Mockevicius leads Evansville past Loyola of Chicago 74-66

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Egidijus Mockevicius scored 23 points, on 10-of-13 shooting, with 20 rebounds, and D.J. Balentine had 22 points and seven assists to help Evansville beat Loyola of Chicago 74-66 Tuesday night.

It was Mockevicius' second straight game – and fourth this season – with at least 20 rebounds. His 16 double-doubles this season are the third most in Division I.

Jaylon Brown added 11 points and Adam Wing scored 10 for Evansville, which has won 10 of its last 11.

The Purple Aces (17-3, 6-1 Missouri Valley Conference) led 35-27 at the break and scored the first eight points of the second half to push its lead to 16. A 3-point play by Brown gave Evansville its biggest lead, 60-41, with 7:42 left.

Loyola (8-11, 1-6) used a late, 12-2 run – including nine points by Donte Ingram – to pull within 72-66 with eight seconds left, but ran out of time.

Tyson Smith led the Ramblers with 15 points.