The Rider men’s basketball team had its three-game winning streak halted Friday night in a 63-46 loss to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference co-leaders Loyola at Reitz Arena.
The Broncs fell to 9-15 overall and 6-6 in the MAAC but remained in sole possession of fifth place after Siena lost to St. Peter’s for the second time this season.
The Greyhounds (17-5, 10-2) kept pace with Iona and Manhattan to keep the three-way tie for first place in tact.
Rider, as its done on multiple occasions, dug an early hole that it couldn’t get out of. The Broncs shot 3 of 23 in the first half and turned the ball over 12 times en route to a season-low 12 points.
The 46 points were also a season-low.
Loyola, which grabbed control of the game with an 18-0 run early in the first half, led by 27 at halftime.
Rider went scoreless for 9 minutes, 11 seconds in the first half while the Greyhounds opened up their lead.
The Broncs tried to make a game of it in the second half, opening the period with a 15-1 run that got them as close as 13.
Loyola didn’t register a field goal in the second half until Robert Olson made a jumper with 10:42 left.
But that got the Greyhound going as they quickly built the advantage back to 20.
Erik Etherly led Loyola with 15 points and Olson had 14.
Danny Stewart finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Rider before fouling out with seven minutes left.
The Broncs return to action Sunday afternoon when Niagara visits Alumni Gymnasium.
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