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Loyola-Chicago defeats Nevada for a third straight tournament upset

The 11th-seeded Ramblers (31-5) are just a win away from the Final Four, accomplishing what few thought was possible. They play Kansas State in the South regional final on Saturday.


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With the shot clock and the team's incredible run close to expiration, Marques Townes drained a clutch three-pointer to push Loyola-Chicago into the Elite Eight with a razor-thin 69-68 victory over Nevada in the NCAA South Regional semifinal. 

Hanging on to a one-point lead, the nearly spent Ramblers maintained just enough energy to stave off a Wolfpack team who'd suddenly realized they were the more physically talented team.

I'll probably remember it for the rest of my life. I mean, it doesn't really get any better than that.

Marques Townes
Guard, Loyola-Chicago

Nevada found themselves down by double digits, unable to keep the Ramblers' guards out of the paint for easy scores. But the battled back, mostly on the backs of twins Cayleb and Cody Martin, who combined for 37 points. 

"Got to give so much credit to Nevada, they never quit," Moser said, per ESPN. "Those guys keep coming at you, coming at you. ... I was blessed we made a couple of plays at the end, got a couple of stops."

With Kansas State on the horizon, the No. 11th-seeded Ramblers (31-5) are just a victory from one of the most unlikely Final Four berths in recent memory. 

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