering a 55-41 loss to No. 23 Maryland (8-2) Saturday afternoon at Royal Farms Arena. The Ramblers, who have dropped four of their last five contests, turned in arguably their best defensive performance of the year, holding the Terrapins 24 points below their season scoring average.

Loyola’s defense was as good as it has been all season in the first half, holding the Terrapins to 34.6 percent (9-for-26) from the field and forcing seven turnovers. The Ramblers got off to a strong start and Cameron Krutwig’s first basket of the afternoon put the Maroon and Gold on top, 14-9, for their largest lead of the period.

Maryland stormed back, however, using a 15-2 run that featured six points from Anthony Cowan, to stake claim to a 24-16 advantage. Krutwig helped slice that deficit in half before the period expired, hitting a pair of baskets to send Loyola into the break down by four, 24-20.

A 7-2 Maryland run kicked off the second-half scoring, extending the Terps’ lead to 31-22 and Loyola struggled offensively, as it couldn’t get much to drop. Despite those struggles, four straight points from Aher Uguak brought the Ramblers within 33-27, but the Terps countered with 11 unanswered points of their own to push their lead to 44-27 with 6:54 remaining.

From there, the Ramblers were unable to get closer than 11 points the remainder of the way.

A Look At The Numbers

– Krutwig finished with a team-high 12 points and added eight boards for Loyola, which shot only 32.7 percent from the field for the game.

– Uguak, Marques Townes and Clayton Custer netted nine points apiece for the Ramblers.

– Cowan led Maryland with 17 points.

Up Next

Loyola takes a week off for final exams and returns to action next Sunday (Dec. 16) when it hosts Norfolk State at 3 p.m.

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