Top 10 Moments of 2015 in Chicago Basketball

1. Loyola sweeps Louisiana-Monroe to win CBI title

Photo: Darrell Goemaat / Chicago Tribune
Photo: Darrell Goemaat / Chicago Tribune

Loyola’s best season in 30 years ended with its first postseason title in 52 years. The Ramblers earned a bid to the CBI with a 19-13 record. After defeating Rider, Oral Roberts and Seattle at home, Loyola reached the best-of-three CBI Championship Series, where it faced Louisiana-Monroe.

Like Loyola, Louisiana-Monroe was experiencing a major turnaround following a poor 2013-14 season.

In Game 1, Loyola came alive in the second half at Gentile Arena to run away with a 65-58 victory as guard Earl Peterson scored 16 points.

The Ramblers and the Warhawks would play Game 2 and Game 3, if necessary, in Monroe. Game 3 was not necessary, though.

The Warhawks opened up an eight-point lead early in the second half of Game 2. Loyola did not fold, but it still trailed 58-54 with 4:51 to play.

Then shooting guard Devon Turk drained his fourth 3-pointer. After a defensive stop, Loyola guard Milton Doyle hit a pull-up jumper to give Loyola a 59-58 edge, its first lead since the opening minute of the second half.

Turk and Doyle led Loyola in scoring with 14 points and 13 points, respectively.

Louisiana-Monroe had a chance to recapture the lead with 2:06 remaining, but forward Jamaal Samuel missed a 3-pointer. Forward Tyler Ongwae missed a potential game-tying triple in the final minute.

Loyola left Monroe with a 63-62 win and a shiny trophy. Peterson, who scored 12 points in the clincher, earned MVP honors.

Loyola was already the only Chicago team to win a postseason title, and the CBI victory gave them an extra leg up in that contest. It also gave the Ramblers their 24th win, their highest total since the 1984-85 season.

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