EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Egidijus Mockevicius scored 23 points, on 10-of-13 shooting, with 20 rebounds, and D.J. Balentine had 22 points and seven assists to help Evansville beat Loyola of Chicago 74-66 Tuesday night.
It was Mockevicius' second straight game - and fourth this season - with at least 20 rebounds. His 16 double-doubles this season are the third most in Division I.
The Purple Aces (17-3, 6-1 Missouri Valley Conference) led 35-27 at the break and scored the first eight points of the second half to push its lead to 16. A 3-point play by Brown gave Evansville its biggest lead, 60-41, with 7:42 left.
Loyola (8-11, 1-6) used a late, 12-2 run - including nine points by Donte Ingram - to pull within 72-66 with eight seconds left, but ran out of time.
Tyson Smith led the Ramblers with 15 points.