At Loyola, they rehearse success. There’s senior wing Donte Ingram (Simeon), the team’s most reliable defensive rebounder. It was kick-started by a rebound by guard Ben Richardson and an outlet to guard Marques Townes. “Loud and clear. Donte gave me a loud verbal and I passed it to him, and he hit a big-time shot”. “They were all on me”.
Lucas Williamson then forced a turnover, knocking the ball off of the knee of Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV and out of bounds, giving Loyola possession with 23.5 seconds left. Lykes shot 3-for-11 and finished with 10 points and six rebounds. He squared up and buried a lovely left-handed jumper for one of the biggest shots in Dallas since the days of J.R. Ewing.
In an interview after the game, Sister Jean thanked God and talked about the team’s pregame prayer. Mikal Bridges had 13 points, Eric Paschall scored 11 and Omari Spellman had 10 points and seven rebounds. Thursday marked their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985.
“We call it ‘attack, ‘” Moser said.
Just playing darn good basketball.
Loyola 64, Miami 62 • Donte Ingram picked the ideal spot for this game-winning shot.
He turned to teammate Malik Newman and said, “Man, I’m just not finishing”. “But I knew we’d do it”.
With 44 seconds left in the game, Miami’s Ja’Quan Newton made a tough step-back jumper to put the Hurricanes up two. Loyola came back to make it a 44-40 Miami lead and the game went back-and-forth from there. “We’re not happy to just be here”. The building erupted. Loyola’s bench stormed the court. They are officially the biggest villains in March Madness.
Loyola fans turned out in force in Dallas, outnumbering and outpartying the Miami contingent. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. The only problem was they had to go the length of the court.
As Egan soaked in the excitement of watching his beloved Ramblers survive and advance, things began to quiet down back at Bulldogs on the opposite end of the city. Harris and Clark – who played two seasons at Missouri – used their quickness to combine for 27 first-half points, and the Wildcats went 1 for 8 from 3-point range to trail Buffalo 40-38.
She has seen few more thrilling games than Thursday’s win.
Ingram gently hugged her.