Wolverines end Loyola's Cinderella run with 2nd-half rally

Showdown with Sister Jean of Loyola-Chicago

Despite what some critics may have said, Loyola-Chicago's beloved 98-year-old team chaplain did not leave the game in the minutes before the heartbreaking Final Four loss on Saturday and the team wants people to know it.

Those were the words of Loyola Chicago's head coach Porter Moser after his team relinquished a double digit lead and bowed to the University of MI in the 2018 NCAA Final Four, 69-57.

Sister Jean is 98 years old, but that didn't stop her from attending all of Loyola-Chicago's tournament games and becoming a highlight of numerous television broadcasts. The Wolverines were last in the title game in 2013, when they lost to Louisville. The Ramblers had no answer for MI star Moe Wagner. The Ramblers were the fourth 11th-seeded team to make it this far and like the previous three, the semifinals were the end of the road.

Wagner led Michigan's second-half rally, and kept the Wolverines in the game during the first half when everyone else on the team was struggling to find the bottom of the net. Freshman Cameron Krutwig led Loyola with 17 points, while redshirt junior Clayton Custer had 15. Rebounds - Loyola of Chicago 31 (Ingram 9), MI 35 (Wagner 14).

As for the impact this team had on basketball at Loyola, Moser said: "They have so much to be proud of".

"I just tried to go in the game, take what the opponent is giving me, what the game is giving me, stay emotionally solid and don't get emotionally drunk, and it worked out today", Wagner said.

Custer scored seven straight points for Loyola at one point to put the Ramblers up 41-31 with 14:08 remaining.

Jaaron Simmons, Simpson's backup, made a 3 and Duncan Robinson hit another a few minutes later and the deficit was down to 45-42 with 10 minutes left.

Moritz Wagner is one of the most versatile forwards in college basketball - During his time at Ann arbor, the 6-11 German has displayed a deft touch around the basket, a penchant for spin moves through the lane, and an ability to knock down 3-point jumpers. "We're going to give her a little bit of an extended break from everything. and let her kind of catch her breath". His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.

MI will have its hands full when it takes on Villanova on Monday.

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