The Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers improved to 2-0 in the post-Porter Moser era, beating the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 89-77.
Here are three observations from today’s victory:
Strong Rambler defense able to hold Eagles to low shooting opportunities
Led by reigning Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and graduate student Lucas Williamson, the Ramblers showcased their strong defense yet again. The Rambler defense was able to hold the Eagles to 35.7 percent shooting from the field in the first half. The Eagles were able to respond in the second half to draw the game closer, bringing the deficit as close as four points, but ultimately could not close the gap.
The Ramblers played aggressively, as Williamson and junior Braden Norris led the team with two steals each. Freshman Saint Thomas and senior Chris Knight each had a steal as well. The Ramblers' defense has been the team's strength in recent years and this year will be no different.
Collaborative offense leads to multiple double-digit scorers
After senior Cameron Krutwig left for Belgium at the end of last season, many wondered if the Ramblers would be able to replicate the same offense as in years past. The team answered those questions. Three different Ramblers finished with double-digit points and five different players scored from behind the arc.
Leading the team was graduate student Aher Uguak with 18 points and junior Tom Welch close behind with 15.
Loyola fans continue their large support
After not being allowed to watch the 2020-21 season in person, fans have been eager to return to Gentile Arena to support the Ramblers. Less than a week after breaking a student attendance record at the home opener against Coppin State, the fans followed it with another impressive showing, this time with a total of 3,239.
The team was able to rally behind the fans to close out their victory in the late stages.