BALTIMORE -- Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly scored 22 points
apiece to pace Loyola (Md.) in an 87-81 win over Iona on Friday
night, a victory that pushed the Greyhounds past the Gaels for the
top spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Justin Drummond added 17 points and Robert Olson 13 for the
Greyhounds (19-5, 12-2), who have won seven straight games on their
run to the lone spot atop the conference. They avenged a loss at
Iona on Jan. 15.
The Greyhounds opened the game on a 19-10 run and put together
an 18-6 run at one juncture of the first half to take a 17-point
lead into the locker room. They held on despite being outscored
51-40 by the Gaels in the second half.
Michael Glover also scored 22 points to lead Iona (19-6, 11-3),
which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.