Loyola’s season was on the line with under six minutes remaining in Wednesday’s CBI semifinal matchup with Seattle. After the Redhawks scored six straight points, they led 42-40.
Then, on their home floor at Gentile Arena, the Ramblers ripped off 14 straight points on their way to a 63-48 victory. Junior guard Earl Peterson scored 12 of the team’s final 23 points after scoring just 3 points in the first 35 minutes.
Peterson also got help from junior guard Devon Turk, who also scored 15 points on 5-of-9 3-point shooting. Turk now has 201 career treys, three behind Loyola’s record set by Blake Schilb in 2007.
Sophomore guard Milton Doyle added 9 points, 3 assists and 4 steals off the bench.
Forward William Powell led Seattle with 12 points, but he also had 6 of the Redhawks’ 22 turnovers.
At 22-13, Loyola now has its largest single-season win total since the 1984-85 season, when the Ramblers had 27 victories and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
The Ramblers advance to the CBI championship, where they will face Louisiana-Monroe in a best-of-three series. The Warhawks reached the championship series by knocking off Vermont.
Game one will be in Chicago on Monday. Game two and, if necessary, game three will be at Louisiana-Monroe.
Louisiana-Monroe is experiencing a breakout season under fifth-year coach Keith Richard. The Warhawks are 24-12 and went 14-6 in the Sun Belt following a 10-17 (7-11 in conference) campaign last year.