No. 5 Florida upset again, this time by Loyola-Chicago 65-59

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Loyola-Chicago continued a strong week for non-power-conference teams by pulling off a monumental upset of No. 6 Florida on Wednesday night.

Florida (5-3) has little time to regroup as it squares off against No. 17 Cincinnati Saturday in New Jersey. Chiozza went 3-for-7 with nine points, graduate transfer guard Egor Koulechov finished 3-for-13 and hitless from beyond the arc with seven points and nine boards, Allen and redshirt junior G Jalen Hudson each went 3-for-11 for a combined 17 points, and Hayes was truly very bad defensively while only making 2-of-6 shots, missing a number of gimmies.

The explosive athleticism and lethal outside shooting that defined Florida's early-season showings was nowhere to be found Wednesday, as the team shot an abysmal 2-of-19 from three-point range and 36.9 percent from the field. Allen had started 68 consecutive games.

Aundre Jackson led Loyola-Chicago with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting.

But nothing White did fixed Florida's shooting woes.

It's been a tough week for the Gators, who lost to Florida State by 17 on Monday.

Florida scored 15 points off turnovers in the first half, which help offset a 1-of-8 start from 3-point range. After Loyola-Chicago missed on the other end, the crowd came alive as Florida had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Hudson missed a corner 3. After ULC went back up 32-22 on a Donte Ingram 3-pointer, the Gators answered with a 9-0 run which included a Koulechov three-point play, Stone putback basket and Allen steal and transition basket.

No Florida player reached double digits in scoring.

The hosts then took a 39-38 lead early in the second half when the visiting Ramblers sailed an inbounds pass too far, Kevarrius Hayes intercepted it at midcourt and took it the rest of the way for a go-ahead dunk. But Loyola-Chicago guard Marques Townes was able to hit a running basket in transition at the first-half buzzer, putting the Ramblers up 34-31 at halftime. Coach Porter Moses has an experienced squad that's playing without senior guard Ben Richardson (broken hand). Between Duke's comeback and lackluster losses to Florida State and Loyola-Chicago, Florida has been outscored by a whopping 44 points in a 90-minute span.

Another performance like Wednesday's will ensure a fourth straight loss for the team that figures to plummet in the next rankings.

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