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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Knapp Center (7,152) -- Des Moines, Iowa. Television: MC22. Home Record: Loyola 8-4, Drake 6-5. Away Record: Loyola 0-11, Drake 4-7. Neutral Record: Loyola 1-1, Drake 2-1. Conference Record: Loyola 4-9, Drake 3-10. Series Record: Loyola-Chicago leads, 11-9.
GAME NOTES: The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers continue their quest for that elusive first road win, as they pull into the Knapp Center to face the Drake Bulldogs in Missouri Valley Conference action.
The Ramblers dropped their 11th straight road game on Thursday night when they fell to Northern Iowa, 80-58. Devon Turk scored 10 points to lead the anemic offense of Loyola, which fell to 4-9 in MVC play.
Christian Thomas and Tony Nixon added nine points each for the Ramblers, who lost control early in the second half. Trailing 35-27 at halftime, Loyola saw Northern Iowa go on a 10-3 run to open the second half. Later, the Panthers opened up a 24-point lead and cruised to the finish, as the Ramblers dropped their 11th game in 15 outings.
Leading scorer Milton Doyle was held to just two points against the Panthers. He is averaging 15.8 ppg, while Thomas adds 13.6 ppg and Jeff White chips in with 10.3 ppg for Loyola, which averages just 66.7 ppg.
Drake hasn't fared much better than Loyola this season. The Bulldogs have lost four straight and 10 of 12 after falling to Missouri State in a 69-63 final on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs were led by 18 points from Aaron Hawley. Richard Carter added 17 points and four assists, as the Bulldogs had a chance down the stretch.
Drake was within striking distance as Hawley's 3-pointer with a minute left brought Drake to within three points, 64-61. However, the Bears broke the Bulldogs' press with a pass the length of the court for a fast-break layup to keep Drake at bay for a possession.
Seventeen seconds later, a pair of Chris Caird free throws trimmed the margin again, but the same sequence on defense ensued to allow Missouri State to hang on for the win on its home court.
Carter scores 16.8 ppg to rank among the top-five scorers in the MVC. Gary Ricks adds 12.3 ppg, Jordan Daniels tallies 11.0 ppg and Hawley records 10.2 ppg for Drake, which scored just 69.7 ppg. The Bulldogs hold opponents to 68.3 ppg.
This is the second time these two schools will be meeting this season. Back on Jan. 15, Loyola pulled out a 70-60 win at the Gentile Center. Doyle scored 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting, and Turk added 14 points in the win. Carter led Drake with 19 points.
The Ramblers will again need a big effort from Doyle if they want to come away with their first road win. However, don't expect Carter and Co. to allow a huge night as a strong defensive effort should help them escape with the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drake 70, Loyola-Chicago 62
02/15 10:21:20 ET
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