Loyola (IL) basketball started off their season with a bang Friday night, beating Toledo 62-50 in the opener for both teams.
The star of the evening for the Ramblers was forward Ben Averkamp, who led all Loyola scorers with 15 points. Guard Joe Crisman added 10 and Jordan Hicks nine for Loyola, which took a 36-28 lead into halftime and cruised from there. The victory could mark an important turning point for a Ramblers program which finished just 7-23 last season.
And for Averkamp specifically, it was a truly special night. The senior from Germantown, WI went over 1,000 points career points at Loyola, courtesy of a free throw with 19:18 left in the second half.
Meanwhile it was a disappointing start to the season for Toledo, after last year's 19-17 finish and run to the second round of the CBI postseason tournament.
Sophomore guard Julius Brown led the Rockets with 15 points, but was the only Toledo player to score in double figures.