Nov. 11, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After averaging 32.5 points in Loyola University Maryland men's basketball's two season-opening wins this weekend, senior guard Dylon Cormier was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday.
Cormier led the Greyhounds to a 79-74 victory over Binghamton University on Friday night before sparking a comeback and sealing a 93-89 overtime win at Cornell University on Sunday afternoon.
The Baltimore native became the first player in Loyola history to post two 30-point games to start the season, and he is the first Greyhound to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.
In the opener at Binghamton, Cormier scored 21 of his then-career-high 31 points in the second half, and his free throw less with than two minutes to play gave Loyola the lead for good. He tallied six rebounds and three steals, as well, against the Bearcats.
Cormier's career-high did not stand for long, as he broke the mark less than 48 hours later in the win at Cornell. He scored 12 first-half points in just 10 minutes of action, and Loyola led by one at the break, but the Big Red took a five-point lead just over three minutes into the second until Cormier knocked down a three at 15:53.
Cornell had another run in it, taking a 73-66 lead with 5:45 to play, but Cormier scored seven unanswered points in a stretch of 54 seconds to pull Loyola even at 73-73 with a layup at 3:40.
After the game headed to overtime, Cormier knocked down two free throws at 1:42, and he sank a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter with a minute remaining, pushing the Loyola advantage to four.
Later, after Cornell cut the lead to just three, and the Big Red had the ball, Cormier stripped Nola Cressler as he lined up for a three at the top of the arc, corralled the ball and was fouled with 13.9 left to play. He made 1-of-2 free throws to ice the win.
In addition to his scoring exploits, Cormier logged his first career double-double against Cornell, going for a career-best 11 rebounds. He also had three steals in the game.
The award is the first for Cormier and any Loyola player, as the Greyhounds became members of the Patriot League in July 2013. Previously, Cormier had earned one player of the week honor in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Cormier and the Greyhounds are back in action on Saturday, November 16, with an 8 o'clock game that will air live on MASN in the Mid-Atlantic area and SNY in the Connecticut and New York region.