Big Second Half Run Pushes Men's Basketball Past Siena

Feb. 16, 2013

Final Stats

ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena College scored the first two points of the second half, but after a Loyola University Maryland timeout, the Greyhounds went on a 15-0 run to break open a 52-31 lead that would expand to 29 later in the half, as Loyola defeated the host Saints, 80-57, on Saturday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Times Union Center.

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson both scored 14 during the second half, as Cormier finished with a game-best 24, and Olson was right behind with 20.

Siena's O.D. Anoskie scored on a putback 1:36 into second period, and the Saints (6-21 overall, 4-12 MAAC) were within six, 37-31, after trailing by as many as 19 in the first.

Coming out of a timeout, however, Olson hit a deep jumper, and Anthony Winbush came up with a steal that led to an Olson three with 17:02 on the clock. Olson then made a pair of free throws on Loyola's next possession for his seventh-straight points, and Loyola led, 44-31, with 16:23 remaining.

Olson scored two more during the run, as he finished 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

In addition to the combined 44 points by Cormier and Olson, Erik Etherly scored 11 and Julius Brooks recorded 10 to score in double-digits for the first time in his four-year career.

Etherly led Loyola with six rebounds, as the Greyhounds (19-9, 11-5) outrebounded Siena, 32-27.

"I thought that we played with good energy tonight," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We shot well tonight in a building that we like to shoot in, but I thought that we did a good job of being in the right spots defensively, rebounding after the first few minutes and playing with energy."

Loyola led by just two, 11-9, with 14:33 to play in the first half, but a Winbush layup sparked a 22-5 run that would see the Greyhounds ahead 33-14 on an Etherly jumper with less than seven minutes left before halftime.

Siena, however, clawed its way back to a single-digit deficit before halftime. An Evan Hymes three, his second since Etherly's jumper, with 31 ticks to go before the break cut Loyola's lead to 37-29.

The Greyhounds shot 52.8-percent (28-of-53) from the field in the game and better - 53.3-percent (8-of-15) from behind the arc. Loyola also had 17 assists in the game, led by Winbush's five and R.J. Williams' four.

Loyola also took advantage of 15 Siena turnovers that turned into 28 Greyhounds' points. Cormier had five of Loyola's nine steals in the game.

The Greyhounds step out of conference play for their next game, a Saturday, February 23, date with Tennessee State Unviersity in Nashville in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters.