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Loyola-Chicago Players in Tears After Michigan Ends Tournament Cinderella Run

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2018

Loyola-Chicago guard Marques Townes, left, reacts in front of head coach Porter Moser during the second half against Michigan in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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The 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers' Cinderella run in theΒ NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship came to an end in the Final Four on Saturday night, and with it came the heartbreak that is March Madness.

Loyola-Chicago held a double-digit lead over the Michigan Wolverines in the second half of the national semifinal matchup. However, Michigan's Moe Wagner (24 points and 15 rebounds) came up big for his team down the stretch and helped the Wolverines pull out a 69-57 victory.

Ramblers players were understandably emotional walking back to the locker room after the season-ending loss:

USA TODAY Sports @usatodaysports

Loyola Chicago players in tears as they make their way to the locker room following a 69-57 loss to Michigan. #FinalFour https://t.co/JZpVechfkw

The loss stings now, but reaching the Final Four for just the second time in program history is an incredible accomplishment:

Loyola Men's Basketball @RamblersMBB

Thank you to everyone who supported us during this amazing season and run. We couldn't have done it without you. #OnwardLU #FinalFour https://t.co/S4Jdh32qOa

College basketball fans will not soon forget these Ramblers.

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