Cold stretch in second half sinks Loyola at Rider

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Loyola University Maryland’s Robert Olson scored a career-high 25 points, but a cold stretch in the second half allowed Rider University to recover from a four-point halftime deficit, and the Broncs defeated the Greyhounds, 64-57, in Metro Atlantic Atlantic Conference action on Sunday afternoon.


The Greyhounds (12-6 overall, 4-2 MAAC) led by six, 33-27, after a Dylon Cormier 1:02 into the second half, but Rider scored 11 of the next 12 points and never trailed after Jonathon Thompson made a layup at 16:26 to make it 36-34.


Loyola made just 3-of-11 from the field in the 12 minutes after Cormier’s basket to start the second half, a stretch in which Rider (9-9, 4-2) broke open an 11-point advantage, 51-40, with 7:04 on the clock.


The Broncs battled back midway through the first half after Loyola led in the early going to take a four-point advantage with 6:24 left in the period on a Dera Nd-Ezuma basket. Loyola, however, tied the game twice after that and took the lead on an Olson three with 1:51 on the clock.


Anthony Myles trimmed the lead to 29-27 for Rider with a free throw at 1:02, but Etherly tipped in a Cormier miss just before the halftime buzzer to put Loyola up, 31-24, at the break.


Cormier’s basket then gave the Greyhounds their largest advantage of the game.


Thompson and Danny Steward each scored 15 in the second half and both finished with 23 points for the Broncs. Stewart tied Loyola’s Julius Brooks for game-high honors with eight rebounds, as Rider had a slim 37-35 advantage on the boards.


Loyola tied its marks for its worst shooting game of the season, matching lows of 19 field goals and a 33.3-percent clip from the field.


The Greyhounds return to Retiz Arena for a Thursday, January 17, game at 7:30 p.m. versus Marist College, a game that will be televised live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. 

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