9. Loyola beats Creighton in battle of old Valley vs. new Valley
When Creighton departed the Missouri Valley in 2013 and was replaced by a struggling Loyola program, fans and analysts around the league wondered if the Ramblers could ever replace the success the Bluejays brought to the league.
The 2013-14 season proved that right, as Creighton finished No. 2 in the Big East and Loyola tied for last place in the Valley. Then 2014-15 reversed the narrative, as Loyola won 24 games and a CBI title while Creighton tied for last.
The two teams met Dec. 5 in Creighton’s first matchup against a MVC program since March 2013.
A hot start by Loyola put the Ramblers ahead 27-13, but Creighton’s offense found a groove late in the first half, finishing the period on a 12-2 run.
Loyola remained in control with a 59-51 lead at the 3:36 mark. Then Creighton scored five points in a row to put pressure on the Ramblers, and with 14 seconds left a layup cut Loyola’s lead to 65-63.
A turnover in the backcourt by sophomore guard Ben Richardson awarded Creighton an opportunity to tie or take the lead, but freshman Khyri Thomas missed two free throws after drawing a foul, allowing Loyola to escape with a 68-65 victory.
The win also featured a phenomenal performance from junior guard Milton Doyle, who recorded 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Creighton losing to the team that replaced them in the Missouri Valley is a beautiful case of poetic justice.
— matt eichinger (@mjeichinger) December 5, 2015
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