State: Loyola men smother another foe, beating Saint Peter's, 66-55

The Loyola men's basketball team built a 16-point lead Sunday and then fended off host Saint Peter's, holding its sixth straight opponent to 57points or fewer in a 66-55 win.

The stretch of six straight foes under 60 is the longest in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and is the longest since January-February 1977. The Greyhounds improved to 18-5 overall and 11-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The 18 victories are tied for the second-most in school Division I history.


Robert Olson shot 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half and 5-for-6 in the game to lead Loyola with 19 points. Erik Etherly added 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, while Shane Walker scored 14 and added five steals.

Darius Conley finished with game highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds for Saint Peters (5-19, 4-9). Lamin Fulton was the only other Peacock in double figures with 10.


"Saint Peter's is always a tough place to play, and they made their run in the second half that we thought they would," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said. "Shane, Bobby and Erik made plays, though, and we did a better job defensively after they cut it to five."


Towson 63, Georgia State 59, OT: Seniors Deree Fooks, Krystal Parnell and Sheree Ledbetter combined for all 14 points in overtime to help the host Tigers (13-9, 4-7 Colonial Athletic Association) end a three-game losing streak and sweep the season series from the Panthers (7-15, 1-10).

"This was an extremely hard fought basketball game," said Towson coach Joe Mathews. "I'm proud of my team. We saw a fight and a real desire from everybody."

"I'm confident with having the ball in my hands, and I'm more confident that Coach believes in me late in the game," said Parnell.

It was the third time this season Parnell has scored the game-winning or game-tying basket in the final 10 seconds of the game.

Fooks led Towson with a season-high 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for her third double double of the year. Parnell added 14 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Ledbetter had 10 points off the bench.