Martins combine for 41

Published 10:02 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Last March Loyola-Chicago beat Nevada by one point in the Sweet 16, went on to the Final Four and became the darlings of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The Martin twins and Nevada got a measure of revenge on the Ramblers’ home floor on Nov. 27. The fifth-ranked Wolf Pack (7-0) raced to a 44-28 halftime lead and won 79-65.

Before the game, Loyola great Jerry Harkness presented a Final Four ring to Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 99-year-old nun and team chaplain who charmed the nation during last year’s magical run.

Then the Martin twins shot out Loyola’s bright lights. Caleb had 17 of his 21 points in the first half. He made 8 of 13 field goals, handed out five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Cody had 20 points on 9-14 shooting and added seven assists.

“There was a lot of motivation,” Caleb said. “We thought that it could have been us (in the Final Four).”

For the week of Nov. 19-25, Caleb was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week as he averaged 21.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.7 steals during a 3-0 stretch.