Loyola Chicago’s road troubles continued Wednesday with a 80-58 loss at Northern Iowa (12-13, 6-7 MVC). The Ramblers (9-16, 4-9) defeated Northern Iowa at home in January, but since then they had been 1-3 in their last four games.
Loyola held a 20-14 lead more than halfway through the first half thanks to the three-point shooting of sophomore Devon Turk and junior Christian Thomas.
Then Northern Iowa heated up from beyond the arc with treys from junior Nate Buss and sophomore Matt Bohannon starting a 21-7 run to end the half.
The Panthers continued to roll in the second half, building a lead as large as 24 points.
Buss led the Panthers with 18 points off the bench, including 4-of-5 three-point shooting.
Bohannon and junior Marvin Singleton led Northern Iowa’s starters with 12 points apiece and junior Seth Tuttle tallied 10 points.
Junior Deon Mitchell recorded 11 points and five assists off the bench.
Turk led Loyola with 10 points off the bench. The sharpshooter drained three three-pointers, all in the first half.
Thomas finished with nine points.
Freshman Milton Doyle, one of the MVC’s top rookies, was held to two points, but he also dished out a game-high seven assists.
Freshman Jeremy King had the best game of his young career with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Ramblers now sit tied for 8th place with Evansville, and the Panthers are now tied 4th place.
Loyola finishes its Iowa road trip Saturday at Drake.