Loyola (Ill.) 70, Southern Methodist 57
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Carl Golston scored 20 points and 14th-ranked Loyola, Ill. broke the game open with a seven-point run late in the second half as the Ramblers stretched the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 games with a 70-57 NCAA tournament victory over Southern Methodist Saturday.
The victory in the East regional moved the Ramblers, the 1963 NCAA champions, into the third round against top-ranked Georgetown, the defending champions, which beat Temple 63-46 Saturday. They will play Thursday night in Providence, R.I.
Trailing 56-50 with 7:28 left in the game, Southern Methodist suffered a 5:03 scoring drought while Loyola was building a 63-50 advantage with 2:40 to play.
Alfredrick Hughes, the nation’s leading scorer, started the surge with a 14-foot jumper from the left side. Andre Moore then hit one of two free throws. Greg Williams stole the ball and was credited with a basket on a goaltending call. Williams ended the uprising with two foul shots.
Loyola’s lead never was less than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Ramblers, 27-5, got 14 points from Hughes, who started the game with a 27.3-point average, 12 from Andre Battle and 10 from Williams.
Southern Methodist, 23-10 after suffering its fifth loss in nine games, was led by center Jon Koncak with 19 points, Larry Davis with 14 and Carl Wright with 13.
The Mustangs led from the first basket of the game, a layup by Koncak with 12 seconds gone, until late in the first half when the Ramblers reeled off six consecutive points.
Moore hit a short shot before Mike Cenar, the only substitute used by Loyola in the first half, sank a layup 3:35 before halftime to give the Ramblers a 27-26 lead. Cenar followed it with a 15-foot bank shot.
Loyola never trailed again and held a 31-30 edge at intermission.