Loyola of Chicago 57, Toledo 55

Ben Averkamp scored a career-high 31 points and hit the

game-winning 15-footer at the buzzer to lift Loyola of Chicago past

Toledo 57-55 Saturday.

The Ramblers (2-7) ended a three-game skid while the Rockets

(6-3) have lost two straight after a six-game winning streak.

Loyola led 17-9 when Toledo reeled off 17 straight points,

capped by a 3-pointer by Rian Pearson, who finished with 20

points.

The Rockets led 33-25 at the break and stretched their advantage

to 13 early in the second half.

The Ramblers regained the lead at 54-53 with 58 seconds left on

a three-point play by Christian Thomas, who had nine points and 13

rebounds.

Denzel Brito added a free throw for Loyola, then Julius Brown

hit two foul shots with 36 seconds left to tie it. After Reese

Holliday blocked Averkamp’s attempt with 3 seconds to go, each team

had a turnover before Averkamp’s game-winner.