Jan. 4, 2013
BALTIMORE - Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both scored 21 points, as Loyola University Maryland used runs of 11-2 and 16-4 runs in a 71-65 win over Rider University on Friday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Reitz Arena.
Cormier and Etherly each took turns leading Loyola (10-5 overall, 2-1 MAAC) in a half. Etherly scored 12 in the first, and Cormier made 6-of-8 second-half attempts and finished the stanza with 19, the most in a half this season by a Greyhounds' player.
Rider (6-9, 1-2) tied the game at 25-25 on a Nurideen Lindsey free throw with 3:17 to go in the first half, but it was the last point the Broncs would score before the break.
Etherly got the second offensive rebound of a Loyola possession and put it back in with just over two minutes to go before the break, and he scored on another layup with 53 ticks on the clock.
Cormier came down with a rebound on the defensive end off a missed Rider 3-pointer, and his outlet pass to a streaking Jarred Jones turned into a dunk on the fast break, and Loyola took a 31-25 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The assist was one of Cormier's career-high six in the game. He added seven rebounds and two steals for the Greyhounds.
Out of halftime, Cormier scored the first five points with a steal and fast-break layup and a three from the top of the perimeter, His three capped an 11-2 run and gave the Greyhounds their first double-digit lead of the game, 36-25.
Rider nearly came all the way back, cutting the Loyola advantage to 43-41 with 10:59 to play on a Dera Nd-Ezuma layup.
Loyola, however, responded with a 16-4 run, spurred by eight Cormier points. He culminated the run with an offensive rebound off his own free throw miss and laid it in to put Loyola ahead, 59-45, with 4:26 on the clock.
Rider bracketed a Jonathan Thompson fast-break layup at 3:55 with a pair of 3-pointers, however, the second triple off the hand of Tommy Pereira pulled the Broncs within six, 59-53, with 3:36 to go.
Cormier and Thompson traded layups, and Cormier then found Robert Olson curling to the free-throw line for a jumper, and Loyola as back up eight, 63-55, with 1:48 left.
Cormier, Etherly and Olson all made 2-of-2 on trips to the free-throw line from there, and Loyola sealed the win late.
"I thought we made better decisions on offense tonight than we had in the last home game (December 28 against Bucknell)," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "Dylon and Erik were obviously big, but there were a lot of other big contributions tonight, like Jarred Jones with a really solid game for us."
The Greyhounds controlled a 38-29 advantage on the glass with Etherly leading all players with eight.
Anthony Winbush and Olson each scored 10 for the Greyhounds, and they chipped in five and four rebounds, respectively.
Loyola continues MAAC action on Sunday afternoon when they tip-off at 12 noon against Saint Peter's University in Retiz Arena. The game precedes a Loyola-Saint Peter's women's game that will start at 2:30 p.m.