Milton Doyle right at home for Loyola in win over Milwaukee
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter November 8, 2013 11:38PM
Updated: December 10, 2013 6:17AM
Loyola sophomore Jeff White scored a career-high 23 points Friday, including two closing free throws with 15 seconds left, to seal a 76-72 victory over Milwaukee.
But it was freshman guard and former Marshall High standout Milton Doyle who opened eyes at the Gentile Arena in his college debut.
Doyle, who committed to Kansas but didn’t play for the Jayhawks before transferring home last season, ignited for 18 points, all in the second half, to help hold off the Panthers in the opener for both teams.
‘‘I was very excited,’’ the 6-4 guard said. ‘‘I had a lot of family and friends here. My first game in my home city — it feels good to get the first one, and a win.’’
Doyle is the first Public League player for the Ramblers since Cortney Horton in 2008.
‘‘Milton’s a good fit for us,’’ said White, who added four assists, four rebounds and four steals. ‘‘He’s an all-around player and a great help.’’
Loyola coach Porter Moser called the game ‘‘the quintessential team effort’’ but singled out White and Doyle for helping the Ramblers take control in the second half.
So did Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter.
‘‘It was a matter of trying to keep in front of Doyle, but, boy, he put them on his back,’’ Jeter said. ‘‘So did White, and White did a nice job of making his free throws [11-for-11] and icing the game.’’
Loyola was without 6-8 starting sophomore Nick Osborne, who suffered a concussion in practice Wednesday.
‘‘Nick has been our most consistent player, never missing a game or a practice,’’ Moser said. ‘‘We had to go small and use four guards at times, but we were able to adjust.’’
Milwaukee sophomore Matt Tiby, a junior college transfer, was dominating inside, scoring 21 points in his first Division I game.
The game was tied 28-28 at the half after White scored with three seconds left. Milwaukee sophomore Austin Arians hit a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, but officials waved it off after a review.
The Ramblers trailed through much of the first half, with a stretch of almost eight minutes when they scored only two field goals before a closing 9-5 run.
They struggled from the free-throw line, hitting only 6 of 13 in the first half and finishing 21-for-33. Loyola junior Christian Thomas was only 3-for-7 from the line but finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The teams were meeting for the first time as non-conference foes after years together in the Horizon League. Loyola left the conference in July to join the Missouri Valley Conference.