Saturday continued to prove that the Horizon League is going to be one of the most unpredictable leagues this season. After home teams had dominated much of the early season schedule 4 road teams won on Saturday with Butler the only home victor.
Loyola lost to Detroit in epic fashion, 59-42, and Wright State absolutely shut down UIC for a 64-47 victory. The other road teams that pulled out victories were Cleveland State - 70-48 over Youngstown State - and Green Bay - 64-58 over Valparaiso.
Eli Holman - on the ground left - was the star for Detroit against Loyola.
Loyola is now 11-3 overall and 2-2 in Horizon League play. The Ramblers had a 7-game winning streak snapped with the loss. The funny thing about this game was that Loyola led at halftime 23-20 and then fell apart in the second half. The wheels came off pretty fast for the Ramblers as momentum completely shifted over to Detroit.
Unlike the game against UIC on Thursday, Holman wasn't in foul trouble for Detroit and he was able to make a big impact. Holman scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Titans. Loyola really struggled making shots against the very tall Detroit front line. The Ramblers shot 14-54 (25.9%) overall and 8-34 (23.6%) from inside the arc.
Andy Polka did deliver some nice moments for the Ramblers. He had 9 points on 4-6 shooting and Terrance Hill scored 14 points (but took 14 shots to do it), but there just wasn't enough offense. Courtney Stanley had one of his worst games of the season with 7 turnovers and compared to 2 assists. He also shot 1-7 from the field and committed 4 fouls.
Loyola has to get right back on track this weekend when it travels to Ohio for two winnable games against Cleveland State and Youngstown State.
As for the Flames, their loss snapped a smaller 2-game losing streak, but it still came with a lot of frustration. Wright State shot 46.4% from the floor as UIC struggled to score in the second half. The Flames were down by 4 at halftime, but were blown out in the second half.
It was the usual suspects leading the way for Wright State as Vaughn Duggins scored 17 points and Todd Brown chipped in 13. Zavion Neely had a good game for the Flames with 14 points, but after dominating Detroit on Thursday Robo Kreps shot 2-10 from the floor and finished with 5 points. Neely was the only Flame in double-figures and nothing else is particularly inspiring.
UIC heads back on the road, where the Flames are 0-6 this season, with two games in Ohio as well next weekend. It should be interesting to see how both teams respond and if the Horizon League continues to be as topsy turvy as it has been thus far this season.