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Freshman Doyle scores 20, but Loyola falls to Indiana State 65-61

Updated: January 22, 2014 10:22PM



Loyola got another 20-point game from freshman Milton Doyle on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough against Indiana State, which left the Gentile Arena with a 65-61 victory.

The Ramblers (7-12, 2-5 Missouri Valley Conference) got within 64-61 with five seconds left on sophomore Jeff White’s three-point basket. But the Sycamores (15-4, 6-1) got a free throw from senior guard Dawon Cummings for the final cushion.

“It’s very frustrating to be close and not win,’’ White said. “I think back to games like this last year and it gets old. You try to figure out what you can do to change this.”

Sophomore Khristian Smith led the Sycamores with 18 points off the bench. Senior guard Jake Odum added 14 points—all in the second half.

The Ramblers were badly outmanned on the glass, being ­outrebounded 41-29.

“That was a story line right there,’’ Loyola coach Porter Moser said. “They got 12 extra looks.

“I told our team it was a classic Valley game, and I’ve been in a lot of them — two teams playing really hard, back and forth and a grind-out game. We were good enough to be close in it. We weren’t good enough to win it.’’

The Sycamores’ starting five was held to single digits through the first half. Odum was the only one to finish in double digits.

“[Odum] understood how to get to the foul line when they got to the bonus,’’ Moser said. “We had plays down the stretch that weren’t ‘find ways to win’ plays.’’

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