BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland used a 23-6 run to cut a 19-point Towson University lead to two with less than five minutes to play, but the Tigers held off the Greyhounds for a 63-50 victory Thursday night in Reitz Arena.
The Tigers (3-5 overall) led 44-25 on a Dominique Johnson three with 13:19 left in regulation, but a Colleen Marshall layup and free throw 25 seconds later and back-to-back threes by Lisa Mirarchi and Steph Smith cut the Greyhounds' deficit to 10.
Towson scored four of the next seven points to go up 48-37 on a Breonn Hughey layup, but Loyola then scored 10 of the next 12 points.
Smith and Marshall each hit 3-pointers for the Greyhounds during the stretch, and a Marshall free throw at 4:49 drew Loyola within a pair, 50-48.
The Tigers, however, scored nine-straight and held Loyola without a point until only 25 seconds remained in the game.
Johnson led all players with 18 points for Towson, and LaTorri Hines-Allen had 17.
Mirarchi scored 17 for the Greyhounds, followed by Marshall who had 16. Smith contributed 10, and Jeneh Perry came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds.
The Greyhounds (0-6) continue their seven-game homestand on Saturday when they host Mount St. Mary's University at 3:30 p.m. in a Loyola-Mount doubleheader.