APNewsNow. Eds: Loyola of Chicago 74, Georgia 53.
By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- J.R. Blount scored 16 points, and Loyola of Chicago defeated Georgia 74-53 Monday night in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Loyola advanced to play 11th-ranked Purdue on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round. Purdue defeated Eastern Michigan 87-58 earlier Monday evening.
Georgia (1-1), which won the Southeastern Conference tournament last season, was seeded sixth, while Loyola was seeded 10th. Loyola (1-1), picked to finish eighth in the Horizon League, was coming off a loss to Division II Rockhurst in its season opener.