CHICAGO (AP) — Marques Townes made a key 3-pointer and finished with 12 points as top-seeded Loyola-Chicago beat No. 5 seed Bradley 62-54 on Saturday in a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinal at the Scottrade Center.

Loyola-Chicago (27-5) has won a season-best nine straight games and will face the Illinois State-Southern Illinois winner on Sunday in the championship.

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Bradley trailed the entire second half and pulled to 56-54 with 4:47 to play but didn’t’ score again, missing its last five field goals and two free throws.

Townes hit a 3-pointer with 1:25 remaining and the Ramblers made 3 of 4 free throws to end it.

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ST. LOUIS, MO – MARCH 03: Loyola (Il) Ramblers guard Clayton Custer (13) goes up for a layup during the second half of a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinal basketball game. The Loyola (Il) Ramblers defeated the Bradley Braves 62-54 on March 3, 2018, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Clayton Custer also scored 12 points for Loyola-Chicago. Cluster and Townes each made two of the Ramblers’ nine 3-pointers.

Donte Thomas, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, and Nate Kennell scored 12 points apiece for Bradley (20-13). Darrell Brown chipped in 11.

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