GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Loyola Chicago 54, Valparaiso 52


(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
By JOHN JACKSON
Associated Press

CHICAGO - Keith Clemons scored 16 points, Cameron Krutwig added 13 and No. 22 Loyola Chicago made a defensive stop in the final seconds to hang on for a 54-52 victory over Valparaiso.

The Ramblers (19-4, 14-2 Missouri Valley Conference) have won 12 of 13 and extended their home winning streak to 20 games. Loyola lost its previous game, 51-50, in overtime at Drake on Sunday.

Zion Morgan had 15 points and Ben Krikke and Goodnews Kpegeol had 10 points apiece for Valparaiso (8-15, 5-9).

Loyola won the first meeting between the teams 75-39 on Jan. 20 at Valparaiso.

This was Valpo's third game against a ranked opponent this season - two games against Drake were the others - and the Crusaders led at halftime in each before losing.

Krutwig hit a jump hook with 1:38 left to make it 54-48.

Kpegeol scored with 1:23 to play to trim the Valpo deficit to four, ending a scoreless stretch of 3:35.

Sheldon Edwards then came up with a steal and drove for a basket with 54.8 seconds remaining to make it 54-52.

Valpo got the ball back with 24.7 seconds to go after forcing a shot-clock violation. After two non-shooting fouls, Valpo inbounded the ball with 13.2 seconds left. Krikke missed a 16-footer and Kpegeol was called for a foul on the rebound with 1.1 seconds to go.

Loyola got off to a slow start offensively. The Ramblers went scoreless for more than seven minutes and made just three of their first 15 field-goal attempts, including 1 for 6 on 3-pointers.

Valpo took its biggest lead, 29-20, on a 3-pointer by Donovan Clay 3-pointer with 1:18 left. Loyola, though, ended the half with back-to-back 3s by Williamson and Aher Uguak to pull within 29-26 at halftime.

February 17, 2021



Valparaiso
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
Z. Morgan 6-9 1-2 2-2 0-5 3 0 1 3 2 15
G. Kpegeol 5-7 0-4 0-1 0-4 0 0 0 1 2 10
D. Clay 2-7 0-0 1-5 1-7 0 2 1 3 2 5
B. Krikke 5-10 0-0 0-2 0-2 1 1 0 2 1 10
E. Gordon 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-3 2 0 0 0 1 2
M. McMillan 1-3 0-0 0-0 2-5 0 0 0 0 2 2
S. Edwards 2-6 0-0 1-4 0-1 3 0 1 3 1 5
J. Ognacevic 1-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 1 3
Totals 23-46
(.500)
1-6
(.167)
5-16
(.313)
7-32 9 4 3 12 12 52


Loyola Chicago
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Kennedy 1-6 1-2 0-2 0-5 3 1 0 0 0 3
C. Krutwig 6-10 1-1 0-0 3-6 5 0 2 2 0 13
K. Clemons 5-9 2-3 4-7 1-5 1 0 2 0 2 16
A. Uguak 2-8 0-0 1-3 0-0 3 0 0 0 2 5
L. Williamson 2-6 0-0 2-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 3 6
B. Norris 1-4 0-0 1-4 0-5 0 0 0 2 1 3
T. Hall 0-4 0-0 0-2 0-1 1 0 1 2 1 0
C. Kaifes 3-5 0-0 2-3 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 8
T. Welch 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Totals 20-52
(.385)
4-8
(.500)
10-24
(.417)
11-32 16 2 6 7 10 54





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