Notre Dame pulls away from Loyola in second half

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports
Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

 

Notre Dame used a 19-3 run in the second half Sunday to pull away from Loyola for an 81-61 win.

The Ramblers trailed 40-38 in the opening minutes of the second half. Notre Dame (7-2) had opened a 10-point lead late in the first half with a 15-5 run, but Loyola (5-4) scored the final four points before halftime and the first four afterwards.

Then the Fighting Irish’s dominant spurt allowed them to breeze through the final 10 minutes on their home floor.

Sophomore wing Donte Ingram and sophomore guard Tyson Smith led Loyola with 12 points apiece off the bench. Junior guard Milton Doyle flirted with a second straight double-double, notching eight points and nine assists.

Five Notre Dame players scored in double figures, led by 14 points each from forwards Bonzie Colson and Matt Ryan.

Loyola returns to Gentile Arena on Wednesday to face Cleveland State in the first stage of a four-game home stand.

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