Dec. 21, 2013
BALTIMORE - After Saint Joseph's University shot 64.5 percent from the field in the first half to Loyola University Maryland's 31.8, the Greyhounds flipped the script in the second, outshooting the Hawks, 55.6-19.0. Saint Joseph's however, held off Loyola for an 88-77 non-conference victory between two Jesuit schools in Reitz Arena.
The Hawks (6-4) led 60-24 at the break, making 8-of-12 from behind the 3-point line and 20-of-31 overall in the first half. Loyola, however, held Saint Joseph's to just four second-half field goals in 21 attempts, outscoring the Hawks, 53-28 in the frame.
Loyola (5-5) trimmed its deficit to single-digits, 79-70, on a Dylon Cormier three with 1:35 remaining, but it could not draw closer.
Cormier finished with his third double-double of the season, logging game-highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds. He also had five assists without a turnover and a steal.
Saint Joseph's Langston Galloway made his first three shots, all 3-pointers, helping the Hawks jump ahead 11-4 just 2:28 into the game, but Loyola scored eight of the next 10 points to trail by one, 13-12, on a Jarred Jones three at 15:39.
The Hawks, however, scored the next six points, and they pushed the advantage to 10 with 12:21 left in the half on two Chris Wilson free throws.
R.J. Williams made a pair of free throws for the Greyhounds at 10:42, pulling them back within five, 24-19, but a Saint Joseph's scored the next 17 points and were up 41-19 when Wilson sank a three with 6:46 left.
Two Cormier free throws momentarily broke the run, but all told, the Hawks outscored Loyola 34-5 in the final 10:42 of the first half.
Saint Joseph's kept its lead above 30 for nearly the first 10 minutes of the second half, and it was 72-42 on a Halil Kanacevic tip-in at 9:30, but a 20-5 Loyola run trimmed the advantage to 77-62 on a Williams layup at 3:19.
Ronald Roberts, Jr., made 1-of-2 at the line for Saint Joseph's with 2:15 left before a Cormier layup, Eric Laster three and Cormier three made it 79-70 with 1:35 remaining.
The Hawks, however, made 8-of-12 free throws after that point to keep the game out of reach. In the game, Saint Joseph's made 32-of-40 at the line, while Loyola was just 17-of-26.
Four Hawks scored in double figures, led by 20 from Roberts Jr.; Wilson and Isaiah Miles each scored 17, and Galloway added 14, although they all came in the game's first eight minutes.
Twenty-three of Cormier's 27 came in the second half. He finished 10-of-15 from the field, 9-of-13 after halftime. His five assists led the Greyhounds, were a season-high and one off his career-best.
Jarred Jones added 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Laster scored 19 and Williams had nine. Williams added four turnover-less assists and two steals.
The Greyhounds will take the next nine days off before playing their first game after the Christmas holiday, a 7 o'clock tipoff at the University of Miami on Monday, December 30, in Coral Gables, Fla.