State hoops: Loyola men fight off Rider, 71-65

Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) and Erik Etherly both scored 21 points, as host Loyola used runs of 11-2 and 16-4 in a 71-65 win over over Rider on Friday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Reitz Arena.

Cormier and Etherly each took turns leading Loyola (10-5 overall, 2-1 MAAC) in a half. Etherly scored 12 in the first, and Cormier made six of eight second-half attempts and finished the stanza with 19, the most in a half this season by a Greyhounds' player.


Rider (6-9, 1-2) tied the game at 25 on a free throw by Nurideen Lindsey with 3:17 to go in the first half, but it was the last point the Broncs would score before the break.

Etherly got the second offensive rebound of a Loyola possession and put it back in with just over two minutes to go before the break, and he scored on another layup with 53 seconds on the clock.

Cormier came down with a rebound on the defensive end off a missed Rider 3-pointer, and his outlet pass to a streaking Jarred Jones turned into a dunk on the fast break, and Loyola took a 31-25 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The assist was one of Cormier's career-high six in the game. He added seven rebounds and two steals for the Greyhounds.

Out of halftime, Cormier scored the first five points with a steal and fast-break layup and a 3 from the top of the perimeter. His 3 capped an 11-2 run and gave the Greyhounds their first double-digit lead of the game, 36-25.

Rider nearly came all the way back, cutting the Loyola advantage to 43-41 with 10:59 to play on a layup by Dera Nd-Ezuma.

The Greyhounds, however, responded with a 16-4 run, spurred by eight points by Cormier.

He culminated the run with an offensive rebound off his own free-throw miss and laid it in to put Loyola ahead 59-45 with 4:26 on the clock.


Fairfield 64, Loyola 54: Rookie Tiffany Padgett (St. Vincent Pallotti) recorded a career-best 10 points, and her first college double double, but it was not enough to hold off the host Stags (7-5, 1-0 MAAC).

Padgett made her college starting debut for the Greyhounds (5-7), recording 10 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.

The freshman was the first to put points on the board in the second half, sparking the comeback attempt for the Greyhounds.

In the second half alone, both Loyola and Fairfield recorded 36 and 37 points, respectively, but it would not be enough to comeback after a 27-18 deficit at the half.

Richmond 66, Navy 59: The host Spiders (9-6) erased an 18-point deficit to rally past the Mids (7-7).

Jade Geif had 15 points for Navy. It was Richmond's largest rally since coming back from a 19-point deficit at Duquesne on Jan. 19, 2011.


The Spiders improved to 9-6, as they won their second straight. Navy fell to 7-7.

Richmond came out in the second half on fire, scoring the first 14 points to take a 40-34 lead with 16:33 left. Navy missed its first six shots to start the half. The Mids would keep it close, getting to within one point three times before succumbing to the Spiders.

Richmond shot 15-for-33 in the second half, compared with 9-for-30 (30 percent) for the Mids. Kristina King scored all of her 13 points in the second half, as the Spiders outrebounded the Mids 23-18.