Robert Olson scored a career-high 27 points and a pair of Loyola freshmen helped spark a second-half rally Thursday night, but the Greyhounds (15-8, 7-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) lost, 91-79, to Canisius (14-8, 7-4).
The Golden Griffins led 18-6 after senior guard Isaac Sosa made two 3-pointers to fuel a 14-2 run in the first half. Canisius stretched its lead to 15 before the Greyhounds battled back.
Olson scored nine consecutive points to power a 15-4 run, but the Golden Griffins answered with an 11-0 run and led 43-31 at halftime.
Canisius shot 13-for-19 from 3-point range and 60.4 percent from the field. It led by as many as 21 with 11:04 left in the game, but Loyala freshmen Jarred Jones and Eric Laster helped the Greyhounds rally.
Loyola pulled to within 80-75 on a 3 by Olson with 4:16 remaining. But Canisius pulled away once more to defeat the Greyhounds, who have lost consecutive games for the first time since late December.
Sosa finished with 19 points for Canisius, while Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) and Erik Etherly scored 13 points apiece for Loyola.
Mount St. Mary's 77, Quinnipiac 73: Shivaughn Wiggins scored a team-high 17 points as the host Mount (8-12, 3-6 Northeast Conference) held off the Bobcats (8-13, 4-5).
Mount St. Mary's built a 13-point lead with 13 minutes remaining and withstood a Quinnipiac rally to earn the victory.
The Mount scored six consecutive points to take its biggest lead of the game, 56-43. Rashad Whack sparked the run, hitting a 3-pointer and a free throw before making a steal, and kicking the ball ahead to Kelvin Parker for a breakaway slam that gave the Mount the 13-point lead.
Wiggins was 10-for-11 at the foul line and finished with a team-high 17 points. Whack and Julian Norfleet added 13 points each for the Mount, while Ousmane Drame posted career highs of 19 points and 20 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Johns Hopkins 64, Gettysburg 59: Adam Spengler scored 12 points as the Blue Jays (13-7, 9-4 Centennial Conference) pulled away from the Bullets (11-9, 7-6).
Johns Hopkins was down by 13 points at halftime but roared back in the second half. Spengler's two free throws with 2:25 remaining gave the Blue Jays their first lead since the game's opening minutes, one they would not relinquish until the final buzzer.
Sango Amolo led Gettysburg with 17 points.
Haverford 62, Washington College 60: The Fords (7-12, 5-8 Centennial) grabbed an early lead and withstood a late rally to defeat the Shoremen (2-18, 2-11).
Stephen Poarch hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to bring Washington College to within two. Brett Cohen had an opportunity to tie the game at the free-throw line in a one-and-one situation, but his first shot missed.
Bakers scored 18 points to lead Haverford, which shot 59 percent from the field.
Dickinson 75, McDaniel 58: Gerry Wixted scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds to guide the host Red Devils (15-5, 10-3 Centennial) to a win over the Green Terror (11-9, 5-8).
Dickinson took an early lead and was up 40-19 at the half. McDaniel cut the deficit to 14 points midway through the second half but could not fully recover.
Tyler Rudd and Phillip Perry scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Green Terror.
Loyola 71, Niagara 68, OT: Led by Katie Sheahin's 21 points, the Greyhounds (8-12, 3-6 MAAC) edged the visiting Purple Eagles (9-11, 4-5).
Freshman Tiffany Padgett had 12 points for Loyola and sophomore Kara Marshall chipped in 11. Sheahin also had a game-high nine rebounds, and both senior Alyssa Sutherland and Marshall distributed five assists.
Lauren Gatto had a game-high 25 points for Niagara.
James Madison 75, Towson 61: Five players scored in double figures as the visiting Dukes (13-7, 7-1 Colonial Athletic Association) defeated the Tigers (7-12, 1-7).
Towson guard Tanisha McTiller led all scorers with 23 points. The Tigers shot just 31 percent from the field in the first half.
Kirby Burkholder led James Madison with 15 points, while Toria Giggetts finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Johns Hopkins 47, Gettysburg 40: The host Blue Jays (12-9, 10-6 Centennial) played stingy defense and ended a seven-game winning streak for the Bullets (14-6, 11-4).
The win was coach Nancy Funk's 600th at Johns Hopkins, where she is in her 27th season.
The Blue Jays trailed for only 29 seconds in the game and carried a two-point lead into halftime. Gettysburg went 1-for-5 in the game's final 43 seconds and shot 24.3 percent in the game.
Haverford 55, Washington College 54, OT: Jacquelyne Pizzuto made the game-winning layup with 10 seconds left in overtime as the host Fords (12-7, 9-6 Centennial) beat the Shorewomen (10-10, 8-7).
Haverford's Dominique Meeks drew a charge with less than 1 second left in regulation to negate a potential game-winning shot and send the game to overtime.
Washington College led 54-53 in overtime after the two teams failed to score on a combined seven straight possessions. Pizzuto's three points, all in the game's final 10 seconds, proved to be the difference.
McDaniel 61, Dickinson 49: The Green Terror (9-11, 6-9 Centennial) stretched a six-point halftime lead to double digits en route to a win over the host Red Devils (11-8, 7-8).
McDaniel led 29-23 at halftime and opened up the second half with a 7-2 run. Dickinson closed the deficit to 51-44 with 2:51 remaining, but the Green Terror went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Steph Perez led the visitors with 19 points, while Belma Mekic paced the Red Devils with 16 points and nine rebounds.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun