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Loyola stays hot with a 79-65 win over visiting SIU

Donte Ingram hit five three-pointers and scored 25 points and Loyola won for the fourth consecutive time and fifth time in six games by shooting its way past Southern Illinois, 79-65 in a Missouri Valley Conference battle Wednesday night at Gentile Arena.

The win streak is the Ramblers’ longest in conference play since a six-game string in 2006-07 when the team was in the Horizon League.

Ingram hit two free throws with :30 remaining and Clayton Custer hit a layup with :01 left to send Loyola into intermission with a 35-23 advantage. Loyola maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way, extending it to as many as 18 points down the stretch.

Cameron Krutwig scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Loyola (15-4, 5-2). Custer added 12 points, four assists and three steals.

SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Porter Moser of the Loyola (Il) Ramblers is seen during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion on December 13, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Loyola-Chicago 81-61. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 587708687

Sean Lloyd Jr. finished with 21 points to lead Southern Illinois (11-9, 3-4). Tyler Smithpeters added 12 points.