CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Clayton Custer scored 16 points and Loyola-Chicago beat Southern Illinois 75-56 on Wednesday night to clinch its first Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.
Loyola-Chicago (24-5, 14-3 Missouri Valley Conference) won its first conference crown since the 1984-85 squad collected the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title. The Ramblers, who have also won a program-best 14 conference games, conclude their regular season hosting Illinois State on Saturday.
Southern Illinois (19-11, 11-6) had its three-game win streak snapped but now has sole possession of second place over Drake (10-7), which lost to Illinois State (10-7).
The Ramblers had a double-digit lead six minutes into the game, built a 44-36 halftime lead and cruised from there.
Buggs, Hawaii beat Mississippi Valley State 76-51
Drew Buggs made 6 of 7 from the field and finished with 13 points and six assists to help Hawaii beat Mississippi Valley State 76-51 on Sunday night.
No. 10 Florida State returns from break to host Southeast Missouri
After eight days off for final exams, 10th-ranked Florida State gets back to work on the court Monday night against Southeast Missouri State.
Late steal and layup lifts Pacific over CSU Northridge 79-77
Brandon McGhee stole it from Darius Brown II with 5 seconds left and passed it ahead to Roberto Gallinat for the winning layup to help Pacific beat CSU Northridge 79-77 on Sunday.