Cameron Krutwig and Braden Norris scored 20 factors apiece to guide No. 20 Loyola Chicago to a 75-65 win over Drake within the Missouri Valley Conference championship recreation Sunday for a spot within the NCAA Tournament.
The Ramblers (24-4, 16-2) will probably be making their seventh NCAAs look and first for the reason that 2018 workforce reached the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.
Keith Clemons added 13 factors for Loyola, which has gained six in a row and 17 of its final 18.
Tremell Murphy and D.J. Wilkins scored 20 factors every for Drake (25-4, 15-3), a bubble workforce. The Bulldogs had been showing within the MVC title recreation for the primary time since they gained the event in 2008. D.J. Wilkins added 14 factors.
Krutwig, the MVC Player of the Year, had eight rebounds. He despatched Loyola Chicago on a 7-0 run with a hook shot from the lane that broke a 24-all tie.
Clemons hit a 3-pointer halfway by way of the second half to push the result in a 53-37.
Both groups recorded 10-0 runs within the first half.
Loyola Chicago, which hit 10 of 24 photographs (63%) within the opening half, gained its three event video games by a complete of fifty factors.
Drake gained its first 18 video games of the season. It was taking part in with out regulars Roman Penn and Shanquan Hemphill, who suffered leg accidents in February.
FATHER OF ARCH MADNESS
Doug Elgin, MVC commissioner for the previous 33 years, will step down in June. Elgin moved the event to St. Louis in 1991 and is given credit score for coining the time period Arch Madness. He is the longest-tenured commissioner within the 114-year historical past of the league.
The MVC is the one league within the nation that was in a position to full each regular-season convention recreation. All 10 groups performed 18 video games every.
Loyola Chicago: Heading to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time and first since 2018 workforce reached closing 4.
Drake: Hoping for NCAA at-large berth however will need assistance. Likely headed to the NIT. The Ramblers have gained 69 video games over the final three seasons, tying for essentially the most in a three-game stretch in program historical past.
Chicago Loyola: Will be making its second NCAA Tournament look within the final 31 years.
Drake: Awaits a postseason invitation.