Loyola-Chicago trio too much for Grambling in 80-64 win

CHICAGO (AP) — Cameron Krutwig, Clayton Custer and Marques Townes combined for 52 points on 20-of-30 shooting from the floor and Loyola-Chicago breezed to an 80-64 victory over Grambling on Friday night.

Krutwig had 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for the Ramblers (3-1). Custer added 17 points, making 6 of 9 shots including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, with four assists and Townes chipped in with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Cooper Kaifes came off the bench to score 10 as the Ramblers shot 58 percent from the field (26 of 45) on the night.

Dallas Polk-Hillard topped the Tigers (1-2) with 13 points, while Devante Jackson and Ivy Smith Jr. both scored 10. Grambling made 26 of 61 shots (43 percent).

Polk-Hillard’s 3-pointer pulled the Tigers even at 25 with 5:19 left in the first half, but Krutwig answered with a layup to spark a 15-4 run that pushed the Ramblers’ lead to 40-29 at halftime. A Travon Bunch layup got the Tigers within 47-41 with 12:48 left to play, but Townes’ 3-pointer triggered a 14-0 run and Loyola-Chicago coasted from there.

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