No. 21 Loyola Beats Southern Illinois 65-58 In Overtime – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) — Cameron Krutwig had 20 points and No. 21 Loyola scored the last eight points in overtime, rallying past Southern Illinois 65-58 on Saturday night and clinching at least a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title.

The Ramblers (21-4, 16-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference) closed the regular season by winning 14 of 15 games. Loyola has won at least a share of the conference title in three of the last four years.

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Lucas Williamson scored 13 points and Braden Norris added 12 as the Ramblers extended their home winning streak to 22 games, the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.

Lance Jones led Southern Illinois (11-13, 5-13) with 30 points on 11-for-17 shooting, including 5 for 8 on 3-pointers.

Norris hit a 3-pointer with 3:01 left in overtime to give Loyola a 60-58 lead. After empty possessions by both teams, Krutwig hit one of two free throws — his first point since the opening minute of the second half — to make it 61-58 with 1:28 to go.

Krutwig then sealed it with a tip-in of a Norris miss with 12.3 seconds left, his only field goal in the second half and OT.

Krutwig had 15 points in the first half on 7-for-9 shooting as Loyola took a 38-25 halftime advantage.

Southern Illinois fell behind 40-25 in the first minute of the second half before putting together an 11-2 run and closing within 42-36.

Loyola built the lead back up to double digits, but the Salukis rallied again, scoring 10 straight points to go on top 51-50 with 5:15 remaining for their first lead of the game. Jones capped the run with back-to-back 3s.

Marquise Kennedy scored on a driving layup with 4:03 left to put Loyola back on top 52-51, ending a scoreless stretch of 5 minutes, 49 seconds.

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With the score tied at 54, Kennedy picked up a loose ball following a scramble and hit a long jumper (his toe was on the 3-point line) just before the shot clock expired, giving Loyola a 56-54 edge with 1:46 remaining.

After empty possessions for both teams, Jones was fouled attempting a 3-pointer by Norris with 21.2 seconds to go. Jones made the first two before Loyola coach Porter Moser called timeout. Jones then missed the third attempt.


Southern Illinois: The Salukis finished the regular season under .500 after beginning 7-0. They’ve dropped 14 straight against ranked teams.

Loyola: By most estimates, the Ramblers are safely in the NCAA Tournament field regardless of what happens next week in the conference tournament.


The MVC tournament begins Thursday in St. Louis.

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