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@ Valpo
L 58-74
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@ Brad
L 58-70
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vs. UNI
W 79-75
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vs. Drake
W 89-81
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IllSt 61 - 68 Ly-Il
Final
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Loyola-Chicago gets 25th win, holds off Illinois State 68-61

CHICAGO (AP) Ben Richardson hit two big 3-pointers and Clayton Custer hit from deep in the final minute as Missouri Valley Conference champion Loyola-Chicago pulled away from Illinois State late to win its regular season finale, 68-61 on Saturday afternoon.

In their 100th anniversary season the Ramblers (25-5, 15-3) already clinched their first outright regular season championship since 1984-85 and first as a member of the MVC. They won their program-record 15th conference game and have won seven straight, 14 of their last 15 and 15 of their last 16 on their home floor.

Illinois State, which had a three-game winning streak at Gentile Arena kept the game close and found answers for every Loyola run. When Richardson knocked down a big 3 with 2:23 left, William Tinsley answered to cut the Ramblers' lead to one, 58-57. But Richardson answered from deep again to make it 61-57.

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Leaders
Points: M. Yarbrough17.0
Rebounds: M. Yarbrough6.6
Assists: M. Yarbrough4.8
FG%: P. Fayne59.8%
FT%: M. Yarbrough79.3%
3P%: K. Evans42.9%
Steals: P. Fayne1.1
Blocks: D. N'Diaye1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia26-2
2 Michigan State27-3
3 Villanova25-4
4 Xavier25-4
5 Duke24-5
6 Texas Tech22-7
6 Gonzaga27-4
8 Kansas23-6
9 Purdue25-5
10 North Carolina22-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Michigan State27-3
2 Virginia26-2
3 Villanova25-4
4 Xavier25-4
5 Duke24-5
6 Gonzaga27-4
7 Texas Tech22-7
8 Kansas23-6
9 Purdue25-5
10 North Carolina22-7
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Missouri Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Loyola Chicago 15-3 25-5
Southern Illinois 11-7 19-12
Illinois State 10-8 16-14
Drake 10-8 16-15
Bradley 9-9 19-12
Indiana State 8-10 13-17
Missouri State 7-11 17-14
Evansville 7-11 17-14
UNI 7-11 15-15
Valparaiso 6-12 15-16
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.1 (227)
Rebounds: 9.5 (236)
Assists: 14.2 (135)
FG%: 42.8% (278)
FT%: 68.1% (291)
3P%: 34.5% (202)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 73.8 (216)
Rebounds: 25.3 (171)
Assists: 14.4 (260)
FG%: 43.0% (124)
FT%: 71.4% (198)
3P%: 31.2% (19)
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