The Missouri State men’s basketball team lost 72-46 to Loyola Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 31 at home.
Loyola built a 17-2 lead by 12:26 in the first half and went into halftime leading 41-16. Missouri State shot 21.4% in the first half. Normal leading-scorers senior Gaige Prim and sophomore Isiaih Mosley had a combined five points.
The Bears opened the second half out-scoring Loyola 12-10. Missouri State managed to shrink the lead to around 20 points the rest of the game but never threatened a comeback.
With three minutes left down by 22, head coach Dana Ford put in players who normally do not play, including freshmen Raphe Ayres and Melvyn Ebonkoli.
Loyola took the game by the score of 72-46.
Junior guard Keaton Hervey finished with 9 points to lead the Bears. Loyola was led by center Cameron Krutwig, who had 18.
After three straight losses for the Bears, Ford said he wants the team to play full games, not just halves.
"I'm more consumed with 40 minutes right now," Ford said. "Not just these halves that we've elected to play in the past couple games."
Hervey said after the game that the team is taking the blame as individuals, not blaming teammates
for mistakes in the last three games.
"Throughout the adversity we weren't pointing fingers at each other," Hervey said. "I feel like we're mature young men that can turn it around."
The Bears will get a chance to rebound quickly. Missouri State plays Loyola again tomorrow at 7 p.m. in JQH Arena.
It will be a test of the team's mental toughness. Ford said he is waiting to see how is team responds.
"We'll find that out tomorrow," Ford said.
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