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Loyola point guard suffers sprained ankle in lopsided win over Rockhurst

Updated: December 14, 2012 6:28AM

Loyola’s 64-41 victory Monday against Rockhurst came at a price for both teams, with injuries in the second half claiming two area players.

For the Ramblers (2-0), Schaumburg native Cully Payne went down with a sprained right ankle with 17:26 remaining. The more serious injury was to Rockhurst junior Russell Burns, a native of Bolingbrook, who crumbled to the floor with less than a minute remaining after apparently dislocating his left hip as play went on in front of the Loyola bench.

Trainers from both schools and Loyola medical staff immediately tended to Burns. He had to be carried off the floor by his teammates and some Loyola players.

He was taken to a hospital.

“It was a freak thing,’’ Loyola coach Porter Moser said of Burns’ injury.

“Cully has a sprained ankle but we don’t know the degree,’’ he said. “Cully’s is an injury we can’t afford.’’

Payne was playing in his second game for the Ramblers after transferring last season from Iowa. His role as the starting point guard is considered a key to the Ramblers hopes for an improved season.

But a positive for Moser may have come in the play of freshman guard Jeff White, who came off the bench to score eight points with five assists, no turnovers and three rebounds in 15 minutes.

“I want to get my team involved first and if we get off to a good start, then I get going,’’ White said.

“Jeff had a great game,’’ Moser said of the Peoria Manual product. “His confidence level is high, and he played great defensively. He got the tempo going.

“We always tell the kids it’s good to get your mind in the game before your body, and Jeff’s done that.’’

Senior forward Ben Averkamp led the Ramblers with 16 points and seven rebounds, but Moser played five of his seven freshmen and junior newcomer guard Kody Williams for much of the game.

“We’re going to need the freshmen all year and this was a good game to get them in,’’ he said of facing the Division II Hawks from Kansas City.

“This was an opportunity for certain guys to get experience,’’ Averkamp said. “We’re going to play three games in three days [starting Friday in the South Florida Invitational], so you’re going to need the depth.’’

The Ramblers had 32 points from the bench and held the Hawks (0-1) to the lowest point total for an opponent since Feb. 18, 2009 when Detroit also scored 41.

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