Jan. 31, 2013
BUFFALO - Robert Olson scored a career-high 27 points, and a pair of Loyola University Maryland freshmen helped spark a second-half rally, but the Greyhounds fell, 91-79, at Canisius College on Thursday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.
Olson eclipsed his previous best of 25, also on the road this month at Rider University, but five Canisius players scored in double figures, and the Golden Griffins shot 13-of-19 from 3-point range and 60.4-percent overall from the field.
Canisius (14-8 ovearll, 7-4 MAAC) led by as many as 21 with 11:04 left in regulation, but Loyola freshmen Jarred Jones and Eric Laster helped the Greyhounds (15-8, 7-4) pull within five, 80-75, on an Olson three with 4:16 left.
The freshmen combined for 14 points, three rebounds and two steals, all in the second half.
Jordan Heath, who led Canisius with a career-best 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, knocked down a three with 6:30 to go, making the Golden Griffins' lead, 80-62.
Olson, however, knocked down a three to respond for Loyola, sparking a 13-0 run for the Greyhounds.
Jones had a steal and fast-break layup, hitting the ensuing free throw after being fouled, and then Laster hit a 12-foot jumper off an Olson assist. Dylon Cormier scored on a layup, and Olson bookended the run with another three to cut the Greyhounds' deficit to 80-75 with 4:16 on the clock.
Baron missed a well-defended shot on the Golden Griffins' next possession, but Heath got the offensive rebound and was fouled, making both free throws to put Canisius back up seven. Erik Etherly hit a free-throw on the offensive end for Loyola, but Baron made a three to push the Greyhounds' deficit back to nine.
In addition to Heath's 21 points, Isaac Sosa made 6-of-7 threes and finished with 19, and Baron tallied 16. Harold Washington scored 13, and Chris Manhertz added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Canisius jumped out to a 15-point lead in the game's first nine minutes, leading 23-8 on a Heath layup at 11:32. Loyols responded, scoring 15 of the next 19 points to cut the lead to 27-23 on an Etherly layup at 6:52.
The Golden Griffins, however, would push their lead to 12, 43-31, at halftime.
Cormier and Etherly both scored 13 for Loyola.
For the second game in a row, the Greyhounds were one shy of their season-high in assists, totaling 18 on Thursday night. Olson led Loyola in most statistical categories, dishing out five assists and coming up with four steals.
Loyola scored 32 point off turnovers, as opposed to just three for Canisius, as the Greyhounds had only three turnovers to the Golden Griffins' 16.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Saturday, February 2, at MAAC-leading Niagara University in a 3 o'clock game.