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Loyola can’t stop Detroit in second half

Updated: February 28, 2013 7:12AM

Both Loyola coach Porter Moser and Detroit coach Ray McCallum called Ramblers forward Christian Thomas ‘‘a warrior’’ after his double-
double Saturday.

‘‘But I have to be able to say that about seven guys,’’ Moser said after Thomas’ 18 points and 11 rebounds were among the few bright spots in Loyola’s 75-63 loss at Gentile Arena. ‘‘He played 39 minutes, and by far he played the hardest

‘‘But we didn’t have the will and determination, the toughness, to go one-on-one against [the Titans] in the second half.’’

Detroit, which was led by coach’s son Ray McCallum’s 17 points and six rebounds, bounced back from a 27-24 halftime deficit to shoot a blistering 76 percent (19-for-25) and score 51 points in the second half to overtake the Ramblers (12-8, 2-5 Horizon League).

‘‘It was a big win for us
after a tough week when we lost a couple of games by one and two points,’’ the elder McCallum said. ‘‘We came out in the second half, and the ball moved for us.

‘‘We have five guys averaging close to double figures, so we have the capacity to play like this. Ray leads us in scoring, but other guys can score, as well.’’

Loyola shot 55.6 percent (15-for-27) in the second half but was undone by mistakes. Guard Cully Payne (15 points) committed seven of the Ramblers’ 17 turnovers and forward Ben Averkamp (13 points) three.

‘‘Two of our seniors had balls taken right out of their hands,’’ Moser said. ‘‘We did a lot of things right in the first half [holding the Titans to 29 percent shooting]. But in the second half, they spread us and went one-on-one. You have to be able to defend.’’

Thomas’ performance represented his fourth double-double in his last nine games, but the defeat was Loyola’s third at home in the conference and its ninth in a row to Detroit.

‘‘In the first half, we were on point in our defensive scheme,’’ Thomas said. ‘‘But in the
second half, we got down [after a 14-2 run by the Titans] and couldn’t come back,’’ Thomas said.

‘‘I don’t know what the reason is at home,’’ Moser said. ‘‘You can’t have 17 turnovers. You can try to take [opponents] out of plays, but it comes down to pride. Players have to make plays. It will change when we don’t accept it. You have to stop someone [defensively].’’

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