Loyola Upsets Tennessee 63-62, Heads to Sweet 16

Loyola defeats Tennessee, 63-62

They are headed to the Sweet 16.

Loyola-Chicago’s Sweet 16 dreams hung in the balance Saturday night as fans watched the ball bounce on the front of the rim before hitting the backboard and rattling in through the net.

The game-winning shot gave the 11th-ranked Ramblers (30-5) another last-second victory with a 63-62 win over the third-ranked Tennessee Volunteers.

Clayton Custer’s jumped came just two days after Donte Ingram’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer for Loyola in a win over Miami.

The Ramblers (30-5), who won the Missouri Valley tournament, broke the school record for wins in a single-season which was orignially set by the 1963 NCAA championship team.

Next up for the Ramblers is a matchup against the winner of Cincinnati-Nevada in the regional semifinals Thursday night in Atlanta.

Tennessee (26-7) nearly won in dramatic fashion as as Grant Williams scored on a three-point play with 20 seconds to go in the game. But it was still plenty of time for Loyola as Custer dribbled to his right, pulled up and knocked down the game-winning basket before being mopped by his teammates.

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