Loyola-Chicago savoring sweet NCAAs after grassroots rebuild

Loyola-Chicago's Carson Shanks goes up for a dunk

Charles Matthews stepped in to provide the spark during an 11-4 run, which cut it to 45-42 after Duncan Robinson's three-pointer midway through the second half.

Riding the nation's longest winning streak at 14 straight games, Loyola coach Porter Moser hadn't seen his team lose since falling 69-67 at Bradley on January 31.

The Ramblers took a 29-22 lead into the locker room at halftime but could not hold on as a lengthy second-half run by MI toppled them.

MI guard Duncan Robinson (22) grabs a rebound before Loyola Chicago center Cameron Krutwig (25).

When the whole binge on one end and purge on the other got finished with 2:13 left and MI ahead 61-51, the last of Loyola Chicago's month of fetching resistance had faded.

Moritz Wagner, Michigan. The big German is crafty inside, can step out to hit 3s, can guard multiple positions — a matchup nightmare.

Wagner hit a three from right in front of the MI bench with 6:50 left to tie it, and moments later the Wolverines were back on top 49-47 when Jordan Poole made two free throws. "I couldn't be more proud and saddened that this is over with these kids". "I didn't look at it and think what we were doing was wrong". "First of all, you've got to give them a lot of credit; their set plays are incredible".

"We look at her and we've got nearly like a guiding light ... we know regardless of how we're doing, we've got a light at the end of the tunnel, that is Sister Jean", Shanks said.

Loyola finally tied it at 15 at 6:50 after Wagner missed at the rim.

His 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half were one of the only reasons MI was even within striking range at intermission.

Wagner had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

"I just like Sister Jean, and I think they play really well", Michael Galligan said, "and I like the underdog a lot".

He became just the third player in history to score at least 20 points and pull down 15 rebounds in a national semifinal. "I just thought the entire concept and everything that she brought to the table".

Loyola's nimble big man, Cameron Krutwig, countered with a team-high 17 points that bode well for the future, but Wagner presented too many problems.

Neither team shot well, with Loyola shooting a lowly 10-percent from three, and MI just 25-percent. "I thought was wonderful". "I'm letting them enjoy it because it's a mature, close group". MI struggled too and, at one point, both teams had as many turnovers as field goals. Ultimately, Michigan played solid defense when it had to, finally made some key shots and changed the whole theme of the national semifinal at the Alamodome.

Overall at one point, MI had a 30-9 run in the second half.

Gobeyn says, "They had a great run and sister jean, 98years old".

Loyola: Actors Bob Newhart, Leslie David Baker and Jennifer Morrison; Chicago Bears owner George Halas Jr.; Chicago Cubs owner Todd Ricketts; Disturbed singer David Draiman; Smashing Pumpkins and Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha; Dr. Scholl's founder William Scholl; US Secretary of Commerce William M. Daley.

In an NCAA Tournament that had a once-in-a-lifetime feel, Loyola lost a game but won America's respect. Krutwig answered inside over Wagner to stop the MI run, but then the Wolverines got going offensively.

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