Bears Rattled in Valley Loss at Loyola
Fr., G, Devon Thomas
Fr., G, Devon Thomas

Jan. 5, 2014

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 CHICAGO – Devon Turk scored 30 points off the bench and helped his team shoot over 60 percent from the field to lift Loyola to an 89-57 win over visiting Missouri State (11-3, 1-1) Sunday in the Ramblers’ first-ever Missouri Valley Conference home game.

 Turk was 13-for-13 at the line, 6-for-9 from the field and 5-for-8 beyond the arc in an impressive display for the home side as he led five Loyola players in double figures.

 Missouri State, whose three-game win streak was snapped, got 11 points from Marcus Marshall, a career-high 10 from Devon Thomas off the bench. Gavin Thurman added 9 points and a game-high 7 rebounds for the Bears.

 After trailing by 14 at the half, Missouri State found itself down 49-30 just over two minutes into the second stanza. Coach Paul Lusk then turned things over to his second unit which eventually cut the Bears’ deficit to 12 points. Thurman, Thomas and Ron Mvouika started the rally which culminated in a steal and dunk by Thomas to make it a 60-48 contest with 10:26 to go.



 Loyola (6-8, 1-1) then called a 30-second timeout, and the Ramblers responded by reeling off the game’s next 14 points in just over a two-minute span.  By the time MSU scored its next field goal with less than four minutes left in the game, Loyola had built its lead to 85-53 with a 25-5 outburst that took just over six minutes.

 Bruce Marshall scored the Bears’ final field goal of the afternoon on a jumper with 78 seconds left in the game, and put the final margin at 32.

 MSU finished 22-for-56 (.393) from the field and 4-of-20 (.200) from beyond the arc while getting out-rebounded by a 33-28 margin. The Bears committed just 3 turnovers in the second half, but the Ramblers scored 22 of their 47 second-half points in the paint and another 9 at the foul line.

 In the first half, Loyola turned 9 MSU turnovers into 14 points and led 42-28 at the break. Turk tallied 15 points in the opening period with three 3-pointers and a 6-for-6 effort at the line.

 The Bears, who led 7-5 less than four minutes into the contest, found themselves down 18-14 with eight-and-a-half minutes left in the half before Turk took over. The sophomore from Houston would score the Ramblers’ next 12 points and pushed the home squad ahead by double-figures, 30-20, four minutes later.

 The Bears rallied late in the half on a pair of 3-pointers by Nathan Scheer and a layup by Dorrian Williams in the span of just over a minute, but Loyola dropped in a pair of treys as well, including one by Turk, to go into the intermission ahead by 14.

  Loyola finished the game 31-for-51 (.608) from the field and 9-for-16 (.563) from 3-point range while converting 18-of-20 (.900) charity shots. 

 The Bears will have little time to lick their wounds as they continue their two-game conference road swing Wednesday at 7:00 against Bradley (6-9, 1-1) at Carver Arena in Peoria, Ill.  The game will be televised on KCZ, The Ozarks CW, and the Missouri State Basketball Television Network.

 MSU returns to JQH Arena on Jan. 11 with a 7 p.m. game against nationally-ranked Wichita State, which is being produced and distributed nationally on ESPN3. Tickets for the WSU game are available at or during regular box office hours at (417) 836-7678 or at the Athletics Box Office at JQH Arena.


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