Jan. 7, 2012
BALTIMORE - Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson scored 23 and 16 points, respectively, and the Loyola University Maryland men's basketball team pulled away from Canisius College for a 77-62 Metro Atlantic Atheltic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds (11-4 overall, 4-1 MAAC) took a 15-point lead 4:05 into the second half on an Anthony Winbush offensive rebound and layup, but Canisius (3-12, 0-5) scored 21 of the next 31 points to close within four, 57-53, on an Alshwan Hymes three with 10:14 on the clock.
Olson scored the game's next seven points, however, building Loyola's advantage back to double-digits, 64-53, with a three at 7:28.
Harold Washington made a jumper on the Golden Griffins' ensuing possession, reducing the Greyhounds' lead to nine, but Cormier sank a three 14 ticks of the clock later from the low right corner, putting Loyola's lead back in double digits.
Cormier's trey, which was assisted by Olson, came at the same spot where he hit the game-winner with 3.1 seconds left Thursday night in a 61-60 victory over Manhattan College.
Loyola never led by less than 11 from that point forward.
"I was happy for Bobby and Dylon because they had not been shooting the ball all that well from the field recently," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We got a big lift from Anthony Winbush today, too. He can play so many different positions and do different things to really help us out, and he had a very good game."
Olson was on target from the game's early going, making his first two shots, both 3-pointers, to put Loyola ahead 6-4. Cormier made it a nine-point lead 7:30 into the game, but Gaby Belardo reduced it to three with a trey of his own at 11:42.
Chris Manhertz's jump-hook pulled the Golden Griffins within two points just under three minutes later, but Julius Brooks scored three in a row for the Greyhounds, one on a free throw and two on a put-back of an Olson misfire.
After a Manhertz fade-away went in, Cormier scored four in a row, and Justin Drummond drained a three to put Loyola up 30-20, it's first double-digit lead of the afternoon, at the 4:20 mark.
Olson knocked down his third three of the game after a Belardo jumper for Canisius, and Josiah Heath made two free throws at 2:59, but two Drummond baskets, the second on a fast-break dunk, put Loyola ahead 37-24 at halftime.
Canisius cut its deficit to eight quickly in the second half as Belardo made two buckets wrapped around a Washington three. Belardo's second jumper pulled the Golden Griffins to within 39-31 less than two mintues into the second stanza.
R.J. Williams, however, converted on two free throws, and an Olson steal and assist led to a Cormier fast-break layup. Winbush then took a Shane Walker pass and scored with 16:52 on the clock, and Loyola's lead was 45-31.
Washington and Chris Manhertz led Canisius with 15 points each, and Gaby Belardo added 14.
Erik Etherly scored 13 for the Greyhounds and led a balanced Loyola rebounding effort with seven. The Greyhounds outrebounded Canisius, 42-24, and Loyola scored 20 second-chance points.
Loyola had 15 turnovers, its most since committing 21 on December 7 in a win at George Washington University, but the Greyhounds had 18 assists.
Cormier dished out five helpers without committing a turnover, and Williams finished with four assists and a single turnover.
Winbush and Cormier both had six rebounds, while Olson, Walker and Williams each pulled down four.
The Greyhounds return to the road next weekend, making their first stop in Bridgeport, Conn., to face Fairfield University, on Friday, January 13, in a game that will be played in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. Loyola then takes on Iona College at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, in New Rochelle, N.Y.