Jan. 13, 2014
BALTIMORE - R.J. Williams logged his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-best 10 assists, and Dylon Cormier tallied one with game-highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds, as Loyola University Maryland defeated Lafayette College, 77-63, on Monday night in front of a national television audience on CBS Sports Network in Reitz Arena.
Williams also had six rebounds and a steal for the Greyhounds (8-8 overall, 3-2 Patriot League), while Cormier made 11-of-15 shots from the field, had three assists and three steals.
After not shooting 50 percent or better since December 4, 2013, the Greyhounds did so for the second game in a row, hitting a season-best 54.9 percent (28-of-51) of their shots.
Lafayette (4-12, 0-5) entered the game as the top scoring team in the Patriot League, averaging 75.1 points per game, but Loyola held them to 29.2 percent from the field, and just 26 points, in the second half.
Eric Laster and Jordan Latham scored Loyola's first 17 points of the game with Laster knocking down three 3-pointers in the game's first five minutes en route to 13 points. With Latham chipping in two baskets, including a big dunk, Loyola led 17-9 on Laster's third three of the game at 15:09.
The Leopards scored eight of the next 10 points, and it was a two-point game just over 90 seconds later after a Dan Trist layup.
Joey Ptasinski hit two threes for Lafayette in a span of 45 seconds, the latter giving the Leopards a 27-26 lead of the game with 8:28 to play before halftime. Ptasinski hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half and was 5-of-8 for the game, finishing with 15 points.
Loyola tied the game at 35-35 on a Tyler Hubbard three at 2:33, but Nick Lindner scored the last bucket of the half for Lafayette at 1:21, and the Leopards led 37-35 at the break.
Bryce Scott pushed the Leopards' advantage to three 1:35 into the second stanza, but Cormier scored grabbed an offensive rebound on the next possession and scored, and he converted a fast-break layup after a Williams rebound and outlet pass to put Loyola in front at 17:25. It was a lead the Greyhounds would not relinquish.
Zach Ruger got Lafayette within four, 52-48, at 11:37 after it had been down eight, but the Greyhounds scored eight of the next line - with Cormier tallying six - and Loyola was up 60-49 with 9:15 remaining.
The Leopards did not get closer than nine after that point in the game.
Loyola outrebounded the Leopards, 38-23, with four players grabbing six or more: Cormier (11), Jarred Jones (7), Latham (6) and Williams (6). The 15-rebound margin was the Greyhounds greatest of the year.
In addition to Cormier's 25 and Williams' 12, Laster finished with 14 points, and Latham had 12. After scoring 14 on Saturday afternoon against Lehigh University, Latham's 12 gave him 10 or more in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
Lindner led Lafayette with 17 points, going 8-of-8 at the foul line.
Loyola returns to Patriot League play and CBS Sports Network after a one-week break. The Greyhounds play at Boston University on Monday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m.