Milton Doyle scores 32 as Loyola drops Campbell 80-68
By TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter December 13, 2013 10:46PM
Updated: January 15, 2014 6:20AM
For a three-minute stretch in the second half Friday, Loyola and rival Campbell from the Big South Conference traded eight missed shots in a seesaw game at the Gentile Arena.
Then Ramblers freshman Milton Doyle ended the drought with a three-pointer with 12:22 left — and kept on scoring.
The Marshall High alum scored a career-high 32 points, including 21 in the second half, to propel an 80-68 victory, improving Loyola to 5-5.
‘‘My teammates set me up and got the ball moving,’’ said Doyle, who has emerged as the leading scorer averaging 16.5 points per game.
He scored inside, hit two of Loyola’s three treys and went 12-for-15 from the free-throw line.
‘‘I felt the ref would keep calling fouls, so I attacked the rim,’’ he said.
The Ramblers had two others in double figures: junior Christian Thomas (16 points) and sophomore Matt O’Leary, with a career-best 15 points and five assists off the bench.
‘‘He really was a factor tonight,’’ Loyola coach Porter Moser said of O’Leary, who had five rebounds and two steals as well.
‘‘Coach didn’t mind the assists, but you have to have guys making shots, too,’’ O’Leary said.
Doyle was making most of them. His 32 points were the most by a Loyola freshman since David Bailey’s 30 against Wright State in 2000.
‘‘I thought he let the game come to him better than any other time this year,’’ Moser said of Doyle, who sat out last season after transferring from Kansas.’’
The Fighting Camels (4-6) had an early lead on the strength of three-point shooting and finished with 12 threes from eight players.
‘‘We’ve lost some leads and we’ve talked about how to close games,’’ Moser said. ‘‘We withstood a barrage of 12 threes and won by 12.’’