Loyola, Ill., beats Fordham 64-50 in home opener

CHICAGO (AP)—Joe Crisman scored 14 points and Loyola, Ill., won its home opener Saturday with a 64-50 victory over Fordham.

Denzel Brito had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists for the Ramblers (1-4), who never trailed. Ben Averkamp scored 13 points for Loyola.

Chris Gaston had 19 points with 10 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Rams (1-2).

Loyola, whose largest lead was 14 points, led 8-0 and 15-3 before settling in with a 34-25 halftime edge.

After Fordham trimmed it to 52-47 with 7:34 left, the Ramblers ran off nine unanswered points for a 61-47 lead with 4:21 left and cruised home.

Loyola shot 52.1 percent (25 of 48).

The Rams shot only 27.7 percent (18 of 65) and went just 2 of 19 from 3-point range.

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Updated Saturday, Nov 26, 2011