Isiaih Mosley scores 40, Missouri State beats No. 22 Loyola Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Isiaih Mosley scored 40 points and Missouri State beat No. 22 Loyola Chicago 79-69 on Saturday, ending the Ramblers’ 10-game winning streak.

Donovan Clay added 16 points and Gaige Prim 11 for the Bears (15-6, 6-2 Missouri Valley Conference), who last beat an AP Top 25 team on Dec. 28, 2011, when they defeated the No. 21 Creighton 77-65.

Braden Morris had 16 points and Lucas Williamson 11 for Loyola Chicago (14-3, 5-1), which had won 30 straight home games for the fourth-longest active streak in Division I.

Missouri State led to 20 and shot 60.9% from the field after halftime — and 53.8% for the game. The Bears also went 8 of 19 from beyond the arc.

“We just gave it to Isiaih Mosley, who pretty much fixed all of our shooting issues,” Missouri State coach Dana Ford said. “He did a fantastic job getting to his prime spots and playing on two feet. Our guys did a good job getting it to him. They knew he had a hot hand and instead of trying to do something else, we just walked the path with him.

Loyola Chicago — which got off to its best start since 1965-66, when the Ramblers won 15 of their first 16 games — shot 40.3 percent from the field.

“That mid-game we lost discipline, and I thought it was because we were running out of shots, and that transferred to our defense,” Loyola Chicago coach Drew Valentine said.

Missouri State trailed by seven in the first half but led 35-33 at halftime and opened the second half on an 11-1 run in a meeting of the MVC’s top two teams .

Aher Uguak made a 3 to draw the Ramblers to 57-42, but Mosley responded with a 3 of his own and silenced the crowd.

The Mosley jumper extended the lead to 62-42. Mosley entered the game leading MVC and was ranked 20th in the nation with 20.2 points per game. He averaged 33 points in his previous four games and he scored a career-high 43 on Jan. 8 against Northern Iowa.

“He’s a gym rat. He’s going to come back here right now and shoot if they let him come back and shoot,” Ford said.

The Ramblers shot within eight on a 20-8 run, and Ryan Schwieger’s 3rd went 73-67 with 1:23 remaining. But Missouri State was able to make its free throws.

“The message after the game was that we have to compete better, we have to play 40 minutes,” Norris said. “Let this one sink.”

The Bears — who have won four in a row and seven of eight — were also the last team in the conference to beat Loyola Chicago at its host site (February 17, 2019). The Ramblers had won 23 straight MVC games at Gentile Arena.

“I’m just glad we don’t have to come back,” Ford said.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri State: The Bears are on a comeback, winning 11 of their last 13 games. They were 4-4 after losing to the era. 12 BYU on December 4.

Ramblers: Loyola Chicago’s standings will take a hit after entering the AP Top 25 on Monday for the first time this season.

HE SAID IT

Valentin liked the return of his team.

“I’m proud of our guys, proud of their battle, their fight, their courage,” he said. “But there is so much room for improvement.”

BIG FIGURES

Mosley scored 40 for the second time in five games. It was the fifth 40-point game in school history.

FOLLOWING

Missouri State: Will play Indiana State on Tuesday.

Loyola Chicago: Host Southern Illinois on Tuesday.

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