Final Four-Loyola-Michigan,3rd Ld-Writethru
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 03, 2018,
Apr 03, 2018, 2:59
The Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament is in the books and Loyola-Chicago's Cinderella run has finally come to an end.
As the seconds ticked off, Wagner pumped his fist to the many MI fans who made the trek to San Antonio, while Loyola's Jackson, who got the Ramblers rolling with a late game-winning 3-pointer in the first round against Miami, looked toward the roof and shook his head.
By the time Wagner's personal 10-4 run ended, MI was up eight and the Wolverines had finally ended Loyola-Chicago's Cinderella run.
Down three with less than seven minutes left, Wagner caught the ball in the post, dribbled out to the 3-point line and buried a 3 that tied the score.
Loyola could not claw back into the game, being unraveled by a series of turnovers. "They changed the perception of a program; they changed the perception of when you say "Loyola Chicago" - for men's basketball, they changed that".
MI led early by as many as eight points, but the underdog Ramblers shook off their nerves and showed that the lights were not too bright.
Donte Ingram ended the half for Loyola-Chicago by grabbing an offensive rebound and making a short jumper just before the buzzer.
MI shot 57 percent in the second half.
Cameron Krutwig led Loyola-Chicago with 17 points.
Moe Wagner scored 24 points and had 15 rebounds to lead MI against Loyola-Chicago, which led by as many as 10 points early in the second half.
Michigan's first half was, outside of one area, a bundle of frustration. And our offense was a lot more organized.
"We had that run with the turnovers", Moser said. And it snowballed on us. Of the 65 shots the Wildcats attempted, 40 of them were from deep. "It's what college basketball should be all about and I think all of Loyola Nation got a taste of that", he said. We tried to space it and cut hard.
Loyola coach Porter Moser certainly believed the Ramblers belonged.
Moe Wagner has 11 points and 11 rebounds for MI, which is 9-of-31 shooting (29 percent).
Custer finished with 15 points.
"If you put it like that, that's it's probably cool". "Because they're switching, we said, 'Moe, you've just got to roll more, slip more, and get down there and clean up any rebounds you can get, because they've got a 6-foot guy on you, '" Beilein said. In the second half, his influence was especially evident as MI forced 11 turnovers from Loyola's veteran players. "And, yeah, it's just worked out that way". Total fouls-Loyola of Chicago 17, MI 11. "I feel like if we had taken care of the ball a little bit better we could have converted a couple more baskets and stopped the bleeding". They were that good. They run some great action. "Until we went up to beat Michigan State we weren't nationally ranked".
With 1 minute 39 seconds left in Loyola Chicago's sobering 69-57 national semifinal loss to MI, a security crew wheeled the 98-year-old nun away from her courtside seat and into the tunnel where her Ramblers would soon leave the court and force the men's NCAA tournament to conclude without its most unexpected and well-timed delight.
This isn't the first NCAA Tournament matchup between the Wolverines and Sister Jean's Ramblers. "She was so happy to be on this run with us and we should keep our heads high and be happy with what we accomplished", Jackson said. Instead it will have to settle with being the lowest seed to reach the Final Four, tying the Ramblers with LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and Virginia Commonwealth (2011).