Senior guard Jonathon Thompson and freshman forward Derrick Stewart led a second-half surge as host Rider rallied to beat Loyola, 64-57, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball game Sunday.
Thompson and Stewart scored 23 points apiece, combining to make 16 of 22 shots from the field for the Broncs (9-9, 4-2 MAAC), who have won three in a row since ending a five-game losing streak. Stewart also grabbed eight rebounds and Thompson had five.
Senior guard Robert Olson scored 25 points for the Greyhounds (12-6, 4-2), who had won three games in a row.
The first half featured seven ties and four lead changes. Neither team led by more than four points. The Greyhounds led at the break 31-27.
Loyola went up 34-29 with 18:02 remaining in the second half, but the Broncs battled back. Thompson drained a 3-pointer and made two layups to fuel a 9-0 run that put Rider up 38-34 with 15:20 to go. The Greyhounds cut the deficit to two on a couple of occasions, but the Broncs pulled away with another 9-0 run that put them up 49-40 with 7:31 to play.
Navy 62, Lafayette 44: An early 23-4 run gave the host Midshipmen (8-8) a lead over the Leopards (7-9) that they would not relinquish in the Patriot League opener for both teams.
Junior Alix Membreno paced Navy with 19 points, which tied her career high for the most points scored against a Patriot League opponent. She added six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Both sophomore Chloe Stapleton and junior Audrey Bauer were 3-for-6 from 3-point range, which helped Stapleton to tally 13 points and Bauer 12.
Navy notched a victory in its league opener for the fourth consecutive season.
Rider 81, Loyola 74, OT: The host Greyhounds (6-9, 1-3 MAAC) blew a 16-point lead in the second half to lose to the Broncs (7-8, 2-2).
Loyola senior Katie Sheahin led all players with 20 points and seven steals. Classmate Alyssa Sutherland chipped in 13 points and six rebounds, while freshman Diana Logan added 10 points.
For Rider, MyNeshia McKenzie led five players in double-figure scoring, contributing 19 points and 13 rebounds. Caitlin Bopp also had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Mikal Johnson finished the game with 18 points, while Sironda Chambers had 17 and Emily Fazzini had 10.
The Broncs used a 20-3 run in the second half to take a one-point lead with 55 seconds remaining in regulation. Freshman Diana Logan sank two free throws to regain the lead for the Greyhounds, but Sironda Chambers' jumper with 28 seconds remaining pushed Rider back ahead by one.Tiffany Padgett's free throw for Loyola with six seconds remaining secured overtime.
Georgia State 56, Towson 49: Despite a gutsy second-half effort, the host Tigers (6-8, 0-3 Colonial Athletic Assocation) stayed winless in conference play. Towson was led by junior guard Tanisha McTiller's 15 points and 12 rebounds.
"We had a chance to get some things accomplished offensively that we didn't do," said Towson coach Joe Mathews. "I thought our defensive effort was good in spots, and we held them to a number that was winnable. It was solid, but we've got to be better than solid."
Kendra Long led all scorers as she contributed 23 points and six steals for Georgia State (9-5, 1-2 CAA).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun