Furious rally caps CIT first round win for Loyola

Courtesy of Loyola Athletics
Courtesy of Loyola Athletics

Courtesy of LoyolaGreyhounds.com

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, but the Greyhounds used a 38-16 run over the game’s final 15-plus minutes to defeat Boston University, 70-63, in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Tuesday night in Reitz Arena.

The win, which was the Greyhounds first in NCAA Division I postseason play, propels Loyola in the CIT Second Round where it will host a game on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. against a to-be-determined opponent.

Loyola (22-11 overall) trailed by 15 twice in the second half, the second time with 15:32 to play on a Malik Thomas dunk.

Robert Olson began the comeback with a 3-pointer off one of R.J. Williams’ career-high tying seven assists 13 seconds later, but the Terriers (17-13) held the lead in double digits for the next two minutes.

Julius Brooks knocked down a spinning hook at 12:48 to cut the Greyhounds’ deficit to eight, 49-41, but back-to-back Boston University baskets by D.J. Irving pushed it back to 12, 53-41, at 11:32.

Dylon Cormier, who had not scored a point in the first 29 minutes of the game, kicked his offensive game into action with a three at 10:58, and the Greyhounds were within nine, 53-44. Olson hit a three in transition off a Cormier steal and assist 41 ticks of the clock later, and the Boston University lead was six

Dom Morris, who scored a game-best 17 for Boston University, hit a runner in the lane at 8:47 to momentarily stem the run, but Cormier made 3-of-4 free throws on Loyola’s next two possession to pick it back up.

Cormier then hit a three with just under seven minutes to play, and Loyola was within a pair, 55-53. Boston University again missed two shots on their next two possessions, and Anthony Winbush hit a three as the trailer in transition with 5:55 to play, and the Greyhounds had their first lead of the game, 56-55.

Olson came up with a steal at the defensive end, leading to a Cormier jumper that was ruled a three but changed to a two after a review showed his foot was on the line.

Neither Loyola, nor the Terriers scored for more than a minute until Malik Thomas hit a three from the right side at 3:42, tying the game at 58-58.

Cormier answered for the Greyhounds, draining a three from the right side at 3:16 to give the Greyhounds back the lead, 61-58.

Loyola forced a missed Boston University layup, and then a D.J. Irving turnover in the Terriers next two possessions, and Winbush hit Erik Etherly behind the defense in a half-court set for a dunk that gave Loyola its first multi-possession lead of the game, 63-58, with 1:32 remaining.

Irving came up short on a three for the Terriers, and Etherly grabbed the Loyola rebound with just over a minute to play, and after he was fouled, Williams made both from the line to make the Greyhounds’ lead seven.

The Terriers made just five of their last 15 shots, including a three by Irving with just over four seconds remaining and Loyola ahead by 10. They also had seven turnovers in the game’s final 16 minutes and 16 total in the game.

Olson and Cormier both scored 16 for the Greyhounds, while Winbush added nine and Etherly had eight. Olson hit 5-of-11 from 3-point range, and Cormier was 3-of-5 from behind the arc.

Etherly had a game-best nine rebounds, while Cormier had six and Olson grabbed five as Loyola controlled a 32-30 advantage on the boards.

In addition to Morris’ 17 points, Thomas had 15, and Maurice Watson Jr. and Irving each had 12.


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