Youngstown State 68, Loyola-Chicago 66By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Jan 5, 2013 6:30 PM EST
Youngstown State rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to stun Loyola-Chicago 68-66 in Horizon League men's basketball Saturday afternoon. The visiting Penguins (9-6, 1-1) had crept to within 10 points when Loyola's Ben Averkamp went to the bench with his fourth personal foul with 7:59 left in the game, and even his return couldn't stem their comeback. Senior Damian Eargle banked in a driving shot with 4.6 seconds left to break a 66-66 tie and the Ramblers (10-4, 1-1) couldn't capitalize on two huge breaks in the remaining time. With 1.5 seconds left, Eargle fouled Averkamp on an inbounds play, sending Averkamp to the free throw line for a one-and-one. His first attempt bounced off the rim, but the ball went out of bounds off Youngstown. With just 0.2 on the game clock, Averkamp appeared to tip an inbounds pass before time expired, but the ball bounced off the rim. Youngstown, which had led by nine in the first half before falling behind 35-30 at the break, trailed throughout the second half until DJ Cole's jumper with just under a minute left gave the Penguins a 66-65 lead. Averkamp tied it by hitting one of two free throws with 39.9 seconds remaining, setting it up for Eargle's decisive basket. Eargle led all scorers with 20 points. Averkamp led Loyola with 18.
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