Rider dominates last 8:00, defeats Loyola men, 58-51

Rider used an 8-0 run late in the second half yesterday to break open a close game and defeat visiting Loyola, 58-51, in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Edwin Muniz scored all eight Rider points during the run and 12 of his 14 in the second half. Rider led 41-40 with a little less than eight minutes to play, but Muniz's tear gave the Broncs a nine-point cushion with 4:40 remaining.


The Greyhounds (1-21, 1-12 Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference) held a 24-23 advantage at halftime, but Rider (13-9, 7-4) opened the second half on a 16-4 run and never trailed after that. Shane James scored a game-high 16 points for Loyola.



Hofstra 66, Towson 61: The host Pride (12-8, 9-2 Colonial Athletic Association) overcame 26 turnovers by dominating the Tigers (8-12, 0-11) under the basket.

Hofstra out-rebounded the Tigers, 48-31, and outscored them on second-chance points, 18-2.

Mia Spasowska scored a game-high 22 points for the Tigers, who rallied from a double-digit deficit to take a 60-59 lead with 36 seconds remaining. Lizanne Murphy hit the eventual game-winner for Hofstra with 15 seconds left.

Siena 58, Loyola 46: The visiting Saints (12-10, 8-5 MAAC) built a 15-point first-half lead and the Greyhounds (10-11, 6-6) never got closer than six in the second half.

Lauren Troupe scored 12 points for Loyola. Jolene Johnston, with 19 points, led three Siena players in double figures.

Lynchburg 81, Hood 73: The host Blazers (14-7) trimmed a 16-point deficit to two in the final minutes of the second half, but could not overcome the Hornets (11-10), who got 19 points from Caroline Wesley.

The Blazers missed a chance to tie the game at 74, then turned the ball over three times in the final 1:56. Danielle Allen led Hood with 17 points.