Loyola beats conference rival Bradley in the OT thriller: 3 Observations originally released on NBC Sports Chicago
Upon their return to the Gentile Arena in 2022, the Loyola Ramblers faced each other dramatically against the Bradley Braves on Saturday night. After staying behind for most of the game, the Ramblers made up late and drove the game into overtime, where they came out on top at 78:71. Here are three observations from the victory:
A comeback for the ages
The Rambler’s chances looked bleak as they were 16 points behind in the middle of the second half. The team never lost its resolve as it was led by 20 points from graduate student Lucas Williamson and a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) from senior Chris Knight.
The Braves tied the game well into overtime, but a three-point from Williamson sealed the deal to bring the Ramblers to the top for good.
A game with free throws
As the game neared the later stages, the rambler’s leadership became more and more dependent on the ability to hit free throws. Williamson led the team overall, leaving the Charity Stripe at 9-11, with most of them coming in OT.
Doctoral student Aher Uguak and senior Ryan Schwieger, each with four of their own, were also helpful
Keep the streaks alive
With a win on Saturday night, the Ramblers remain undefeated in the Gentile Arena. The streak currently stands at 29 games, good for the nation’s fifth-longest active streak. They also extended their winning streak within the Missouri Valley Conference to 21 games, going back to February 17, 2019. The Ramblers now have 20 straight wins against schools in the state of Illinois.
The Ramblers will return when they host Valparaiso on CBS at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.