But, Admiral Scofield had something to say about that. The junior forward was hot shooting 3-4 from deep and scoring 11 of the Vols first 15 points. However, he found himself in foul trouble early and had to exit early in the half.
This allowed the Ramblers to rumble back into the game. After Scofield’s exit, Loyola-Chicago went on 21-8 run and played tough defensively up. The Ramblers also started to move the ball around well and picked the Vols defense apart during this run. In fact, they finished the half with 10 assists.
Tennessee finished the half very slowly scoring only two points in the final six minutes of the half. The score at half was 29-25 Ramblers after they trailed by nine in the first five minutes. A large part of this lead was because of Loyola-Chicago’s play defensively and on the boards. They held the Vols to just 39% shooting and out-rebounded them by 2.
Loyola-Chicago kept up the pressure in the opening gates of the second half they maintained a six point lead (40-34) five minutes in. But the Vols slowly started to turn things up defensively. They went on a 10-2 run and brought the lead to just one with 12:30 left.
The Ramblers started to heat up after this point. They hit four three-pointers in the following five minutes and opened up a seven point lead with only seven minutes left to play.
Their effort continued and brought a 10 point lead with just four minutes left. Next, Scofield hit his first bucket since his run in the first half, hitting a three pointer that brought the lead to seven.
The Volunteers came fighting back going on an 8-2 run, and brought it down to a two point game with a minute and a half left. They also held the Ramblers to 0 points in last three and a half minutes. They came all the way back and took a 1 point lead with just 20 seconds left.
Then with just 3 seconds left, Clayton Custer hit an elbow shot that would end the game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are on to the Sweet Sixteen after defeating the Volunteers 63-62.