Loyola really excelled from the free throw line going 20-23 for the game, way above the 68% season average. Aundre Jackson knocked down 8 of 9 tries adding to his game high 22 points. The Ramblers need to carry this success from the free throw line going forward as opportunities slim and the Valley competition increases.
While getting the offense moving hasn’t been a glaring problem, capitalizing on free throws is a must with opponents like Illinois State heating up so much. The Ramblers are not likely to win many rebounding battles so when the opportunity arises to knock down the freebies, Loyola needs to take advantage.
Nearly halfway through Valley play Loyola hasn’t had to rely on their bench too much but found some great help Sunday afternoon. Bruno Skokna and Tyson Smith led the bench minutes with Skokna providing 8 points. Smith tallied 13 total minutes giving MSU a nice shake up.
Donte “3gram” Ingram
Donte Ingram buried a pair of three balls from all familiar elbow spot on the floor in the first half to get things going offensively. The junior guard/forward finished the night 4-6 from 3 point range and is now average 50% for the season. Ingram’s ability to fire the long range shot has really opened up room in the post for Jackson and Kirby. Jackson did well exposing the open looks with his stellar performance over Missouri State.
Much credit to be given to senior star Milton Doyle for providing Jackson with post feeds and spreading the floor for Ingram to shoot. Doyle, per usual, filled up the box score 18 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds.