Loyola's Donte Ingram On Game-Winner: 'I Was Numb'

With an upset of Miami, Loyola advanced to face Tennessee in the second round.

Laurence Holmes Show
March 16, 2018 - 11:15 am
Loyola guard Donte Ingram

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(670 The Score) Once Loyola wing Donte Ingram got the ball in his hands in the waning seconds against Miami on Thursday afternoon, he wasn't giving it up.

A senior, he was ready for the weight of the game to fall on his shoulders. What followed was a storybook ending, with Ingram's 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left giving his 11th-seeded Ramblers a 64-62 win over the sixth-seeded Hurricanes in a first-round game in the South Region in Dallas. It was Loyola's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1985.

"To do it in that atmosphere, for it to be in the clutch like that, I mean, I was numb,"  Ingram said in an interview on the Laurence Holmes Show on Thursday evening. "I hit the shot, and I couldn't believe I hit it for a second. I had confidence that it was going in, but obviously once you hit a shot like that, you just lose it. I was celebrating with the guys. It's just an unreal feeling."

Loyola (29-5) advance to face third-seeded Tennessee in the second round. That game will tip off at 5:10 p.m. CT Saturday.

"It's another dream come true," Ingram said.