Loyola’s recent dominance over UIC continued Saturday with a 64-47 win at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers have now won four straight games in the rivalry series, and six straight at home.
After opening on a 12-2 run, UIC (1-8) stormed back and took a 22-21 lead into the final minute of the first half. The Ramblers (6-5) ended the half with four straight points at the foul line, taking a 25-22 advantage.
UIC scored the first five points of the second half, regaining the lead on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Dominique Matthews. Loyola leading scorer Milton Doyle then found his stroke, knocking down back-to-back jumpers.
With 13 minutes remaining, Loyola began to pull away. Senior forward Montel James and sophomore wing Donte Ingram made jumpers on consecutive possessions. Then senior guard Devon Turk, Loyola’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, drained back-to-back 3-pointers to complete a quick 10-0 run, giving the Ramblers a 46-33 lead.
UIC never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
James, in his first game back from a back injury, led Loyola with 14 points off the bench. The 6-foot-7 forward also had seven rebounds and three steals. 10 of James’ points came in the second half.
Doyle finished with 13 points while Turk had 12 points, all after halftime.
Once again, UIC’s offense struggled mightily. The Flames shot 34.6 percent from the field and 5-of-22 beyond the arc. Senior guard Gabe Snider was the only player to reach double figures with 11 points.
UIC also had 21 turnovers and finished with 0.70 points per possession.