Loyola of Chicago guard Jeff White, center, loses possession of the ball as he drives against Bradley guards Ronnie Suggs, front left, and Antoine Pittman, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Missouri Valley Conference m
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March 03, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) Montel James had 20 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as Loyola (Chicago) pulled away midway through the second half to beat Bradley 74-66 in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday night.

Donte Ingram had 19 points and Devon Turk chipped in 11 for No. 8 Loyola (15-16), which faces top-seeded Wichita State on Friday.

Earl Peterson drilled a 3 to give Loyola a 68-57 lead with 1:07 left and the Ramblers made six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

The game was tied at 29 at the break. Bradley's Antoine Pittman hit a jumper for a 40-39 lead with 15:01 left. Ingram made a layup to retake the lead 41-40 at the 12:54-mark and Loyola never trailed again.

Ronnie Suggs led Bradley (5-27) with 15 points.

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