PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (CBS) — Loyola Ramblers Head Coach Drew Valentine was an assistant under Tom Izzo, and on Wednesday, the Ramblers faced Izzo and Michigan State in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Ramblers’ lead rose as high as nine early on thanks to a corner three-pointer by Lucas Williamson. Williamson had 16 points total in the game.

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At the break, the Ramblers were up five.

The score was tied in the final seconds. Tyson Walker lobbed the ball up and Marcus Bingham Jr. grabbed it for an alley-oop, giving the Spartans the lead with about 4 seconds to go.

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Afterward, Braden Norris made one final prayer shot for Loyola from half-court, but didn’t make it.

Loyola lost for the first time all season 63-61.

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Quoted on the Ramblers website, Coach Valentine said: “That was a big-time college basketball game. There are no moral victories for us. We have to find a way to stay positive, stay together and find ways to get better in areas where we are struggling right now, but I am proud of this team for the grit it showed today.”

CBS 2 Chicago Staff