ST. LOUIS (AP) Freshman Jacob Hutson had 13 points and Lucas Williamson and Braden Norris each added 11 and No. 20 Loyola earned a 73-49 win over Southern Illinois on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Loyola (22-4) opened the game on a 10-0 run before Anthony D'Avanzo scored the Salukis' first basket 5:23 into the game.
"We always talk about wanting to set the tone early," Williamson said. "We always want to hang our hat on defense. It just sets the tone for the rest of the game."