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State college basketball roundup (Dec. 30): Loyola men top American in Patriot opener

State college basketball roundup (Dec. 30): Loyola men top American in Patriot opener

Tyler Hubbard scored 18 points and made all 10 of his free throws to help host Loyola Maryland beat American University 75-67 Wednesday night in a Patriot League opener.

Eric Laster was 4-for-4 from long distance and scored 17 points, Andre Walker added 11, and the Greyhounds (2-10, 1-0) made 27 of 31 free throws (87 percent) and 8 of 13 -3-pointers.

Loyola expanded its five-point halftime lead to 11 points after Jarred Jones' two free throws at 7:56 in the second half.

The Eagles pulled within 59-54 after Jesse Reed's three-point play, but Loyola pulled away on Laster's 3-pointer and led 68-59 with 49 seconds left.

Reed scored eight straight points in the final 31...

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