Loyola-Chicago tops Mississippi State 59-51

Loyola-Chicago tops Mississippi State 59-51
December 15, 2012, 10:29 pm
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Members of the 1963 Loyola NCAA men's basketball championship team cheer on current Loyola player Christian Thomas (32) as he is announced before an NCAA college basketball game between Loyola and Mississippi State in Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. The 1963 Loyola and Mississippi State teams were honored during a half time ceremony. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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CHICAGO (AP) Devon Turk scored a career-high 21 points as Loyola of Chicago beat Mississippi State 59-51 Saturday night.

Christian Thomas added 16 points for the Ramblers (7-3), who have won five of their last six games and equaled their win total from last season. Loyola put the game out of reach with a 17-3 run to close the first half and take a 34-20 lead.

Fred Thomas had 14 points for Mississippi State (3-6), which shot just 37.5 percent from the field.

The game marked the first meeting between the teams since they played a historic game in the 1963 NCAA tournament that helped change race relations on the basketball court. The all-white Bulldogs had to sneak out of Mississippi to avoid an injunction in order to play Loyola, which had four African-American starters, in the NCAA Regional in East Lansing, Mich.

Players from the 1963 teams were honored at halftime.