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Free Throw Carries Rider Past Loyola, 61-60

Feb. 4, 2011

Final Stats

Lawrenceville, N.J. - Rider's Danny Stewart made the first of a two-shot foul with 3.5 seconds remaining to cap a 9-1 Broncs run to end the game and give Rider a 61-60 MAAC home victory over Loyola Friday night in Alumni Gymnasium.

Greyhounds sophomore guard Robert Olson converted two free throws with 3:19 to play to give Loyola a 59-52 lead. But the Broncs got six points from senior guard Justin Robinson around a Stewart layup to take a 60-59 lead with 49.8 seconds remaining. On Loyola's possession, Olson was fouled attempting to put back an offensive rebound and he made the second of the two shots to tie the game with 23.9 left.

Rider (16-8, 8-4 MAAC) held for the last shot and positioned the ball to Stewart under the basket where a foul was called with 3.5 remaining. Having missed his three previous attempts in the game, Stewart swished the first and intentionally missed the second. Loyola rebounded and put the ball in the hands of senior guard Brian Rudolph, whose half-court shot bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.

Loyola (11-11, 7-5 MAAC) rode strong first-half shooting to take a 35-31 halftime lead, shooting 53.6 percent (15-28) largely behind the marksmanship of Olson (5-7) and sophomore forward Erik Etherly (5-6) with Etherly adding nine rebounds. Etherly's dunk put a thunderous end to a 20-4 Greyhounds run which turned a seven-point deficit into a nine-point lead at 29-20 with under six minutes to play.

But it was a different story in the second half for Loyola. The Greyhounds shot just 28.0 percent after the intermission (7-25) and were one-of-nine from three-point range. They were able to stay in the game and build the seven-point lead by making nine of 12 foul shots until the final three minutes.

Etherly finished with his second straight and fourth career double-double, scoring 16 points - one off his career-high - and grabbing a career-best 15 rebounds. Olson led Loyola in scoring with 17 points to tie for game-high honors. Junior forward Shane Walker grabbed 10 rebounds, but was mostly ineffective as he played just 26 minutes and scored just three points before fouling out.

The Broncs' Novar Gadson tied for game-high scoring honors with 17 and Robinson added 15, including 10 in the second half. Stewart was six-of-nine from the field to finish with 13 points and Brandon Penn came off the bench to take 13 shots and contribute 10 points.

Loyola has the weekend off from game action and will travel to Siena for a rematch with the Saints Monday night in Albany, N.Y.