Erik Etherly scored 13 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 19, leading host Loyola to a 65-54 win over Saint Peter's in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball Sunday afternoon.
Robert Olson added 15 points for the Greyhounds (14-5 overall, 7-2 MAAC), 10 in the second half, marking his fifth straight game with 15 or more points.
The Greyhounds' 14-5 record is the program's best since it joined Division I in 1981-1982, and their 7-2 start in MAAC play matches their best-ever.
Saint Peter's (4-16, 3-6) led for a 13-minute stretch in the first half before back-to-back layups by Etherly put Loyola ahead 24-20 with 5:39 left before the break.
Loyola continued to pump the ball inside to Etherly, who grabbed an offensive rebound off a misfired Greyhounds 3 and dunked the follow-up to make it a five-point lead at 4:59.
He then made 5 of 6 free throws over the next 3:13, wrapped around a pair by Winbush from the free-throw line that gave the Greyhounds a 33-25 lead with less than two minutes in the frame.
Justin Drummond's layup in the paint with 48seconds left capped a 20-6 Loyola run that covered more than eight minutes. The Greyhounds continued to push their advantage early in the second half, scoring nine of the first 11 points and taking a 45-29 lead when Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) sliced down the left side of the lane, made a twisting layup, was fouled and made the ensuing free throw at the 15:57 mark.
Less than three minutes later, two Drummond free throws extended the lead to 19, the largest of the game for Loyola.
Vermont 90, UMBC 62: Six players scored in double figures for the visiting Catamounts (12-10, 6-2 America East), who went on a 16-0 first-half run to break open a tie at 12. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer scored a game-high 20 points for UMBC (2-5, 3-16) and added a game-best nine rebounds. Vermont sophomore wing Brian Voelkel had four points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Four McGlynn came off the bench to lead the Catamounts with 15 points.
UMBC 67, Vermont 58: Senior Michelle Kurowski led all scorers with a season-high 20 points, while junior Kristin Coles (Notre Dame Prep) added 19 for the visiting Retrievers. Kurowski scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half as UMBC (11-9, 5-2 America East) pulled away after leading the Catamounts (8-13, 2-6) by two at the break.
Seniors Erin Brown and Topé Obajolu were also in double figures, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Towson 56, Georgia State 52: Senior guard Krystal Parnell went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 1:10 to help the visiting Tigers secure a win over the Panthers (6-12, 0-7 Colonial Athletic Association). Parnell and sophomore guard Tanisha McTiller scored 16 points each to lead Towson (12-6, 3-4) to its second-ever win in Atlanta.
Georgia State opened the game on a 7-2 run as Kendra Long hit a 3-pointer at 17:03. The Tigers responded with a 12-0 run to take a 14-7 lead with 10:23 to play in the half. McTiller scored four points for the Tigers during that run.
The Panthers responded with a 6-0 run of their own to make it a 14-13 game with 6:43 remaining in the half. Towson closed the half on an 11-4 run to take a 25-19 lead at the half. McTiller had seven of the Tigers' 11 during that spurt.
Loyola 59, Manhattan 45: Senior guard Miriam McKenzie scored a career-high 25 points as the Greyhounds (7-12, 3-5 MAAC) won at Manhattan (9-10, 3-4) for the seventh straight time.
McKenzie notched her second straight double double, also totaling 10 rebounds. Kara Marshall was in double figures with 15 points, while Nneka Offodile added eight and Alyssa Sutherland had seven points, five assists and four steals.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun