Loyola's Clayton Custer On Sweet 16 Run: 'Dream Come True'

Custer hit the game-winning shot that lifted Loyola past Tennessee.

Mully & Hanley Show
March 19, 2018 - 12:10 pm
Loyola guard Clayton Custer hits the game-winner

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(670 The Score) The shot that sent Loyola to the Sweet 16 didn't feel right for junior guard Clayton Custer. He let it go and feared it would bounce harmlessly off the rim.

Instead, Custer got the bounce he needed and delivered the 11th-seeded Ramblers a 63-62 victory over the third-seeded Tennessee Volunteers in their second-round matchup. The Missouri Valley Player of the Year, Custer was the hero in another last-second victory for Loyola, this one sending the Ramblers to the Sweet 16.

With Loyola set to square off against seventh-seeded Nevada on Thursday evening, Custer joined the Mully & Hanley Show on Monday morning and discussed his game-winning shot.

"I just went right, kind of felt I got my defender going enough where if I elevated he wasn't going to really be able to contest it," Custer said. "I shot it. I knew it didn't feel great. It was on line, but it felt a little bit short. I was kind of hoping it would rattle in. Once I saw it hit the front of the rim, I didn't have a good feeling about it. 

"I was hoping to get it off at least in time where we would have a chance for someone to come in there and tip it in if I missed. Lucky enough, it got a really soft roll and fell in. 

"I'm not blind to see I got a lucky roll on that shot. It made me think back to all the time I've put into the game. I was glad that ball fell in."

With two wild wins, Loyola has become a Cinderella of this NCAA Tournament, one of two 11 seeds to reach the Sweet 16.

The Ramblers returned home to campus in Rogers Park on Sunday to hundreds of fans gathered to welcome them back. Loyola hopes for more March magic as it prepares for Nevada.

"This has been certainly a dream come true for me," Custer said. "It's an experience that not a lot of people can have. We're definitely trying to enjoy the ride."