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DALLAS (AP) — Another NCAA Tournament prayer solved for Loyola-Chicago, and the Ramblers are usually set to bring Sister Jean towards the Sweet 16.

Clayton Custer’s jumper took a genial bounce off the rim and in with 3. 6 secs left, and 11th-seeded Loyola defeat Tennessee 63-62 in a South Area second-round game Saturday night.

Custer’s winner came two days after Donte Ingram’s buzzer-beating 3 for Loyola against Miami, surely to the pleasure of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old nun, team chaplain and primary booster watching through her wheelchair on a platform close to the main TV cameras.

“The just thing I can say, glory in order to God for that one, ” Custer said. “The ball bounced within the rim and I got a good jump. ”

The Ramblers (30-5), who have won the Missouri Valley competition, broke the school record for is victorious set by the 1963 NCAA tournament team. Loyola will play the Cincinnati-Nevada winner in the regional semifinals Thurs in Atlanta.

No . 3 seeds Tennessee (26-7) took its just lead of the second half upon three-point play by Grant Williams with 20 seconds remaining. Right after Loyola almost lost the basketball on an out-of-bounds call confirmed upon replay, Custer dribbled to their right, pulled up and release a short jumper that hit front side of the rim, bounced off the backboard and went in.

A last-gasp shot from the Vols’ Jordan Bone tissue bounced away, and Custer put the ball off the scoreboard higher above the court as he had been mobbed by teammates in the exact same spot that the Ramblers celebrates Ingram’s dramatic winner.

The Ramblers dropped behind 15-6 in less than 5 minutes prior to the Volunteers missed their next 9 shots and fell behind initially on Custer’s 3-pointer with six minutes left in the first fifty percent.

Admiral Schofield scored 11 of these first 15 Tennessee points yet didn’t score again until the 3 nearly 32 minutes afterwards that started a rally from the 10-point deficit in the final four minutes by the SEC regular-season co-champions.

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes dropped at American Airlines Center, house of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, the first time in six NCAA games. The very first four wins were during their 17 seasons leading the Tx Longhorns.

Schmidt, who leads the particular pregame prayer and gives the players suggestions after, wasn’t the only one pulling difficult for Loyola.

Late-arriving fans awaiting crowd favorite Texas Tech within the late game joined the roudy Ramblers supporters wearing maroon-and-gold scarfs and standing almost the entire sport in sections across the court off their team’s bench.

Aundre Jackson, who have grew up in the Dallas area, brought Loyola with 16 points, plus Custer had 10. Schofield obtained 14 for Tennessee.


Loyola-Chicago: A special run continues as well as the Ramblers might not be one-year wonders. Many key players will be back, which includes Custer, fellow junior guard Griffes Townes and freshman center Cameron j. Krutwig. The Ramblers probably won’t need to wait another 33 years this time around.

Tennessee: Letting a quick lead break free will hurt for the Vols, however the rally is a boost for a beginning lineup with no seniors. It was the very first NCAA trip in three months at Tennessee for Barnes, who also took the Longhorns 16 periods in 17 years.


Loyola-Chicago is headed to the circular of 16 for the first time since 85, when it lost to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. That was also the final time the Ramblers made the particular NCAA Tournament.

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