The eighth-seeded Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago had overwhelmed a rising Georgia Tech. That they had ousted one of many N.C.A.A. males’s event’s No. 1 seeds, Illinois, with ease, and reignited all method of goodly chatter about college delight and spring promise.
After which, confronted with a menacing zone protection within the Candy 16 on Saturday in Indianapolis, they misplaced to Oregon State, a crew that simply weeks in the past was not thought wherever close to tremendous sufficient to play within the nationwide event. And Oregon State, which arrived in Indiana as a No. 12 seed after being written off on the season’s begin, prolonged an excellent March run a minimum of a bit of longer.
Ethan Thompson, a senior guard from Los Angeles who has began each recreation courting to his first season in Corvallis, led Oregon State with 22 factors and perfection from the free-throw line. Oregon State’s bench added 15 to assist safe a win, 65-58.
It got here after a primary half that supplied one of many least dazzling offensive shows within the historical past of the event: a mixed 40 factors between Loyola and Oregon State. Combating Oregon State’s protection, Loyola had extra turnovers than subject objectives and missed its final seven pictures earlier than the intermission to complete the half with a miserly 17.four p.c taking pictures. Oregon State, with its 33.Three p.c displaying, appeared kingly, however solely as a result of it managed an 11-Zero run earlier than halftime.
Loyola broke its scoring drought early within the second half. The difficulty for the Ramblers, who later pulled collectively a 6-point streak, was that Thompson’s taking pictures saved bettering, with accuracy effectively past his norm all through the season.
Loyola’s taking pictures on Saturday? Properly, the Ramblers obtained a number of balls to the rim. However Loyola missed 18 of its 23 3-point tries and made simply one-third of its pictures over all. The Ramblers had been 17 for 24 from the free-throw line, whereas Oregon State, actually aided by Thompson’s precision, made 90 p.c of its free throws.
Regardless of Loyola’s troubles, the crew pulled inside four of Oregon State with 92 seconds to go. Simply 22 seconds later, although, Jarod Lucas hit a 3-point shot for Oregon State that appeared to extinguish Loyola’s hopes.
Cameron Krutwig, Loyola’s heart, had a double-double, recording 14 factors and 10 rebounds.
Oregon State’s ascent into the Elite Eight, the place it’ll play Houston or Syracuse, has been a startle round a event few anticipated the Beavers to succeed in within the first place. A preseason decide to complete final within the Pac-12 Convention, Oregon State stitched collectively a 14-12 document within the common season after which marched via the league event to earn a assured berth on the nationwide stage.
A primary-round, 14-point victory over Tennessee pushed the Beavers previous a No. 5 seed. Within the second spherical, they held off Oklahoma State, at the same time as Cade Cunningham, who could possibly be the highest decide on this 12 months’s N.B.A. draft, scored 24 for the Cowboys within the spherical of 32.
Loyola, which had been hoping to copy its 2018 rise to the Closing 4, ended its season at 26-5.