Rider drops fifth straight with loss to Loyola
The Broncs lost their fifth straight Friday night, falling to Loyola, 71-65 at Reitz Arena.
Rider (6-9, 1-2) trailed by 14 late in the second half before ripping off eight straight points, cutting the deficit to six with 3:34 to go.
The Greyhounds (10-5, 2-1) made some key shots and free throws down the stretch. Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson made clutch shots on back-to-back Loyola possessions to keep the Broncs from getting any closer.
“We have to do a couple more winning things,” said coach Kevin Baggett on Rider Radio following the loss.
Danny Stewart led Rider with 13 points, but was limited to 22 minutes because of foul trouble. He picked up his fourth personal with 16 minutes remaining.
Anthony Myles, Jon Thompson and Tommy Pereira all finished with 11 points. Pereira’s was a career high.
Erik Etherly and Cormier had 21 points each to lead Loyola. Anthony Winbush and Olson also reached double-figures, both finishing with 10.
The Greyhounds came in leading the MAAC in rebounding and finished plus-12 on the glass. They hauled in 11 offensive boards — a number that was four below their average.
The Broncs didn’t help their cause at the free-throw line, hitting 10 of 19. They missed five free throws in the first half, resulting in a six-point deficit at the break. The usually reliable Stewart went 6 of 11.
“This team is competing, and we’re close,” Baggett said. “They’re not quitting, but we have to get the little things done.”
Rider faces Siena Sunday. The Broncs’s last victory — on Dec. 7 — was over the Saints, who lost to Iona Friday night for their 10th straight defeat.
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