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No drama this time: Loyola romps to advance to Final Four

No drama this time: Loyola romps to advance to Final Four

Loyola is partying like it's 1963.

After three straight victories that went right down to the wire, the Ramblers blew out Kansas State to advance to the program's second Final Four appearance. Loyola won 78-62.

The last time Loyola made it to the Final Four was in 1963, when the Ramblers won the national title.

Kansas State led 3-2 and 5-4, but after that it was all Loyola. The Ramblers sprinted out to a 15-5 lead and maintained a double-digit lead for all of the second half, leading by as many as 23 points.

"These guys got a ton of fight," Loyola coach Porter Moser said on the floor after the game with a celebratory Loyola Final Four hat on.

Ben Richardson starred for Loyola with 23 points. The Ramblers shot 57 percent from the floor and made half of their 18 3-point attempts while limiting Kansas State to below 35 percent shooting from the field. The Wildcats made just 6 of 25 3-pointers.

"It's just one of those moments I can't even explain," Richardson said. "I kind of just blacked out. It was a big, big-time game, the biggest game of my life. so I guess I just blacked out on some of those celebrations."

In the first round Donte Ingram made the buzzer-beater. The next game it was Clayton Custer's jumper in the final seconds to give the Ramblers a one-point win. In the Sweet 16, Marques Townes' late 3-pointer was key in another one-point win.

On Saturday, Richardson, who didn't even score in the first round and was in single digits in the next two games broke out for a career-high 23 points.

"We were selfless today," Townes said. "Ben had a real good game and we made some big time plays and big time shots at certain crucial moments."

The 31-5 Ramblers now face the winner of Michigan and Florida State in the Final Four in San Antonio.

DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

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DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.

Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.

“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."

Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.

“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.

"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.

“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”

 

Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension

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Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension

Loyola is rewarding Porter Moser for his basketball team's success this season.

Loyola and Moser have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is through the 2025-26 season.

"We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time," Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. "He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.

"We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here."

That's a well-deserved extension for a head coach who led the Ramblers to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.

As the 11th seed, Loyola exceeded all expectations, shocking the world with a Final Four appearance. The Ramblers took down No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State before losing to No. 3 Michigan, who would go on to lose to No. 1 Villanova in the championship game.

Loyola finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a MVC Championship.

In seven seasons, Moser has a 121-111 record with the Ramblers, though three of his last four have been winning seasons.