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State hoops: Loyola men top Canisius; Prescott scores 44 for Mount

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Robert Olson scored 18 points, helping host Loyola move to within one game of first-place Niagara in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 68-64 victory over Canisius on Thursday night.

Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) scored 17 points and Julius Brooks added 13 for the Greyhounds (18-9, 10-5), who rebounded from Sunday's loss to Marist.

Jordan Heath had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Chris Hamhertz posted 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Griffins (16-10, 9-6).

Loyola led 37-32 at the break after the Greyhounds shot 53.6 percent from the field while holding the Golden Griffins to 38.5 percent.

The teams traded leads early until Erik Etherly made a layup to give the Greyhounds a 22-21 advantage with 9:01 remaining, sparking a 10-1 run that put his team ahead 30-22.

Mount St. Mary's 84, Bryant 70: Sam Prescott scored a career-high 44 points to lead the host Mount (11-13, 6-7 Northeast Conference) past the conference-leading Bulldogs (16-7, 9-3).

The 44 points are the most by a Mount player since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. Prescott entered the game averaging 9.2 points.

Mount St. Mary's jumped all over Bryant in the first half, building a 42-28 halftime lead.

Kelvin Parker had 19 points off the bench for the Mount, which has won two straight.


Georgia State 66, Towson 44: The visiting Tigers (7-16, 1-11 Colonial Athletic Association) lost their fifth straight.

The Panthers (12-11, 4-7) led for most of the game.

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