Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ben Averkamp posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers to a 76-65 victory over the Milwaukee Panthers in a Horizon League matchup at Gentile Arena.
Jordan Hicks added 21 points for the Ramblers (13-8, 3-5 Horizon), while Christian Thomas finished with 16 points.
For the Panthers,(5-17, 1-7), Jordan Aaron and Austin Arians each scored 17 points, while Demetrius Harris chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds, as Milwaukee remained winless on the road this season. Paris Gulley, who entered as the team's leading scorer, went just 2-of-12 from the floor to net six points.
Milwaukee shot the ball well to open the contest, shooting 50 percent from the field and knocking down 5-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc, as they took a 33-32 lead into intermission. Loyola hit on 48.1 percent from the field, but missed all but one of their eight 3-point attempts in the first half.
After halftime, the Ramblers came out hot, draining 57.1 percent of their field goal tries, including 3-of-7 from 3-point distance. The Panthers struggled in the second half, making only 39.3 percent of their field goal attempts, though they did connect on 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Trailing by two, 44-42, with 14 minutes to play, the Ramblers went on a 20-0 run over the next seven minutes to take complete control of the game, as they cruised to victory.
The Ramblers dominated down low, outscoring the Panthers in the paint, 46-24. Loyola also had a 35-25 rebounding advantage on the night.
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