Feb. 19, 2012
BALTIMORE - Robert Olson made four second-half 3-pointers, and Loyola University Maryland shot 71.4-percent from the field after halftime to pull away from Boston University for a 69-56 victory in Bracketbuster action on Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
The win, Loyola's 20th of the 2011-2012 season, set a school Division I record for victories in a season. Previously, the Greyhounds' best was 19 wins in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Loyola joined Division I in 1981-1982.
Three straight teams coached my Emil "Lefty" Reitz won 20 or more games from 1946-1949. The 1948-1949 team holds the school record for victories with 25. Jim Lacy, the leading scorer from those teams, and the all-time leader in points at Loyola, was honored during today's game.
Olson tied Boston University's Darryl Partin for game-high honors with 17 points, but Olson needed just seven shots for his total. He made all but one and was 5-of-6 form 3-point range. Olson also had four rebounds and tied Anthony Winbush for team-high honors with three assists.
"Bobby did a good job of letting the game come to him," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "He passed up some shots and got other people the ball in the first half, but then he took great shots in the second half.
"Twenty wins means a lot to this program, to this school. It is something that hadn't been accomplished before in Division I history, and it was a goal, one of many. We came off two games where we didn't play very well, so to come out and win against a very good Boston University team is important."
Loyola's victory also snapped a two-game losing skid that saw the Greyhounds (20-7) average 52.5 points in a pair of defeats to Fairfield University and Marist College.
The Greyhounds made just 30-percent (33-of-110) of their shots in the losses, but they finished Sunday's win with an even 50-percent from the field, making 25-of-50. Loyola also equaled its assist total from the two games, passing out 12 against the Terriers.
Neither Loyola, nor Boston University, could get much going on offense in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Greyhounds were just 3-of-11 from the field with seven turnovers, while the Terriers made just 4-of-15 shots while committing eight turnovers through the first 11:41.
Dylon Cormier, who finished with 14 points, converted a layup off an Olson steal to put the Greyhounds in front, 11-10 with 8:19 on the clock.
Erik Etherly scored the next three points for Loyola, but Partin knocked down a three with 8:07 to go, making it a one-point game again.
After Partin's three, Etherly used a strong inside move to score a layup on Loyola's next possession, starting a 14-4 run that put the Greyhounds ahead, 28-17, on two Justin Drummond free throw with 2:52 to go before the half.
The Terriers, however, closed the half on a 11-1 run of their own, pulling to within a point, 28-27, on a D.J. Irving jumper with 10 seconds left.
Boston University twice tied the game early in the second half, the final time coming at 16:30 on an Irving jumper.
Following that basket was when Olson started to take over the game with his outside shooting.
He caught a Winbush pass and drained a three with 16:05 to play, giving the Greyhounds the lead for good.
The three sparked a 16-3 Loyola run, during which Olson would hit another three. A Winbush layup with 11:28 to go made Loyola's lead 50-37.
Minutes later, however, the Terriers had chipped away and made it a 54-48 game on a traditional 3-point play by Travis Robinson with 6:25 to go.
Dom Morris would score inside for Boston University on its next trip down the court, cutting Loyola's advantage to just four with 5:42 on the clock.
Olson again would knock down a big shot for Loyola, hitting a three from the right side off a Cormier assist 16 seconds after Morris' basket.
Loyola forced a Malik Thomas turnover, and then off a sideline out-of-bounds play, Etherly threw down a one-handed dunk to give Loyola a nine-point advantage. Olson then drained another three at 4:32.
Four Greyhounds scored in double figures, led by Olson's 17. Cormier tallied 14, while Drummond and Etherly added 12 and 11 each. Etherly had a team-high six rebounds as Loyola outrebounded the Terriers, 36-34.
Irving scored 16 in addition to Partin's 17 for the Terriers.
Loyola closed its home regular-season schedule with the win. The Greyhounds are on the road next weekend for a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games to close the year. Up first is a 7 o'clock date at Rider University on Friday, February 24, that will be broadcast on ESPN2.