Devon Turk’s career-high 30 points lead Loyola past Missouri State
SUN-TIMES STAFF January 5, 2014 5:34PM
Updated: January 5, 2014 8:02PM
Sophomore Devon Turk made Loyola’s first Missouri Valley Conference home game memorable Sunday, scoring a career-high 30 points off the bench to lead the 89-57 victory over Missouri State at Gentile Arena.
Turk led all scorers, hitting five three-point baskets and going a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line in leading the Ramblers (6-8, 1-1 Missouri Valley) to their first conference win and ending a three-game losing streak.
The Ramblers never trailed the Bears (11-3, 1-1) as Turk came off the bench in the first half to score 15 points after starter Christian Thomas (10 points) sat with two early fouls.
Loyola led 42-28 at the half, building the lead in the second half while shooting 61 percent (31-51) for the game.
``They cut it to 12 [in the first half] and I called a time out,’’ said Loyola coach Porter Moser, whose team has lost four games after building double digit leads. ``We talked about the opportunity to change things more than x’s and o’s. We had to turn up the aggression.’’
The Ramblers led by 32 points with three minutes remaining in the game when Moser brought in his reserves.
Sophomore guard Marcus Thomas led the Bears with 11 points and freshman guard Devon Thomas added 10.