This was written as a Radio Broadcast for the day after the game…. Click the following link to hear the actual story. Loyola Milwaukee Recap 2/11
Good Morning I’m Ashley Barnes and today we are talking College Basketball. But not just any Basketball, we are talking about last night’s Jesuit Jam. The Milwaukee Panthers started their Chicago road trip with a bang against the Loyola Ramblers. Loyola and Milwaukee met for the 46th time last night, in a series that traces its roots all the way back to 19 24. The all time record is 25 to 20, Milwaukee and last night The Milwaukee Panthers added one more.
It was a rough night for the Loyola Ramblers struggling from the first seconds of the game starting off with nothing but missed shot attempts until the first three minutes of the game of which the Ramblers trailed 5-0. Even once the first shot happened, the Ramblers did not get other points until a 3 pointer by senior Terrance Hill well over 6 minutes into the game. By then Panthers were already up 16 to 5.
By Halftime the Ramblers were down by 12 with a score 32 to 20 making 27 percent of field goals to Milwaukee’s 43 percent. Ramblers hoped for a turn out like last month in Milwaukee where they were able to erase a 13-point deficit and come out winners, the Panthers also had this thought as Junior Kaylon Williams comments
“We were up twelve, same scenario as last when they beat us, you know you always have that in the back of your mind” Williams says
With ten minutes left in the game it look like the Ramblers had picked up their speed and had reduced the Panthers lead to 8 points. However they could not hold on to their momentum and continued to allow Milwaukee to pull the lead away. Ramblers Coach Jim Whitesell acknowledged that the team simply did not do enough to win.
“Yea –You gotta give congrats to Milwaukee I mean I think one of the things they did they just got up in us and we didn’t react well” Says Whitesell
With the regular season winding down, games are crucial at this point as teams compete for seeding for the Horizon League Championship, which begins March 1st. I’m Ashley Barnes with Loyola News Chicago.