CHICAGO -- Grant Moehring's 17 points led six Loyola University of Chicago players in double figures, as the Ramblers breezed to a 105-55 victory over winless Morgan State yesterday. The home team took a 28-point halftime lead in putting the game away early.
This was the largest margin of victory for Loyola since the 1978-79 season.
The Ramblers, seemingly unaffected by a 12-day layoff for exams, had wide margins in rebounding and shooting. They outshot Morgan by 49-35 and hit 51.9 percent from the field to 31.0 for the Bears. Morgan State contributed to its problems with 25 turnovers.
Keir Rogers helped Loyola with a game-high 13 rebounds and seven assists to go with 10 points.
Freshman guard Obadiah Johnson topped Morgan State with 23 points. Freshman Charles Feagin, a 6-foot-8 forward, added 21 points and eight rebounds.
A misunderstanding -- the Morgan State party was unaware of a time change from 7:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- led to a 90-minute delay in the start, and the Morgan players never really got into the game. Three of them had four personals at halftime, and by the end, Jarrod Smith and Michael Brewer had fouled out.
Morgan State will play at Oklahoma on Saturday, then be off until the start of its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule on Jan. 4.