Loyola-Chicago recovered after blowing a double-digit lead to beat Chicago State 66-63 in overtime Sunday night at Jones Convocation Center in Chicago. The Ramblers (11-7) jumped in front 9-0 in the opening minutes, led by 11 points at halftime and were up by 12 early in the second half before turnovers began taking their toll. They made 13 turnovers in the second half, allowing the Cougars (6-15) to catch up in the final minute. Chicago State finally drew even in the final minute of regulation, tying the game on a 3-pointer by Matt Ross with 42.7 seconds left. The two teams went back and forth in the extra period until Loyola, which had blown leads throughout its four-game losing streak, took the lead for good when Joe Crisman's layup and free throw made it 62-59 with 3:30 left. Crisman also hit a pair of free throws with 7.5 seconds left to make it a three-point game, and Quinton Pippen's rushed 3-pointer that could have sent the game to a second overtime was wide at the buzzer. The Ramblers shot 44.6 percent from the field for the game to Chicago State's 34.8. The Ramblers also enjoyed a huge 42-27 advantage in rebounding but made 21 turnovers to the Cougars' eight. Ben Averkamp led Loyola in scoring with 18 points. Jeremy Robinson led Chicago State with 16 points, all in the second half.
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