Points were hard to come by in the first half of Loyola Chicago's matchup with Maryland-Eastern Shore Sunday, but the Ramblers found the range over the final 10 minutes to pull away for a 62-46 victory.
Playing their third game in three days in the USF Invitational in the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., the Ramblers trailed 21-19 at the intermission.
But with senior forward Ben Averkamp (27 points) leading the way, the Ramblers shot 50 percent from the field in the second half in outscoring the winless Hawks (0-6) 43-25.
Averkamp was the only Loyola player in double figures, but sophomore forward Christian Thomas scored nine points, including an old-fashioned three-point play early in the game's decisive run.
With the score tied 34-34, the Ramblers went on an 18-2 spree that made it a 54-36 game with under 3 minutes left.
Loyola had dropped the first two games of the event to Western Michigan and host South Florida. The Ramblers are 3-2 as they look ahead to a trip to Northern Illinois on Saturday.