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Freshman Milton Doyle scores 28 in Loyola’s OT victory

Updated: February 27, 2014 6:55AM



Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson felt good about his team’s chances Saturday against Loyola with an eight-point lead and less than seven minutes left.

‘‘I thought our depth would pay off,’’ he said. ‘‘You have to give them credit. They scored on eight of their last nine possessions. We needed to find a stop in there.’’

But the Panthers couldn’t stop the Ramblers, especially freshman Milton Doyle, who helped lead Loyola to a tie in regulation before a dramatic 93-87 overtime victory.

Doyle’s game-high 28 points included eight in the overtime after he had scored 16 in the second half.

Juniors Christian Thomas (20 points) and Joe Crisman (10 points) and sophomore guard Jeff White (14 points, seven rebounds, five assists) also scored in double figures for the Ramblers.

Thomas, White and Doyle made eight consecutive free throws in the last 1:30 of regulation for the tie.

‘‘Getting the ball in the paint and making them have to guard us was big in the second half,’’ White said.

He made a shot while falling down as the horn sounded to end the first half that cut the Panthers’ lead to 32-30.

‘‘[That shot] gave us confidence going into the second half,’’ White said.

A crowd of 2,723 on Alumni Day at Gentile Arena saw Loyola (8-12, 3-5 Missouri Valley Conference) make 26 of 28 free throws and out-rebound the Panthers 33-32.

‘‘We got outrebounded in our last game [against Indiana State] badly,’’ said Thomas, who had six rebounds. ‘‘We knew we had to keep Seth Tuttle off the glass.’’

Tuttle had nine rebounds and scored 17 points, but even Northern Iowa’s lethal three-point shooting (11-for-27) wasn’t enough.

‘‘We learned a lot from our last game [a 65-61 loss to the Sycamores],’’ Loyola coach Porter Moser said. ‘‘Both teams were making fantastic plays, but our guys believed and kept grinding.

‘‘When a team like Northern Iowa gets an eight-point lead, they make you feel like you’re going to the dentist.’’

Junior guard Deon Mitchell led the Panthers with 23 points — all in the second half and overtime.

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