Blount and Young lead Loyola of Chicago in 76-72 overtime victory over N. Illinois
CHICAGO (AP)—J.R. Blount and Leon Young had 16 points apiece to lead Loyola of Chicago in a 76-72 victory in overtime against Northern Illinois Saturday night.
Blount, who came into the game with a 17-point average, scored early then was held without a point until he hit two free throws with 12:39 remaining in the game.
The Ramblers (4-5) went through most of the first half, but Northern Illinois (2-8) rallied and took a 64-60 lead with 51 seconds left on a lay-up by Jarvis Nichols.
Loyola’s Ross Forman cut the margin with one of two free throws, and Blount tied the game with a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds left.
In the overtime, Tracy Robinson opened the scoring with a 3-pointer for Loyola, but Darion Anderson hit back-to-back lay-ups to give the Huskies their last lead at 68-67 with three minutes left.
Andy Polka and Blount then combined for Loyola’s last 9 points to seal the victory.
Polka finished with 13 points, a career high.
Loyola won the game at the free throw line, hitting 23-of-29 attempts while Northern Illinois made 10-of-15. That margin overcame poor shooting by the Ramblers, who hit only 23-of-62 attempts for 37 percent. The Huskies made 28-of-61 shots for 46 percent.
The victory was Loyola’s second in a row in overtime.
Nichols led Northern Illinois with 15 points and Anderson added 13.
The Ramblers also had double-digit efforts from Robinson and Forman.