Dec. 4, 2013
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland scored 12 of the first 16 points after halftime to snap a 39-39 tie at the break, and Dylon Cormier tallied 23 points to lead five Greyhounds in double figures as Loyola defeated The Catholic University of America, 87-75, on Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.
Jordan Latham scored in the paint 1:14 into the second half, and Tyler Hubbard made it a five-point possession for Loyola after Cormier grabbed the rebound after Latham missed a free throw. Hubbard splashed a three from the top left side, and the Greyhounds (5-2) were in front for good.
Franz Rassman, who scored a career-high 14 points, capped a 12-4 Loyola run with a layup at 16:50, staking the Greyhounds to a 51-43 advantage with 16:50 left in regulation.
Although Catholic (3-2) cut its deficit to six on a Bryson Fonville jumper 49 ticks of the clock later, a Rassman layup at 15:37 and a Jarred Jones steal and fast-break dunk 50 seconds later made it 55-45 Loyola.
The Greyhounds held a double-digit lead for much of the next five minutes, but a runner by Steve Limberiou with 8:21 remaining cut their advantage to five, 65-60.
Cormier, who scored 20 or more for the sixth time in seven games this year, sparked a 7-0 run with a layup on Loyola's next possession, and after a Jones layup in transition, Cormier scored the next three points on a free throw at 6:36 and a layup at 5:50; the latter gave the Greyhounds a 72-60 lead.
Loyola would push its lead to 17 in the next several minutes before the final horn.
In addition to Cormier's 23 and Rassman's 14, Jones tallied 13, Hubbard, 11, and Latham, 10. Loyola shot 53 percent from the field, making 35-of-66 shots, led by Rassman's 7-of-9.
Eric Laster led Loyola with five assists, coming without a turnover, and tied Cormier for team-high seven rebounds. Cormier also blocked a career-high three shots.
Fonville paced the Cardinals with 19 points; he logged a double-double, passing out 11 of his 13 assists in the first half.
The game was the 88th all-time meeting between the teams in a series that started in 1911. Loyola will play another long-time foe on Saturday, December 7, when it travels to Emmitsburg, Md., for a 2 o'clock game against Mount St. Mary's University. The game will be the 169th between the teams, and it will air live on MASN in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic area and SNY in the New York market.