CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Thomas scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Loyola of Chicago pushed past Bradley 64-49 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams on Wednesday.

Devon Turk added 19 points and Milton Doyle had seven with five assists for the Ramblers (11-2, 1-0), who have won seven straight games. Loyola shot 46.7 percent from the field and has held five of its last six opponents under 50 points.

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Auston Barnes led the Braves (5-9, 0-1) with 10 points, Ka’Darryl Bell had nine and Josh Cunningham added eight with 10 rebounds. Barnes and Tramique Sutherland, two of Bradley’s leading scorers, were held to a combined 8-of-24 shooting.

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Turk hit two 3-pointers, three free throws and a layup during a 27-6 surge that sent the Ramblers to a 37-23 halftime advantage. Bradley pulled within eight with 14:36 remaining, but Loyola buckled down and led by as much as 19 late.

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