NCAA TOURNAMENT | Loyola-Chicago Moving On to Elite Eight

03/22/2018 09:50 PM

The magical run continues for the Loyola-Chicago men’s basketball team.

The No. 11-seeded Ramblers (31-5) beat the No. 7-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack (29-8) in their Sweet 16 match-up Thursday night. The final was 69-68.

The Ramblers were led by Marques Townes’ team-high 18 points. Meanwhile, Clayton Custer added 15 points in the victory.

“I’m telling you, you’ve got to give so much credit to Nevada,” said Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser. “They never quit. I mean, those guys keep coming at you and coming at you. They covered so much ground. So, I was blessed we made enough plays at the end, we got a couple stops at the end. Marques (Townes) hit a big shot – he’s been doing that all year. Shot faked him. These kids are resilient. I’m so proud of these guys. They’re so resilient and confident.”

Loyola-Chicago advances to face the winner of No. 5-seeded Kentucky and No. 9-seeded Kansas St. in the Elite Eight.

Of course, plenty of college basketball fans have been introduced to 98-year-old Sister Jean, the Ramblers’ team chaplain, over the course of the NCAA Tournament. Sister Jean was asked after the game if she would rather see her team face Kentucky or Kansas St.

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