Illinois 67, Loyola of Chicago 49
Meyers Leonard scored 15 points and had six blocks and Brandon
Paul added 14 points to lead Illinois to a 67-49 season-opening win
over Loyola Chicago on Friday.
Leonard, a 7-foot-1 sophomore, had nine points by halftime and
hit the first 3-pointer of his career for the Illini. Paul overcame
a cold-shooting first half in which he scored two points to lead
Paul’s 3-pointer with just over nine minutes to play gave the
Illini a 48-38 lead and the breathing room they needed to finish
off the Ramblers (0-1).
Loyola had pulled to within 38-34 with 11:53 to play after an
Walt Gibbler led Loyola with 19 points, 15 in the second