Joe Reitz scores 17 points to lead W. Michigan past Loyola of Chicago, 63-61
CHICAGO (AP)—Joe Reitz had 17 points and nine rebounds, including the winning basket with 17 seconds left, as Western Michigan held off Loyola of Chicago for a 63-61 win Friday.
The Broncos (2-2) led 47-34 with 12 minutes left, but J.R. Blount and Tracy Robinson led a Loyola rally that brought the Ramblers (2-1) to within 59-57 with 1:30 remaining.
Derek Drews hit a 3-pointer to pad Western’s lead but Blount hit a field goal with 1:20 left to bring Loyola back within three. Reitz then sank a short jumper with 17 seconds on the clock.
Blount scored again with 10.4 seconds remaining, and the Ramblers had a chance to tie or win when Shawntes Gary missed a pair of free throws with three seconds left.
David Kool had 11 points and Andre Ricks added 10 points for the Broncos. Blount had a game-high 21 points and Robinson chipped in 11 for the Ramblers.
Western Michigan grabbed 35 rebounds, including 15 offensive, compared with 23 for Loyola. The Broncos shot 50 percent from the field, including 11-of-23 from beyond the three-point line.
Loyola was 3-for-11 on 3-point tries. The Ramblers also missed 8-of-24 free throw attempts, including three by Blount at the end of the game.