Wmichigan 38 43 81
Loyolachi 37 34 71
Date of game: 11/16/2012

Recap: Loyola-Chicago vs. Western Mich

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Nate Hutcheson scored a career-high 30 points as the Western Michigan Broncos defeated the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 81-71, in the USF Invitational at the USF Sun Dome.

Hutcheson connected on 8-of-13 field goal attempts, including 6-of-8 from long range for the Broncos (2-1). Darius Paul added 14 points, Austin Richie tallied 12 points, and Brandon Pokley chipped in with 10 points.

For Loyola (2-1), Ben Averkamp scored 24 points and blocked four shots. Matt O'Leary shot 4-of-8 from three-point range en route to 14 points, and Jordan Hicks netted 13 points.

WMU led by seven late in the first half, but Loyola ended the frame on a 7-0 run to close its gap to just one, 38-37, before intermission.

The Broncos shot a lofty 59.1 percent from the field in the second half to pull away.

WMU outrebounded Loyola, 33 to 23.

Game Notes

Youngstown State's Ruiz in midseason form

Youngstown State wrapped up spring practices under first-year coach Bo Pelini Friday night, and he and his staff surely enjoyed what they saw in running back Martin Ruiz.

Manziel apologizes following rehab stint

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday, offering an apology and thanks to fans, teammates and the organization for support during his recent stay at a treatment facility.

Royals send closer Holland to DL

The Kansas City Royals have placed All- Star closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list due to a right pectoral strain.

Blackhawks tab Darling to start Game 3

Rookie Scott Darling will start in net for the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Nashville Predators.

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