Dec. 19, 2013
BALTIMORE - Dylon Cormier scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as Loyola University Maryland erased a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score twice after halftime, but the Greyhounds could ultimately not overtake Stony Brook University, and the Seawolves finished with a 76-69 non-conference decision on Thursday night in Reitz Arena.
Cormier went to the free throw line 21 times in the game, one shy of tying the school record set in 2009 by Jamal Barney. The senior guard made 16 of the attempts from the charity stripe, good for a tie for fifth in school single-game history.
Loyola (5-4) trailed by 17, 44-27, with 77 seconds left in the first half when Rayshaun McGrew made 1-of-2 free throws for the Seawolves (8-3). McGrew's points were the last Stony Brook scored in the first half, and it took a 44-31 advantage into the locker room.
Anthony Jackson made a 15-foot jumper for Stony Brook to score the first points of the second half, but the 15-point lead was the Seawolves' largest of the second stanza.
Two Denzel Brito free throws for Loyola at 16:02 made it 48-41 Stony Brook, but Jackson hit a three just over a minute later, and the Greyhounds' deficit was back to 10.
Neither Loyola, nor the Seawolves, scored for the next 1:56, but a Cormier fast-break layup ignited a 10-0 Loyola run in which he scored eight of the points. After Cormier's basket at 13:01, Eric Laster hit a runner in the lane a minute later to pull the Greyhounds within six, 51-45, and Cormier then hit pairs of free throws over the next two-plus minutes, tying the game at 51-51 with 9:41 to go.
Stony Brook answered by finding Jameel Warney in the post, and the Seawolves' leading scorer scored with his left hand to push his side back in front at 9:23.
A traditional 3-point play by Warney with 4:45 remaining gave Stony Brook a 63-57 advantage, but Loyola went on a 6-0 run led by R.J. Williams to tie the game a second time.
Laster started the mini-run with a basket in the paint, and Williams hit two free throws at 3:53, drawing the Greyhounds within two. He then pulled down a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for a layup that tied the game at 63-63 with 2:47 remaining.
Jackson, however, found space in the lane for a layup at 3:16, and Stony Brook retook the lead, one it would not relinquish the remainder of the game.
In addition to Cormier's 25 points, Williams added 11 for the Greyhounds. Warney and Jackson scored 20 and 19, respectively, for Stony Brook. Warney added 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Loyola had a season-high 13 steals in the game, led by Cormier's four. Brito had three, and Williams and Franz Rassman each had two.
The Greyhounds' defense reset itself at halftime after Stony Brook shot 61.5 percent before the break. The Seawolves, however, shot just 36.8 percent in the second.
Loyola returns to action Saturday, December 21, in Reitz Arena when it will host fellow Jesuit school Saint Joseph's University. The game will start at 3 o'clock and is part of a doubleheader that features the Loyola women hosting UMBC at 12 noon.