Loyola Chicago defeats Campbell 80-68

Reco McCarter
Reco McCarter (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

CHICAGO, ILL. – Milton Doyle scored a career-high 32 points and Loyola defeated Campbell 80-68 Friday night at Gentile Arena.

A freshman forward who started his collegiate career at Kansas before transferring to his hometown school, Doyle made 9-of-13 shots, including 2-of-2 threes, and hit 12-of-15 from the stripe for the Ramblers (5-5), who won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Christian Thomas added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Matt O'Leary came off the bench to add 15 on 5-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line for Loyola, which shot 56.5 percent for the game, 60 percent in the final half.

Missouri Valley Conference member Loyola made nine more free throws (25-32) than the Camels attempted (12-16).

Campbell (4-6) knocked down 12-of-22 threes (.545) on the night and led by as many as six early in the second half.  The Camels knocked down their first four treys of the final period and led 43-38 following Darius Leonard's triple from the top of the key with 15:46 to play.

However, the Camels made only two of their next nine shots from the floor and committed four turnovers as the Ramblers went on a 25-8 run and led 63-51 when Doyle drove the left baseline for a dunk with 7:01 to go.

Andrew Ryan's trey from the left corner trimmed the lead to 70-64 with 2:43 remaining, but that proved to be the only bucket of the night for CU's leading scorer, who entered the game averaging 12.7 points.

Luke Moyer came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points for Campbell, while Reco McCarter added 12 on 5-of-9 shooting and Leonard 11, plus a team-high 5 rebounds.  CU shot 46.8 percent from the floor on the night, but Loyola outscored the Camels 46-18 in the paint and finished with a 24-6 edge in points off turnovers.

Loyola committed just seven turnovers all night, and had only two in the final half when the Ramblers recovered from a 40-34 deficit.  Doyle scored 21 of his points after intermission.

"I thought we competed, and that was really our biggest point of emphasis over the last couple of days of practice," said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan.  "If we could have put two halves together tonight it might have been a different story."

Moyer came off the bench and ignited an 11-0 Campbell run with 8 points midway through the first half.  Moyer hit back-to-back 3s to lift the Camels into a 16-13 lead with 9:21 to play. 

In a half that saw the score tied 9 times and the lead change on 8 occasions, Quinton Ray's 3-point play with 4.6 seconds to go gave the Camels a 31-30 advantage at the break.

Campbell knocked down 6-of-12 threes in the opening half as five different Camels connected from long distance.  Loyola made 11-of-21 from the floor in the first 20 minutes and held a 20-12 scoring edge in the paint.

Campbell returns to action Wednesday with a 7 p.m. start at Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa.