Jan. 19, 2012
BALTIMORE - Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each scored eight points during Loyola University Maryland's 22-2 run, and the Greyhounds raced past Siena College for a 66-55 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win on Thursday night in front of a loud Reitz Arena crowd.
Cormier led all players with 17 points, and Olson had 16 for the Greyhounds (13-5 overall, 6-2 MAAC).
Kyle Downey put Siena (8-10, 3-5) ahead 47-40 with a pair of free throws at 10:35, matching the Saints largest lead of the game.
On Loyola's next possession, Justin Drummond grabbed one of his four offensive rebounds and five seconds later, Cormier knocked down a three to make it a four-point game.
Erik Etherly, who had 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, blocked a point-blank layup attempt by Brandon Walters on Siena's offensive end. Cormier pulled down the rebound and raced coast-to-coast for a fast-break layup at 9:38.
Shane Walker came up with a steal for Loyola, and Drummond pulled down a rebound after an Etherly misfire, laying it back in to tie the game at 47-47 with 9:10 to play.
An unforced Siena turnover led to an Olson three from the right corner to put the Greyhounds up for good.
Olson would make two free throws the next time down the court for Loyola,a nd Cormier knocked down another three, making it a 15-0 run before O.D. Anoskie scored on a layup with 6:26 to go.
The Greyhounds scored seven straight after Anoskie's basket, as Etherly and Anthony Winbush both went 2-of-2 at the line, and Olson knocked down another trey, staking Loyola to a 13-point advantage, 62-49 with 2:48 to go, its largest advantage of the game.
"I thought that we stayed together and didn't panic when we were down," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "Dylon Cormier continues to be our emotional leader, and he and Bobby hit big shots in that stretch for us. Our fans, especially our students, were great tonight. That was a great atmosphere and a loud crowd."
Anoskie led Siena with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Downey added 15 points, and Owen Wignot had 10.
Loyola forced 16 Siena turnovers on 11 steals, seven of the turnovers coming during the 22-2 run.
The Greyhounds led 29-27 at halftime on a Cormier runner with just under 30 seconds left before the break, but the early going in the second half saw the teams tied on four occasions before Siena went on a 5-0 run to lead 43-38 on an Anosike layup with 12:33 remaining.
Drummond scored in the paint for the Greyhounds, cutting it to a three-point game, but a Walters dunk and Downey's two free throws made it a 47-40 Siena advantage.
The Greyhounds return to action on Sunday at 12 noon in Reitz Arena when they host Saint Peter's College.