Robert Olson scored five points during a 9-0 Loyola run midway through the second half and the host Greyhounds defeated Marist, 76-63, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener for both teams Thursday night at Reitz Arena.
Loyola (5-1 overall, 1-0 MAAC) ended a five-game losing streak in MAAC openers and improved to 5-1 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, which was also the last time the Greyhounds won their first conference game of the year.
After Loyola took the lead with the 9-0 run, Marist twice trimmed the Greyhounds' advantage to four, the final time coming on a 3-pointer by Manny Thomas from the right corner at 6:03.
After Thomas' 3, Olson made a 3 at 4:32, sparking another Loyola run, this one going 15-3 and covering almost 4:16.
Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) finished with 15 points, leading five Loyola players in double figures. Erik Etherly had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Justin Drummond chipped in with 14 off the bench. Olson and Shane Walker both scored 11.
Chavaughn Lewis scored a game-high 16 for Marist (2-4, 0-1).
American 69, UMBC 58: Chase Plummer scored 18 points, but the visiting Retrievers dropped to 0-7.
UMBC committed a season-low 10 turnovers and outrebounded the Eagles 41-36 but hit only seven of 27 shots from the field in the second half.
American (7-2) won its sixth straight game and is 5-0 at Bender Arena.
Plummer nearly pulled off a doubledouble with a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Ryan Cook (St. Vincent Pallotti) added 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior post player Jake Wasco scored a season-high 10 points.
American's Charles Hinkle, who entered the game averaging 23 points, led the Eagles with 18.
St. Francis (N.Y.) 64, Mount St. Mary's 54: The host Mount (1-5, 0-1 Northeast Conference) dropped its Northeast Conference opener.
Freshman Kelvin Parker paced the Mount with 16points in the loss.
Mount St. Mary's used a 7-0 run early in the first half to take an 11-9 advantage, helped by four points from Julian Norfleet. The Terriers (2-4, 1-0), however, answered with an 11-2 spurt to take a seven-point advantage.
St. Francis held the lead throughout the half behind a strong performance from 3-point range. The Terriers hit six of 15 (.400) from beyond the arc in the opening half to grab a 28-19 lead.