CHICAGO (AP) Devon Turk scored a career-high 21 points as Loyola of Chicago beat Mississippi State 59-51 Saturday night.
Christian Thomas added 16 points for the Ramblers (7-3), who have won five of their last six games and equaled their win total from last season. Loyola put the game out of reach with a 17-3 run to close the first half and take a 34-20 lead.
Fred Thomas had 14 points for Mississippi State (3-6), which shot just 37.5 percent from the field.
The game marked the first meeting between the teams since they played a historic game in the 1963 NCAA tournament that helped change race relations on the basketball court. The all-white Bulldogs had to sneak out of Mississippi to avoid an injunction in order to play Loyola, which had four African-American starters, in the NCAA Regional in East Lansing, Mich.
Players from the 1963 teams were honored at halftime.
It's never too late for a beautiful strike.
In the national semifinals between Virginia and Wake Forest, Hoos' leading scorer Daryl Dike, scored a goal for the ages.
Dike tracked this ball perfectly and buried it past Andrew Pannenberg on his first touch.
Dike wasn't done there, stretching the lead to 2-0 with this beauty of a header:
Next up for UVA is the national championship title game Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m., where they'll face off with Georgetown in Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday.
Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58.
In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."
Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement:
"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily
Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star:
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