Robert Olson hit two 3-pointers during a 12-1 Loyola first-half run, and the Greyhounds built a double-digit lead before the break in a 65-49 win over Norfolk State (2-2) in the first game of the Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday.
Loyola will play the winner Albany today in the Springfield Bracket championship game at 2 p.m.
Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) led the Greyhounds (3-1) with a game-high 19 points, making seven of his 11 shots from the field.
Loyola held the Spartans (2-2) to 35.8 percent from the field and forced 19 turnovers.
Eastern Kentucky 71, Towson 69, OT: Rafriel Guthrie scored a team-high 16 points off the bench and Jerrelle Benimon grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, but the visiting Tigers dropped an overtime thriller to the Colonels (3-0).
Towson (1-2) will play Kennesaw State today in their third game at the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational.
Florida Atlantic 64, Coppin State 61: Michael Murray scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds, but a furious second-half rally by the Eagles fell short as the Owls (1-2) hung on to defeat Coppin State in the final game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Coppin State (0-3) trailed by 25 points at halftime, but came all the way back to tie the score at 61 on a 3-pointer by Andre Armstrong with 21 seconds left in the game.
Stefan Moody, who led Florida Atlantic with 19 points off the bench, hit two free throws with 16 seconds left, giving the Owls a 63-61 lead.
On the Eagles next possession, freshman Patrick Cole was whistled for an offensive foul.
Coppin State was forced to foul and Moody made one of two free throws with 10 seconds to play, increasing the lead to 64-61.
The Eagles had a final chance to tie, but a 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Cole led the Eagles in scoring for the third straight game as he finished with 15 points, while junior Andre Armstrong had 14.
Florida Atlantic also got 18 points from Jackson Trapp and 10 points from Jordan McCoy.
Western Michigan 68, UMES 51: The Broncos (3-1) stifled the Hawks' offense in the second half, and Western Michigan beat UMES (0-5) in the second game of the South Florida Invitational.
Salisbury 85, Lycoming 82: Five Warriors players finished in double figures, but a 15-2 run in the final 5:02 by the Sea Gulls (3-0) lifted Salisbury to the 15th annual Tip-Off Tournament title.
The Warriors (1-1) were led by Chris Foreman and All-Tournament team member Pat Dougher, each connecting on four 3-pointers. Travon Vann finished with 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
Frostburg State 74, Defiance 72: Christian Jackson hit a jumper as time expired to give the visiting Bobcats a buzzer-beating victory over the Yellow Jackets in the consolation game of the 42nd annual Marietta Shrine Tournament on Saturday evening.
Logan Wolfrum made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 72 with eight seconds left. After the inbound pass, Jackson worked his way down the right side of the court and through traffic took the final shot of the game to give Frostburg the win.
Ohio Northern 76, Hood 74, OT: Justin Stone scored a career-high 23 points and Cameron Cook hit five 3-pointers but it was not enough as the Blazers (0-1) suffered an overtime loss to the Polar Bears (1-0) in the opening round of the Washington Area Credit Union Tournament hosted by Washington & Jefferson on Saturday evening.
Ohio Northern's Branden Rushton was the hero for the Polar Bears as he scored the game-winning basket with two seconds left in overtime.
Catholic 65, St. Mary's 62: Trailing the Seahawks (0-1) by one at halftime, the visiting Cardinals (2-0) outscored St. Mary's 38-24 in the second half to earn the win in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic.
The victory is Catholic's second straight over a nationally ranked Division III opponent in as many days after beating Transylvania in the opener on Friday. Four Cardinals scored in double figures, led by Chris Kearney with 19 points.
McDaniel 92, Pittsburgh-Titusville 53: The Green Terror outscored the Panthers 28-10 over the final 9:09 of the first half to take a 41-25 lead into the break and used that momentum to win the consolation game of the Greg Richards Memorial Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Allegheny.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie) led the Green Terror (1-1) with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Mark Houston paced the Panthers (0-2) with game highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Stevenson 82, Gallaudet 65: Brett Burrier scored 22 as the Mustangs (1-0) defeated the Bison (0-1) in the inaugural Hoopsville National Invitational Classic.
Johns Hopkins 58, Bluffton 56: The Blue Jays rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Beavers in the consolation game of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Tournament at Case Western. The Blue Jays get their first win of the season as they even their record at 1-1, while the Beavers slip to 0-2.
Loyola 68, UMBC 55: Retrievers guard Lauren Chase finished with double-figure points for the fourth straight contest, scoring a game-high 18, but UMBC shot 29.2 percent from the field in the second half, allowing the Greyhounds (1-2) to come away with a road victory.
Nicole Krusen and Katie Sheahin each finished with double doubles as four Loyola players finished with 10 points or more.
Navy 64, Saint Peter's 53: The Mids (1-2) shot more than 40percent from the field in each half and held the Peacocks (0-3) to 34percent for the game as Navy got its first win.
UMES 66, Elizabeth City S.U. 62: With the Lady Hawks down by two points with 24 seconds remaining, Karona Roach made a 3-pointer to give UMES the lead for good over the Lady Vikings as the Lady Hawks earned their first victory of the season.
UMES improves to 1-1, while Elizabeth City falls to 3-1.
Bowie State 57, Florida Southern 54: The Moccasins' bid for their first win of the season came down to the final two minutes against the Bulldogs (2-0), but Bowie State had just enough to hold off Florida Southern (0-2) and win the first game of the District of Columbia Classic.
Bria Johnson of Bowie State led all scorers with 13 points, and the Bulldogs got 11 points from Channell Mackey and Jasmine McIntosh.
Hood 52, Randolph 49: The Blazers (1-0) defeated the Wildcats (1-1) in the squad's first game of the season. It was Hood's first opening-game win since the 2010-11 season and the first of the Jack Mehl era.
Frostburg State 56, Immaculata 49: After battling in an even first half, the Bobcats (1-1) came out with a strong second half to down the Mighty Macs (0-2) in the consolation game of the 10th annual Jim Crawley Tournament.
Elaina Hummel, who won All-Tournament team honors, led all scorers with 20 points. She also contributed nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Widener 80, McDaniel 69: A 7-0 burst midway through the second half helped the visiting Pride (2-0) regain control and defeat the Green Terror in the championship game of the 2012 McDaniel Tip-Off Tournament.
Steph Perez scored 20 points for the second straight game to lead McDaniel (1-1), giving her a tournament-record 43 points in the first two games of the campaign.
Johns Hopkins 76, Mary Baldwin 32: Blue Jays Alex Vassila and Ciara McCullagh combined for 30 points and 30 rebounds to lead Hopkins past the Fighting Squirrels in the opening game of the Mike Durgala Memorial Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Salisbury 90, PSU-Abington 54: In the Gwynedd-Mercy College Tip-Off Tournament consolation game, 12 Sea Gulls scored against the Nittany Lions (0-1) as Salisbury (1-1) cruised to victory.
St. Mary's 96, CCNY 40: Seahawks guard Joanna Murray scored 18 points as St. Mary's (1-0) breezed by the visiting Beavers (0-2) in the Seahawks Classic tournament.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun