Loyola had two chances in the final minute to beat St. Rita at home Tuesday, but the Ramblers couldn’t get their shots to fall.
The result was a 50-49 loss to the Mustangs in a Catholic League crossover in the Ramblers’ final game before the conference tournament.
“They dominated us physically,” Loyola head coach Tom Livatino said. “They dominated us on the offensive glass, on loose balls. We didn’t make any shots. Hopefully, we can get better.”
Down 44-39 after three quarters, Loyola (16-7) cut the deficit to one, 50-49, on senior forward Julian DeGuzman’s two free throws with 2 minutes, 32 seconds left. It came after he blocked a shot and ran the floor in transition.
But neither team scored the rest of the way.
It was Loyola’s fifth loss by two points or less and second by one point.
Senior guard Ramar Evans scored a team-high 23 points. His 10 points in the third quarter enabled the Ramblers to remain close to the Mustangs (12-9). He finished 6-for-8 from the field and 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Evans also had five rebounds, four assists, two steals and took three charges.
DeGuzman had 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting. Senior guard Kai Khasu was perfect from 3-point range to finish with six points. Junior guard Kevin Cunningham had three points, three rebounds and two steals.
Loyola hosted 85 Misericordia residents who came to watch basketball and eat dinner with both the Ramblers and Mustangs.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola