The Loyola Ramblers and Green Bay Phoenix both had gaping differences in their first and second half performances. For Green Bay, a dominating first half to the tune of 32 points played into their favor, while the Ramblers were dealt a dismal 12 point first half as well as 11 turnovers.
The tune of the game switched however in the second half with Loyola coming out of the locker room hot as can be, slowly chipping into the 20 point Phoenix lead. While most counted the Ramblers out and the game over, Porter Moser would not go out without a fight, keeping his Loyola squad in line for a miraculous come from behind win.
The game clock did not play in favor of Loyola (1-6, 0-2), causing them to fall 57-47 for their second straight Horizon League loss and a win less road showing thus far this season.
Junior captain Ben Averkamp and senior captain Walt Gibler led the Rambler’ Rally scoring a combined 30 points, and each grabbing six rebounds. Their veteran leadership really resonated with the team.
Instead of letting go, the Ramblers continued to beat at the Phoenix and slowly but surely, turn the game around and put pressure on Green Bay, who is now the third 2-0 team in the Horizon League. Loyola on the other hand sits at 0-2 in conference play. Besides the determination and team effort on display in the second half, this game was one the Ramblers failed miserably in. The ghastly first half showing should not be overlooked, and head coach Porter Moser must remind his team just how terrible they looked coming out the gates.
Loyola comes home this Wednesday, December 7th to play cross town rival, DePaul at 7 pm.